Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Bachelor of Science for Registered Nurses (R.N. to B.S.N.)

Available exclusively in a fully-online format.

The registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) provides career mobility for the registered nurse. The coursework blends scientific and humanistic theories with nursing theories to provide graduates with a foundation for professional nursing practice. Graduates are prepared to function in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings and in roles that are dependent, interdependent, or independent according to the level of care required. They are able to lead and influence colleagues and coworkers for the enhancement of their knowledge and skills, thereby effecting change to promote quality nursing care for clients in any health setting. The Bachelor of Science in nursing (B.S.N.) is designed to provide a foundation for higher degree programs in nursing.

Special opportunities for our students: The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides career mobility for R.N.s who need the high flexibility that distance education can provide. Students are eligible for awards including membership in Sigma Theta Tau Rho Theta Chapter (honor society for nursing) and leadership, academic, and caring spirit awards.

You should know: The R.N. to B.S.N. is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing,

Pre-major requirements: Students enrolled in courses at NKU preparing for admission to the online R.N. to B.S.N. program should declare as their major pre-baccalaureate nursing distance (ZXNB). Upon acceptance to the nursing program, students are assigned to a faculty advisor and must declare the major of Bachelor of Science in nursing distance (ZNRB).

Admission requirements: To be admitted to the program, an applicant must:

  • Be fully admitted to NKU as a degree-seeking student.
  • Submit a separate application to the R.N. to B.S.N. program. This application is in addition to the university application.
  • Submit to the Office of Admissions:
    • Official transcripts from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing.
    • Official transcripts from all postsecondary work completed.
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C in each course.
    • One full year of English composition (ENG 101 and ENG 291).
    • One full year of anatomy and physiology with labs (BIO 208, BIO 208L, BIO 209, BIO 209L).
    • Microbiology for Health Professionals with Laboratory (BIO 202/BIO 202L).
    • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100).
    • Lifespan Development -- OR -- Human Growth and Development ((PSY 321 -- OR -- EDU 300).
    • Introduction to Statistical Methods -- OR -- Statistics for Business Applications I (STA 205 -- OR -- STA 212).
    • Health Care Ethics -- OR -- Ethics (PHI 220 -- OR -- PHI 200).
  • Hold current, unrestricted R.N. licensure. Proof of R.N. licensure in state of practice is mandatory prior to the first day of any clinical course.

NOTE: Acceptance into the nursing program is provisional pending receipt of all required paperwork, including a criminal background check and proof of unrestricted R.N. licensure.

Admitted students must:

  1. Submit the following paperwork:
    1. Proof of “CPR for Health Providers” certification in effect for the upcoming academic year.
    2. Immunization records, including up to date TB and seasonal flu, and completed student health report.
    3. Proof of health insurance coverage.
    4. HIPAA and OSHA training.
  2. All records must be submitted together before the posted deadline.
  3. Maintain the minimum GPA required for progression (see R.N. to B.S.N. handbook).

NKU College of Health Professions policies:

Student criminal background check: Healthcare agencies are charged with providing care and protecting the safety of vulnerable populations including children and the aged. Agencies used for clinical placement require students to undergo criminal background checks and may deny clinical access to those convicted of felonies and certain misdemeanors. Conviction of these offenses may result in a student’s denial of admission to, or dismissal from, the College of Health Professions. Applicants are required to submit to criminal background checks as identified by the College of Health Professions as a part of the application process. The cost of this and any subsequent screening will be borne by the student. The student is responsible for notifying the College of Health Professions of any change in the status of this record.

Progression: To progress in the R.N. to B.S.N. nursing program, students must achieve a grade of C or higher in all required nursing and support courses. Students withdrawing from the nursing program for any reason are requested to have an exit interview with the program director or faculty advisor. Students may repeat only one semester of nursing. If a didactic course has a clinical/practica co-requisite course, both must be repeated concurrently.

You should also know: The R.N. to B.S.N. curriculum was revised effective fall 2014. The program is only offered in an online format. The application for admission and the registration process are also handled online.

Students entering the R.N. to B.S.N. program may have transfer credit hours that will satisfy some of the requirements of the program.

