Gain the knowledge and skills that will take your nursing career to the next level.
Our curriculum consists of courses that give you an in-depth understanding of advanced concepts and techniques with real-world application.
Required Nursing Courses
The RN to BSN program offers 8 nursing courses entirely online. Each course lasts 8 weeks and students take one course at a time in the order below. These courses are available only to individuals in the online RN to BSN program, so students will be surrounded by RNs with a variety of experiences. Each person moves through the program in a cohort, providing the environment needed to build lasting relationships with classmates. With continuous enrollment, a student can complete this program in 16 months.
NURS 212: Health Assessment and Communication
Introduction to physical assessment and interview skills necessary to assess the health status of clients across the lifespan. Concepts of communication, health literacy, and patient centeredness are investigated as they impact health and risk assessment. 3 semester hours
NURS 242: Concepts and Processes in Contemporary Nursing
Introduces RN/BSN students to contemporary concepts for professional nursing practice in health care systems with emphasis on the definition of nursing, nursing paradigm, health promotion, and continuity of care. 4 semester hours
NURS 316: Introduction to Nursing Informatics
Explore the concepts of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom as they develop from information and patient care technology. Experience learning in computer applications such as wiki, PowerPoint, Spreadsheets, Lynda.com, and Google Drive. 3 semester hours
NURS 322: Introduction to Research and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice
Basic concepts of research utilization and critique emphasizing the relationship between research and evidence-based nursing practice. Includes study of basic statistical measures, vocabulary, data analysis, and hypothesis testing. 4 semester hours
NURS 342: Caring in Professional Nursing
Exploration of the complex nature of caring and its critical role in nursing. Special emphasis is placed on defining caring; describing nurse caring; and investigating caring through application, discussion, research, and teaching. 2 semester hours
NURS 385: Nursing Care of Populations
Application of nursing knowledge and skills in the health promotion of populations. 5 semester hours
NURS 390: Nursing Leadership and Management in Healthcare
Exploration and application of principles of nursing leadership and management through an integrative practice experience applying the five functions of nurse managers to the management and support of clients, groups, and systems. 6 semester hours
NURS 397: Issues in Nursing Practice
Analyzes social, economic, and policy issues affecting the practice of professional nursing with emphasis on strategies for advancing the profession. 3 semester hours
Required Non-nursing Courses
Students must complete the following requirements (57 transferable credit hours) prior to or after enrollment in the RN to BSN online degree completion program. These can be completed online at UIC or through an accredited community college. Many students have already completed these courses during their ADN program and can transfer these credits to UIC.
In order to be awarded the bachelor’s degree, you must complete an upper division liberal arts course prior to finishing the program. This course must transfer to UIC as a 200-level or above. Typically it is satisfied by either Microbiology or Life Span Human Growth and Development. Microbiology is not currently offered online through UIC.
|Specific Course Requirements||Semester Hours|
|English Composition I & II||6|
|Life Span Human Growth
*Courses not currently available online through UIC
|General Education Requirements||Semester Hours|
|Understanding the Individual & Society||3|
|Understanding the Past||3|
|Understanding the Creative Arts||3|
|Exploring World Cultures||3|
|Understanding U.S. Society||3|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives||13–14|
UIC BSN Class of 2015 Quote
UIC’s RN to BSN program offers the most forward-thinking and advanced curriculum designed to shape you into the nursing leader you want to be!UIC BSN Class of 2015|