RN to BSN Online : Accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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RN to BSN Online : Accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Futureproof your career as a BSN-prepared nurse

Carson-Newman offers an accredited online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) that meets the same quality standards as its well-regarded on-campus program. Our program can be completed in as few as 14 months and is designed with the working professional nurse in mind.


RN-BSN Degree Program Highlights

  • Incorporate clinicals into your professional life. Pursue your degree while continuing to work full-time - Some clinicals may be completed at your place of employment (please call 888.293.9444 to learn more)

  • Grow as a nurse and as a professional. RN-BSN students learn to employ evidence-based practices, critical thinking, patient advocacy, professional ethics and the principles of servant leadership to improve patient outcomes, community health, and their nursing practice

  • Generous transfer policy. Your experience counts. Licensed RNs are awarded 30 hours of credit for previous education and training and may transfer up to 90 total credits (based on transfer evaluation)

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Online Experience

Our online programs provide unrivaled support and a simple to use interactive online learning system.

  • Convenient and flexible. Designed for busy nurses, the RN-BSN program features 100% online coursework (not including clinicals or practicum) with no mandatory login times
  • Small class sizes. Enjoy an intimate learning environment focused on meeting your needs - we want you to succeed
  • Personalized support. A dedicated Student Success Advisor provides guidance and creates a supportive learning environment from registration to graduation day
  • Affordable tuition. Our RN-BSN program is competitively priced, saving you up to $200 per credit hour when compared with nationwide competitors

To learn more about tuitition, or transfer credits, please download our program guide here

NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours

NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours
This online course is designed for RN-BSN students and provides the opportunity to build on their assessment skill and decision-making competencies related to individual patient care throughout the lifespan. This course also provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and physical exam on adult and elderly clients with outcomes that lead to developing a prioritized plan for client directed care. Course is taught through the utilization of web learning activities, case studies, and written assignments. Focus is placed on advanced assessment; comparing and contrasting of normal and abnormal findings; development of nursing plans of action to address specific health care scenarios. Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN online program.

RN-BSN Online Program Curriculum

Below are select courses from our program:

NURS 352 Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice

NURS 421 Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse

NURS 451 Community/Public Health Nursing

To view all of our course listings, please see our program guide.

Admissions Requirements

To view the Requirements for Admission, please download our program guide.

RN-BSN State Restrictions

Currently, the Carson-Newman RN-BSN program is available in the following states:

Online RN to BSN State Restrictions

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Careers and Outcomes

Highest Paid Jobs for RN-BSN Graduates: Student Excellence

An RN to BSN degree can lead to more job opportunities, higher starting salaries and improved personal satisfaction. With an RN to BSN degree you have increased probability of employment in a Magnet hospital and qualify to earn an advanced degree such as a Master of Science in Nursing.

To see a full list of potential positions and employers available to a graduate, please fill out the form here to download our FREE nursing career guide.

NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 credit hours

NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 hours

Research methods are studied and published research findings are critiqued for use in nursing practice. Students will devise a research proposal that is appropriate to their Evidence Based Practice Project.

NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 credit hours

NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 hours

This online course is the RN-BSN capstone course that is designed for the RN-BSN student who is licensed as a registered nurse and is currently practicing nursing or has practice experience as a registered nurse. This course examines and provides a broad overview of managerial/leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the practicing/experiencing registered nurse. The course also includes a synthesis of knowledge, theories, and clinical experiences from course work throughout the nursing major and prior clinical practice. Students develop learning contracts incorporating the roles of provider of care, designer./manager/coordinator of care, and member of the profession through a directed practice, the students will demonstrate achievement of selected AACN essentials. 135 Clinical Hours. $10 fee.

NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours

NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours

A synthesis of current and emerging trends in professional nursing practice, education, and research with attention given to legal, ethical, and legislative issues. The implications for a professional will be explored. Also included is an introduction of online learning for nursing and C-N liberal arts. $90 fee.

NURS 417.  Multicultural Practicum. 1-3 hours, Offered as needed

Supervised practicum (at least 30 hours) within a cultural setting that is different from the student’s dominant/birth culture.  Repeatable to a maximum of 4 hours.