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RN to BSN Nursing Program

If you are already a registered nurse then this section is for you!


We are delighted that you have selected WKU to continue your nursing education. The RN to BSN program of study is designed to facilitate registered nurses (RNs) to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate of science nursing degree (BSN). This academic program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of College of Nursing (AACN).

Each semester, two (2) cohorts of students will be admitted, a part-time and full-time cohort. When accepted for admission, students must choose which cohort they would like. The students in each of these cohorts will progress through the curriculum as a group and must take courses as noted in planned schedule for the designated cohort. The full-time cohort is reserved for students who have completed all general education and statistics requirements.

Application to the RN to BSN program will not be considered until the student is admitted to the University.

Application Deadlines Dates

Fall admission is February 15th.

The deadline for Fall 2016 has been extended to March 15.

Spring admission is September 15th.

RN to BSN Applications Click Here -Please type information requested, print, sign and mail with one-time $30.00 Application Fee.

Program Requirements

  •  Must be officially admitted to WKU.
  •  Must have an Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above for college level courses.

RN to BSN Curriculum

The RN to BSN program consists of 36 hours of upper level nursing courses.

  • Nurs 300    Concepts of Disease Process (3 credits)
  • Nurs 309    Health Assessment (3 credits)
  • Nurs 315    Concepts of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Nurs 321    Transcultural Nursing (2 credits)
  • Nurs 323    Concepts/Professional Nursing (2 credits)
  • Nurs 339    Care of the High Acuity Patient (3 credits)
  • Nurs 340    Teaching and Health Promotion   (3 credits)
  • Nurs 400    Nursing Leadership/Management (3 credits)
  • Nurs 405    Nursing Informatics (2 credits)
  • Nurs 408    Professional Issues (3 credits)
  • Nurs 412    Nursing Research (3 credits)
  • Nurs 430    Concepts of Public Health Nursing (4 credits)
  • Nurs 431    Application/Public Health Concepts (2 credits)
  • In addition to the 36 hours of upper level nursing courses, the student must meet the following curriculum requirements for graduation.

1. Meet university general education requirements.

2. Complete a 3 hours statistics course.


  • Students admitted pending NCLEX will be permitted to enroll in the part-time cohort. If unsuccessful on the NCLEX, the student will not be allowed to progress in the nursing cohort courses.
  • Course Challenge Opportunity
    • Three classes in the RN-BSN program may be challenged using standardized challenge exams
    • Nursing 300 (Concepts of Disease Process), Nursing 309 (Health Assessment) and Nursing 315 (Concepts of Pharmacology)
    • Students who are interested in challenging a course should NOT enroll in the course, but should contact the department and the challenge exam procedure will be sent to you.

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