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Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program at UDC offers a rigorous academic and experiential course of study, which prepares competent and compassionate practitioners to help District residents and society at large overcome health care challenges and disparities common to an urban environment. Graduates will possess the knowledge, skills, values, meaning, and experiences to deliver, manage, and lead nursing care to all age groups in a variety of settings and participate in personal and professional activities of lifelong learning.

The RN-to-BSN program consists of two levels – the junior level and the senior level. Students may enter the junior level of the program while completing prerequisite general education courses. The student may also enter the program of study in the fall or spring semester but must complete all general education and junior level courses before advancement to the senior level. The BSN can be completed in three (3) semesters of full-time study.

The level objectives are congruent and learner focused. The level objectives guide course content, scope and placement in the program of study and are incorporated into appropriate course and clinical objectives and assignments. All didactic and clinical courses incorporate of Webber’s nursing KSVME framework.

The 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

Total credit hours of college-level courses required for graduation: 120 semester hours

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing requires students to:

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, the final 30 of which must be in residence at the University.
  2. Complete 57 semester credit hours of associate level courses by enrollment or transfer credit.
  3. Complete appropriate Interdisciplinary general education requirements (See the Curriculum Program of Study).
  4. Complete all courses identified on the program of study with a minimum grade of “C” and maintains a 2.7 or greater on a 4.0 scale cumulative grade point average.
  5. Provide satisfactory recommendations, health clearance, and criminal background clearance.
  6. Maintain active District of Columbia Registered Nurse licensure.

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