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B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN) Online

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Program Information

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered through the School of Nursing and Health Professions in a fully online format. The BSN post-licensure degree completion program provides registered nurses (RN) with the opportunity to acquire a BSN degree with little interruption to professional or personal obligations. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Rowan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 ( 

Notice to current and prospective students:  Following review by the CCNE, the RN to BSN program has been granted continuing accreditation for a term of three years until June 30, 2025.  Maintenance of accreditation requires that programs demonstrate ongoing and sustainable compliance with all accreditation standards and key elements.  To that end, the CCNE has also issued a show cause directive to the program, effective May 27, 2022, requesting additional evidence of compliance with specified standards and elements by December 1, 2022.  Rowan University is committed to the quality of the RN to BSN program and fully expects that further reporting on our progress and achievements will address these concerns.  Questions may be directed to the Head of the Department of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator, Dr. Mary Ellen Santucci (

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The RN to BSN curriculum includes 120 credits and incorporates all Rowan University requirements for the degree award. Students graduating from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) associate degree or diploma program are awarded 30 nursing credits upon matriculation into the program for all pre-licensure nursing courses. Students may transfer up to 90 credits and must fulfill general education requirements of Rowan University, either through the transfer of credits or the completion of courses at Rowan University. Additional coursework may be required, depending upon the amount of credits transferred in to Rowan. This program is offered in  online format and may be completed on a part-time basis.

Courses are scheduled in 7 and 14 week modules with each week of work starting every Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and ending every Monday at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Students must take the following general education courses:

  • English Composition I & II: 6 credits
  • Public Speaking: 3 credits
  • Laboratory Science: 4 credits
  • Statistics: 3 credits
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits
  • History/Humanities/Languages: 6 credits
  • Multicultural/Global (NURS 03.401)
  • Fine Arts: 3 credits
  • Literature: 3 credits
  • Writing Intensive (WI) (NURS 03.404)
  • General Elective Options: 26-35* (depending on prior transfer credit)

Students must also have 30 credits worth of Pre-Licensure Nursing Courses in Transfer.

  • 9 Courses / 120 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Nursing Concentration: 30 S.H.
NURS 03303 Comprehensive Health Assessment 3
NURS 03304 Nursing Informatics 3
NURS 03404 Research Applications In Nursing Practice (WI) 3
NURS 03401 Community Health Nursing 6
NURS 03405 Health Care Policy And Finance 3
NURS 03403 Nursing Care Delivery Systems 3
NURS 05504* Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 03300 Pathophysiology for Nursing 3
NURS 05505** Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 03309 Topics In Health Care Ethics 3
NURS 03308 Pharmacology of Nursing 3

*Students can choose to complete NURS 05504 or NURS 03300
**Students can choose to complete NURS 05505 or NURS 03308

The following courses have pre-requisites:

  • Research, Applications in Nursing Practice (WI) (prereq: COMP 01.112 & STAT 02.100)
  • Community Health Nursing (MG) (prereq: NURS 03.303)
  • Nursing Care Delivery Systems (Prereq: NURS 03.303)
  • Advanced Pathophysiology (Graduate) (Prereq: NURS 03.303)
  • Advanced Pharmacology (Graduate) (Prereq: NURS 03.303 & NURS 05.504)

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Graduation from an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) associate degree or diploma program
  • One official transcript from all colleges attended
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Current licensure or eligibility to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the State of New Jersey
  • Current CPR Card
  • Current professional resume
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Career Outlook

Research from the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing (AACN) indicates that higher nursing education leads to better patient outcomes, such as lower mortality rates and increased accuracy in diagnosis. With our BSN, you'll be prepared to provide this elevated care to your patients, as well as boost your leadership opportunities in the growing fields for registered nurses and health services managers.


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