RN to BSN Curriculum


Earn your RN to BSN in as few as 12 months | CompleteDegree@Simmons

The online RN to BSN curriculum prepares RNs to confidently take on higher-level nursing roles across multiple health care settings. As a student in the program, you can continue providing high-quality care for patients while gaining the advanced knowledge and ability you need to move your career forward — exploring topics from patient care and education to research and systemic health care issues.

Qualified RN applicants will automatically receive 94 transfer credits — allowing you to earn your RN to BSN in as few as 4 terms. Learn more about transfer credits.

Interested in taking your education further? The online RN to BSN curriculum will prepare you to advance your nursing education through our accredited online MSN and online DNP programs.

Key Content Areas

A Simmons education will prepare you to think and lead within your area of focus and beyond. Our undergraduate experience includes courses in a variety of key content areas — such as science and culture — that represent different ways of thinking about the world and approaching complex topics. These learning opportunities within and across disciplines prepare our graduates to solve a wide range of challenges in their lives, careers, and communities.

Like many of our students who are continuing their academic journey with Simmons, you may have transferable credits that fulfill key content area requirements. Be sure to submit all academic transcripts for review — we accept up to 96 transfer credits.

Program Requirements

Below are the RN to BSN course requirements. As a student in this program, you will complete advanced nursing courses plus clinical experiences in or near your own community.

Term 1

Course #TitleCredits
RNBSN 250Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives4
RNBSN 245Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing4

Term 2

Course #TitleCredits
RNBSN 213Role of Nurse Manager4
STAT 118Statistics4
RNBSN 260Informatics4

Term 3

Course #TitleCredits
NURP 410Research Methods3
RNBSN 287Community Health4

Term 4

Course #TitleCredits
RNBSN 292 or NURP 530Health Assessment or Advanced Health Assessment3-4
RNBSN 254Leadership & Management4

RN to BSN Course Requirements

Health Assessment / Advanced Health Assessment*
*Dependent on the student’s qualifications upon entering the program.
4 / 3
Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing4
Role of Nurse Manager4
Research Methods3
Health Care System: Interdisciplinary Perspectives4

Clinical Placement and Practicum

CompleteDegree@Simmons RN to BSN students complete 80 hours of immersive clinical placement and practicum experiences, with 40 hours dedicated to community health and 40 hours focused on leadership and management.

Community Health4
Leadership & Management (Capstone)4

Clinical Placement Team

Our dedicated clinical placement team will help you find and vet opportunities in your area of clinical interest, ideally within 100 miles of your location.

Capstone Requirement

Students complete their capstone requirement as part of the Leadership & Management clinical course. All students will create a presentation and submit a written project paper as a final product of the capstone experience.