Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

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

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.


  • completion of a pre-licensure nursing program (RN diploma or associate degree) 
  • active unrestricted Registered Nurse license 
  • a 2.0 GPA in previous academic work  


  • 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.


Nursing, BSN, RN-BSN Program Page


Professional Licensure/Certification Page



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


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Major Requirements30

* 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.


BSN Students must complete a sum total of 42 SRU Rock Studies 2-based credits. There are no specific 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 & Promotion3
NURS 422Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice3
NURS 426Community and Public Health Nursing3
NURS 434Leadership and Management in Nursing with Practice Experience3
Nursing Electives 1
Select 3 credits from the following:3
The Teaching-Learning Process in Nursing
Politics and Policy Nursing
Delivery of Nursing Care in a Managed Care Environment/Clinical
Financial Management for Nursing Case Managers
Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Systems
Innovative Technology for Healthy Communities
Nursing Case Management in Today's Healthcare Environment
Selected Topics
Developing Transcultural Awareness Among Health Professionals
Cardiovascular Function: Nursing Assessment & Treatment
Advanced Healthcare Informatics
Bioterrorism and Disaster Management: The Nurse's Role
Nursing for Palliative and End-of-Life Issues
Social Media and Healthcare
Total Hours30

Must earn a “C” or better


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.


Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty research
  4. Job Shadowing
  5. Career Education Services

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 - BS (6 58)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 02.02.2024
UCC 09.01.2020