RN to BSN Program Requirements

The BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits:

  • 48 in general education
  • 48 in nursing
  • 24 electives.

General Education Requirements
The 48-credit requirement in general education provides students with a broad background in knowledge of intellectual and practical skills, human cultures and the physical and natural world, and personal and social responsibility, and a foundation for the professional nursing requirements and graduate study.

Professional Nursing Requirements
The 48-credit nursing requirement includes 20 credits of lower-division nursing and 28 credits of upper-division nursing.

Lower-Division Nursing
The 20-credit lower-division nursing requirement will be satisfied by transfer credit from an associate degree nursing program or by the award of credit for diploma nursing course work.

Upper-Division Nursing
The 28-credit upper-division nursing requirement may be completed entirely by online courses offered by the School of Nursing. Three graduate courses, Advanced Health Assessment, Health Policy, and Nursing Informatics: Concepts and Issues, will be completed by all BSN degree students as part of upper-division nursing requirements. These nine graduate credits will apply to MSN degree requirements at Thomas Edison State University.

Elective Requirements
Formerly known as "free electives," this includes 24 credits of college-level course work and examinations that do not duplicate other credits may be used, with a maximum of eight credits from physical education activity courses.