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Are you a registered nurse? Earn your BSN Degree – fully online or with campus course options

Avila University’s RN to BSN program builds on the experience of your nursing career and expands that foundation with the insight to prepare you for graduate school or advanced job opportunities. This program can be taken fully online or as a a hybrid (online and on-campus).

Admissions criteria:

  • Associates degree in nursing or nursing diploma
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7
  • An unencumbered RN license
  • Eligibility for Missouri and/or Kansas licensure
  • Grades of C or above in nursing pre-requisite courses

To apply, submit an application online along with your official transcripts and a copy of your RN license.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Avila University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Course Requirements

Course Requirements

CO 110  Fundamentals of Communication
EN 111 Composition I
MA 115 Application of College Mathematics
Elective (C)  
Elective (C)  
NU 111 Nutrition (N)
PY 101 General Psychology (N)
PY 208 Life Span Development (N)
PL 255 Ethics (S)
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology (S)
(Any pillar) Elective      
CONTRIBUTE (Need 6 credits)
CO 321 Leadership (B)
NU 476 Evidence Based Practice (B)
IS 311 Peace Studies (S)
IS 311 Peace Studies
IS 336 Food & Culture
IS 340 Mediation
GLOBAL STUDIES (Need 3 credits)
NU 484 Population Based Health Concepts
IS 311 Peace Studies
IS 336 Food & Culture
IS 340 Mediation
RS 117 World Regligions
SP 111 Spanish I
NU 490 Capstone RN to BSN
(S) – Social Justice & Civic Life, (C) – Creativity & Culture,  
(B) – Belief & Reason, (N) – Explorations of Nature,
(I) – Interdisciplinary Studies, (G) – Global Studies,  
(E) – Community Engagement

Nursing Prerequisites

BI 220 Human Anatomy & Phys w/ Lab
BI 250 Microbiology w/ Lab
CO 110 Fundamentals of Communication *
EC 240  Statistics
EN 111 Composition I *
MA 115 Application of College Mathematics *
NU 111 Nutirition *
PL 255 Ethics *
PY 101 General Psychology *
PY 208 Life Span Development *
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology *

Nursing Requirements    

NU 452 Nursing Pharmacology-Test-Out Opt
NU 453 Health Assessment-Test-Out Only
NU 456 Health Informatics
NU 476 Evidence Based Practice *
NU 470 Advancing Prof. Practice in Nursing
NU 484 Population Based Health Concepts
NU 490 Capstone RN to BSN *
NU 305 Healthcare Policy: US & Global

Six Hours From:
CO/PY 321 Leadership
NU 310 Healthcare for the Elderly
NU 330 Organization of HC Services
NU 340 Legal Aspects of Healthcare
NU 473 Psychosocial Concepts

NU 450 Development of the Prof. Nurse 1
NU 455 Health/Illness 1
NU 457  Patient Care Skills
NU 459 Health/Illness 2
NU 471 Women and Children
NU 458 Practicum 1
NU 481 Practicum 2
NU 482 Health/Illness 3

* Can Meet Core as well as Major Requirement

Career Opportunities

Careers with a Nursing Degree

With a BSN degree, you receive the valuable skills desired by employers and are more likely to obtain graduate education that will help you advance in your career. The average salaries for positions like nursing director and clinical nurse manager are much higher than a typical RN staff salary.

The BSN degree will allow you to take your education even further by qualifying you to pursue a master’s degree in nursing.

Career opportunities for individuals with a degree in nursing vary by position, specialty, work setting and population served. Some clinical and non-clinical areas of employment include:

  • Teaching/nurse educators
  • Nurse manager
  • Head nurse
  • Case manager
  • Research
  • Forensic nursing
  • Infection control

(Information obtained from the Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 edition)

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


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