Students with an associate degree or who have completed a hospital-based diploma program and want to further their education may consider the RN to BSN pathway. This program combines on-campus lectures from expert faculty, community-focused research in Wayne State laboratories and clinical experiences in locations throughout the Detroit area to prepare them to address health challenges facing urban populations. A current RN license is required prior to beginning coursework; however, there is no work requirement. Students are admitted annually and coursework for each cohort begins in the fall. The length of time to complete the degree is dependent on the number of transferable credits, but the program is designed to be completed in two years.

Location: Classes are offered in person on Wayne State's main campus in Midtown Detroit.

Important dates

Transfer credits

Location Credits Earned Number of Credits
Total credits required for BSN 121****
WSU College of Nursing courses 30
NCLEX equivalency 33
General education courses 58***

***Required general education courses may be completed at a community college or WSU. Each applicant's previous coursework will be evaluated for transfer credit. Visit transfercredit.wayne.edu for additional information. Contact a College of Nursing academic services officer to develop an individualized Plan of Work.

****The 30 credits of professional nursing coursework must be taken at Wayne State University. General education requirements and liberal arts credits comprise the balance of the 121 credits required for the bachelor of science in nursing. These courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the professional nursing coursework.


The following nursing courses are required for RN to BSN students:

Year 1

Semester Courses Credits
Total year 1 credits 17
Fall NUR 2070 — Professional Nursing in the Future: Strategies for Health Promotion 3
  NUR 3405 — Introduction to Research and Evidence-based Practice 3
Total fall semester credits 6
Winter  NUR 4120 — Community-focused Nursing Practice* 5
  NUR 4600 — Gerontological Nursing Perspectives in Health and Illness 3
Total winter semester credits 8
Spring/summer NUR 2010 — Health Assessment** 3
Total spring/summer semester credits 3

Year 2

Semester Courses Credits
Total year 2 credits 13
Total program credits 30****
Fall NUR 4300 — Nursing Informatics 3
  NUR 4040 — Leadership and Management in Nursing* 4
Total fall semester credits 7
Winter NUR 4505 — Professional Nursing in the Future: Current Issues for Professional Practice 3
  NUR 4800 — Transcultural Health through the Life Cycle 3
Total winter semester credits 6

*These courses include a didactic and clinical component.

**Admitted students may test out by examination.


Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs


Academic Services Officer

Chelsea Smith, MA 

  • BSN second career/degree students
  • RN-to-BSN students
  • Graduate students