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General education and foundation course work

RN to BSN option

Registered nurse (RN) students complete the same general education and support courses as basic nursing students. The length of the program depends on whether a student is part-time or full-time. The following is the list of general education and foundation course work for RN to BSN students. With the exception of nutrition, pharmacology and human growth and development, all non-nursing courses must be completed prior to registration for the first nursing course.

CoursesCredit hours
English 1000 (Composition II)3
Humanities or Fine Arts9
History or Political Science3
General Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
College Algebra3
Statistics3
Microbiology (with lab)*4
Anatomy (with lab)*4
Physiology (with lab)*4
Pharmacology**3
Human Growth and Development (life span)**3
Nutrition/Diet Therapy**3
Social/Biological/Physical/Mathematical/Behavioral Science6
Electives6
Total60

120 credit hours are needed for graduation. Additional electives may be required.
*All science courses will be evaluated on an individual basis for the transfer of credit.
**May be challenged through standardized examinations.

Descriptive information about individual courses can be found on our comprehensive listing page.