Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Completion Program

The Institute of Medicine is calling for the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to increase from 50% to 80% by the year 2020.*

As standards for the profession evolve, RNs are increasingly expected to enhance their educational preparation in today’s healthcare environment. For example, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Nurses Association recommend the BSN as the minimum required preparation to practice. In addition, the earnings gap between those with and without a BSN is growing ever wider. (U.S Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

With Walden’s BSN program, you can enhance your ability, gain specialized knowledge, and qualify for new nursing opportunities in a changing healthcare environment. Our relevant, evidence-based online BSN program equips you with the tools needed for success in a nursing career so you can change your world and the world of those around you.

As a completion program, Walden’s program provides current RNs with the opportunity to earn a BSN as well as:

  • Explore new perspectives by collaborating with nurses from around the country in a highly interactive online environment.
  • Learn from nationally renowned contributing scholars and 100% doctorally prepared faculty.
  • Receive personalized technical and academic support from Walden’s academic advisors, technical support staff, and tutors.
  • Apply real-world solutions immediately on the job.
  • Establish a foundation for pursuing graduate studies.
  • Achieve educational goals without compromising personal and professional obligations through Walden’s comprehensive student services.

Walden’s BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Among other benefits, this accreditation:

  • Ensures the program meets the organization’s standards of quality and relevance to the profession.
  • Provides you with an advantage when applying to master’s degree programs.
  • Equips you to help make an impact on the shortage of qualified nurses.

*The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” can be found at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-future-of-nursing-leading-change-advancing-health.aspx (viewed online Jan. 4, 2013).

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This online bachelor’s in nursing program features two tracks depending on your higher education goals. Choose between the following:

RN to BSN Track This is for registered nurses who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree.
RN to BSN to MSN Track This is an accelerated pathway that gives registered nurses the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s degree while working toward their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

RN-BSN Track

Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • General education courses (50 cr.)
    • Lower-division courses (50 cr.)
    • Core courses (54 cr.)
    • Elective courses (25 cr.)

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

All students admitted to the RN-BSN program must have a current, active nursing license and an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program. Transcripts and diploma information will be evaluated to determine the extent of credit awarded.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Foundation Course

 

Core Courses

 

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from the general education program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. At least [two] credits must be at the 3000–4000 level. Your elective credits should total 25 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on Minors: Electives can also be used to complete a 6-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than 6 elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

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RN-BSN-MSN Track

The RN-BSN-MSN track is for registered nurses who hold a hospital diploma or associate degree in nursing and would like to obtain their bachelor’s degree while working toward their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). With this accelerated program of study, you can earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than earning both degrees separately. You will enroll at the bachelor’s level and will take both bachelor’s- and master’s-level courses and then apply for admission to Walden’s MSN program following completion of undergraduate requirements.

Completion Requirements

You also have the option to pursue an undergraduate minor. Your minor must be in a discipline outside your bachelor’s degree program area. Adding a minor to your program of study allows you to gain multidisciplinary skills that can help you advance toward your professional goals.

All students admitted to the RN-BSN-MSN program must have a current, active nursing license and an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Nurses admitted to the program may be awarded up to 50 quarter credits for meeting competencies required to achieve the nursing license through either a diploma program or an associate degree program. Transcripts and diploma information will be evaluated to determine the extent of credit awarded.

Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

Foundation Course

Core Courses

Elective Courses

Choose four courses from the general education program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 25 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor. Although this program requires fewer than six elective courses, you have the option to complete a minor and graduate with more than the required number of credits for this program.

RN-BSN-MSN Track

Leadership and Management Specialization

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Nursing Informatics Specialization

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RN-BSN-MSN Track

Nursing Education Specialization

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Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization

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Walden currently allows students to enroll in the AGNP specialization in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Check back often as more states will be added to this list.

Note on Certification
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

Note on Licensure, Authorization, Endorsement, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

RN-BSN-MSN Track

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Specialization

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Walden currently allows students to enroll in the AGNP specialization in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Check back often as more states will be added to this list.

Note on Certification
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for national nurse practitioner certification exams, which are required for practice as a nurse practitioner in most states. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency to determine specific certification exam requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to national certification exams; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification exams for the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners at www.aanpcertification.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursecredentialing.org, or other nurse practitioner certification exam websites.

