RN To BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Program ID
RN-BSN (Bridge)
A - Winter 2022, B - Spring 2022, C - Fall 2022, D - Winter 2023
120 Credit hours
18 months

This program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as Registered Nurses….

The objective of the Registered Nurse (ASN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge at the College is to prepare students to proceed into administrative and supervisory positions in the nursing and healthcare fields. The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of medical settings as Registered Nurses. The program combines theory and clinical components in addressing the concepts of professional nursing roles: caregiver, advocate, educator, communicator and manager.

Through the Registered Nurse (ASN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge degree program Care Hope College participates as an active partner in meeting the healthcare needs of the community by educating and preparing professional nurses to practice in various medical settings.

Upon completion of the Registered Nurse (ASN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge program graduates will:

  • Provide compassionate, protective and effectual professional nursing care to individuals and families.
  • Employ other professionals and paraprofessionals in therapeutic and mutual discussion for the benefit of patient results.
  • Combine the knowledge of biological and behavioral sciences into the decision-making process regarding patient care.
  • Merge values, ethics and legal principles with critical thinking when making decisions for patients.
  • Support the mission and goals of the organization through efficient use of all resources, personnel and financial.
  • Display a commitment to professional nursing through patient advocacy, professional activism and lifelong learning.

The Registered Nurse (ASN) to Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Bridge program is designed to facilitate career mobility for the Registered Nurse (ASN). 

Program Description

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Bridge) is a post-licensure program for nurses with active, unencumbered RN license seeking to progress in the field of nursing by earning a bachelors degree in nursing. It facilitates a pathway for career mobility. The program is designed to provide the educational experiences that prepare graduates to assume administrative and supervisory positions in the nursing and wider healthcare field also. Nurses are also equipped to take on additional roles and responsibilities in areas such as nursing education, public health, leadership, and case management. 

The program consists of 120 semester credits in total, including forty (40) general education and thirty-three (33) core nursing, and forty-seven escrow credits awarded for the nursing classes taken at the associates level. The estimated program duration for the core nursing classes is 18 months. Areas of study include nurse leadership, gerontology, health informatics, community health and research and critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge of human culture and the physical and natural worlds of supporting an inclusive approach in the care of the client
  • Promote quality care and patient safety in the care of the client
  • Integrate Evidence Based Practice into the care of the client
  • Use information management and care technology in the care of the client
  • Explore healthcare policy in relation to client outcomes
  • Demonstrate interprofessional communication in the care of the client
  • Participate in health promotion of the client
  • Promote professionalism in the care of the client
  • Engage in continuous self-evaluation in the care of the client

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, applicants wishing to be considered for admission to the RN to BSN Bridge program must:

Complete a RN to BSN program application Background check clearance.

Proof of high school graduation or its equivalent.

Official transcript showing a conferred Associate Degree in Nursing/Diploma (ADN/ASN/AAS/Diploma) from an accredited or state Board of Nursing approved nursing program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Foreign Education must be evaluated for equivalency from a recommended foreign credential evaluation service. Please see catalog for foreign credential evaluation requirement.

Current and unencumbered RN license as indicated by date of issue from the United States.

Credits for Associate in Nursing Degree

Applicants will be awarded 60 block credits for their associate degree/diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or approved by a state Board of Nursing, and an active, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States. Additional general education credits may be considered pending submission of the official transcript for review.

Program Progression

Course #

Course Title

Semester Credits

Theory Hours

Lab Hours

Clinical Hours
 TERM 1    
NUR310 Health Assessment 3 45 0 0
NUR315 Nursing Theory 3 45 0 0
NU112 Nutrition 3 45 0 0
 TERM TOTAL 9 135 0 0
 TERM 2    
NUR325 Healthcare Informatics 3 45 0 0
NUR340 Pathophysiology 3 45 0 0
NUR430 Community and Public Health Nursing 3 30 0 45
NUR440 Quality and Safety in Healthcare 3 45 0 0
 TERM TOTAL 12 165 0 45
 TERM 3    
NUR460 Gerontology Nursing 3 30 0 45
NUR465 Nursing Leadership 3 30 0 45
NUR470 Nursing Capstone 6 90 0 0
 TERM TOTAL 12 150 0 90
 PROGRAM TOTAL 120 450 0 135

Career Opportunities


25-1072.00 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
11-9111.00 Medical and Health Services Managers Bright Outlook
29-1141.00 Registered Nurses Bright Outlook
29-1141.01 Acute Care Nurses Bright Outlook
29-1141.02 Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses Bright Outlook
29-1141.03 Critical Care Nurses Bright Outlook
29-1141.04 Clinical Nurse Specialists Bright Outlook

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