Feb 06, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Nursing Major - Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option, B.S.

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Department of Nursing  

College of Health and Applied Sciences  

  Available Program Format(s): Online, In-Person, Hybrid   

About the Program

  • The Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Completion Option (BRNCO) is available to RNs with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The program is offered online.
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • Twenty semester hours of lower-division credit will be given for prior nursing education, and ten semester hours of upper-division credit will be awarded for having a valid RN license.

Student Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively with patients and interprofessional health care teams to enhance patient outcomes
  • Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives and patient preference in providing patient care
  • Evaluate patient care environments for use of appropriate quality safety indicators
  • Apply leadership and management principles to manage resources and achieve optimal patient outcomes
  • Exhibit the knowledge, skills and attributes of a professional nurse

General Degree Requirements

To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the four areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.

Program Requirements

  • A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation.
  • A grade of “C-” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required.
  • A minor IS NOT required for this program.
  • Students must be accepted separately into the Nursing program.

General Studies Requirements: 33 credits

Students should consult the General Studies Requirements for a list of courses that fulfill the General Studies Requirements  for degree completion.

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
  • Oral Communication (3 credits)
  • Quantitative Literacy (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
  • Historical (3 credits)
  • Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
  • Global Diversity (0 or 3 credits**)


** Students will fulfill the global diversity requirement by taking an approved course within one of the following categories: arts and humanities; historical; natural and physical sciences or social and behavioral sciences.

Multicultural Requirement: 0 or 3 credits

Students should consult the Multicultural Graduation Requirements  for an understanding of this requirement.

Required Support Course: 3-4 credits

  • Introductory Statistics Course1 (To be approved by the Nursing Department.)


1 The Introductory Statistics course satisfies the General Studies - Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Summary of Requirements

General Studies Requirements 33 credits
Multicultural Requirement 0-3 credits
Required Support Course 3-4 credits
Major Requirements 57 credits
Senior Experience Course 3 credits
Unrestricted Electives 20-27 credits
Total for the Nursing Major, B.S. 120 credits

Required courses for the major may also count for General Studies and Multicultural requirements, so the total credits listed may be greater than the number required to complete the degree. Therefore, it is important that you work with your advisor to make sure you are meeting requirements for your degree.

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