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Nursing RN to BSN

Nursing RN-BSN Completion Program Overview

The University of Providence RN-BSN program is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program offered to licensed, practicing Registered Nurses. The RN-BSN program prepares graduates to be a leader in healthcare. The BSN Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A graduate of our program is a life-long learner who will enhance the profession of nursing by providing evidence-based practice that is population centered, and grounded in spiritual, ethical and compassionate care.

RN-BSN Program Details

Program Specific Information

The University of Providence Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program is designed for completion in three consecutive semesters or 12 months. Following a required face-to-face program orientation, students complete all required nursing and other coursework that is delivered using online learning technologies.

Students progress through the program on a part-time, cohort-based model with required online classes that occur on a single day every other week each semester. In a cohort, the same group of students take all of their courses together in sequence.

The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.”  This mission is supported by a conceptual framework comprising the following constructs:

Relationship-Based Care

The University of Providence RN to BSN Degree Completion Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.


Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.

Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.


Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in-improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.


Program Format
  • 3 semesters for a total of 12 months.
  • Online program with mandatory live video conference classes one day every other week.
  • Required Face-to-face Program Immersion Day prior to the start of the program.
  • Cohort model- students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students.
  • New Cohorts begin in January and August each year.
Program Outcomes
Program Themes and Learning Outcomes:

BSN Degree Program Themes 

  • Compassion, ethics and spirituality  
  • Patient and family centered care 
  • Leadership and effective advocacy   
  • Evidence based practice  
  • Population and community health 
  • Transforming healthcare 
  • Safety and quality outcomes 
  • Professional accountability 
  • Collaboration and interprofessional teams 
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development 


A graduate of the program will be a leader in healthcare. Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians and leaders of change. A graduate is a life-long learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing evidence-based nursing practice that is population centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical and compassionate care.

  1. Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.   
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes. 
  3. Apply nursing practices that are informed by research, evidence-based practice and innovation to optimize health.
  4. Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.  
  5. Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.  
  6. Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.  
  7. Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.  
  8. Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
  9. Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics. 
  10. Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.
Program Requirements

The University of Providence RN to BSN Degree Completion Program is a program offered to licensed, practicing Registered Nurses with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing. RNs that are current Providence St. Joseph Health Caregivers may be eligible for a Providence St. Joseph Health scholarship.

The following items must be met to be eligible for the program:
  • Graduate of an Associate Degree program in Nursing.
  • Active and unencumbered RN license.
  • Applicants must complete the University of Providence Application for Admission located at uprovidence.edu as a RN-BSN student.


Providence St. Joseph Health Scholarship Eligibility
The following items must be met for applicants to be eligible for Providence St. Joseph Health scholarship funds:
  • Scholarship recipients must be offered admission to the University of Providence’s RN to BSN program.
  • Awardees must be employed by Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH) for at least one calendar year at the time of program admission.
  • Awardees must remain in a benefitted position throughout this program (0.6 FTE or greater or 24 hours/week).
    • Per diem employees are not eligible for this scholarship or program at this time.
  • Awardees must meet all enrollment and eligibility requirements for the University of Providence and maintain themselves as students in good standing in order to continue to receive the scholarship.
  • Upon graduation, students must commit to work for PSJH for the equivalent of two years full-time (0.9FTE or greater) or three years part-time in a nursing position (less than 0.9FTE).
  • Students and alumni must serve as a steward and role model of excellence in baccalaureate nursing practice.
  • Students and alumni may be asked to mentor a student of the program, participate in student committees, participate in surveys or other data collection activities that support the improvement of the program.

RN-BSN Program Curriculum

The RN-BSN program is completed in 3 semesters for a total of 12 months.

Schedule for January or August Start
Semester 1: Spring or Fall
  • NRS 301 Research Methods and Statistics (3 credits for the 1st 8 weeks)
  • ENG (300-319) Upper level English for university core requirements (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
  • NRS 402 Evidence Based Practice (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
  • NRS 407 Public Health: Nursing Care of Populations (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)

Semester 2: Summer or Spring
  • NRS 419 Organizational Leadership in Quality and Safety (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
  • ILC 355 University Core Course (4 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
  • NRS 403 Ethics and Spirituality in Nursing Care (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
  • NRS 405 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)

Semester 3: Fall or Summer
  • NRS 408 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
  • NRS 420 Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership (3 credits, 1st 8 weeks)
  • NRS 418 Global Health Nursing (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
  • NRS 494 Nursing Capstone Course (3 credits, 2nd 8 weeks)
Core Course Completion

All students without a prior bachelor’s degree will complete two core courses, a 300-level English (3 credits) and a 300-level Integrated Learning Community (ILC) course (4 credits). Core courses may be completed through the University of Providence online. Students choosing to take courses at another college or university must work with the Program Manager to ensure the transferability of these courses.

Laptop Recommendations

This program requires students to attend live online classes one day every other week.  Please see the University of Providence Computer Recommendations here.


The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.