RN to BSN

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: Most classes are held at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. Some will take place on Wayne State's main campus in Midtown Detroit. Both campuses are easily accessible from Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

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.

Curriculum

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
Winter  NUR 4120 — Community-focused Nursing Practice* 5
  NUR 4600 — Gerontological Nursing Perspectives in Health and Illness 3
Spring/summer NUR 2010 — Assessment: History Taking and Physical Examination** 3

Year 2

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

*These courses include a didactic and clinical component.

**Admitted students may test out by examination.

Contact

Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Erik Carter PhD, MS, ACNS-CCNS, CCRN-K, PHN
313-577-4144

BSN Recruiter and Academic Services Officer

Amanda Palma, MSEd, prospective students for all BSN pathways, current BSN Direct Admit for Freshmen students
313-577-4911

BSN Academic Services Officer

Felicia Grace, EdD, current BSN Second Career/Degree, BSN for Veterans, and RN to BSN students
313-577-7985