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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.

Core Courses (27 credit hours) plus Electives (4 credit hours)
CourseSemester Hours
N421 - Transitions and Trends in Professional Nursing3
N408-1 - Health Promotion in Populations2
N406 - Health Assessment2
N407 - Pathophysiology3
N432 - Introduction to Professional Writing3
N462 - Professional Role Enactment2
N428 - Nursing Research3
N528 - Leadership and Management3
N431 - Patient Safety and Quality Improvement3
N461 - Management and Leadership Practicum3
Approved Electives4
Total Hours31

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)

  • 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.