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Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN

About the Online RN to BSN Program

The RN-to-BSN program provides an option for RNs who have graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program to obtain knowledge and skills for professional nursing practice and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program focuses on enhancing clinical reasoning and care delivery to improve patient safety and ensure high quality outcomes. RNs have the choice of completing the courses online or attending classes on-campus once per week. Upon graduation from our online 12-month full-time, or 17-month part-time program, students earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Licensed RNs receive 30 hours of credit for previously completed nursing coursework. 

Students have these choices for completion of their plan of study:

  • Online
  • On campus (face-to-face)
  • Hybrid/combination (online and face-to-face)

RN to BSN Program Outcomes

The graduate of the RN to BSN Program will be able to:

  1. Use verbal, nonverbal, written, and emerging technology methods to communicate and collaborate effectively with all members of the healthcare team, including the patient and the patient’s support network.
  2. Deliver safe, spiritually and culturally appropriate evidence-based, patient-centered health promotion and disease and injury prevention interventions.
  3. Integrate evidence, clinical judgment, interprofessional perspectives, and patient preferences in planning, implementing, and evaluating outcomes of patient-centered care.
  4. Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct.
  5. Assume accountability for personal and professional behaviors.
  6. Apply socio-cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors as a basis for nursing practice.
  7. Demonstrate continuous self-evaluation and lifelong learning.

Why Should You Pursue Your BSN at UTHSC? 

  • Designed to offer flexibility for working RNs
  • Offers choice of completely online or hybrid (on campus once per week and online) courses
  • Part-time or full-time options available
  • RNs who live in MS or AR but work in TN are eligible for in-state tuition

RN to BSN Earning Course Credits by Examination

The UTHSC College of Nursing offers the opportunity for RN-BSN student to receive course Credit by Examination (CBE) in the following three courses:

  • NSG 403:  Health Assessment
  • NSG 421:  Pathophysiology
  • PHAN 499: Pharmacology

Credit by Examination (CBE) is designed expressly for students who have applied to the RN BSN Program in order to earn a BSN degree. The CBE option offers students the opportunity to successfully write an examination as a substitute for completing the course. Successful completion of the examination will satisfy fulfillment of the course objectives as outlined in Acalog (UTHSC Academic Bulletin) and the student will earn course credit(s) for the specified course(s). 


Program Documents

Need RN-BSN Admission Information?

Please visit the RN-BSN Admission Requirements page.

Partnership Enrollment Programs

Southwest, Dyersburg State, LeMoyne-Owen, or Rhodes students should click here to learn about our Partnership Enrollment Programs.

Last Published: Jun 25, 2018