RN to BS in Nursing


The mission of MSUM’s RN-BSN program is to provide baccalaureate nursing education that prepares professional nurse for lifelong learning, caring service, and global citizenship. The program is designed to facilitate the immediate and enduring professional development needs for licensed RNs who already hold an associate’s degree in nursing. The RN-BSN program builds on the AD-RN base and reflects needs of current nursing practice and the recommendations from the highest of national standards for baccalaureate nursing education. Students create their own unique plan of study and progress at their own pace in an online format. Four courses do have an element of clinical experience/exposure in a locale of student’s choosing, under advisement of the course faculty. In end, graduates emerge from the RN-BSN program as confident leaders and change agents, able to impact safety and quality outcomes in support of diverse healthcare populations.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the RN-BSN program is competitive and is outlined on the program webpage @

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MSUM RN-BSN program will be able to:

  • Integrate concepts from the arts, humanities and sciences as the basis for critical thinking and decision making in the art and science of nursing.
  • Recognize the role of nursing leadership to promote safe, high quality care with a focus on continual evaluation and improvement within a variety of organizations and systems.
  • Identify, evaluate, and synthesize evidence to improve healthcare safety, quality, and outcomes.
  • Utilize technology and information systems to communicate, manage information, and support decision making to improve patient outcomes within healthcare delivery systems.
  • Understand the impact of healthcare policy, finance, reimbursement, and regulatory environments on the structure and function of the healthcare system.
  • Communicate clearly and collaborate effectively to promote high quality and safe patient care.
  • Utilize prevention at all levels to promote wellness and disease prevention for individuals, families, communities and diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate professional values through commitment to ethical practice, ongoing learning and professional development.
  • Practice caring, competent, holistic, patient centered nursing with diverse groups in a variety of settings across the lifespan.

Core Requirements ( 31 credits )

NURS 301 Transitions (4)
NURS 303L Family Health Nursing (4)
NURS 342 Care of Diverse Populations (2)
NURS 348L Public Health Nursing (4)
NURS 370 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice (4)
NURS 420L Gerontological Nursing to Promote Successful Aging (3)
NURS 450 Applied Pathophysiology (4)
NURS 472 Leadership and Professional Development (3)
NURS 473L Professional Pathways (3)

NOTE: "L" denotes courses with lab/clinical, or practica elements to the course.

Program Requirements

Graduates of the RN-BSN program will have a minimum of 120 total credits, including key transfer credits.  There are 31 core required MSUM nursing credits in the RN-BSN program (listed above).  There is also a requirement for a total of 40 upper division credits (300-400 level courses) for a baccalaureate degree from MSUM.  Further, MSUM requires completion general education credits in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) for all baccalaureate degree graduates.

There are generous transfer credit considerations for those with Associates’ of Arts degrees (e.g., for those coming from the MN Transfer system, or from programs with Articulation agreements with MSUM, etc).  Transcripts are evaluated individually to determine the extent of transfer credit awarded.

The RN-BSN program at Minnesota State University Moorhead is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.