School of Professional Studies

Nursing Department : RN to BS Program in Nursing

RN-BS Quick Tips

  • Why choose WCSU’s Online RN to BS Program?

    Delivered in an online format, our high-quality, convenient and affordable degree completion plan builds on your RN skills accelerating your progress towards your professional goals.  

  • How quickly can I complete the program? Are there short modules?

    Depending on your transcript, attending part-time, 2 years is generally the quickest. Otherwise students move through the program at their own pace. The schedule uses normal 16-week fall and spring semesters.

  • How much does it cost?

    As a public university we are affordable at $560 per credit (

  • Is this degree in Nursing?

    You will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. 

  • Will all my RN credits be accepted?

    Yes. Once you pass the NCLEX-RN exam and obtain your CT Nursing License you have your credential to begin your courses. 

  • What if I have earned credits beyond my Associate’s in Nursing? What’s the maximum number of credits I can transfer in to WCSU?

    Our Transfer Admissions Specialist will review your transcripts and outline your path forward. A maximum of 90 credits from other institutions can be used towards your WCSU degree. 

  • What is the minimum number of credits I must take to earn the BS at WCSU? How many nursing department (NUR) courses must I take?

    You will take a minimum of 30 credits of which 28 will be in Nursing. Nine (9) NUR courses are required for a total of 28 credits. See the suggested course sequence below. 

  • Are clinical hours required? How do I arrange a placement?

    There are 2 courses that require a clinical experience (see NUR 330 and NUR 376 below). Faculty works with you to find a placement.

  • By whom is this program accredited?

    The WCSU Nursing Department is accredited by CCNE, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  

  • When can I start?

    You may begin in August (fall semester) or January (spring semester). You may take any non-nursing courses you may need during the summer, fall or spring semesters.

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RN to BS Suggested Course Sequence 2 year plan

Fall Semester – 1st Year Spring Semester – 1st Year
NUR 309 Transition to Professional Nursing
NUR 329 Principles of Community Health Nursing
NUR 311 Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan
NUR 336 Human Health Experience
NUR 361 Research Process in Nursing
Fall Semester – 2nd Year Spring Semester – 2nd Year
NUR 330 Nursing in the Community
NUR 332 Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Nursing Practice
NUR 301 Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Organizations
NUR 376 Professional Nursing Role Development