Bachelor of Science - RN to BSN Completion Program

Program Description

The RN-BSN Nursing Program at Goodwin College is specifically designed for the Registered Nurse who wants to complete the baccalaureate degree in nursing. Classroom and clinical experience are designed to meet the RN student's adult learning needs.

The program is offered in an online format.

Only students with a current unencumbered RN license may register for NUR 300-400 level courses.

Baccalaureate Nursing Education

Baccalaureate nursing education prepares nurses to practice in a variety of settings by providing them with knowledge and skills that are generalizable and transferable to multiple settings.

The faculty believes that baccalaureate nursing education is built upon a foundation in the arts and sciences that provides an appreciation for diverse perspectives and experiences as well as an understanding of values and ethics and an understanding of the physical world and the scientific method. Liberal education provides a grounding that ensures that nurses practice with a broad-based knowledge that enables them to function as educated persons.

Baccalaureate nursing education:

Admission Requirements

Admission is based upon the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must have received a nursing diploma or associate degree from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  2. For acceptance into the RN-BSN program, applicants must hold a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state where they practice nursing.
  3. Completion of the application for admission into Goodwin College. Applicants to the nursing program must first meet the requirements for admission and be accepted into Goodwin College.
  4. Completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Application.
  5. An academic advising session with the Nursing Department Academic Advisor.

Accepted Students

All required immunizations and requirements must be completed before the start of the clinical nursing courses. If a student has declined the Hepatitis B vaccination series, a signed declaration form must be in his/her file.

Students are required to maintain current certification in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (Health Provider or Professional Rescuer by the American Heart Association or the Red Cross). Proof of certification must be maintained in the student's file.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program are prepared to practice professional nursing as a generalist with skills that are applicable across all healthcare settings. They are also prepared to enter graduate study.

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Practice professional nursing from a holistic, visionary, culturally competent, fiscally responsible base, as they design, manage, and coordinate care for individuals, families, groups, communities and populations;
  2. Synthesize and apply knowledge from nursing theory, practice, research, and the liberal arts and sciences to professional nursing practice;
  3. Integrate and demonstrate beginning leadership and management skills utilizing critical and creative thinking, ethical decision making, and evidenced-based practice;
  4. Design, manage and coordinate care to patients, families, groups and communities utilizing communication skills honed by self-awareness and self-evaluation;
  5. Advocate for patients, families, groups and communities based on a respect for cultural diversity and an understanding of the impact of political and regulatory process on health care;
  6. Collaborate and communicate, using a variety of modalities, with patients, families and interdisciplinary team members to maximize patient's level of wellness; and
  7. Make a commitment to lifelong learning by assuming responsibility for professional career planning, advanced education and active membership in the profession.

Program Highlights

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete the following programmatic graduation requirements:

1. Complete all nursing core courses and required electives with a minimum grade of "C+".


Bachelor in Nursing

ADN or Diploma Pre-Licensure Program - 62 Credits*

AP 1 (SCI), AP II, MICRO, ENG 101 and 1XX (WR), PSY 112 (SS) and 212 (SS) SOC 101, and Lower Division Nursing Courses


General Education Courses - 27 credits


Advanced Writing Competency (AW)



Communications Competency (COM)


CAP 110

Computer Applications (CL)



Math Competency (MATH)


STAT 167

Principles of Statistics


HSC 305

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare (E/P)



Cultural Competency (CU)



Global Studies Competency (G/US)



Global Studies Competency (G/W)


Open Electives - 7 Credits

Open Elective 1XX


Open Elective 1XX


Upper Division Nursing Courses- -24 Credits

NUR 300

Foundations of Professional Nursing


NUR 310

Health Assessment


NUR 351

Introduction to Nursing Research (RE)


NUR 361

Public and Community Health Nursing (MC)


NUR 363

Clinical Nursing Leadership


NUR 458

Contemporary Topics in Nursing


NUR 460

Seminar in Professional Nursing Leadership



Open Elective


Graduation Requirements - 0 Credits

Library Research (ASD 110)


Community Service Initiative (20 hours and paper)


Total Credits in the Program


*Students may receive 62 credits for previous nursing course work via the Connecticut Articulation Model.