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RN-BSN Plan of Study

The following core and elective courses comprise the RN-BSN plan of study. Plans of study may differ based on faculty and clinical resources and necessary curriculum changes. Students will be given the most recent plan of study upon enrollment. All students must take N421 during their first semester and must take N461 during their final semester of study. To be considered full time, the student must be registered for at least 12 hours during a semester.

View the plan of study below to see a detailed list of courses needed for the online RN-BSN program.

RN-BSN Plan of Study (26 core course credit hours plus 4 elective credit hours)
N421 - Transitions and Trends in Professional Nursing (3)N432 - Introduction to Professional Writing (3)N461 - Management and Leadership Practicum (3)
N406 - Health Assessment (2)N428 - Nursing Research (3)N528 - Leadership and Management (3)
N407 - Pathophysiology (3)N462 - Professional Role Enactment (2)N431 - Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (3)
N408-1 - Health Promotion in Populations (2)Elective* (2)
(Choose from Elective list below.)
Elective* (2)
(Choose from Elective list below.)

N438 - Essentials of Wound Care (2)
N440 - Politics, Policy and Nursing (2)**
N441 - Statistical Methods for Research (3)
N454 - Interpretation of Lab Values (2)
N459 - Introduction to Pain Management (2)**
N466 - Legal Issues in Nursing (2)

** Not offered this semester.

  • (number is parentheses) indicates number of semester hours
  • All courses are taught each and every semester, spring-summer-fall
  • N421 MUST be taken during first semester and is a pre-requisite to N432 and N462
  • N461 MUST be taken during last semester
  • The curriculum is flexible. You may take up to four courses as you like each semester, in any sequence, as long as N421 is taken first and N461 is taken last. You may only take more than four courses with the Program Director's permission.
  • N461 has a clinical component; you must work with a preceptor for 40 hours. You may complete the preceptor hours with a qualified and approved preceptor of your choice at any facility with which UMMC has a contract. Most hospitals and clinics in Mississippi have such contracts in place.