Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

RN to BSN (Online)

About the Program

Students applying to this program are Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma prepared registered nurses (RN) with a current RN license. Graduates of this program are prepared to obtain or maintain a management position and seek advanced study.

  • Applications accepted year round
  • Students enroll in the program during the fall term
  • Complete nursing courses in 2 semesters
  • Flexible and part-time course scheduling available
  • Online program and course orientation
  • Clinical experiences: Individual learning opportunities in student’s geographical location
  • Student advisement available online

Program Goals

  1. Prepare associate degree nurses for professional advancement by expanding knowledge and skills in nursing assessment, community health, and management – utilizing evidence-based practice, health policy, and informatics to promote safe, competent care.
  2. Prepare associate degree nurses to provide nursing care in collaboration with other health care providers, patients, families, and communities to promote health and disease prevention.
  3. Prepare graduate to pursue education beyond the baccalaureate level.

Program Learning [student] Outcomes

  1. Apply nursing, natural, and behavioral science concepts to the practice of nursing.
  2. Utilize the nursing process and standards of care to deliver safe, comprehensive nursing care to diverse clients in a collaborative environment.
  3. Practice as self-directed nursing leader who is accountable to self, society, and the evolving nursing profession.
  4. Utilize research in the delivery of health care.
  5. Advocate for improvement in healthcare through participation in professional and political processes.
  6. Provide individualized nursing care that focuses on health promotion and disease and injury prevention.
  7. Apply information and patient care technology to improve healthcare delivery from an interdisciplinary approach.

Admission Requirements

  • Apply to Delta State University and meet admission requirements as outlined in the Delta State University Undergraduate Bulletin.
  • Submit the following information to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing by February 15 prior to the semester of enrollment.

A. Robert E. Smith School of Nursing RN/BSN Completion  Program application.

B. Demonstrate an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in the nursing major.

C. Demonstrate a C or better in all pre-requisites for the nursing major

D. Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended. A student entering Robert E. Smith School of Nursing who wants to receive credit for prior nursing course(s) from another program must submit a request and credit be negotiated before admission to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing and not after the student is enrolled.

E. Progress report of academic standing for any required course(s) in progress at date of application [report form part of application packet]

F. A copy of a current unencumbered registered nurse license to practice in the state in which the student will perform clinical.

  • Students must be graduates of an accredited program.
  • All students must comply with Mississippi legislative statues and regulations regarding criminal background checks by having fingerprints taken and a criminal background check completed. Any cost of this requirement will be the student’s responsibility.
  • After being accepted for admission, each student will be required to submit a completed health and immunization form provided by the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, evidence of personal health insurance and malpractice insurance, and Basic Life Support (BLS) for healthcare providers.

Test-free Validation Credit/Transfer Credit

  • Credit is awarded to Registered Nurses admitted to the program for comparable prerequisite courses from accredited colleges and universities. Students may transfer approved online course credits.
  • Validation credit of 39 hours for other nursing courses (taken in an associate or diploma program) equitable to DSU nursing courses will be awarded after the student successfully completes NUR 311, NUR 331, NUR 312 and NUR 358.

Non-degree Seeking Options

Prior to admission, students may enroll as non-degree seeking (ND) students in NUR 311, NUR 331, NUR 312 and NUR 320. Upon successful completion of these courses and admission to the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, students may apply course credit toward the RN-BSN program.


Non-Nursing (pre-requisite) Support Courses

All non-nursing (pre-requisite) support courses must be passed with a “C” or better.

Course Semester Hours
BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 231 Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIO 217 Microbiology 4
CIS 205 Microcomputer Applications 3
COM 101 Public Speaking 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
ENG 102 English Composition 3
FCS 345 Nutrition 3
Fine Arts Elective (ART 101, 212, 401, 402; MUS 114, 115, 116, 117) 3
History Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
Human Development./Behavioral Science Elective (PSY 307, PSY 313, PSY 403, FCS 326, CEL 300) 3
Literature (ENG 201,203,205,206) 3
MAT 103 Quantitative Reasoning or MAT 104 College Algebra (MAT 104 required for DSU) 3
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3
Humanities Elective (Additional Fine Arts; Additional History; Additional Literature; or Introduction to Philosophy) 3
Statistics (MAT 300; PSY 331) 3

Plan of Study

Fall Semester Semester Hours
NUR 311 Comprehensive Health Assessment 2.5
NUR 331 Comprehensive Health Assessment Practicum .5
NUR 312 Basic Pathophysiology 3
NUR 358 Transition to Professional Nursing 4
NUR 403 Community/Public Health Nursing 2.5
NUR 443 Community/Public Health Nursing Practicum 1.5
Spring Semester Semester Hours
NUR 309 Nursing Research/Evidence Based Practice 3
NUR 314 Health Policy and Ethical Decision Making 2
NUR 320 Nursing Informatics 2
NUR 402 Nursing Leadership and Management 3
NUR 442 Nursing Leadership and Management Practicum 3

Degree Requirements

Maintain an overall quality point average of 2.0 each semester in the School of Nursing.

Maintain a minimum grade of “C” in all nursing courses.*

*For students in any nursing program, the university grade forgiveness policy will not apply to courses with an NUR prefix.

RN-BSN Course/Lab Fees 2022-2023

Fall Semester – $190.00

Spring Semester – $169.00

Total Course/Lab Fees – $359.00

  • Non-degree Seeking Options
  • Test-free Validation Credit/Transfer Credit


Department Chair

Dr. Addie Herrod
P: 662-846-4255
F: 662-846-4271

Address and Mailing

Robert E. Smith School of Nursing
DSU Box 3343 Nursing 137
Cleveland, MS 38733

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