Note on Licensure, Authorization, Endorsement, or Other State Credential Necessary to Practice as a Nurse Practitioner
The MSN nurse practitioner specializations are designed to prepare graduates with an active registered nurse (RN) license to practice as nurse practitioners. However, each state Board of Nursing has its own academic and certification requirements and issues its own credential for an RN to be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner in that state. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will be permitted to practice as a nurse practitioner upon graduation, we encourage students to consult the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency in the state in which he or she wishes to practice to determine specific requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance relating to the state-by-state requirements for practice as a nurse practitioner; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to the practice as a nurse practitioner in the state in which he or she intends to practice as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential. For more information about the requirements to practice as a nurse practitioner, students should contact the appropriate Board of Nursing or state agency.

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost
Courses 180 total quarter credit hours $310 per quarter credit hour
Technology Fee per quarter $120

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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Accelerate Your Degree Completion

Gain the specialized skills and credentials needed to succeed in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. As a completion program, the BSN provides current registered nurses with the opportunity to:

  • Benefit from a curriculum based on the 2008 Essentials of Baccalaureate Education  as published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
  • Explore new perspectives by collaborating with nurses from around the country in a highly interactive online environment.
  • Learn from nationally renowned contributing scholars and 100% doctorally prepared faculty.
  • Receive personalized technical and academic support from Walden’s academic advisors, technical support staff, and tutors.
  • Apply real-world solutions immediately on the job.
  • Establish a foundation for pursuing graduate studies.
  • Achieve your educational goals without compromising your personal and professional obligations with the help of Walden’s comprehensive student services. Phi Nu Chapter logo.
  • Join Phi Nu, Walden’s chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and connect with nurses around the world to share the latest nursing research and best practices in clinical, scientific, and leadership areas.

At Walden, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

Find out more about what defines Walden’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program:

Wherever you are in your nursing career, Walden offers a program to help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Learn from experts in the field and collaborate with nurses from around the country as you pursue a degree that can help you make a greater difference.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program

  • Earn a BSN without compromising your personal or professional obligations.
  • Equip yourself with the tools you need for success in a nursing career through a flexible, relevant, evidence-based online nursing degree program.
  • Gain an advantage when applying to master’s programs with a BSN degree that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 

  • Choose from specializations that help you meet your specific career goals.
  • Contribute to positive social change in your community by becoming a leader in the profession.
  • Gain an advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs with an MSN that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing

  • Add depth to your degree or pursue a new specialization.
  • Gain the credentials you need to advance your career if you have been away from the educational environment for some time.
  • Prepare for professional development and leadership positions.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

  • Enhance your talents as a nurse leader in order to serve at the highest level within your existing specialty.
  • Assume greater practice and leadership roles in community-based healthcare organizations, evaluate and apply research that contributes to better patient outcomes, and promote a more effective and efficient healthcare system.
  • Help fill the need for advanced practice nurses holding doctoral degrees.

Meet a few of the students and graduates of the BSN program. Their unique perspectives on Walden and on this program can offer you a glimpse of what to expect from your student experience. These students and alumni offer insights into learning at Walden, applying the BSN in the real world, and how earning a BSN has helped them make a difference in the field of nursing.

Denise Schuler“For me, Walden’s emphasis on social change affirmed my desire to expand my horizons. The concept did not just live on paper—it became an action that entwined itself throughout my thought processes. It was not an ‘aha’ moment for me, but rather a slow and steady shift in focus that embedded itself as a true change in my professional and personal life.”

Denise Schuler
School of Nursing Graduate

“I’ve never been so organized in my professional or personal life. Walden’s consistency and structure brought my thoughts together in way I’d never experienced before. Even though each class and instructor had their own objectives, personalities, and methods, the overlying construct was the same. I manage my day-to-day life much more efficiently because of my time with Walden.”

Denise Schuler
School of Nursing Graduate

 

“Walden University is your steppingstone to help you achieve your dreams. Its faculty and curriculum will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to make a positive change in your life and the lives of others within the world you live.”

Sarah Grcich
School of Nursing Graduate

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Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision making to promote patient safety and quality care.
  2. Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health-illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
  3. Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
  5. Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
  6. Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviors in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  7. Provide patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the lifespan using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.

Walden is committed to providing the information you need to make an informed decision about where you pursue your education. Click here to find detailed information for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing relating to the types of occupations this program may lead to, completion rate, program costs, and median loan debt of students who have graduated from this program.

For assistance in deciding which online degree program fits your goals, request information or speak with an enrollment advisor by calling 1-866-492-5336. A list of international toll-free phone numbers is available for students outside the United States.