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RN to BSN Online Overview

Discover a transformational learning experience leading to personal and professional growth with the online RN to BSN degree at King University.

Designed for working RNs who wish to finish a bachelor’s degree, the online RN to BSN program trains you in the skills you need to build advanced competencies, improve patient outcomes, and take the next step in your career.

The School of Nursing seeks to rigorously prepare resourceful, accountable professionals with a passion for serving the world. During your course of study, you’ll gain the competencies necessary to serve as a competent leader and advocate for consumers of healthcare. Key topics of study include:

  • Healthcare informatics
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health assessment
  • Spiritual and cultural considerations in nursing
  • Ethics
  • Leadership

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared for a number of exciting leadership positions. Graduates may be eligible for jobs in nursing or primary care management, health program administration, or directorship.

Our online RN to BSN program offers you the full convenience you need as a working adult. Classes are offered fully online, allowing you to attend school on a schedule that fits around your life. Classes are usually taken one or two at a time, enabling you to focus on your studies while keeping your professional and personal commitments. You’ll also immediately be able to apply your skills to your job.

To enter the program, you must have a nursing diploma Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degree with a major in nursing, and either a valid multi-state license or nursing license in the state of Tennessee. Nursing classes are scheduled with seven weeks in class and one week off. Core classes run for seven weeks.

The RN-BSN is Designed for…

  • Current registered nurses who wish to finish their bachelor’s degree
  • Working RNs who want to enter higher positions of leadership within their field
  • Community college graduates and transfer students


The baccalaureate degree program at King University is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The School of Nursing programs are fully approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing, and King is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of King University.


Courses and Requirements

Our online RN to BSN degree requires 48 semester hours (12 courses) of major coursework. The plan consists of 32 semester hours of nursing classes and 16 hours of Gen Ed. To graduate from King University, students must complete a total of 124 semester hours, which includes a mixture of major courses, general education courses, and additional courses which may come from credit transfers or electives.

You may choose between a three-semester option (two classes per term) and a six-semester option (one class per term).

Course of Study
Course # Title Description Credits
NURS 3310 Dimensions of Professional Nursing This course introduces the student to the scope of professional practice, which builds on personal strengths and prior nursing knowledge acquired in lower-division nursing courses. The course also focuses on self-awareness and the transformation experience, which socializes the returning RN into the role of the baccalaureate nurse. The course will focus on the quest for self-knowledge, personal planning and career advancement, and the unending issues in practice, aiming to sharpen critical thinking skills and to strengthen conceptual and theoretical nursing knowledge. Co-requisite: TCOM 2410 4
NURS 3315 Introduction to Healthcare Informatics This course introduces the basic concepts relevant to healthcare informatics and the use of computerized information systems in healthcare organizations to registered nurse students. The main focus is to discover how computerized applications aid the healthcare team to evaluate health, wellness, and illness to provide and communicate positive patient outcomes across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, Co-requisite: TCOM 2410 4
NURS 3330 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice This course provides a basic understanding for registered nurse students of how reliable evidence is used to form practice guidelines. Emphasis is placed on effectively evaluating and utilizing research to promote evidence-based practice within the interdisciplinary team to improve patient outcomes across the lifespan. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, TCOM 2410 4
NURS 3410 Health and Physical Assessment This course is designed to improve and build upon health assessment skills the RN-BSN students are already familiar with. Through didactic and practice sessions, students will build upon their knowledge of history taking and physical assessment. The focus will be on the assessments of adults who are healthy or have commonly occurring deviations from health. Skills taught and practiced include interview techniques, the use of standard assessment instruments, data analysis, documentation, and interventions to promote and maintain health. Skills related to knowledge integration, communication, and decision-making for a culturally diverse population will be emphasized. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, TCOM 2410 4
NURS 3420 Spiritual and Cultural Considerations in Nursing This course promotes the provision of nursing care within a spiritual and cultural framework. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding human behavior and of promoting, maintaining, and restoring the holistic health of individuals, families, and communities within their cultural, socioeconomic, and religious contexts. Emphasis will also be placed on how cultural and spiritual beliefs influence a person’s healthcare practices. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, TCOM 2410 4
NURS 4310 Nursing Ethics In this course, students will explore ethical considerations in contemporary nursing. Topics include: historical forces influencing the development of nursing, ethical theory and principles, values clarification and development, ethical decision-making, legal issues, professional relationship issues, practice issues related to technology, a patient’s right to self-determination, palliative care and end of life issues, scholarship, economic, social, and gender issues, and global nursing including transcultural and spiritual considerations. This course will require students to demonstrate a competency in caring for the body, mind, and spirit of the individual, family, and community, while exploring their own ethical and values systems. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, TCOM 2410 4
NURS 4410 Principles of Leadership and Management This course provides registered nurse students with the opportunity to synthesize previous learning and experiences related to the role of professional nurse as leader and a manager in providing for the delivery of healthcare in the ever changing healthcare market. RN-BSN students will investigate and further develop their own professional role as managers of patient care, as leaders in healthcare policy-making, as advocates for patient’s rights, as educators of patients, the community, and of other healthcare professionals. The student will learn about caring for the public’s community health problems and the promotion of community preventative health programs with a focus on local, state, and federal health policy issues that impact individuals, families, and groups. This course integrates organizational behavior and health and social policy in discussions and assignments, and begins the culminating service learning project which is completed in the final course in the program of study. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, 3330, 3410, 3420, 4310, TCOM 2410 4
NURS 4420 Capstone for RNs This course requires students to use knowledge from previous nursing courses particularly leadership, ethics, and research, in relation to class/blackboard discussions and the service learning project. Patricia Benner’s philosophical view of nursing practice—how the knowledge of practice is acquired and how it develops over time—will serve as the starting point for blackboard debate. Additionally, students are expected to engage in activities that focus on professional-role development such as writing and publishing in nursing. Clinical emphasis is placed on the design, research, and presentation of a service learning project in a community setting. Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, 3330, 3410, 3420, 4310, 4410, TCOM 2410 4
Course # Title Description Credits
NURS 3005 The Science of Human Pathophysiology This course examines the pathophysiology of disease processes throughout the lifespan. The processes of genetic mutation, cellular injury, and proliferation, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, and inflammatory, immune and stress responses are integrated into alterations in body systems. Body systems covered in this course include the neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, hematological, integumentary, endocrine, and reproductive. Implications for nursing care posed by these system alterations are also presented.
Prerequisite: NURS 3310, 3315, TCOM 2410
RELG 1001 Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice A general survey of Christian thought and practice utilizing both the biblical text and human witness. 4

