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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.

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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


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 - 3.00

As an introduction to professional nursing, students will examine the history and evolution of professional nursing, how changes in healthcare influence professional nursing and implications for delivery, professional nursing roles, and the future of professional nursing. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses.

NUR 310 - Nursing Research - 3.00

This course will prepare the students to understand and critically evaluate nursing research. The student will be able to apply the principles of the research process and apply these principles to health disciplines. This course will begin the process of research inquiry and prepare the student for NUR 410. Prerequisite: MAT114 and Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses.

NUR 320 - Health Assessment - 3.00

This course will build upon improvement and application of assessment practices of both physical and mental health. Assessment across the lifespan and unique challenges of population health will be addressed. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses.

NUR 350 - Nursing Informatics - 3.00

This course will develop skills for managing the integration of health, computer and information to support healthcare and research. The relevancy of data collection and its use for research through EHR systems will be examined and its application to the nursing process. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses.

NUR 360 - Individual and Family Assessment - 3.00

Assessment of individuals and families will be examined in the context of healthcare and the nursing process. Social determinants of health and nursing theory will be examined and applied throughout the course to improve care of the population. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses

NUR 410 - Advanced Research and Scholarly Writing - 3.00

This course builds upon basic research skills. The student will apply the principles of the research process and apply these principles to health disciplines. The student will apply the principles of dissemination through both verbal and written presentations. Prerequisite: NUR310

NUR 450 - Advanced Leadership and Management - 3.00

Advanced leadership principles are applied in this course. Management within and outside of acute care settings are examined. The role of the nurse as a leader in the profession is emphasized. Clinical experience of 16 hours is required. Prerequisite: NUR301

NUR 480 - Evidence Based Practice - 3.00

Examination of how evidence-based research influences nursing practice. Critical examination and reflection of qualitative and quantitative evidence and interpretation of the results will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses

NUR 490 - Community/Public Health Capstone/Clinical - 4.00

Focus on public and community health is emphasized. Care of individuals in diverse and non-traditional settings is explored. Application of population health and its importance in understanding health promotion, disease prevention and protection of individuals and communities through critical thinking and application is emphasized. Clinical experience of no less than 64 hours is required. Pre-requisite: Admission to the BSN or BSN completion program for registered nurses. This course is to be taken the final semester of the degree program


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.

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

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