Nursing: RN/BSN Completion Program

Major: Nursing
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0 quarter credits (for Registered Nurses)
Co-op Options: None

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The RN/BSN Completion program is an option for nurses from associate degree and diploma nursing programs looking to complete the bachelor of science degree in nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program continues the education of registered nurses equipping them with the skills needed for complex healthcare environments. Core courses immerse the student in genetics, evidence based practice, systems thinking, leadership  and care coordination. Interactive practice experiences are woven throughout the curriculum using innovative learning technologies (e.g. digital clinical learning environments [DCE], problem-based/video case studies, and global classrooms). Learning how to adopt evidence-based practice to both clinical and leadership roles prepare students to work in inter-professional teams, improve health care systems and patient outcomes. 

A BSN is awarded at the completion of the program. Qualified students are encouraged to submatriculate into the MSN program while enrolled in the BSN program.

For more information about this completion program at Drexel, visit the RN/BSN Completion Program page.

State restrictions may apply.

Drexel University is currently unable to admit students living in Washington state to the online RN-BSN program.

The RN to BSN program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

Admission Requirements

  • RN licensure (provisional acceptance will generally be offered pending successful completion of the NCLEX-RN examination)
  • Official college transcripts
  • College grade point average of 2.0 or better
  • High school degree or equivalent

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in nursing program, students must have completed 60.0 semester hours (90.0 quarter credits) of college prerequisites, as follows, with a grade of C or better. Students may transfer in up to 135.0 quarter credits. Remaining credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. To graduate, students must have completed 180.0 quarter credits.

The required 60.0 semester hours include:

English (includes one semester of composition)6.0
Humanities (studio courses not acceptable)3.0
Anatomy and Physiology8.0
Growth and Development3.0
Total Credits60.0

Students must be graduates of nursing programs that are both regionally accredited and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education for Nursing (ACEN) or the National League for Nursing Commission for Education Accreditation (CNEA). Students who meet the criteria of the Pennsylvania Nursing Articulation Model will receive credit for 30.0 semester hours (45.0 quarter credits) of nursing, which may be applied toward the program entrance requirements. 

Degree Requirements

The College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty uses a variety of teaching and learning methods to facilitate the achievement of a student’s personal objectives. All RN-BSN courses are offered online and incorporate a variety of innovative, interactive learning technologies. Courses are offered in both asynchronous and synchronous formats that allow the student flexibility in completing coursework over 10 week quarters. 

Students should contact their Academic Advisor prior to registration.

ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Or transfer in 2 English courses (3 semester credits from a semester school) must include one semester of composition)
Humanities Electives3.0
Intro to Sociology3.0
General Psychology3.0
Developmental Psychology3.0
Nursing Electives45.0
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (w/ Labs)10.0
Microbiology w/ Lab5.0
Science Elective3.0
Into to Computer Science of Communication 3.0
Statistics of the Health Sciences4.0
Health Care Economics, Macro, or Micro4.0
Health Care Ethics I or Advanced Health Care Ethics3.0
Social Science Electives3.0
Science Electives6.0
Pharmacology or Advanced Physiology or Pathophysiology 5.0
Open Electives23.0
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing4.5
NURS 330 [WI] Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice4.5
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice4.5
NURS 340Transformational Leadership4.5
NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality6.0
NURS 407 [WI] Issues in Aging and Longevity4.5
NURS 460Population Health: Local & Global6.0
NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing4.5
Total Credits180.0

Sample Plan of Study

The Accelerated RN-BSN program is designed to be completed in 4 terms. Enrollment in Tier III assumes the student has completed an ADN or Diploma program, has passed the NCLEX-RN, and has completed all required coursework in TIER I and TIER II.


Term 1Credits
NURS 325 [WI] Critical Issues in Nursing4.5
NURS 335Genetics and Genomics: Application to Nursing Practice4.5
NURS 340Transformational Leadership4.5
 Term Credits13.5
Term 2
NURS 330 [WI] *Nursing Research: Methods and Critical Appraisal for Evidence-Based Practice4.5
NURS 380Complex Systems of Care: Technology, Patient Safety & Quality6.0
 Term Credits10.5
Term 3
NURS 346Health Assessment6.0
NURS 407 [WI] Issues in Aging and Longevity4.5
 Term Credits10.5
Term 4
NURS 460Population Health: Local & Global6.0
NURS 465Senior Capstone in Nursing4.5
 Term Credits10.5
Total Credit: 45.0

Nursing Faculty

Lisa B. Aiello-Laws, RN, MSN, AOCNS, APN-C (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Adult oncology and cancer genetics.
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