Choose one of the following courses:

Course # Title Description Credits
TCOM 2410 Writing for the Health Professions Course provides instruction and practice for both academic and professional writing for health professionals. Students will produce academic papers and workplace writing typical for their field of study such as letters, memos, emails, resumes, notes, and reports. 4
MATH 1560 Introduction to Statistics A study of the fundamentals of probability and statistics, including regression analysis and correlation. Particular focus is placed on probability distributions and their application to confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for data samples. 4

Choose one of the following courses:

Course # Title Description Credits
LIBS 3000 The Quest for Self-Knowledge Students in this course will engage in a challenge at the roots of the Western intellectual tradition: Socrates’ charge, “Know thyself.” Students will be asked to consider various dimensions of this challenge: How do we know ourselves accurately? How do our past, our community, our landscape shape us? What is it to be a human being? How do we relate to God? Why are we here? 4
LIBS 3400 The Quest for Community and an Ordered Society In Genesis Chapter Two, God observes that “it is not good for man to be alone,” but as human beings, one of our greatest challenges is to live at peace with other people. This course will examine the individual’s role in the community and the community’s role in society. Topics will include the defining characteristics of communities, the responsibility of communities to the disenfranchised, the political structure of society, and the uses and misuses of power and authority. 4
LIBS 3600 The Quest for Stewardship and Ethical Responsibility Students will look at two of the most controversial challenges our society faces today— stewardship of the earth plus our fellow human beings and the question of right and wrong behavior. Students will be prompted to think critically about the role of stewardship and ethical behavior in their careers—whom or what must we care for? What is the right thing to do in a given situation? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? What is our duty in life? 4
LIBS 4000 The Quest for Career and Vocation In this course, students will explore the role of career and vocation in relation to their own lives and careers. Using Frederick Buechner’s definition of vocation as “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” students will read novels, short stories and essays, and view films that will lead them to consider questions relating to career, vocation, and family and community life: What role does career and vocation have in my life and in the life of my family? What does it mean to be fulfilled? How can I balance obligations to my work, my family, and my community? What role does spirituality have in my work? 4

Additional core educational requirements may be needed based on previous academic record of completed coursework.

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the online RN-BSN program must meet the following requirements:

  1. An associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school of nursing.
  2. Students must have previously earned 45 semester hours to gain admission into an online bachelor’s program at King. These hours may be applied to the general education, major, or general electives requirements of the program. If a student has fewer than 45 hours, they must complete King’s Pathway program to obtain the necessary credits before declaring their major.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale 
  4. A current unencumbered license as a registered nurse from the Tennessee Board of Nursing or a compact multi-state license. Applicants should not be on probation and must report any past or current disciplinary action taken by a state board.
  5. A current American Heart Association CPR certification.

How to Apply

Students applying for admission to the online RN-BSN program must submit:

  1. A completed online application.
  2. The official transcript request form and email a scanned copy to or fax to 800.473.2512.
  3. Verification of current unencumbered license as a registered nurse from the Tennessee Board of Nursing or a compact multi-state license. Students without licensure can start coursework but must provide licensure information before starting their second semester.
  4. A copy of current CPR certification. Once your application packet is complete, it will be submitted to the admissions committee for a complete review and assessment.

Have questions about this program or the admissions process? Request a brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors.

Special Considerations

The School of Nursing has a cohort cancellation policy that reserves the right to cancel any cohort 10-calendar days prior to the orientation date if minimum enrollment has not been met.

Tuition & Fees

King University helps minimize the cost of your education through our transfer credit policy. We will accept up to 76 transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Full Program Tuition$330 per semester hour$15,840
Full Program Fees$100 Technology fee (per course)
$40 Liability Insurance (one-time)
$75 Health Assessment Supplies (one-time)
$12 Research/Library Resources (per semester)
$125 Graduation Fee (one-time)
$75 School of Nursing Documentation Fee (This includes access to the Castlebranch documentation management system and the drug screen. The drug screen must be completed and cleared upon admission.)
Full Program Total$17,367

Career Outcomes

  • Primary care nurse manager
  • Nursing director
  • Clinical nursing manager
  • Clinical audit manager
  • Behavioral health program manager
Online Learning

Studying online prepares you for a successful future. Discover a learning format that offers:

  • Flexibility and Convenience
  • Personalized Academics
  • Equal Excellence
  • Opportunity for Self-Insight