RN to BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Registered Nurses who have completed basic nursing education with either a nursing diploma or an associate degree may continue their education at Wilmington University to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Program of Study

The BSN degree program is progressive and promotes increased clinical and communication skills, problem-solving, confidence, and leadership within a complex healthcare environment.  The course of study utilizes a variety of individual and group learning experiences. The program is offered online, hybrid, and face-to-face.Nurses can pursue their education on a part-time or full-time basis.
In addition, the General Education requirement courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation.

Program Competencies

In addition to the University’s undergraduate graduation competencies, students will be able to:

1.  Apply evidence-based practice and clinical judgment to improve quality, safety, and clinical outcomes for professional nursing practice;

2.  Analyze social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and ethical principles for professional nursing practice;

3.  Assess health policy, fiscal, and information technology implications for professional nursing practice;

4.  Examine social determinants of health for professional nursing practice;

5.  Utilize effective leadership strategies with interprofessional teams to enhance systems-based professional nursing practice;

6.  Demonstrate effective communication, compassionate care, personal health, and professional maturity.

Program Policies 

Students are responsible for following all College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences policies and procedures, which are presented in NUR 303 and located in the program handbook.

All nursing students must complete a background check, drug screen, and submit an immunization record during NUR 303. Details are provided in the program handbook.. There is a one-time outside vendor fee required to complete the mandatory credentialing. Previous screening results are not  accepted.

Minimum Grade Policy

The College of Health Professions and Natural Sciences requires a minimum grade of "C-" for all nursing core courses.  Students receiving a grade lower than "C-" in any program core course must repeat the course.



The number of transfer credits granted to entering RN students varies depending on basic nursing preparation. In addition, the program of study will vary depending on transfer credits, part-time or full-time status, and credits earned in alternative ways. Students are encouraged to seek advisement from an academic advisor or nursing faculty member to plan their course sequence. 

Free Electives

Choose free electives to complete degree requirements of 120 credit hours. 

Upper Division Nursing Core (31 Credits)

NUR 303Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice


Prior to the completion of NUR 303, students must complete the mandatory credentialing process.

NUR 316Quality Improvement & Technology


NUR 333Leadership in Nursing Practice


NUR 343Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice


Mandatory pre-requisite: MAT 308 or approved course transfer.

NUR 363Chronic and Palliative Care


NUR 413Holistic Health Assessment


This course may be completed concurrently with NUR 430.

NUR 419Health Equity & Inclusion In Nursing Practice


NUR 430Community and Population Health: Senior Capstone


This is the RN-BSN Capstone course which includes a community learning experience. Mandatory prerequisites apply. This course is only offered as a semester course.

General Education Requirements - Upper Division (15 credits)

Required for all RN to BSN students

ENG 310Research Writing


MAT 308Inferential Statistics


HUM Upper Level Humanities Elective (9 credits)


Choose three (3) upper level humanities electives from the following list: 

ART, BBM 319, CUL, DRA, ETN, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, REL, SPA, VFP 311, VFP 312, VFP 313


Nursing Elective (3 Credits)

Choose one (1) upper level nursing elective from the following: 

HLT, HIT, ISM 430, HSC 380


Natural Sciences (12 Credits)

A minimum of 12 credits in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, and/or biology must be earned through coursework, transfer credit, or testing (available for anatomy and physiology and microbiology). 

General Education Requirements - Lower Division (24 Credits) (For Students Without an Associate Degree)

RN to BSN degree students can transfer up to 90 credits towards lower division general education requirements. 



CTA 206Computer Applications


ECO 105Fundamentals of Economics


ENG 121English Composition I


ENG 122English Composition II


ENG 131Public Speaking


SOC 101Introduction to Sociology


PSY 101Introduction to Psychology


PSY 329Life Span Development