Nursing, BSN

Our RN to BSN program is designed for working RNs. Students in the RN to BSN program will develop leadership and management skills, as well as, critical thinking skills needed as they advance in their career path. Students will be able to register to be a Public Health Nurse with the Minnesota Board of Nursing upon completion of the RN to BSN Program.

Upon Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam and admission to the SMSU RN to BSN Program, students will be awarded credits for prior learning.

Admission to the RN to BSN requirements

  • Current, unencumbered RN license (Associate Degree students may apply in the last semester of their nursing program, with acceptance in the program contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam and nursing licensure.)
  • Nursing GPA > 2.30
  • Admission to Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Additional enrollment requirements prior to registration for any NURS courses

All program courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order to complete degree requirements.

Nursing Major Required Courses
NURS 300Transitions to Baccalaureate Nursing3
NURS 310Transcultural Nursing3
NURS 320NURS 320: Chronic Illness in Rural Settings3
NURS 360Pathophysiology3
NURS 390Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 400Prevention and Population Health3
NURS 410Public/Community Health Clinical Experience Seminar1
NURS 420Healthcare Policy and Informatics3
NURS 440Organizational & System Leadership3
NURS 450Public/Community Health Experiential Nursing Learning3
Nursing Major Electives
Select one of the following:2
Care of the Rural Population
Clinical Reasoning and Judgment
Comprehensive Health Assessment
Mental Health Nursing
Total Credits30
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