Walden University RN to BSN Online Nursing Program

A Higher Degree. A Higher Purpose

Complete your BSN in as little as 18 months,* and gain the specialized skills and credentials needed to succeed in an increasingly complex health care environment. The curriculum, which is based on the 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education as published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), focuses on equipping registered nurses with effective tools for

  • Applying leadership concepts and decision-making skills to promote quality health care delivery
  • Demonstrating commitment to the health of vulnerable populations and the elimination of health care disparities
  • Implementing enhanced information technology knowledge to support clinical and managerial decision-making
  • Developing effective communication and collaboration skills

As a Walden student, you are a part of a vibrant, motivated, and diverse community of more than 33,000 adult learners who are achieving their personal and professional goals while making a difference. You are taught by faculty members chosen for their academic and professional qualifications in the nursing industry, as well as their ability to help you apply what you learn.

You are supported by exceptional student services throughout your program. And you can become prepared for a growing number of meaningful career opportunities in nursing. Walden’s BSN program also provides a foundation for you to continue your education.

*Time to completion depends on the number of credits transferred and individual progress. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, contact Walden University's RN to BSN Degree program today.

Walden University is an accredited graduate institution offering advanced degrees online to professionals who work to make a difference in the lives of children, the health of a community, or the success of an organization.

Founded in 1970, Walden is a comprehensive, accredited university with schools of

Walden University's online doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees are designed to help students achieve personal enrichment and professional advancement. Walden's graduates, in turn, enrich and advance countless others whose lives they touch.

The Walden distance learning approach optimizes relevance and depth of learning by letting students share experiences with peers here and abroad.

Walden University provides adult learners broad access to the highest quality post-secondary education through a distance- learning environment. Walden's learner- centered programs prepare its graduates to achieve professional excellence and to effect positive social change.

The need for registered nurses is projected to continue to increase dramatically through 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.* Along with this growth in demand, RNs are increasingly expected to enhance their educational preparation in today's evolving health care industry.

For example, the AACN and the ANA have issued position statements recommending the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the minimal preparation to practice.

In addition, the earnings gap between those with and without bachelors degrees is growing. (U.S Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Walden, you can enhance your knowledge, gain specialized skills, and qualify for new nursng opportunities in a changing health care environment.

Walden’s new BSN completion program provides current registered nurses with the opportunity to earn a BSN degree. Walden offers a flexible, relevant, evidence-based program of study that equips you with the tools for success in a nursing career.

  • Explore new perspectives by collaborating with nurses from around the country in a highly interactive online environment.
  • Learn from nationally renowned contributing scholars and 100% doctorally prepared faculty.
  • Receive personalized technical and academic support from Walden’s academic advisors, technical support staff, and tutors.
  • Apply real-world solutions immediately on the job.
  • Establish a foundation for pursuing graduate studies.
  • Achieve your educational goals without compromising your personal and professional obligations with the help of Walden’s comprehensive student services.

Program Highlights

Completion Requirements

  • 180 quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)
    • Lower-division courses (50 cr.)
    • Elective courses (30 cr.)
    • Upper-division courses (54 cr.)

For this program, 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

All students admitted to the RN-BSN program must have a current, active nursing license. Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the Nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program. Transcripts and diploma information will be evaluated to determine the extent of credit awarded.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, contact a nursing enrollment adviser.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008–09 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos083.htm (viewed online December 05, 2008)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Title Credits
Quarter 1
NURS 3000 Issues and Trends in Nursing 5
NURS 3005 The Context of Health Care Delivery 5
Quarter 2
NURS 3010 Information Management in Nursing and Health Care 5
NURS 3015 Pathopharmacology 5
Quarter 3
NURS 3020 Health Assessment 5
NURS 4000 Research and Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice 5
Quarter 4
NURS 4005 Topics in Clinical Nursing 5
NURS 4010 Family, Community, and Population-Based Care 7
Quarter 5
NURS 4015 Public and Global Health 5
NURS 4020 Leadership Competencies in Nursing and Health Care 7

Tuition: varies by program but is comparable to that of other universities online. The total cost of your program will depend on transfer of credit and your time to completion. For specific information and an informal review of credit you may be eligible to transfer, complete the Information Request form.

Accreditation: Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; 312-263-0456.

Financial Assistance: At Walden, you’ll find a full range of financial aid support and a variety of options to help fund your education. Most Walden students receive some form of financial assistance, either through federal financial aid or employer tuition-reimbursement programs. A full-service financial aid office is available to advise and assist students who need help funding their educational expenses.

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