RN to BSN Nursing Program

Program of Study (123 credits)

The RN to BSN courses are predominantly designed to be non-sequential. Lower level science and liberal arts courses may be transferred to Alvernia University from your basic entry-level program. Each student will be personally advised on what applies to Alvernia University’s graduation requirements.

Credit Breakdown:

  • Diploma or ADN: 67-75 credits
  • Alvernia's Requirements: 48-56 credits
    +  45 of the last 60 credits must be taken at Alvernia University +  Minimum of 30 credits at the 300/400  level

 Liberal Arts Core (27 Credits):

  • Composition and Research (3 credits)
  • Communication (3 credits)
  • Art/Music (3 credits)
  • Literature (3 credits)
  • Mathematics - statistics required (3 credits)
  • History or Social Science (3 credits)
  • Philosophy (3 credits)
  • Philosophy/Theology (3 credits)
  • Medical Moral Theology (3 credits)

Upper Level Nursing Courses (31 credits):

  • NUR 303 Preparation for Professional Writing* 1 credit
  • NUR 307 Concepts and Theories* 3 credits
  • NUR 316 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan for Professional Nurses* 3 credits
  • NUR 318 Developing Cultural Competency and Global Awareness* 3 credits
  • NUR 320 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics* 3 credits
  • NUR 403 Health Restoration in the Aging Population 6 credits
  • NUR 405 Health Promotion in Families and Communities 6 credits
  • NUR 411 Nursing Leadership and Management* 3 credits
  • NUR 419 Research Methods for Professional Nurses 3 credits

    *Blended, online class format, MOD schedule
    Six out of the nine upper-level nursing courses are delivered in a blended, online format in an eight-week modular schedule. Approximately 50% of the course content is taught via innovative distance education technologies.

Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to Alvernia University and are fully accepted in the RN to BSN Completion Program when the following documentation is submitted:•

  • RN to BSN Completion Program application
  • Official transcript of high school grades or GED scores
  • Official transcript of college and/or diplomas school
  • Photocopy of current Pennsylvania Registered Nurse License (submit after NCLEX is completed)
    Students may be admitted to the RN to BSN Completion Program prior to passing the NCLEX; however, students are not permitted to progress and register for the two clinical courses (NUR 403 & NUR 405) without a current and valid RN license.

Additional Academic Progression Policies

  • Both theoretical and clinical components of the professional nursing courses must be satisfactorily completed
  • A grade of "C+" or better in all nursing courses is required to progress through the RN to BSN Completion Program
Admissions Staff
Mary Arbogast, rn to bsn nursing coordinator
Mary Arbogast CST, RN, BS, CNOR
Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator

   Upland Center
   540 Upland Avenue
   Reading, Pennsylvania 19611


RN to BSN Advisor
Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ

Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of MSN Program

   Nursing Resource Center, Rm 101

rn to bsn nursing program

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