Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (RN-BSN) - Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is a fully CCNE accredited Online Degree Completion Program for nurses, who already hold RN licensure. In the program, students develop critical thinking skills for clinical decision-making, prepare to collaborate in multidisciplinary work, shift focus from care of individuals within a community to the health of a community, refine professional communication, and develop leadership skills.The curriculum provides a strong foundation for professional development in a nursing career and the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed for advancement in clinical ladder programs. Students also develop the team skills and technological ability to provide leadership in managed care environments.

This program meets the requirements for certification in Pennsylvania. As regulations vary by state, please check the licensing board in your state.

Admission Requirements

  • The applicant must hold an RN associate or diploma degree in Nursing
  • The applicant must hold an unencumbered current RN licensure
  • The applicant must have completed 63 or more transferable credits
  • The applicant must have a 2.5 or higher RN program GPA
  • The applicant must be in good academic standing at the most recent institution attended

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Uses effective communication in formal and informal interactions with individuals and group including clients, families, and communities.
  • Applies critical thinking process to professional nursing practice.
  • Synthesizes knowledge from nursing, scientific, and humanistic disciplines to guide nursing practice.
  • Uses the nursing process to promote, maintain, and restore health for individuals, families, and groups within communities.
  • Participates with others in providing high quality, cost-effective care and in promoting the health and well-being of individuals, families, and groups within communities.
  • Applies research findings to improve and refine nursing practice.
  • Evaluates nursing practice in relation to professional/legal standards, ethical principles, and sensitivity to the cultural differences of clients.
  • Exercises leadership for the evaluation and enhancement of the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice.
  • Values continuing personal and professional development.

Related Links

Nursing, BSN, RN-BSN Program Page

Nursing Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Liberal Studies Requirements45
Major Requirements30
RN and Elective Requirements 45

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Liberal Studies Requirements

BSN Student must complete a sum total of 45 SRU liberal studies-based credits; there are no specific requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Supportive Coursework
PHIL 325Medical/Health Care Ethics3
INDP 317Statistics for the Social Sciences3
Required Nursing Courses 1
NURS 311Introduction to Health Care Informatics3
NURS 312Nursing in Transition3
NURS 327Group Process for Nursing3
NURS 331Evidence Based Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 422Nursing Research3
NURS 426Community and Public Health Nursing3
NURS 434Leadership and Management in Nursing with Practice Experience3
Nursing Electives 1
NURS 322The Teaching-Learning Process in Nursing3
NURS 395Workshop1-6
NURS 406Politics and Policy Nursing3
NURS 408Delivery of Nursing Care in a Managed Care Environment/Clinical3
NURS 429Financial Management for Nursing Case Managers3
NURS 430Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems3
NURS 433Innovative Technology for Healthy Communities3
NURS 440Nursing Case Management in Today's Healthcare Environment3
NURS 498Selected Topics1-3
NURS 500Developing Transcultural Awareness Among Health Professionals3
NURS 510Cardiovascular Function: Assessment and Treatment3
NURS 511Advanced Healthcare Informatics3
NURS 514Bioterrorism and Disaster Management: The Nurse's Role3
NURS 516Nursing for Palliative and End-of-Life Issues3
NURS 517Social Media and Healthcare3
NURS 595Workshop1-6
Total Hours69-81

RN and Elective Requirements

Diploma Nurse RNs are awarded a block of 30 credits for their nursing coursework. Associate Degree RNs will find their Nursing coursework delineated as a total number of Electives.

NURS 199RN Completion (Current Licensure as an RN)0-30

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

RN to BSN Program (6 58)
This program is effective as of Fall 2019.
Revised 09.28.20
UCC 09.28.20