The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN program, is a 100 percent online program designed for licensed RN's both in the state of Georgia and out of state who are seeking a BSN degree. The program prepares RN's for professional advancement and offers interactive learning through an asynchronous online environment. This program combines a rich and liberal foundation the arts, sciences, and humanities with a unique nursing curriculum that emphasizes the art and science of nursing. Program applications are accepted from February 1 to May 1 for Fall admission. Please visit the RN to BSN page on the School of Nursing website for more information on admission, application, advising, and program plan of study.
A program map, which provides a guide for students to plan their course of study, is available for download in the Courses tab below.
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Applicants seeking admission to the RN-BSN program should be self-directed and committed to engaging in caring nursing practices with indivulas from diverse backgrounds. Nursing practice is holistic and recognizes the relationship of the mind, body, and spirit. As critical thinkers, students will be expected to examine personal value systems and the value systems of others. Students seeking admission to this program should consider their personal goals and values in light of those expresssed in the philosophy of the School of Nursing.
Method of Delivery
RN-BSN courses are offered 100% online. The professional sequence is completed in four consecutive semesters. Admission is for Fall semester.
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The Tanner Health System School of Nursing is designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2019-2023 by the National League for Nursing, a coveted title given to a few select national programs who demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 120
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 90
A transfer credit evaluation will be completed by the UWG Transfer Team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Course application to a program is subject to review by the department.
This program may be earned entirely online, entirely face-to-face, or anything in between.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
RN to BSN learners complete courses in four consecutive semesters (fall, spring, summer, and fall). Learners complete 30 semester hours of required upper level nursing courses. See program map under the Downloads header.
- Fall (semester 1): 4500, 4501, & 4502 (7 credit hours)
- Spring (semester 2): 4503, 4504, & 4505 (9 credit hours)
- Summer (semester 3): 4506 and 4507 (6 credit hours)
- Fall (semester 4): 4508 (8 credit hours, including a leader/manager clinical component)
NURS-4500 - Introduction to Scholarly Writing for RNs
This course will address the basic mechanics of scholarly writing, peer review, self-editing, and APA format.
NURS-4501 - Transition to Professional Nursing Practice for RNs
This course will prepare the registered nurse for transition into baccalaureate nursing practice by exploring concepts, values, and behaviors necessary for professional nursing practice in today’s complex healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on nursing theory/philosophy, current trends of professional nursing practice, introduction to caring science, and the evolving role and scope of the professional nurse.
NURS-4502 - Pathophysiology for RNs
Concepts of altered health states introduces the learner to pathophysiology disruptions in the normal body functioning in individuals across the lifespan. Objective and subjective manifestations of common health problems resulting from the environmental, genetic, and stress-related maladaptations are assessed and analyzed. Emphasis is placed on assessment findings, diagnostic testing, and interventions for specific health problems are discussed.
NURS-4503 - Professional Nursing Practice Issues for RNs
This course will prepare the registered nurse to explore contemporary issues and future trends that have a direct impact on professional nursing practice in today’s complex healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on quality caring relationships, ethical and legal issues, workplace environment, safety, public policy, accountability, communication, cultural competence, quality measures, and shaping the future of professional nursing practice.
NURS-4504 - Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice for RNs
This course introduces the Registered Nurse learner to the relationships among nursing research, theory, and evidence- based practice in providing holistic, safe, and person-centered care within a quality caring framework.
NURS-4505 - Nursing Informatics for RNs
This course will provide the registered nurse with an overview of health care informatics. The role of the nurse within technology will be explored. In addition, informatics concepts and frameworks will be explored with relevance to nursing practice.
NURS-4506 - Holistic Health Assessment for RNs
This course advances the skills of the registered nurse in holistic health assessment of the general health and well-being of persons, identifying and documenting findings outside the range of acceptable parameters within the virtual health assessment platform, Shadow Health. Assessment skills are emphasized within a quality caring framework for the delivery of safe and person-centered care.
NURS-4507 - Introduction to Healthcare Communities for RNs
This course will prepare the registered nurse for the professional role of caring for individuals, families, communities and populations in community and public health environments. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction of population-based health problems, and consideration given to populations experiencing chronic health problems being cared for in the home and community setting.
NURS-4508 - Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Communities for RNs (Capstone & Practicum)
This course will prepare the registered nurse for nursing leadership and management roles by enabling students to recognize and develop leadership skills. Leadership and management theories, concepts and exemplars will be identified and explored. Coursework and clinical experiences will facilitate the application of leadership and management principles necessary for professional practice in today’s complex healthcare environment. An emphasis is placed on caring as a leader reinforcing the caring philosophy of professional nursing practice.
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Guidelines for Admittance
Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.
- Complete online application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended. Official transcripts are sent from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
- Verify specific requirements associated with specific populations identified here: Freshman Adult Learners Transfer International Home School Joint / Dual Enrollment Transient Auditor Post-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking Readmission
- Once accepted to the university, you will be provided a myUWG account.
- Read Instructions for the Tanner Health System School of Nursing RN-BSN admission/application process
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
- Earned Associates of Science Degree in Nursing from an ACEN, CNEA, or CCNE accredited program.
- Evidence of current licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States.
- GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) for all completed core coursework applicable to BSN degree.
- Applicants must have completed a minimum of 48 semester hours of core to be considered after May 1st and should include:
- ENGL 1101 & 1102
- MATH 1111-Coll Algebra, OR 1001-Quant. Skills, OR 1113-PreCalc, OR 1634-Calc AND 2063-Statistics
- At least 3 of the 5 lab science courses required for a BSN at UWG from: A Principles of Biology or Survey/Principles of Chemistry sequence (2 courses), Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, Human Anatomy & Physiology 2, and Microbiology
- 24 semester hours of core coursework from areas B, C, E, and/or F. Click here for core guide.
- Transfer of lower division nursing credits and/or RN to BSN Articulation Plan Credit allowed for ASN/ADN=up to 36 hours
February 1 through May 1. Rolling admission ends July 1.
Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.
- Provide holistic nursing care to persons (individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations) across the continuum of healthcare in a variety of settings at local and global levels, focusing on healthpromotion and disease and injury prevention across the lifespan.
- Practice quality caring as the essence of nursing for persons of diverse cultures, values, beliefs, and lifestyles.
- Utilize critical thinking and clinical reasoning based on theoretical, empirical, and experiential knowlege from the liberal arts and sciences to provide saife, competent, evidence-based care.
- Communicate and collaborate effectively within inter-professional teams utilizing technology and information systems to improve health outcomes and healthcare systems.
- Participate in analysis, critizue, and reform of healthcare regulatory, policy, and financial systems that influence nursing and healthcare environments.
- Apply leadership and management principles to empower nurses and achieve high standards of quality and safety in the delivery of person-centered care.
- Assume alturistic legal and ethical responsibility and accountability for personal and professional behavior.
- Utilize effective teaching strategies to empower persons to achieve healthcare goals.