Nursing: RN BSN

BSN - Program Requirements

Emiley Button, DNP, Chair, Division of Nursing & Health

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Room 126

(270) 384-7442

Angie Johnson, DNP, Program Coordinator  

Dr. Robert & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, Online Office
(270) 384-7352

Full-time program faculty:  Kristen Branham, MSN; Emiley Button, DNP; Ashley Hancock, MSN; Angie Johnson, DNP; Donetta Tungate, MSN; Susan Vickous, MSN

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs is to provide quality undergraduate nursing education that prepares students for baccalaureate-generalist professional nursing practice.

Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements.  Please see the Graduation Requirements (bachelor’s degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.  


With the intentional and cooperative efforts of the entire College community, and through excellence in teaching, scholarship, practice, and service, the Lindsey Wilson College Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs aspire to:

  • Be the regional leader in providing an exceptional nursing education;
  • Create the best possible environment for the individual growth of students;
  • Graduate students who are prepared for life and professional nursing practice in a complex, rapidly changing world and health care environment; and
  • Advance health at the local, regional, and global arenas through scientific evidence and sound professional practice.

RN-BSN Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

Upon completion of the Lindsey Wilson College RN BSN program, graduates will:

  1. Utilize written, verbal, nonverbal, and emerging technologies to communicate effectively;
  2. Demonstrate clinical reasoning/judgment, critical thinking, and caring to design and deliver safe, evidence-based, spiritually and culturally appropriate, patient-centered care;
  3. Integrate theories and concepts from undergraduate liberal arts education into baccalaureate-generalist nursing practice;
  4. Understand the nature of human values and ethical responsibility;
  5. Demonstrate personal, organizational, and systems leadership to improve safe patient care and to advance professional nursing practice;
  6. Engage in effective interprofessional collaboration to achieve optimal health care outcomes;
  7. Utilize information management and technologies to deliver safe, effective, patient-centered care;
  8. Evaluate professional standards, healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments with regard to nursing practice, quality care, and patient safety;
  9. Implement clinical prevention and health promotion interventions to provide patient-centered care across the lifespan and across the health care continuum; and
  10. Embrace lifelong learning and professional development (provider, manager of care, and member of the profession).

Admission Criteria 

All nursing applicants must first apply to the College before applying to the RN BSN program.  Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the RN BSN program.

Before the application to the RN BSN program will be considered for admission, all applicants must meet and complete the following requirements:

  • Admission to Lindsey Wilson College.  All admission and transfer requirements outlined in the current catalog apply.  Students must be unconditionally accepted before they can be accepted into the RN BSN program.
  • Submission of completed electronic application to the RN BSN program.
  • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 at the entry point to the program.
  • Completion of Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree from an accredited institution of higher education and a state-approved pre-licensure associate degree nursing program, as evidenced by the transcript.
  • Verification by transcript from an accredited institution of higher education and a state-approved pre-licensure program of coursework equivalent to the following courses with grade C or higher as equivalent coursework:
  • Microbiology (BIOL 2104) – 4 hours
  • Human Anatomy (BIOL 2614) – 4 hours
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 2624) – 4 hours
  • Public Speaking (COMM 2103) – 3 hours
  • Writing Studies I (ENGL 1013) – 3 hours
  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) – 3 hours
  • Medical Communication (HLCA 2013) – 3 hours  
  • Principles of Psychology (PSYC 1003) – 3 hours
  • Life Span Development (PSYC/HS 3103) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Professional Nursing (NURS 2002) – 2 hours
  • Foundations of Professional Practice (NURS 2024) – 4 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing I (NURS 3105) – 5 hours
  • Maternal/Newborn/Family-Centered Nursing (NURS 3305) – 5 hours
  • Pediatric/Family-Centered Nursing (NURS 3355) – 5 hours
  • Mental Health Nursing (NURS 4105) – 5 hours
  • Adult Health Nursing II (NURS 4304) – 4 hours
  • Nursing Synthesis (NURS 4402) – 2 hours
  • Capstone in Nursing (NURS 4503) – 3 hours
  • Active, unencumbered state registered nurse licensure.  Applicants awaiting results of examinations for licensure (NCLEX-RN) may be admitted on a conditional basis for one semester until notified of licensure.
  • Email confirmation of acceptance of admission and intent to enroll in the RN BSN program by designated date.  Non-compliance with this requirement will forfeit the seat allotted for the student.
  • Interview may be required.

Application Process and Deadlines

  • Lindsey Wilson College uses a rolling admission plan for the RN BSN program.  Applications are accepted year round.  It is recommended applications be submitted by July 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.
  • Students seeking admission to the RN BSN degree program must complete additional BSN applications and requirements.
  • Students are notified of admission to the program by the Chair of the Division of Nursing & Health.
  • The entry point into the RN BSN program is defined by the program as enrollment in Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (NURN 3012) on the last day to register for a seated or online course established by the College’s academic calendar.

Transfer Students and Credit by Examination and Transfer

Students desiring to transfer from another accredited RN BSN program must complete all entrance criteria admission steps as outlined above.

A letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program from which the student is transferring must accompany the application.

Transfer applicants from another accredited RN BSN program will be evaluated on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Progression Criteria

Progression criteria for the RN BSN program are outlined in the BSN Student Handbook that is published at under the Division of Nursing & Health link.

Students must comply with current course changes and/or degree requirements as well as with policies and procedures.

Grading Scale

The nursing program uses a grading scale different from other academic units of the College.  Consistent with other nursing programs, the grading scale requires students to earn 77% or higher to be awarded a C or better.  The nursing program uses the following grading scale:  A = 93-100%, B = 85-92%, C = 77-84%, D = 70-76%, F = 69% or lower.  

Program Requirements:  45-60 hours  

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s program requirements and professional nursing courses.

A.        Program Requirements:  6-9 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for MATH 2403, unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Experimental Statistics (MATH 2403) – 3 hours
  • Christian Beliefs (RELI 1003), Old Testament (RELI 1013), New Testament (RELI 1023),  or  World Religions (RELI 1203) – 3 hours

B.        Program Recommended Coursework:  3 hours

  • Fundamentals of Nutrition (NUTR 1003) – 3 hours

C.        Professional Nursing Courses:  39-48 hours

  • Transition to Professional Nursing Practice (NURN 3012) – 2 hours*
  • Comprehensive Health Assessment (NURN 3024) – 4 hours
  • Complex Disease Concepts & Care (NURN 3114) – 4 hours
  • Healthcare Informatics (NURN 3122) – 2 hours
  • Population Health (NURN 3313) – 3 hours
  • Global Health (NURN 4213) – 3 hours  
  • Healthcare Ethics (NURN 4323) – 3 hours
  • Art & Science of Leadership (NURN 4413) – 3 hours
  • Evidence-Based Practice (NURN 4423) – 3 hours
  • Internship (NURN PN00) – 3-12 hours
  • Organizational & Systems Leadership (NURN 4614) – 4 hours
  • Interprofessional Education & Collaboration (NURN 4622) – 2 hours
  • Nursing Certification & Credentials (NURN 4713) – 3 hours

*This course must be taken during the first session of the first term of enrollment.

General Electives

A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation, thus some students may need to take general electives to meet that requirement.