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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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To qualify, you must hold a current, unencumbered licensure as an RN in the U.S.

Dependent on prerequisite transferred, completion time & cost may be considerably less.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


Our students are finding success at Maryville – and so can you.

“I feel like Maryville is really helping to prepare me for my career path and to become a successful nurse. I’m receiving all the knowledge I need, and I’m also learning how to apply it in a clinical setting.” — Joe Balassi, online RN to BSN student


RN to BSN Online Curriculum


Maryville’s RN to BSN online degree curriculum offers a wide range of courses designed to help RNs advance to leadership roles. The program requires a valid RN license to be awarded 40 transfer credit hours. The program requires a total of 129 credit hours to graduate, 30 of which must be taken at Maryville. Nurses with associate degrees can apply approved transfer credits to satisfy some or all general education courses.


Our continually updated courses connect you with expert faculty members to collaborate on research and allow you to demonstrate your knowledge through the completion of a public health capstone project. Graduates can emerge with advanced skills to assess patient health, present research, and direct nursing teams with confidence.


General Education Courses (64 credits) — Strengthen your critical thinking and creative analysis skills with courses in the liberal arts, psychology, and math.


Nursing Courses (25 credits) — Develop your professional nursing skills with a deep approach to healthcare leadership, family assessment, nursing informatics, and genetics.

This course serves as a bridge to baccalaureate education for the registered nurse who has successfully completed an associate or diploma nursing program. Focus is upon the socialization process and role transition. Key concepts related to self awareness, information literacy, group process, adult learning, nursing theory, and communication are discussed. The nursing roles of educator and theorist are explored.

A profession builds the body of knowledge that is specific to that profession through critical thinking as exemplified by scientific research. The steps of the research process, the role of research in the practice of professional nursing, and acquisition of the knowledge to be an informed consumer of nursing and other healthcare research are emphasized in this course.

This course introduces major concepts and skills needed to complete comprehensive assessments of individual clients at all development stages. Also featured are lab experiences, applying interviewing and assessment skills to clients of all ages.

Although families have been the recipients of nursing care for many years, the family is now widely perceived to be the context of care. Health professionals must broaden their practice so that they serve the family as a unit as well as individual family members. This course provides a sound theoretical foundation for family nursing assessment and intervention.

This course provides an overview of informatics for the post-licensure nursing student. This course integrates practice, education, and research with computer technology and information science to identify, gather, process, and manage information. Emphasis is on technology-based health applications which support clinical, administrative, and research decision making and their use in Evidence Based Practice. Current trends and issues in nursing and managing healthcare information are all examined. It is assumed that students have basic computing and word processing skills for this course.

The current healthcare environment provides many opportunities for an enhanced leadership role for professional nursing. This course emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and principles of management, nursing practice models, and the relationship between historical and contemporary issues and the responsibilities of the professional nurse.

Public health nursing combines concepts, theories, and principles from nursing, public health and other sciences to form the basis for its practice. The scope of this practice is distinguished by the focus on prevention, health protection, and health promotion of individuals, families, aggregates, and communities.

Nursing Credit by Validation of RN License

The quality of life in any society depends on the health of its citizens and the promotion of that health by individuals, communities and governing bodies. Essential to achieving health and wellness is understanding the determinants of health and the strategies that can be applied to foster healthy lifestyles. This course includes concepts and strategies of nutrition, exercise and lifestyle choices. 


Prerequisite: ENGL 101

An understanding of physiology of altered health across the life span provides a basis for nursing interventions. This course examines alterations in body function and system failure associated with common health problems. 


Prerequisite: BIOL 102, BIOL 104, ENGL 104 and CHEM 120 (or equivalent).

While professional nursing is a complex service that has evolved over time, a consistent theme of nursing practice within a variety of cultural and technological contexts has been ensuring the well-being of patients. This course has a twofold focus: 1) a beginning exploration of the roots and development of the profession, and 2) provision of comfort and safety and assistance to the client in activities of daily living. 


Prerequisite: BIOL 102, BIOL 104, ENGL 104, and CHEM 120 (or equivalent)


Corequisite: NURS 202, NURS 203C, and NURS 204L

Introduces common classifications of therapeutic drugs including major actions, indications, side effects, dosage range, nursing implications and examples. Application activities focus on administration of therapeutic drugs. 


Prerequisite: BIOL 102, BIOL 104, ENGL 104, and any Chemistry course.

