Saint Louis University

B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program is designed to meet the needs of RNs who wish to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

This is a partnership program is taught in both an online and on-ground cohort format, so RN students will be taking these courses with fellow nurses.

The nursing degree programs at SLU are offered in collaboration between the School for Professional Studies and the School of Nursing.

Unique features of this online RN to BSN program include:

  • No required testing to validate previous nursing degree program education.
  • Direct transfer of 38 credit hours of previous nursing education from qualified diploma or associate nursing degree program courses may be awarded and applied towards the 57 nursing credit hours required for the BSN.
  • Easy transfer of previous college-level general education credit hours. Up to 64 credit hours may be awarded and applied toward the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program.
  • A maximum of 9 semester hours of course work from an accredited bachelor's degree program in nursing may be accepted as baccalaureate-level nursing credit.
  • No clinical nursing courses required.

Our Partnership for Nursing Degree Programs 
A student will need to apply and be admitted to the School for Professional Studies in accordance with SPS guidelines. To apply, complete the free Application for Admission. Students should select their employer from the dropdown list on the application when providing log-in information to access the application.

Students will then take up to 54 credit hours (depending on transfer credits) of SPS pre-nursing core courses. After SPS pre-nursing core courses are completed, the student will then be transferred to the School of Nursing as a RN to BSN program major. After being transferred, the student will complete the remaining nursing major courses and elective courses to obtain their BSN degree through the School of Nursing. 

Curriculum Overview for RN to BSN Program

Pre-Nursing Core Courses 59 Credits
ANAT 1005 Basic Human Anatomy 3
BIOL 2935 Introduction to Microbiology 3
CHEM 1005 Basic Chemistry / or Physics I 4
CIS 2850 Principles of Data Analysis 3
ED 1200 Human Growth and Development or Life-Stage Psychology 3
ENGL 1905 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research 3
PHIL 1055 Intro to Philosophy & Logic 3
Any Philosophy or Theology 1000 level or higher  3
PHIL 3365 Medical Ethics 3
PPY 2545 Human Physiology 4
PSYK 1010 General Psychology 3
THEO 1005 Theological Foundations / Any Theology   3
Any Literature course 2000 or higher 3
Any Fine or Performing Arts course 1000 level or higher 3
Any History course  1000 level or higher 3
Any Social Science Course  1000 level or higher 3
General or Nursing Electives 1000 level or higher 9
Nursing Major Courses 64 Credits
NURS 3807 Conceptual Framework for Practice 3
NURS 3447 Public and Community Health Nursing 4
NURS 4107 Leadership and Management 3
NURS 3457 Community Health Project 2
NURS 3207 Health Assessment for RNs 3
NURS 4147 Research and Evidence Based Practice 3
NURS 3107 Health Policy, Finance & Regulation 3
Credit by Examination
NURS 3377 Essentials of Therapeutic Nutrition 3
Credit by Articulation  38
Any Nursing Elective course 4000 or higher 2-3
Total 120 Credits


Current employers that offer this program include but are not limited to:
BJC Healthcare
Mercy Healthcare
St. Anthony's 

If you're interested in learning more about this program, please contact: 

Justin Smith Justin Smith, MSHE
Community Outreach Coordinator 
Saint Louis University
School for Professional Studies
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