RN-to-BSN Program - Bachelor's Degree in Nursing

The RN-BSN track at Goodwin University is specifically designed for the Registered Nurse (RN) who wants to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Classroom and clinical experience are designed to meet the RN student's adult learning needs.

The program is offered in an online format.

Only students with a current unencumbered RN license may register for NUR 300-400 level courses.

Baccalaureate Nursing Education

Baccalaureate nursing education prepares the nurse to practice in a variety of settings by providing them with knowledge and skills, generalizable and transferable to multiple settings. A liberal education grounds the student, ensuring nurses practice with a broad knowledge base enabling them to function as educated persons. The faculty believe that baccalaureate nursing education is built upon a foundation in the arts and sciences, providing an appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences. The baccalaureate prepared nurse demonstrates an understanding of the physical world through the scientific method. Baccalaureate education facilitates scholarship, preparing the nurse for safe, quality, evidence-based nursing practice. Students learn how factors such as organizational and systems leadership, information technology, health finance and policy can impact patient outcomes. Baccalaureate nursing education facilitates the development of professional values and value-based behaviors; principles which guide nurse’s interactions with patients, families, peers and society. This education emphasizes social justice, and the provision of ethical, holistic, compassionate care. The baccalaureate nurse demonstrates a concern for the human dignity, a respect for culture, and the welfare of all populations.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to:

1.  Hold a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state where they practice nursing*;

2.  Complete the application for admission into Goodwin University (applicants to the nursing program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin University);

3.  Complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Application; and

4.  Attend an academic advising session with the Nursing Department Academic Advisor.

*Secondary to the delay in ADN gradates being able to take the NCLEX r/t COVID 19, graduates from the Associate Degree Program at Goodwin University only, may be admitted to the RN-BSN track and take NUR 300 and NUR 310 without an RN license. This interim policy became effective for the April 2020 graduates and will remain in place until NCLEX testing centers resume their regular scheduling processes.

Accepted Students

All university-required immunizations and requirements must be completed before the start of the program.

Students are required to maintain current certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider or Professional Rescuer by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross).

BSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program are prepared to practice professional nursing as a generalist with skills that are applicable across all healthcare settings. They are also prepared to enter graduate study.

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

1.  Practice professional nursing from a holistic, visionary, culturally-competent, fiscally-responsible base, as they design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations;

2.  Synthesize and apply knowledge from nursing theory, practice, research, and the liberal arts and sciences to professional nursing practice;

3.  Integrate and demonstrate beginning leadership and management skills utilizing critical and creative thinking, ethical decision making, and evidenced-based practice;

4.  Design, manage and coordinate care to patients, families, groups and communities utilizing communication skills honed by self-awareness and self-evaluation;

5.  Advocate for patients, families, groups and communities based on a respect for cultural diversity and an understanding of the impact of political and regulatory process on health care;

6.  Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members to maximize patient's level of wellness; and

7.  Value the practices of lifelong learning while building and leading inter-professional healthcare teams.

Nursing Department Policies

Policies specific to the RN-BSN track may be found in the RN-BSN Nursing Student Handbook.

Graduation Requirements

The following requirements must be met in order to graduate from the nursing program:

1.  Completion of the course requirements. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better except for specific science courses which require a "C+" or better.

2.  Completion of RN-BSN coursework and electives with an academic average of at least 2.3 (C+) within the maximum time frame (no greater than nine (9) semesters); and

3.  Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the University.


Bachelor in Nursing

ADN or Diploma Pre-Licensure Program - 62 Credits*

A&P I, A&P II, MICRO, ENG 101 and 1XX, PSY 112 and 212, SOC 101, and Lower Division Nursing Courses

*Students may receive 62 credits for previous nursing course work via the Connecticut Articulation Model.

General Education Courses - 27 credits

ENG 3XXEnglish Elective


COM 105Interpersonal Communications


CAP 110*Computer Applications


MATH 1XXMathematics (MATH)



STAT 167Principles of Statistics



PBH 199Mathematics for the Health Professions



PBH 305Ethics in Public Health


HIS 1XXHistory Elective



Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, HUM)



HSR 320Health and Social Issues in Aging



PBH 320Health and Social Issues in Aging


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, and SOC.

Open Electives - 7 Credits

OPEN Elective (1XX)


OPEN Elective (1XX)


Upper Division Nursing Courses - 24 Credits

NUR 300Foundations of Professional Nursing


NUR 310Health Assessment


NUR 351Introduction to Nursing Research


NUR 361Public and Community Health Nursing


NUR 363Clinical Nursing Leadership


NUR 459Introduction to Healthcare Policy and Advocacy


NUR 460Seminar in Professional Nursing Leadership



NUR 3XX*Directed Elective



NUR 4XX*Directed Elective


* Directed elective courses may be taken in business, health science, human services, and organizational leadership at the appropriate levels.

Total Credit Hours: 120