Information for Current Students

BS vs. BSN

Program length

Program outcomes

Graduation requirements

Course descriptions

Course schedule

Technology requirements

What is the difference between a B.S. and a B.S.N.?

A B.S. is a degree offered by the College as a whole. It offers bachelor's degrees in a variety of majors, but each program is governed by the school as a whole. In most cases the faculty/administrator in each department has a title such as "director" or "chair." A "dean" is then over multiple departments.

A B.S.N. is offered by a professional school that is a separate entity unto itself. If the school of nursing is part of a larger university, there will be connections between the larger school and the school of nursing, but the school of nursing will have its own "dean" and more political independence.

Program length

Because our program is tailored to fit your previous education and the needs of your personal life, the length of the program can vary. Most nurses complete the program in two to four semesters. 

Learning outcomes

The RN to BS Online Nursing Track has been designed to build on your knowledge as a registered nurse. Through this program, you will realize central concepts and broaden your knowledge base through a curriculum that is unique from the program taught at the associate-degree level.

The program is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences and the Benedictine values in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate values and behaviors consistent with professional nursing standards.
  3. Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies and information system technologies in dynamic healthcare environments.
  4. Integrate effective inter-professional collaboration into practice to enhance the health of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
  5. Utilize knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.

Graduation requirements

128 semester credits are required for graduation. The credits may be gained in a number of ways:

  • Transfer credits from a previous four-year college/university or community college
  • CLEP or challenge exams
  • Documentation of prior learning
  • Independent study
  • Taking courses

Course descriptions

Note: PSY 2335 can be waived if you have previously taken a statistics course that includes inferential and difference statistics.

Course Creation Center

Expand and Collapse Required Courses

Expand and Collapse NSG 3355 - Research, Evidence-Based Practice and Information Technology in Nursing

Emphasizes the role of the nurse as a critical consumer of research findings for the purpose of improving nursing practice. Students explore the relationships between nursing research and evidence-based practice, as well as the impact that information technology has on nursing practice.

Expand and Collapse NSG 3361 - Dimensions Professional NSG

Presents an overview of professional nursing practice, focusing on the roles and characteristics of the baccalaureate nurse that are requisite in a changing health care delivery system. Theory and philosophy of nursing will be emphasized and historical perspectives that have had an impact on the profession explored.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4472 - Leadership in Nursing

Provides an analysis of historical and current issues affecting professional nursing practice. Professional nursing in a changing health care delivery system is examined from a leadership perspective.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4570 - Population Care

Applies public health principles to nursing practice from a population-based individual, community and system level. This course examines public health from a local, national and global perspective. This course does not meet Minnesota Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse. Certification requires the additional 1 credit clinical course, NSG 4571.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4571 - Population Care: Clinical Application

Practices assessment of communities' assets and liabilities in meeting the needs of vulnerable populations with the goal of improving their health. Successful completion of this clinical course, combined with NSG 4570 or public/community health theory based equivalent course, will meet the MN Board of Nursing requirements for certification as a public health nurse.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4580 - Holistic Assessment in Nursing

Builds on assessment information from the associate degree/diploma level of nursing education. The holistic health assessment needs of culturally diverse, rural and unique populations are examined. Family assessment and environmental assessment are introduced.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4590 - RN to BS Portfolio Introduction

Introduces the RN to BS student to the Nursing Portfolio guidelines and provides faculty guidance for completion of the two introductory portfolio objectives with supporting documentation. Addresses critical thinking, the development of a personal philosophy of nursing, career planning, and the use of self-reflection in portfolio narratives.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4990 - RN to BS NSG Portfolio Continuation

Maintains active student status, until the RN to BS Nursing Portfolio is complete and all graduation requirements have been met. A course fee will be attached to this course.

Expand and Collapse NSG 4998 - RN to BS Nursing Portfolio

Provides an opportunity for the RN student to obtain nursing credits for the major based on prior RN experience, using a portfolio. Graduation requirements mandate the completion of 17 total credits for the nursing portfolio.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3331 - Statistics

Covers basic statistical concepts and methods useful in conducting research and evaluating results of studies done by others. Topics include frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, transformed scores, correlations, multiple regression, hypothesis testing (t test, analysis of variance, and chi square), selection of appropriate statistics, calculation with MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS, interpretation of the "results" sections of journal articles, and numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making). Prerequisite: competence in arithmetic.

Course schedule

Wondering what classes will be offered next semester? Looking for a CRN for registration? Check out our online course schedule.

Online course schedule

Technology requirements

In addition to the College technology requirements, the RN to BS Nursing Program requires that students use the Microsoft Office package for course work. This includes the use of Microsoft Word to open, create, and send documents. Be sure to check your computer to assure that Microsoft Office is installed. If not, Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free for either a Mac or Windows computer from: