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Nursing RN to BSN Program: The UDC Edge

As a registered nurse, you apply your knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Yet, there is always a need to learn more, both in order to provide better health care to your patients and to advance your career in the workplace.

We understand that you can’t put your career on hold to gain the educational advantage that will help you throughout your career, which is why our nursing program provides the flexibility you need as a working nurse while still offering rigorous coursework, simulation exercises, and faculty mentorship.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Once you have received your RN after graduating from an accredited institution, the University of the District of Columbia is the ideal place to continue on to receive your bachelor’s degree in nursing, and to develop the skills and tools to succeed in today’s modern, complex, and dynamic health care environment.

The RN to BSN degree program--housed in the University's unique College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES)— is a two-year program that offers a rigorous academic and experiential course of study, while providing a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the working professional nurse. Students in the RN to BSN nursing degree program come from a wide range of backgrounds and are trained to ensure nursing and health care outcomes in a culturally diverse urban population.

Learning Objectives

  1. Prepare graduates with acquired discipline specific knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experience that demonstrate the professionalism of a baccalaureate nurse.
  2. To foster characteristics for leadership, evidence based practice, and clinical competencies to guide decision making and the delivery of safe, culturally relevant nursing care across health care settings and the health continuum.

Program Outcomes

  1. Facilitate employability and career mobility opportunities in the nursing profession
  2. Program completion within 150% of the time for that degree (2.5 years or 4.5 semesters) of starting the nursing courses.
  3. Graduates will express satisfaction with effectiveness of the nursing
  4. Employers will express satisfaction with employee professional performance.
  5. Graduates will be adaptive lifelong learners who pursue graduate studies, achieve specialty certification, participate in professional organizations, complete continuing education and training.
  6. Provision of appropriate didactic and experiential learning opportunities to meet
    landgrant mission and enhance nursing workforce.


The BSN Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020


Curriculum and Requirements

The 18-month RN to BSN program consists of junior and senior levels. Students may enter the junior level of the program while completing prerequisite general education courses. The RN to BSN nursing curriculum at UDC features a recently reinvigorated academic and experiential program of study designed to equip nurses with the knowledge, skills, and values to deliver, manage, and lead nursing care to an array of populations in a variety of settings.

Applicants to the BSN program must be graduates of an ACEN- accredited program and be a registered nurse licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.  All applicants must verify current CPR-BLS certification, health clearance, and nursing liability insurance. Enrollees must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher, or complete 60 semester credit hours of pre-licensure level courses by enrollment or transfer credit.
All pre-requisite and junior level courses (106 semester credit hours) must be completed prior to progression to the BSN senior level courses. Pre-licensure degree equivalent courses include:

      • Anatomy-Physiology - 8 credits
      • Microbiology - 4 credits
      • Math - 6 credits
      • English - 6 credits
      • Pre-Licensure Nursing - 30 credits

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC RN to BSN Nursing Program

The Student Nurses Association is an active association approved by USGA. Members provide health services at both on campus events and community events. Health fair participation comes often at the request of the DC City Council. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s also requests health assessments from our faculty and students at her annual job fair.

Faculty Spotlight: RN to BSN Program

Dr. Pier A. Broadnax, associate professor and program director, has served as chair of the undergraduate nursing program at Howard University, an adjunct at Yale University, and as a charter member of the Mayor's Health Policy Council for the District of Columbia. She was recently appointed to a D.C. Department of Health subcommittee on healthcare delivery in the District. Broadnax holds a Ph.D. in nursing with health policy development from George Mason University, an MS in advanced adult nursing from Hampton University, and a BSN from Winston Salem University. Pier Broadnax, Ph.D., RN, has been named Black Nurse of the Year by the Black Nurses Association of the Greater Washington, DC, Area.

Career Pathways and Prospects

Hospitals and other healthcare settings are increasingly seeking and demanding nurses who have enhanced their RN experience with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The mission of the BSN program is to produce well-educated, autonomous, competent, and resourceful graduates to practice nursing in the multiethnic, global and technological society of the 21st century.

Students may also work in clinical care, urgent care or hospital discharge settings or often go on to graduate study, such as a master's program in a specialty like community health or a nurse practitioner.

Contact info:

Pier Broadnax, Director of Nursing
E: | T: 202.274.5916