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. Learn more about this BSN pathway and get answers to all your questions by attending an upcoming information meeting.

Location: Classes are offered online and in a hybrid format. Hybrid courses are offered synchronously online.

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 15
Fall NUR 4505: Professional Nursing in the Future: Current Issues for Professional Practice 3
  NUR 3405: Evidence-based Practice and Research 3
Winter  NUR 4300: Nursing Informatics 3
  NUR 4995: Writing in Health Care 3
Spring/summer NUR 4044: Leadership and Management Lecture 3

Year 2

Semester Courses Credits
Total year 2 credits 15
Total program credits 30
Fall NUR 4800: Transcultural Health 3
  NUR 4320: Public Community Health Nursing Lecture 3
  Cognate (See program director for options) 3
Winter NUR 4135: Capstone 3
  Cognate 3


Course Credits
NUR 4400: Disaster Preparedness for Health Care Providers 3
NUR 4650: Complementary and Integrative Medicine 3
NUR 4600: Gerontological Nursing Perspectives in Health Care (winter) 3


Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs


Academic Services Officer

Kalyn Griffin