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Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN

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. 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. RNs who live in MS or AR but work in TN are eligible for in-state tuition.

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.

General Education Competencies

General education competencies for the RN-to-BSN program are:

  • Critical Thinking
    Students will demonstrate their ability to solve problems, construct and present cogent arguments in support of their views, and understand and evaluate arguments presented by others. (NSG 414 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice)
  • Communication
    Students will demonstrate appropriate skills in planning, preparing, and presenting effective oral and written presentations. (NSG 410 Professional Issues & NSG 415 Health of Populations )
  • Interprofessionalism
    Students will be able to explain interprofessional practice to patients, clients, families, and/or other professionals, describe the areas of practice of other health professions, and express professional pinions competently, confidently, and respectfully while avoiding discipline specific language. (NSG 419 Internship)

General education competencies will be measured via student performance on oral presentations written critiques of research papers, and papers written in capstone courses in the above italicized courses.


The College of Nursing BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through June 30, 2020 and approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. The next CCNE onsite visit is scheduled for September 16-19, 2019.

"The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs." 


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: Aug 14, 2018