Nursing requires knowledge of psychosocial concepts in order to provide holistic nursing care for individuals and families in every practice setting. This course examines promotion of mental health, the management of mental illness and relevant social policy. Students provide care for clients demonstrating a variety of behaviors in acute and community settings.


Corequisite: NURS-302C, NURS-303 (or prior)

The physiologic, psychosocial, and learning needs of the adult are the focus of this course. Nursing care includes the prevention of illness, nursing care during illness, and the rehabilitation of the adult client. Students develop an understanding of the ethical and legal issues that impact nursing care of the adult.


Prerequisite: NURS-201, NURS-202, NURS-203, NURS-205, NURS-206L


Corequisite: NURS-303C and NURS-310L previous or concurrent

This course focuses on applying the nursing process in the care of the child- bearing family. Contemporary issues in maternity, womens health and preventive health issues are explored. Both theory and clinical experiences address the physiological and psychosocial needs of the child-bearing family.


Corequisite: NURS-303 (or prior), NURS-310L (or prior)

Nursing care of the child and adolescent requires applying the nursing process based on the developmental needs of the child and family. Students explore health promotion, growth and development, and the impact of acute and chronic illness in childhood and adolescence. Theory and clinical experiences address the physiological and psychosocial needs of the pediatric patients.


Corequisite: NURS-304 (co or prior)

This course integrates medical surgical case studies with medical surgical psychomotor skills in order to care for complex clients and safely administer medications.


Corequisite: NURS-202 (or prior) and NURS-206L (or prior)

This course continues the focus on needs of adults experiencing illness in acute and community-based settings. The theoretical basis of medical/surgical nursing care for adults is emphasized along with the application of the nursing process for common and complex health problems. Cultural differences, ethical considerations, and legal responsibilities are integrated throughout the course as students deliver professional nursing care.


Prerequisite: NURS-303


Corequisite: NURS-304C

Online RN to BSN Elective Courses

This introductory course is designed to emphasize the conceptual framework of genetics. Principles, problems, and methods of human genetics will be explored. Aspects of medical genetics, biochemical genetics, molecular genetics, and cytogenetics, as applied to humans, will be introduced. Ethical considerations will be discussed and applied within the context of nursing.

This course will address critical aspects of palliative nursing care. Clinical nursing assessment, symptom management, spirituality, cultural influences, and ethics will be discussed. The needs of special populations and nursing management in a variety of settings are included.

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.


Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

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University Details

Founded in 1872 – Top Ranked Today

Maryville University is proud to be recognized as one of America’s best colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes. Maryville University is also recognized as one of the best online nursing school master’s programs for 2023 by The Princeton Review and one of the best online master’s in nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Completing your RN to BSN online gives you an edge in a job market where employers increasingly require nursing candidates to hold BSNs. A BSN degree helps you qualify for a wider range of nursing jobs with higher salaries and more advanced roles in management, education, and advocacy. In addition, a BSN lays the groundwork for graduate studies.

Completing your RN to BSN online gives you an edge in a job market where employers increasingly require nursing candidates to hold BSNs. A BSN degree helps you qualify for a wider range of nursing jobs with higher salaries and more advanced roles in management, education, and advocacy. In addition, a BSN lays the groundwork for graduate studies.

Our BSN prepares you for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Earning these degrees can help you attain advanced nursing roles such as nurse practitioner (NP).

The median salary for nursing professionals holding a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a U.S. institution was $86,492 as of May 2021, according to PayScale.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an independent accrediting agency created to assess and identify programs that engage in effective practices to teach nursing skills and concepts. CCNE exclusively accredits baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs.


If you’re looking to get your BSN or higher, make sure you choose a program with CCNE accreditation. Doing so can help you to stay competitive.

The RN to BSN program requires students to complete 89 credit hours: 64 credits in general education and 25 credits in nursing-specific courses. Students with a current, unencumbered RN license may be able to complete the program in as little as one year. Contact your advisor for more information.

The online RN to BSN program at Maryville University requires students to hold a valid RN license to be awarded 40 transfer credit hours toward the degree. Students must complete 30 of the remaining 89 credit hours at Maryville. In addition, they must earn at least half of the required major/minor credit hours at Maryville.


Transfer credits are accepted only from regionally accredited colleges or universities. Generally, if you have earned credits with a grade of C- or better at a regionally accredited institution, they will be accepted as transfer credit.


For more information about transferring credits, including military credits, see our Transfer Student Admission page.

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