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Nursing RN to BSN Program: The UDC Edge

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. Select courses also blend online and classroom learning to provide even greater flexibility.

Our program emphasizes community nursing, and UDC’s close affiliation with the local community including the Black Nurses Association of Greater Washington D.C. Area helps support nursing students both during and after their time at UDC.

Bachelor’s Degree (RN to BSN) in Nursing

As a registered nurse, you apply your knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Yet, there’s 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. In addition, hospitals are increasingly seeking and demanding nurses who have enhanced their RN experience with a bachelor’s degree. 

Whether you have received your RN after graduating from the nursing program at our Community College or elsewhere, 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 bachelor’s 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.

The program is fully accredited by the D.C. Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC RN to BSN Nursing Program

The two-year RN to BSN bachelor’s degree program in nursing program consists of junior and senior levels, each lasting two semesters. Students may enter the junior level of the program while completing prerequisite general education courses.

UDC welcomes a variety of traditional and nontraditional students. All applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Be a registered nurse licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
  • Hold an associate’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution, with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, or complete 60 semester credit hours of associate level courses by enrollment or transfer credit.
  • Pass a health clearance, criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Be certified in CPR and hold medical liability insurance coverage.

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. Students receive a personalized education from a committed, expert cadre of professors in a program with one of the lowest faculty to student ratios in the D.C. Region.

Select in-person, online, and experiential courses include:  

  • Ethical issues in health care
  • Legal issues and health care policy
  • Urban community health issues
  • Professional nursing issues practicum
  • Clinical preceptorship capstone

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

The Student Nurses Association aims to bridge the gap between RN nursing programs and UDC’s RN-BSN program, providing valuable information and resources to associate’s degree graduates.

Faculty Spotlight: UDC RN to BSN Nursing 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 PhD 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.

Career Pathways and Prospects

In line with UDC’s land-grant mission of service to the community, RN to BSN students graduate prepared to help patients overcome the health care challenges and disparities common to an urban environment. UDC RN to BSN graduates are equipped to embrace roles beyond that of caretaker, such as policy-making, hospital administration and case management. 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.

UDC’s nursing program has an advisory board comprised of many of the major hospitals and other health care providers in the area, and uses this network to help place its graduates in jobs after graduation. As just one example, the Vice President of nursing at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., sits on the advisory board and has long been one of the major employers of UDC nursing graduates.

Contact info:

Pier Broadnax, Associate Professor, Director
E: pbroadnax@udc.edu | T: 202.274.5916