RN to BSN (Bachelor’s in Nursing)

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Program. We are a fully online nursing program with all courses delivered in a virtual environment. The program has been delivered using hybrid courses for a decade. To reach and respond to the needs of the working nurse, the curriculum was redesigned to offer 11 courses that can be completed in less than 16-months.

In addition to being certified to teach online, the faculty also hold expertise in public and community health, critical care, and nursing leadership and health policy. Faculty research interests include mindfulness in nursing students, breast cancer in minority women, and retention of nursing students. The program is committed to improving health outcomes in diverse and underserved communities, focusing on the lifespan of individuals and families. Students will have an opportunity to develop evidence-based projects of their choice to strengthen their clinical decision-making.

To facilitate the admissions process the following steps are provided for you:

  1. Apply to NursingCAS (central admission service) using the link https://nursingcas.liaisoncas.org/apply/.
  2. From the NursingCAS site, you will be directed to the UDC Office of Admissions.
  3. Where you will be asked five questions to assist in generating a UDC record and identification number, as well as determining the admission fee, tuition rate, and financial aide status.
  4. The Office of Admissions will automatically send you back to NursingCAS to complete the application and pay fees.
  5. All documents must be submitted through the Nursing CAS portal (application, transcripts, RN License, references, etc.) for verification.
  6. Students enroll in CastleBranch (document management system) and pay required fees.
  7. All the following documents must be submitted through CastleBranch health records (including immunizations, TB test or chest x-ray, ten panel drug screen), criminal background check, social media review, and other compliances.
  8. The completed student file, including documents from Nursing CAS and CastleBranch will be forwarded to the RN to BSN Office for review and admission decision.



The mission of the RN to BSN program is to produce well-educated, autonomous, competent, and resourceful graduates to practice nursing in today’s multiethnic, global, and technology driven society.


  1. Prepare graduates with specific knowledge, skills, values, and experiences that demonstrate the professionalism of a baccalaureate nurse.
  2. Foster characteristics of leadership, evidence-based practice, and clinical competency to guide decision-making and the delivery of safe, culturally relevant nursing care across the health continuum.

Program Outcomes

  1. Facilitate employment eligibility and career mobility in the nursing profession.
  2. Program completion within 150% of the planned duration of the program (3 to 4.5 semesters).
  3. Graduate satisfaction with effectiveness of the nursing program.
  4. Employer satisfaction with employee professional performance.
  5. Student pursuit of graduate studies; achievement of specialty certification; participation in professional organizations; and completion of continuing education and training.
  6. Provision of appropriate didactic and experiential learning opportunities to meet land-grant mission objectives and enhance the nursing workforce.


The RN to BSN Program requires the completion of eleven nursing courses that encompass a theory-based curriculum with clinical application. Each course is delivered online over a six-week period. Courses are designed to be taken one class at a time. The following curriculum fulfills the knowledge requirements of the baccalaureate nursing degree, approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) with 120 semester credit hours required to complete the BSN.


  1. Nurse
  2. Occupational Health Care Specialist
  3. School Health Nurse
  4. Patient Navigator
  5. Patient Educator

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Nursing Curriculum
Course Numbers Pre-Licensure Course Requirements Credit Hours
IGED 110 and 111 Foundation Writing I and II (English Composition I-II)


IGED 120 and 220 Foundation Quantitative Reasoning I-II (College Math I-II)


IGED 130 Foundation Oral Communication (Public Speaking)


BIOL 111-114 Anatomy & Physiology I and II Lecture and Lab


IGED 260 Science Lecture and Laboratory (Microbiology or Chemistry)


NURS 100-200 Nursing Courses and requisites for a maximum of 40 credits


Total Pre-Licensure (Freshman-Sophomore) Courses



Interdisciplinary General Education (IGED) and Electives

Electives Examples: Statistics, Social Sciences, Nutrition, Physical Sciences


IGED 210 Discovery Writing


IGED 280 Discovery Civics


  Interdisciplinary General Education and Elective Courses





Course #

Nursing Courses


NURS 300 RN to BSN Transition


NURS 307 Ethical Issues and Health | IGED 140 Foundation Ethics Substitute


NURS 309 Health Assessment: History and Physical


NURS 348 Pathophysiology


NURS 354 Gerontological Nursing


NURS 356 Legal Issues and Health Policy


NURS 359 Nursing Issues, Trends, and Concepts


NURS 351 Nursing Research (Writing in the Major)


NURS 467 Nursing Systems Leadership


NURS 470 Community Health Nursing and Population Health


NURS 497 Nursing Capstone Seminar |IGED 391-392 Frontier Exploration & Inquiry I-II Substitute


Nursing Course Total


Total Semester Credit Hours for BSN




Tuition rates for the University of the District of Columbia can be found here. Financial Aid information for the University of the District of Columbia can be found at https://www.udc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/starting-the-financial-aid-process/


Pier A. Broadnax, Ph.D., RN
Program Director/RN to BSN Program


Course Descriptions
Fact Sheet


The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN contact information is as follows:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000
Fax: 404.975.5020
Email: info@acenursing.org
Web: www.acenursing.org

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