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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

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Program Overview

The online RN to BSN program at Southern Utah University prepares you for new opportunities in providing quality, evidence-based care to culturally diverse patients across the lifespan. Elevate your nursing practice with personalized learning experiences that develop your skills in analysis, communication, critical thinking, problem solving and ethical decision making.

Our dedicated faculty are committed to excellence in teaching, practice, and service as well as delivering meaningful instruction using state-of-the-art resources in order to help you grow as a technically proficient nurse. As a student at SUU, you will have access to our nursing librarian, online tutoring and writing center. Designed to help you obtain flexibility in your career, this program also gives you a solid foundation for continued study in graduate programs.

$9,000 Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours
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As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Provide quality professional nursing care based on a synthesis of theoretical and empirical knowledge from nursing, physical and social sciences, arts and humanities, and life experiences.
  • Use evidence as the basis for clinically competent contemporary nursing care.
  • Communicate effectively using various means in a variety of roles and settings.
  • Optimize healthcare to diverse individuals, families, groups and communities through collaboration with interdisciplinary healthcare teams.
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and motivation toward life-long learning.
  • Influence the quality of nursing and healthcare using leadership skills, management concepts, and a knowledge of the political system.
  • Be legally and ethically accountable for clinical nursing practice.
  • Assume the role of generalist nurse and become a responsible member of the profession.

This program prepares you for roles such as:

  • Travel Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Flight Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Correctional Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Nursing Research Assistant

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Take advantage of our affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which includes all fees.

Tuition breakdown:

$300 Per Credit Hour
$9,000 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BSN $300 $900 $9,000


Designed for working professionals, SUU online programs conveniently feature 8-week courses and 6 start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Summer A 05/04/20 04/20/20 04/27/20 04/29/20 05/04/20 06/28/20
Summer B 06/29/20 06/15/20 06/22/20 06/24/20 06/29/20 08/23/20
Fall A 09/07/20 08/24/20 08/31/20 09/02/20 09/07/20 11/01/20
Fall B 11/02/20 10/19/20 10/26/20 10/28/20 11/02/20 12/27/20
Spring A 01/04/21 12/21/20 12/28/20 12/30/20 01/04/21 02/28/21
Spring B 03/01/21 02/15/21 02/22/21 02/24/21 03/01/21 05/02/21
Summer A 05/10/21 04/26/21 05/03/21 05/05/21 05/10/21 07/04/21
Summer B 07/05/21 06/21/21 06/28/21 06/30/21 07/05/21 08/29/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online? Begin your online application today!


Our streamlined admissions process enables you to start quickly and easily. Please review the requirements for the online RN to BSN, including what documents you need and where you should send them.

Online application
2.5 GPA minimum
Official transcripts

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the RN to BSN online program.

  • Complete an online application and submit a $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or 2.5 in the last 60 hours).
  • Submit all official transcripts to SUU.
  • Provide a copy of unencumbered RN license OR provide the date scheduled to take NCLEX-RN.

Official transcripts, test scores and other documents should be sent to:

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Graduate and Online Admissions Office
Southern Utah University
PO Box 8008
Cedar City, Utah 84720


For the RN to BSN online, you must complete 10 core nursing courses (30 credit hours). Students must have a minimum total of 120 credit hours in order to earn a bachelor’s degree, including general education requirements.

Students will be awarded 20 credit hours of Lower Division coursework for successful completion of the NCLEX exam and 10 credit hours of Upper Division coursework via Prior Learning Assessment. Awarding of this credit will be completed during NURS 3141: Foundations of Professional Nursing for the RN to BSN. In addition, 49 hours of the 60 required general education hours may be block transferred.

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Students must complete the following nursing core courses.

NURS 3121: Health Assessment for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course enhances health assessment across the lifespan through development of interviewing and physical assessment skills for the RN. Learning objectives focus on developing skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment.

NURS 3141: Foundations of Professional Nursing for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the theoretical and practice concepts upon which nursing is based. Students will explore professional writing and skills, evidence-based practice, historical development of nursing, health teaching, and principles of health promotion.

NURS 3261: Health Promotion and Education for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the exploration of health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on health risk factors, preparation for health teaching using teaching and learning principles, and assessment of learner needs and readiness to learn.

NURS 4341: Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the needs of older adults addressing emotional, social, physiologic, and behavioral changes. This course focuses on ageism, gender issues, chronicity, death and dying, loss, and life review in support of wellness of the aging adult. This course includes a direct patient clinical component.

NURS 4351: Community Health Nursing for RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces theory, concepts, and practices of community health nursing with an emphasis on culturally sensitive care for individuals, families, and groups in a variety of community settings. This also includes identification of community resources for implementing change to provide community health. This course includes a direct patient clinical component.

NURS 4361: Essentials of Evidence Based Practice for RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides experience in understanding and applying basic principles, evaluation, and implementation of research in evidence-based practice.

NURS 4471: Management of the Complex Patient for RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the management of patients with multiple complex health problems. The course is designed to prepare healthcare professionals to manage patients with multiple co- morbidities throughout the lifespan.

NURS 4441: Contemporary Issues in Nursing for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the nursing role in the context of current legal, ethical, political, and economic issues. Students develop skills to influence decisions on issues that impact health for individuals and populations.

NURS 4421: Influencing Quality Within Healthcare

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces theory, concepts, and practices related to influencing change in policies, systems, and environments with an emphasis on healthcare organizations. Course concepts include – organizational change theory, identification of resources and barriers to change at organizational and systems level, and adoption of evidence-based models of care at all levels of the ecological framework.

NURS 4551: Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course discusses historical, contemporary, and current management and leadership concepts while exploring self-application techniques and models through individual leadership abilities and styles. This course includes a direct patient clinical component.

Students must complete the following general education courses if they have not yet completed them.

POLS 1100: American National Government

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course evaluates the source of democratic ideas and principles of the constitutional system. Cultural, group, party, and governmental influences on the process of public policymaking. The administration and impact of public policy.

ENG 2010: Intermediate Writing

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This writing courses emphasizes the development of an effective academic style in argumentative essays that makes use of traditional rhetorical patterns, culminating in a major research paper. Subtopics will vary.

INFO 1010: Information Literacy

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

An introduction to the library research process and related information skills such as developing a research question, searching, finding, and evaluating sources, synthesizing information across sources, using information ethically, and reflecting on the research process. Corequisite to ENG 2010.

MATH 1031: Statistical Reasoning

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An exploration of basic statistical concepts with a focus on developing critical reasoning skills. Students will represent data, calculate probabilities, draw conclusions using statistical tools and critique statistical studies and data collection methods. Topics include descriptive statistics, basic probability, statistical graphs, experimental design and an introduction to statistical inference. Appropriate for many non-quantitative majors, the course is designed to develop statistical literacy and involves limited algebraic manipulation.

Prerequisite: MATH 1010 or MATH 0990 or MATH 0970 or adequate test score within the last two (2) years.

Note: To apply, you must have an RN license or a scheduled date to take the NCLEX-RN.

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