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RN–BSN Curriculum

At IU South Bend, a minimum of 120 credit hours are required for the BSN; 52 credit hours of general education, 33 credit hours of RN–BSN nursing courses, and 35 credit hours of special credit for previous nursing coursework.


Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

General Education

A minimum of 52 credit hours in general-education courses are required for the RN in the BSN degree completion program. Courses in addition to those required can be selected from the cluster course list available from an advisor. Courses from accredited schools can be transferred in and applied to the BSN Submission of an official credit transfer report (CTR) to the School of Nursing is required for all work being transferred from another school. To obtain an official CTR, the student must request an official transcript from the other institution(s) to be forwarded to the IU South Bend Office of Admissions for evaluation. Each student record is individually evaluated for applicability of courses toward the campus general-education requirements and the BSN

For a more detailed description of the IU South Bend general-education curriculum, including lists of approved courses, see pages 35-40 in this publication.

All courses certified as meeting the campuswide general-education requirements are designated in the Schedule of Classes or approved for transfer.


Campuswide Curriculum for Transfer Students (18 cr.)

Students who transfer to IU South Bend with 56 credit hours or more toward graduation are required to complete, at a minimum, one 300-level common core course at IU South Bend in any of the four areas with the advice of their major program. In addition, they are required to complete the campuswide general-education requirements in the fundamental literacies, Oral Communication, Computer Literacy, and Quantitative Reasoning; and one of the 3 credit hour contemporary social values courses in either Non-Western Cultures or Diversity in United States Society. See additional requirements for RN’s under this section.

Fundamental Literacies (12 cr.)
  • Writing | ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
  • Critical Thinking | Waived for RN’s
  • Oral Communication | SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking
  • Visual Literacy | Waived for RN’s
  • Quantitative Reasoning | Select one of the following (or its equivalent):
  • HSC-H 322 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • MATH-K 300 Statistical Techniques for Health Professions
  • NURS-H 355 Data Analysis/Practice and Research
  • SOC-S 351 Social Statistics
  • Information Literacy | Waived for RNs
  • Computer Literacy | Waived for RNs

Common Core Courses (3 cr.)

RN’s complete one 300- or 399-level course from the following four areas, as designated in the Schedule of Classes.


Contemporary Social Values (3 cr.)

RN’s must complete one course from the following two areas, as designated in the Schedule of Classes.


Additional Requirements (40 cr. minimum)
  • MICR-M 250 Microbial Cell Biology
  • PHIL-P 140 Introduction to Ethics*
  • PHSL-P 261 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (5 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 (5 cr.)
  • PSY-P 103 General Psychology
  • SOC-S 161 Principles of Sociology
  • Electives from cluster course list

If anatomy, physiology, and microbiology courses total less than 12 credit hours, or if microbiology was not required by the RN-granting program, a biologically-based science course is required. Courses should be equivalent to the listed courses. Credit hours may vary.


Nursing Course Requirements (30 cr.)
  • NURS-B 304 Health Policy
  • NURS-B 331 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
  • NURS-B 404 Informatics
  • NURS-H 355 Data Analysis/Practice and Research
  • NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • NURS-R 470 Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone
  • NURS-S 474  Applied Health Care Ethics
  • NURS-S 475 A MultiSystem Approach to the Health of the Community RN-BSN
  • NURS-S 487 Nursing Management RN-BSN

Nursing Electives

Select two of the available Nursing electives. Possibiliities may include:

  • NURS-B 344 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment
  • NURS-K 301 Complementary Health Therapies
  • NURS-K 304 Nursing Specialty Elective
  • NURS-K 305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care   
  • NURS-K499 Genetics and Genomics
  • NURS-P 345 Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice

The selection of electives could change. Please check with your academic advisor as to availability and fit into program of study.


Prior Learning Credits

A total of 35 credit hours of BSN nursing courses are credentialed through special credit awards for nursing courses from the RN’s accredited Nursing Program. These are placed on the transcript upon successful completion of NURS-B 304 Health Policy and NURS-B 404 Professional Nursing Seminar 2: Informatics. The RN-BSN Program values prior learning and seeks to develop and maintain a process for assessing/validating/evaluating prior learning in order to award course credit or exemption for undergraduate nursing courses through the portfolio process.

The elective course NURS-K 304 Nursing Specialty Elective can be used to award credit for having or obtaining national nursing certification.

Academic Bulletins

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2017-2018 Campus Bulletin
2016-2017 Campus Bulletin
2015-2016 Campus Bulletin
2014-2015 Campus Bulletin

Please be aware that the PDF is formatted from the webpages; some pages may be out of order.