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Online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Degree

Raising the standard of healthcare excellence

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The field of medicine is constantly evolving, and that calls for healthcare professionals who are willing to do the same; refining both their practical and interpersonal skills to provide the highest quality care to the populations they serve.

The William Woods University online RN to BSN completion degree program will provide licensed, diploma program or associates degree practicing nurses with a bachelor’s degree, answering a call put out by The Institute of Medicine which recommends that 80 percent of all nurses receive their BSN by 2020.

Through this program, students will expand their skills to think critically and analyze research, understand and practice community and population health nursing, and further their leadership ability. These courses will prepare students to take the next step in their nursing career, focusing on coursework in the nursing specialization areas of rural health and mental health.

Our RN to BSN completion degree at work

The RN to BSN completion degree program at William Woods University prepares nurses to meet the American Nurses Association and Institute of Medicine’s call for nurses to be BSN prepared. As a BSN prepared nurse, students will have the opportunity to work in a number of positions in management, leadership, research, public health, and more. Many BSN prepared nurses also go on to pursue master’s programs for Advanced Practice or Nursing Education

Faculty Perspectives

What’s exciting is that we are going to be making a difference, in the long run, in the health of our population; we are going to contribute to the field of nursing as a profession… There will always be a need for quality healthcare and establishing this particular degree program will be helping address our current and future societal needs.

— Dr. Lisa Sitler, Director of the School of Nursing


This program is semester based and consists of 8-week courses offered fall, spring and summer, with the exception of the NUR 490 Community/Public Health and NUR 470 Special Topics in Nursing, which are traditional 16-week courses.

Courses you may take

NUR 301

Transition to Professional Nursing


NUR 310

Nursing Research


NUR 320

Health Assessment


NUR 350

Nursing Informatics


NUR 360

Individual and Family Assessment


NUR 410

Advanced Research and Scholarly Writing


NUR 450

Advanced Leadership and Management


NUR 480

Evidence Based Practice


NUR 490

Community/Public Health Capstone/Clinical



The RN to BSN completion degree at William Woods University can be completed in as little as four semesters online and allows transfer credits from prior education (64 general education and up to 40 validated nursing credits). Students will complete 25 nursing credits and 3 required nursing electives credits from William Woods. 


Students will be considered for admission to the BSN completion program based upon successfully meeting the following admission criteria:

  • An unencumbered, unrestricted nursing license as a Registered Nurse in the state where the applicant practices.
  • An accepted application to William Woods University 
  • Completion and submission of the William Woods University nursing application packet (an accepted application to the BSN completion program is required prior to taking any nursing coursework).
  • Cumulative GPA of a minimum of 30 credit hours of completed college courses of 2.75 or higher will be given first consideration. GPAs below 2.75 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • For those with an associate’s degree/diploma program from a regionally accredited institution, up to 40 nursing credits may be applied toward the BSN and general education credits will transfer as applicable.
  • At this time, eligible applicants must reside in one of the following states that fall in accordance with the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact: Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming                             

Additional consideration given when admitting a student is based upon completed coursework, the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses (ANA, 2010), and ethics and values consistent with the profession of nursing.

For more information on admissions and program requirements, view the Admissions Information section below.

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William Woods' online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.

Admissions Information

Learn more about online admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

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