Mar 29, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin 
2021-2022 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing BSN (RN to BSN, Online)

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The RN-BSN Online program provides the RN with an associate degree an opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The curriculum focuses on the professional and leadership roles of the BSN-prepared nurse. Normally students complete in two years (4 semesters and 2 summers). The program requirements will involve clinical activities that may not be carried out in the student’s work unit.

Andrews University recognizes the associate degree as a whole package, leaving a minimum of 32 credit hours to be completed at the university for the bachelor’s degree.

Applicants from countries other than U.S. will need to have equivalent transcripts evaluated by Andrews University.

Some general education courses (Andrews Core Experience) may have been fulfilled within the associate degree package. See Andrews Core Experience: AA/AS Degrees .

Additional general education courses needed to complete the BSN requirement can be taken online through School of Distance Education & International Partnerships.

Delivery: This program is offered in an interactive online format (see School of Distance Education  definitions). In the interactive online format, courses have specific start and end dates. The interactive online program does not require any time on campus. Students in the interactive online program are encouraged to come to campus for graduation. Tuition for the interactive online degree is 50% of regular tuition. An additional scholarship may be available to applicants from institutions with an organizational agreement with Andrews University.

Accreditation: The Andrews University nursing program is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing and holds accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Total Credits - 124

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to graduate.
  • No course with a grade below C- may count towards the degree.

Admission Requirements

All registered nurses must meet Andrews University entrance requirements and be accepted for admission to the University before being admitted to the nursing program. Application for admission may require a minimum of six weeks for processing evaluation. Admission requirements are as follows:

1. A current United States RN license or equivalent nursing license in country of residence.

2. Minimal overall GPA of 2.50.

3. An acceptable criminal background check from company recommended by Department of Nursing (https://

4. A urine drug screen is required before admission and yearly after. Some clinical sites may require different drug screen times. Drug screens are completed by

5. Physical examination report that must include:

  • Tuberculin skin test (if positive a chest x-ray is required, will be evaluated individually) and yearly evaluation thereafter.
  • Proof of immunization or serum immunity for MMR1 and MMR2 (measles, mumps, and rubella), T-dap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and hepatitis B.
  • Proof of immunization or serum immunity for varicella-zoster.
  • Annual flu shots taken October–December.

6. All students are required to have BLS Healthcare Provider Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification from the American Heart Association (AHA).

7. ADA Accommodations: Andrews University accepts and appreciates diversity in its students, including students with learning and other disabilities. Please also see program handbook for additional information.

Transfer of Credits

Applicants may transfer up to 92 credits from their associate degree programs and other college-level courses completed.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students may also earn credits for prior learning from applicable RN experience with a required portfolio submission.


RN-BSN nursing students in the online program need to understand that:

  • The Department of Nursing requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 to graduate.
  • No course with a grade below C- may count towards the degree.
  • Requirements for various clinical sites may vary and student must abide by the stated requirements.
  • Students must finish within 3 years of starting the program.
  • Class and clinical attendance are required: The Department of Nursing will uphold University Policy.

Students should refer to the Department of Nursing RN-BSN Student Handbook for further guidance on progression policies. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the program will:

  • Reflect in their nursing care the application of Christian values and formula for health for the purpose of “Restoring humans to the image of God.”
  • Be culturally aware, sensitive, and appropriaate in their nursing practice.
  • Foster open and effective communication using verbal, non-verbal, written, and technological methods.
  • Utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, judgment, evidenced-based practice and research in implementation of the nursing process, while delivering patient-centered care.
  • Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care.
  • Function effectively as part of intra and inter-professional teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to achieve quality patient care.