The College of Nursing currently requires a total of 133.9 credits for graduation (based on the nature of the block curriculum). For the RN to BSN program, 40 credits will be allowed for successfully passing the NCLEX-RN; up to 73 major requirements, including 28 upper division nursing credits. The RN to BSN online curriculum consists of 8 blocks and 28 credits delivered over 35-weeks including residency and remediation periods. The block titles and associated credit hours are presented below.

  • Transition to Professional Nursing (4 credits, 4 weeks)
  • Theories, Issues & Practice (3 credits, 3 weeks)
  • Nursing Research (3 credits, 3 weeks)
  • Informatics (3 credits, 3 weeks)
  • Nursing Leadership & Management (3 credits, 3 weeks)
  • Leadership & Management Project (1 credit, 3 weeks)
  • Community Health (6 credits, 6 weeks)
  • Capstone Course (5 credits, 6 weeks)

In addition to the blocks described above, students are required to attend two 1-week on campus residencies. The first residency occurs at the beginning of the program and provides orientation information related to the mastery learning philosophy, block curriculum, overview of the program of study, the online platform, information technology support, expectations, library resources, and review of policies and procedures. The second residency occurs approximately at mid-point in the program. During the second residency, students have the opportunity to complete remediation and clarify expectations concerning the remaining blocks and the final capstone block. Prior to the capstone block, a two week remediation period allows students the ability to complete any outstanding course work, if needed.

Student Experience

During the first residency week, students receive extensive orientation to and training on the Blackboard platform. Likewise, a tutorial is available for students who need additional training, or the student can contact a member of the Block Online Support or Blackboard support staff to obtain the needed assistance. The Blackboard platform allows students to access syllabi, learning outcomes, lectures, presentations, and on-line assessments (exams). Faculty are available to students via email, telephone or virtual conference rooms.

The learning material in each block is presented in modules that contain didactic content, block presentations, learning activities, handouts and other enrichment activities. Modules contain a variety of instructional modalities. Examples include: voice override over lectures, video streaming, discussion questions, discussion of articles/readings, and other interactive teaching modalities. Students complete the requirements for the didactic component online by submitting projects, papers, or other learning activities; participating in discussion forums, and completing group projects.