Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Nursing: RN-BSN BS

Note: This program is currently not accepting new students.

The purpose of the RN to BSN program is to allow licensed Registered Nurses with a diploma or Associates Degree to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduates to practice professional nursing with individual clients, families, groups and communities across the life span in a variety of settings. Guided by the Franciscan Values, students are assisted to value service, lifelong learning and caring behaviors as the foundation for professional nursing. In addition to nursing roles, students engage in project-based practica, fulfill leadership roles, and evaluate and apply research to improve client outcomes. Knowledge from humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and life and physical sciences are synthesized with nursing theory and practice. The curriculum provides an academic background which serves as the basis for graduate education and continued personal and professional growth.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at the University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Nursing, www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm and by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202.887.6791 or www.aacn.nche.edu

BSN Student Learning Outcomes

The faculty has prepared program goals which flow from the conceptual threads. Graduates of the University of Saint Francis Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program are prepared for entry level nursing practice as nurse generalists who will:

  1. Provide comprehensive, patient-centered, nursing care for individuals, families and communities across the lifespan in diverse settings.
  2. Utilize critical reasoning and clinical judgment in the application of information and health care technologies to provide safe, patient centered care.
  3. Integrate concepts from humanities and social, behavioral, life and physical sciences with nursing knowledge and practice.
  4. Demonstrate a caring presence through effective communication strategies and establishing therapeutic relationships with patients.
  5. Collaborate with members of the health team to improve health outcomes and policy in an evolving regulatory environment.
  6. Demonstrate leadership by directing nursing activities and initiating change to improve quality, patient care outcomes and health care delivery systems.
  7. Integrate Catholic Social Teaching, ethical, legal, and Franciscan principles in decision making as a professional nurse.
  8. Develop a plan for professional growth and lifelong learning as a member of the nursing profession.
  9. Apply evidence based practice principles in decision making and delivery of nursing care.

Degree Requirements

RN-BSN Program requires 120 credits, which includes:

  • 68 credit hours transferred from an ASN or Diploma degree
  • 39 credit hours in RN-BSN nursing courses (including project-based practicum)
  • 13 hours of elective credit, which may be achieved through transfer credit, elective coursework, or through the assessment of prior learning

Program of Studies

  • Required nursing courses: NURS 409, NURS 400, NURS 420, NURS 443, NURS 410, NURS 432, NURS 438, NURS 445, NURS 480
  • 6 credit hours in nursing elective courses
  • General Education courses: ICON 200, SOCI 245, PHIL 323, THEO 205

Admissions Requirements for the RN-BSN Program

  1. Admission criteria: (a) proof of current, active RN license and official transcript from an associate or diploma degree nursing program, having earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. RN-BSN students must maintain RN licensure throughout their entire enrollment in the program.
  3. A Pre-RN to BSN admission is also offered for graduating students from an ASN or diploma school program. This category is only for the first semester of study to allow timely start to the program. NCLEX-RN must be passed prior to the second semester of study in order for a student to continue in the program.

RN-BSN Progression Requirements

In order to progress in the nursing sequence, students must meet the prerequisites and co-requisites for each course as noted on RN-BSN curriculum plans and in the RN-BSN Student Handbook. The following criteria must be met in order to progress in the nursing sequence:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7.
  2. Must achieve a “B-” or better in all nursing theory courses and achieve a “P” in all nursing clinical courses.
  3. Must receive a minimum of “C” in all other required, non-nursing courses.
  4. Must complete requirements for graduation no more than 12 semesters including summer (fall, spring, summer).

RN-BSN Graduation Requirements

To complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 hours of credit. Total credit hours completed will depend on placement exams. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in nursing courses.
  • Complete all required nursing and non-nursing courses.
  • Meet the requirements for academic standards (see RN-BSN Progression, Probation and Dismissal Policies).
  • Payment of all financial obligations to the University.
  • Complete requirements for University graduation within five years after starting course work within the RN-BSN program.