Accelerate your career with our RN to BSN program.

The RN to BSN program at Sullivan University builds on the initial preparation you received in the associate degree in nursing (ADN) or hospital diploma program. It will prepare you for a broader scope of practice, help you obtain a holistic perspective, and make sure you understand the cultural, social, economic, community and leadership issues that impact patients and shape nursing care.

To meet these needs, Sullivan offers courses focused on evidence-based practice, holistic nursing, economics and finance, diversity in healthcare, management and leadership, community theory and family theory,quality care and patient safety, genetics, and technology and informatics. This course content also includes other competencies identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other professional organizations.

Sullivan's RN to BSN program provides critical knowledge and a valuable credential for the next step in your professional life. The online format allows you to earn a BSN degree in a timely manner-a degree that's based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education, and on professional standards from national organizations.

This top-quality program is provided in a 24/7 format that allows students from around the globe to interact and enhance their overall educational development. The RN to BSN experience requires no mandatory login times, and registered nurses receive 47 quarter hour block credits for previous nursing courses taken in the associate degree or diploma program. Using an accelerated format, core nursing courses are taken sequentially.

All courses in the Sullivan University College of Nursing are taught by respected nursing professionals with frontline experience in practice and teaching. Over 80% of our nursing faculty have a doctorate, and all have a master's degree in nursing. Faculty are matched to the courses they teach, and they provide individualized attention and have the experience as well as the academic preparation that allows you to have a solid academic experience.

Degrees Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree

Get to know the program.

Dr. Marilyn Musacchio is the dean of the College of Nursing, and Dr. Mary Bemker is the academic coordinator for the College of Nursing.

What type of person would this program appeal to?

If you're a licensed registered nurse graduate of an associate degree or hospital diploma nursing program and you are interested in pursuing a BSN to meet increasing requirements of leadership roles in nursing, the RN to BSN program is designed for you.

The world is changing fast, and having a BSN is becoming much more important to a successful nursing career. For example, the Commission on Magnet Recognition now expects all nurse managers and leaders to have their BSN. By 2020, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of all RNs have a minimum of a BSN degree.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing indicates that an RN to BSN program offers a timely bridge for ADN and diploma prepared nurses to develop stronger clinical reasoning and analytical skills.

In addition, some states are considering the possibility that a nurse must hold a BSN or higher degree to obtain or renew their RN license. Some healthcare organizations are also considering a pay differential for BSN graduates.

What specific skills or knowledge are taught in the program?

The curriculum and student learning outcomes are based on national standards for professional nursing practice, including the following:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
  • Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Institute Competencies
  • National League for Nursing Competencies for Graduates of Baccalaureate Programs
  • American Nurses Association Standard and Scope of Practice

This program will prepare you to engage in the practice of nursing in complex and dynamic healthcare settings. The RN to BSN program supports the RN in providing competent, compassionate care to diverse individuals, families, communities and populations. Upon completion of this program, you'll be prepared to provide leadership for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care, committed to safety, quality, effectiveness and holistic care.

Likewise, you'll gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for commitment to life-long learning and professional development. Nursing core courses provide content beyond that of basic pre-licensure education programs and focus on the expanded role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse. Examples include expanded content in community health and family nursing, and leadership and management in nursing. Additionally, coursework is designed to provide you with essential skills to pursue graduate studies in nursing.

What is the most important or unique aspect about this program?


  • All courses available online with 24/7 access and support
  • Clinical experience in community and leadership can be completed at a convenient location near you

Accelerated Courses

  • Take one nursing course at a time so that the focus is on a single topic
  • Nursing courses vary from four to eight week blocks that fit within the 12-week quarter

Career Enhancement

  • Coursework is designed to have an immediate impact on your current nursing position
  • Courses can be taken free of charge after you graduate so that you can stay current in nursing or to refresh prior to entering into a nursing graduate program
  • Career services available for life

Faculty Expertise & Background

  • More than 80% of faculty have earned doctorates and teach in their area of expertise

Expand Knowledge & Expertise

  • Enhance scholarly and analytical skills to assess and utilize evidence based practice
  • Address global problems from a local, national and world perspective
  • Approach nursing from a holistic perspective
  • Demonstrate the principles of leadership, management and finance as they apply to community organizations, long-term care facilities and hospital based organizations
  • Curriculum designed by nursing experts to address key elements necessary to meet the demanding needs within the nursing profession and healthcare system

Quarterly Start Dates

  • Sullivan University starts general education courses every January, March, June and September. You can begin your RN to BSN program at any quarterly start date.

What are good resources for finding out more on this career field?

Program Success

Program Success


Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per quarter, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles
Credit Hours
General Studies
BIO 201 Medical Microbiology
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab
BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab
CHM 211 General Chemistry
COM 214 Public Speaking
ENG 101 Composition I
ENG 102 Composition II
ENG 244 Introduction to Literature
HST 274 American Government
MTH 201 College Algebra
MTH 202 Introduction to Statistics
PHI 244 Introduction to Religion
PHL 344 Bioethics
PSY 214 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 214 Introduction to Sociology
Total General Studies Credit Hours
Upper Division Nursing Courses
NUR 300 Introduction to Online and Accelerated learning in Nursing
NUR 303 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Roles and
Issues in Nursing
NUR 304 Holistic Nursing and Complementary
and Alternative Therapies
NUR 305 Genetics in Healthcare
NUR 306 Pathophysiology
NUR 307 Health and Physical Assessment
Across the Life Span
NUR 308 Evidence Based Nursing Practice
NUR 309 Diversity in Healthcare
NUR 401 Community Theory and Family Theory
NUR 402 End of Life Issue Across the Life Span
NUR 403 Healthcare Informatics and Technology
NUR 404 Healthcare Management, Economics and Finance
NUR 405 Quality Care and Patient Safety
NUR 406 Community and Public Health Nursing
NUR 409 Community and Public Health
Nursing Clinical Experience
NUR 407 Management and Leadership in
Professional Nursing
NUR410 Management and Leadership Experience
NUR 408 Senior Experiential Practicum & Seminar
Upper Division Nursing Courses
Associate Degree/Hospital Diploma Nursing Block Credit
Total Credit Hours

Those who lack one or more required general studies courses must complete them as prerequisites to upper-level nursing courses.

*Courses subject to change.

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