Degree Requirements: R.N. to B.S.N. program

Courses in Nursing


NRP 316L

Evaluation of Clinical Performance


NRP 317L

Decision Making in Nursing


NRP 470

Role Transformation


NRP 471

Concepts of Professional Nursing


NRP 472

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice


NRP 473

Quality Care for Vulnerable Populations


NRP 474

Models of Care Delivery


HIN 355

Introduction to Health Informatics


NRP 475

Population Centered Health in the Community


NRP 476

Impact of Genetics/Genomics on Health


NRP 477

Leadership in Nursing


NRP 478

Nursing Leadership Practicum


Credits in Nursing


Courses in Other Disciplines

ENG 101

College Writing


ENG 291

Advanced College Writing


Gen Ed

Oral Communication


Gen Ed

Cultural Pluralism


Gen Ed

Individual and Society


Gen Ed

Culture and Creativity


BIO 208/

BIO 208L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory


BIO 209/

BIO 209L

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory


BIO 202/

BIO 202L

Microbiology for Health Professionals with Laboratory


PSY 100

Introduction to Psychology


STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods



-- OR --


STA 212

Statistics for Business Applications I


PSY 321


EDU 300

Lifespan Development

-- OR --

Human Growth and Development


PHI 200




-- OR --


PHI 220

Healthcare Ethics


Credits in Other Disciplines




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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

Program Offerings

Admissions and Enrollment

International Admissions and Enrollment

Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Academic Program Opportunities

University Policies and Procedures

Academic Support

Student Engagement

General Education

College of Arts and Sciences

Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business

College of Education and Human Services

College of Health Professions

College of Informatics

Pre-Professional and Interdisciplinary Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Description Notes

Accounting Courses (ACC)

Anthropology Courses (ANT)

Arabic Courses (ARI)

Art Courses (ART)

Astronomy Courses (AST)

Athletic Training Program Courses (ATP)

Biological Sciences Courses (BIO)

Business Informatics Courses (BIS)

Black Studies Courses (BLS)

Business Courses (BUS)

College of Arts and Sciences Courses (CAS)

Cooperative Education Courses (CEP)

Chemistry Courses (CHE)

Chinese Courses (CHI)

Cinema Studies Courses (CIN)

Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

Communication Studies Courses (CMST)

Communication Courses (COM)

Counseling Courses (COU)

Computer Science Courses (CSC)

Career and Technical Education Courses (CTE)

Dance Courses (DAN)

Data Science Courses (DSC)

Economics Courses (ECO)

Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

English Developmental Courses (ENGD)

Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

Finance Courses (FIN)

Financial Literacy Courses (FLC)

French Courses (FRE)

Geography Courses (GEO)

German Courses (GER)

Geology Courses (GLY)

Health Education Courses (HEA)

Health Informatics Courses (HIN)

History Courses (HIS)

Honors Courses (HNR)

Human Resource Management Courses (HRM)

Health Science Courses (HSC)

Human Services/Mental Health Courses (HSR)

Informatics Courses (INF)

International Programs Courses (INTL)

Integrative Studies Courses (IST)

Italian Courses (ITA)

Journalism Courses (JOU)

Japanese Courses (JPN)

Criminal Justice Courses (JUS)

Kinesiology Courses (KIN)

Korean Courses (KOR)

Learning Assistance Program Courses (LAP)

Latin Courses (LAT)

Organizational Leadership Courses (LDR)

Library Informatics Courses (LIN)

Developmental Mathematics Courses (MAHD)

Mathematics Courses (MAT)

Medieval Studies Courses (MDS)

Management Courses (MGT)

Media Informatics Courses (MIN)

Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

Neuroscience Courses (NEU)

Nursing Registered Professional Courses (NRP)

Nursing Baccalaureate Courses (NRS)

Public Administration Courses (PAD)

Physical Education Courses (PHE)

Philosophy Courses (PHI)

Physics Courses (PHY)

Popular Culture Courses (POP)

Public Relations Courses (PRE)

Political Science Courses (PSC)

Psychology Courses (PSY)

Radiologic Science Courses (RAD)

Reading Workshop Courses (RDG)

Religious Studies Courses (REL)

Respiratory Care Courses (RSP)

Russian Courses (RUS)

Integrated Sciences Courses (SCI)

Sociology Courses (SOC)

Sports Business Courses (SPB)

Spanish Courses (SPI)

Statistics Courses (STA)

Social Work Courses (SWK)

Theatre Courses (TAR)

University Programs Courses (UNV)

Women's and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

World Languages Courses (WLL)

University Administration


Emeritus Faculty


Kentucky Residency