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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Online)

Enhance Your Nursing Career Opportunities

Registered nurses face increasingly complex demands in the health care environment. Coursework in the RN-BSN program at the University of Central Missouri focuses on many of the complexities in health care while preparing you to take the next step in your nursing career. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) leads to more opportunities. Upon earning your BSN, you are eligible to continue your education to further your nursing career.

Why Choose UCM for Your Online RN-BSN?

Recognized nationally as a "Best Value,” UCM’s RN-BSN is 100% online, affordable, and flexible. In an eight week course format and with credit from previous coursework, students can complete their BSN in as little as two semesters, or, with the option of a flexible part-time plan, you can choose a coursework pace that fits your life.

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With the ability to begin taking RN-BSN courses during the fall, spring, or summer term, you can get started in the RN-BSN program at several points throughout the year. Start the application process today!

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Admission Requirements

  1. Associate of Science in Nursing Degree required. The general education program specific requirements as well as the nursing prerequisite courses must be met prior to Active Admission** to the RN-BSN Program. 
  2. Cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (4.0 scale). 
  3. Completion of UCM's Undergraduate Application through the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions will require an official transcript from each institution attended. 
  4. Completion of the online RN-BSN nursing application for admission. 
  5. Licensed as a registered nurse in good standing. Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States and eligibility for licensure in Missouri.
  6. Current BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR certificate.
  7. Criminal Background Check required.
  8. Completion of the Required Immunization and Student Responsibility Form.
  9. Computer or computer access with hardware compatible with UCM’s program software. Basic computer skills are required prior to matriculation.

**Your admission letter may indicate that your status is provisional. If this is the case, your provisional status will change to active admission status, once all general education courses are transcripted at UCM and completion of all admission requirements for clinical courses (e.g. CBC, immunizations, active RN license, etc.) are met. A student may not take any clinical courses without having active admission status. Taking actions necessary to clear provisional admission status is the sole responsibility of the student. Contact the School of Nursing at 660-543-8736 for verification.

General Education and Program Prerequisite Courses

The General Education Program requirements can be found online at

Students who transfer to UCM with an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately regionally accredited institution are considered to have met UCM’s 42-hour general education program.

Program Prerequisites

  • Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credit hours)
  • Microbiology
  • General Sociology
  • General Psychology
  • Nutrition

Transcript Evaluation

 To request a transcript evaluation for the RN-BSN program, please fill out this printable form or this electronic form.

RN-BSN Course Requirements

Course Name Credit Hours
NUR 4010 Health and Physical Assessment* 3
NUR 4015 Evidence-based Practice/Research 2
NUR 4050 RN-BS Professional Nursing Dimensions and Perspectives* 4
NUR 4052 RN-BS Advanced Concepts of Wellness 3
NUR 4200 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 4406 Concepts of Community Health Nursing 3
NUR 4407 Concepts of Community Health Nursing Practicum** 2
NUR 4608 Concepts of Nursing Leadership in Management 4
NUR 4609 Concepts of Nursing Leadership in Management Practicum** 1
NUR 4111 Socio-Economic Factors Impacting Health 3
Choice of Upper Division Nursing Elective 2
Total Hours 30

* Must be taken before practicum
** Practicum courses include a community and leadership project

A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned at UCM and the last 12 credit hours required for the degree must be earned at UCM.

Tuition, Costs and Financial Aid

For further information regarding tuition, costs and financial aid, please click here.


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