In the MU Sinclair School of Nursing RN to BSN program, all courses are online. Our advisors work with you to create a customized plan to meet your needs! All online courses are asynchronous and can be completed in as little as 14 months. Courses can also be taken over a longer period of time to meet your needs.

There are two curriculum pathways. A professional pathway leading to a BSN and a graduate pathway which also includes BSN completion, while starting the student on the path to completing a graduate Nursing degree. The graduate pathway allows a student to take graduate level credit while enrolled in the RN-BSN program.

If you are currently enrolled in an Associate Degree Nursing program, dual enrollment is also available. Take coursework toward your BSN while still enrolled in your associate degree program. Our academic advisor can assist you in selecting specific coursework to expedite your completion of the BSN. 

One-Year Plan of Study

In this faster-paced, one-year plan of study, you earn your BSN in just 14 months. This program is a good fit for you if:

  • Have the flexibility in your work/life schedule to take multiple credit hours during the semester.
  • Have completed all general education requirements except the 26 BSN credit hours.
  • Want to move forward in a fast pace toward achieving your RN-BSN degree.

View our BSN Degree Pathway one-year plan of study [PDF].

View our BSN/Graduate Degree Pathway one-year plan of study [PDF].

Two-Year Plan of Study

In the two-year plan of study, your classes are more spread out, and you earn your BSN in 24 months (two years). This program is a good fit for you if:

  • Still have some general education courses that need to be completed in addition to the 26 BSN credits hours.
  • Have busy work/life commitments that you need to complete your education at a steadier pace.
  • Need the flexibility to slow down your coursework if life changes occur.

View our BSN Degree Pathway two-year plan of study [PDF].

View our BSN/Graduate Degree Pathway two-year plan of study [PDF].

RN to BSN Online Program Clinical Experience

Your clinical experience is 45 hours in a community health setting. Enjoy the ability to work with expert preceptors near your home, or complete the community health clinical course through our travel abroad opportunities.

Students have a variety of opportunities for the clinical, such as:

  • Working with a county health agency
  • Serving as a summer camp nurse
  • Taking an international trip to Costa Rica
  • And many other opportunities near your own community 

Essential information about clinical experiences and policies related to clinical experiences can be found in the undergraduate student handbook.

General Education and Foundation Course Work

To earn your BSN from MU Sinclair School of Nursing, general education and foundation coursework is required. We’ll work with you to develop a comprehensive plan. MU Sinclair School of Nursing accepts transfer credits. Courses may be taken at MU or transferred from any accredited college or university (see credit transfer equivalency). These courses include:

Courses Credit Hours
English 1000 (Composition II)  3
Humanities and Fine Arts  9
American History or Political Science  3
General Psychology  3
Introduction to Sociology  3
College Algebra or Quantitative Reasoning  3
Statistics  3
Microbiology (with lab)*  4
Anatomy (with lab)*  4-5
Physiology (with lab)*  4-5
Human Growth and Development (lifespan)**  3
Human or Therapeutic Nutrition**  3
General Science (Social/Biological/Physical/Mathematical/Behavioral Science)  6
Electives 9
Total 60-62

*All science courses will be evaluated on an individual basis.

** May be completed through standardized examinations.