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RN-BSN (Nursing)
All Online or Hybrid Track

If you are a registered nurse who's ready for the next step to a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, you are eligible for the RN-BSN program at Upper Iowa University. A BSN can prepare you for leadership in the rapidly changing health care environment. If you are licensed as a Registered Nurse, you can complete your bachelor's degree at UIU through a combination of in-class and online classes. Some courses include clinical components.

UIU also has articulation agreements with many U.S. colleges and universities, which simplifies your transition into this program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the North Central Association, and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The demand for skilled nurses continues to increase. If you are interested in working with people and improving society, then you will find a career in nursing satisfying. A bachelor's degree in nursing can take you in many directions: clinical practice in a hospital or physician setting, community health, health management, consulting, traveling nurse, military service, or home care.

LOCATION: Main residential campus in Fayette, Iowa, Cedar Rapids Center, Des Moines Center, Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa, Mesa Center, and Online Program


Before beginning the nursing major, RN-BSN students are required to take the following prerequisites:

Advanced Composition (3 credits)
Computer Skills (3 credits)
ID 301 Critical Thinking (3 credits, must be taken with UIU)

The UIU nursing program requires the successful completion of 12 courses (35 credit hours). Students can choose to take one or two classes per term. A student taking two classes per term can complete the program in one year. Students taking one class per term can complete the program in just over a year and half, finishing the BSN by taking two, 2-credit classes in each of the final two terms.

(3 credits) NUR 305 Professional Communication for Nurses
(3 credits) NUR 315 Professional Nursing Practice
(4 credits) NUR 325 Integrated Concepts of Nursing Care I
(4 credits) NUR 335 Integrated Concepts of Nursing Care II
(3 credits) MATH 220 Elementary Statistics
(3 credits) NUR 400 Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
(4 credits) NUR 340 Community Health Nursing *
(3 credits) NUR 420 Nursing Leadership and Management
(2 credits) NUR 450 Nursing Concepts Capstone I*
(2 credits) NUR 445 Nursing Concepts Capstone II*

Courses with an * include a clinical component

In addition to the above curriculum, students will choose two nursing electives. Examples include:

(2 credits) NUR 430 History of Nursing
(2 credits) NUR 432 Honoring Self-Care: Balancing Mind, Body and Spirit
(2 credits) NUR 434 Introduction to Global Health
(2 credits) NUR 436 Understanding Nursing Theory
(2 credits) NUR 438 Our Image: The Image of Nursing
(2 credits) NUR 440 Service Learning
(2 credits) NUR 442 Understanding Healthcare Policy



Total: 35 credits



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Last Updated 9/15/13