Nursing - RN to BSN track
(Bachelor of Science Degree)

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Southern Vermont College offers the RN to BSN option to graduates of Associate's Degree and diploma programs of Nursing. The RN to BSN option assists the registered professional nurse to continue to develop expertise in the field of nursing, supports the professional responsibility of lifelong learning and career development. The course of study enhances the RNs ability to approach care of the individual and groups of patients with a comprehensive and holistic plan of care. The BSN degree broadens the nurses’ ability to contribute to the complexity of health and prevention of the community and/or facility in which they are working. Further development of interpersonal skills prepares the professional nurse to be an advocate for patient care, efficiently interact with the interdisciplinary team, prepare patient teaching plans and problem-solve. 

Students may continue course work for completion of the BSN degree immediately following completion of an Associate's Degree in Nursing program. Students who have completed the Asociate's Degree in Nursing and have a current RN license can complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing within two years of full-time study.

Graduates of accredited associate's degree Nursing programs are awarded the equivalent of the associate's degree program total credit requirements of 74 credits for classes graduating in May 2014 or before and 64 credits for those graduating after May 2014. Graduates of diploma programs or non-accredited Nursing programs are required to take the National League for Nursing Mobility Profile II examination. Students must complete all BSN program requirements within five years of matriculation into the program.


For those graduating in May 2014 or before, a total of 130 credits is required (74 from ADN and 56 from the RN-BSN). For those graduating after May 2014, the total program is 128 credit hours including 64 credit hours accepted for an ADN degree and 64 credit hours for the RN to BSN curriculum.


Clinical learning experiences are designed to assist the Nursing student to develop in the professional role and integrate learned skills and abilities. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from their designated clinical sites. Each student must arriveon time at a variety of chosen clinical sites and conduct themselves according to the contents of the Nursing Student Handbook. Failure to comply with clinical guidelines may result in failure or dismissal from the clinical site and in some cases dismissal from the program.

Program of Study for Those Graduating in May 2014

Requirements Credits
Associate in Nursing Degree Requirements 74
General Core Requirements BSN
  • Ec200 Macro-Economics (4 cr)
  • Environmental Issues Core Elective (4 cr)
  • History and Politics Core Elective (4 cr)
  • Philosophy/Ethics Core Elective (4cr)
  • Sociology Core Elective (4cr)
Major Requirements
  • Ma202 Statistical Methods (4cr)
  • Nu300 Topics in Professional Practice (4cr)
  • Nu310 Nursing Research (4cr)
  • Nu350 Health Assessment (4cr)
  • Nu360 Nursing Care of Communities*(4 cr)
  • Nu400 Leadership & Management for Quality Healthcare Systems* (8 cr)
Electives 8
Total Credits 130
*Must be graduate of ADN program prior to enrollment in Nu360 and Nu400.

Program of Study for Those Graduating After May 2014

Admission to RN to BSN program requires an active, unencumbered US RN license.

Requirements Credits
Associate in Nursing Degree Requirements 64
General Core Requirements BSN (Non-Nursing core)
  • Ec200 Macro-Economics (4 cr)
  • Ma202 Statistical Methods (4 cr)
  • Ns104 General Chemistry I (4 cr)
  • Ns221 Nutrition (4 cr)
  • Py203 Lifespan Development (4 cr)
  • So250 Race, Ethnicity Gender and Class (So201, So202, So206, So300) (4 cr)
  • Humanities Core (4 cr)
  • Upper-level Requirement (2 Non-Nursing Courses at 300/400 level)*
Major Requirements (Nursing Core)
  • Nu214 Bridge to Professional Nursing (4cr)
  • Nu221 Health Assessment (4 cr)
  • Nu311 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing       (4 cr)
  • Nu313 Pharmacology (4 cr)
  • Nu421 Community and Public Health Nursing (4 cr0
  • Nu423 Leadership and Management for Quality Healthcare     (4 cr)
  • Capstone Course: Nu422 Transition to Professional Practice (4 cr)
Total Credits 128
*Two courses in Non-Nursing Core must at upper level (300/400). These courses may be taken as Elective or as meeting another requirement.