Nursing, RN to BSN

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science


An RN will get you in the door; a BSN will help you advance professionally—and give you the skills to hold the door open for others.


Why come back to school for your BSN? Like other highly specialized fields, nursing is varied and complex. Additional education can help position you as an advanced professional in your field. When you earn a BSN, you’re building on top of your skills as an RN. Nurses with BSNs are better trained in specialty areas and often eligible for higher salaries.

Learn how to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the humanities, natural, and behavioral sciences as a foundation for safe, client-centered nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership concepts, skills and decision making in the provision of high-quality nursing care in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical judgment in practice with individuals, families, and groups.
  • Deliver quality health care through proficiency in information management and patient care technology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy and regulations to assist individuals, families, and groups to identify and mobilize resources to meet health care needs.
  • Collaborate with consumers, members of the health care team and others to improve the delivery of health care.
  • Integrate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals, families, and groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, and legal responsibility for nursing practice.
  • Apply the nursing process to deliver and manage nursing care for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups across the life span in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Use clinical reasoning strategies, communication and other affective skills, as well as psychomotor skills to provide therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups in varying health states.
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Admission Requirements

Any student interested in the RN to BSN program must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. The application process has several steps, and requires you to submit application materials to both the Office of Admissions and the College of Health Professions Academic Success Center (formerly the STAR Office). Be sure to pay attention to when and where you must submit any required documentation. .

To be considered for admission to RN to BSN undergraduate program, submit the following:

Note: RN to BSN students do not need to take the HESI A2 exam. Prospective students may also be invited to come in for an interview. 

Important Dates to Remember

  • December 1st is Early Decision deadline
  • February 1st is Final Decision deadline

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, students must complete 120 credit hours. These credit hours split among General Education Requirements (GERs), course prerequisites, and major courses. Each section below explains the range of course offerings.

General Education Requirements (GERs)

Students must complete 40 GER credits. Specifically for Health Information Management majors, your program plan should also include:

GER Requirement Course options
Mathematics MATH 203: Basic Statistics
Behavioral and Social Science

PSYC 201: General Psychology


SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology 

Natural Sciences

BIOL 107: Comprehensive Review of Life Sciences or BIOL 201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I


CHEM 103: General Chemistry (Prereq. MATH 110)

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues

SPCH 105: Introduction to Speech Communication or SPCH 202: Principles and Practices of Interviewing or SPCH 204 Critical Listening

Additional GER Requirements
Course OPTIONS Credits

HIST 201: World History I


HIST 203: U.S. History I


HIST 205: African-American History I


HIST 202: World History II 


HIST 204: U.S. History II


HIST 204: African-American History II


WLIT 207: World Literature I 


ENGL 2XX: Any 200-level Course


ART 105: Introduction to Ceramic Sculpture


IDIS 102: Music and Dance


IDIS 103: Visual Arts and Theater


MUSC 201: Survey of Jazz Music 


DANC 226: Fundamentals of Choreography


THEA 211: Fundamentals of Acting


LANG XXX: Any Foreign Language Course


Core Courses (14 credits)

Course Credits Name
BIOL 203 4 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 308 4 Microbiology
HSC 213 3 Principles and Practices in Nutrition
PSYC 335 3 Developmental Psychology 

Advanced Placement in Nursing

These courses are based on RN licensure and Maryland State Articulation Agreement.

Course Credits
Medical/Surgical Nursing 6
Nursing Care for Children  5
Pharmacology 3
Mental Health Nursing 4
Pathophysiology 3
Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing 6
Maternity and Women's Health 5
Senior Practicum 3

Sample Degree Plan

Be sure to connect with your academic advisor to plan your semester courses. The plan below is just an example—your journey may have different requirements.  

Fall Semester (15 credits)

Course credits name
NURS 210 3 Nursing Informatics
NURS 216 3 Transitions to Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 217 3 Health Assessment
NURS 220 3 Ethics in Nursing
NURS 315 3 Nursing Research

Spring Semester (15 credits)

Course Credits Name
NURS 411 2 Contemporary Issues in Nursing
NURS 421 3 Leadership in Nursing
NURS 430 4 Community Health
NURS 470 3 Nursing and the Law
XXXX xxx 3 Elective

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Health Information Management


Nursing is in the Helene Fuld School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions.