Nursing – Accelerated RN to BSN Online

Program Description

The accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program provides scientifically based nursing curricula to educate clinically competent, caring, nursing professionals with a commitment to excellence in practice, service, and scholarship. The program emphasizes quality and safety in patient care while also instilling lifelong learning as a hallmark of professional nurses, while serving as a foundation for graduate study.

Students will learn to implement culturally appropriate strategies for health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention, and use clinical judgment and decision-making skills when assessing and evaluating the health status of individuals and families.

The La Salle University Accelerated R.N.-BSN Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

As a special service to students and prospective students, a nurse academic adviser is available to discuss the nature of the program and individual options for progression through the program. For an appointment with the nursing academic adviser, call 215.951.1471 (Main Campus).

Why take this major?

The RN to BSN online program provides a flexible and convenient avenue for registered nurses to advance their education and develop in-demand skill sets.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Integrate liberal education as a basis for holistic nursing practice.
  • Exhibit leadership attributes to promote safe, quality care for diverse clients across a variety of settings.
  • Synthesize principles of evidence-based practice in the care of diverse clients across the lifespan.
  • Analyze data from information systems and health care technologies to promote safe, cost-effective, quality healthcare.
  • Practice as an advocate in complex health care delivery systems.
  • Communicate effectively as a member of the interprofessional healthcare team to promote optimal outcomes.
  • Engage in partnerships with diverse clients across the lifespan to promote health and prevent disease.
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for caring, professional nursing practice.
  • Practice culturally congruent, holistic, client-centered nursing care to address complex needs of clients across the lifespan.

Program Contact Information

Sheila McLaughlin

Assistant Director of the ACHIEVE and RN to BSN Programs

Room 1104 St. Benilde



Degree Earned


Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 9 courses

Total: 32

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 27

Total: 122

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

NUTR 165 - Principles of Nutrition

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

HSC 217 - Statistics for Healthcare Professionals

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

CSC 154 - Heathcare Informatics

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

SOC 150 - Introduction to Sociology

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 32 courses in total in order to graduate. 9 courses courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses


NUR 300 - Articulation Credits for RN License

NUR 301 - Professional Nursing Practice and Health Information Systems

NUR 314 - Health Assessment

NUR 318 - Issues in Pharmacology

NUR 408 - Nursing Research

NUR 410 - Evidence -Based Practice

NUR 413 - International Public Health Nursing

NUR 418  -Nursing Leadership, Management, and Organizational Dynamics

NUR 465  -Safety Strategies for Healthcare Delivery Systems

NUR Elective



Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Course Descriptions

HSC 217 - Statistics for Health Science Profs

This course is an introduction to statistical concepts and data analysis. The elements of statistical thinking are presented as a means of using data for problem solving. Students apply statistical concepts to elementary data analysis using the statistical methods commonly used in health-care research. Examples of statisical applications in nursing and allied health research are provided. As part of this course, the students are introduced to the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (IBM SPSS).

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face, Online

ILO Met: ILO 3.1.b - Quantitative Reasoning

HSC 493 - - Holistic Health Approach

This course explores philosophical, theoretical, and the practice of holistic health care. The foundations of holistic health care lies in the belief that healing interventions need to take into consideration the whole person with the goal of bringing about unity, harmony, and integrity of the individual with one's internal and external environments. A focus of this course will be hands-on practice with each of these strategies with the intention that students will be able to integrate these holistic healing approaches into their practice. Strategies included in this course will be: relaxation techniques, guided imagery foot reflexology, and therapeutic touch. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

NUR 301 - Professional Nursing Practice and Health Information Systems

This course examines professional nursing practice and clinical practice competencies specified by professional nursing organizations, nursing accrediting agencies, and private foundation and federal reports. Students expand knowledge of workforce issues and informatics to enhance patient and health care provider safety, evidence-based practice, and patient-centered care. Professional writing, electronic portfolio development, and informatics skills are emphasized.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

NUR 314 - Health Assessment

The purpose of this course is to refine and expand the skills of history and taking and physical assessment of the human system in health. Students analyze qualitative and quantitative data to determine health deviations from the normal healthy state. They collect data systematically using appropriate assessment techniques and tools to complete a physical assessment. The course stresses the documentation of findings using appropriate terminology for each system. There is emphasis on the communication of findings to both the client and other health-care professionals. Course objectives and clinical evaluations are based on ANA Standards of Practice.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: NUR 301

NUR 318 - Developments and Controversies in Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Controversies and knowledge development in pathophysiology and pharmacology are investigated and their impact on nursing care through the lifespan are examined. Factors influencing health and illness, such as genetics, ethnicity, and environment, are discussed in relation to disease occurrence and treatment. Relationships among disease states and varying approaches to drug therapies are examined using evidence-based approaches. Technology at point-of-care nursing practice is used, including personal digital assistants (PDAs) and clinical data repositories (CDRs), to develop competencies responding to just-in-time critical values and knowledge for patient-centered care.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: NUR 301

NUR 408 - Nursing Research

The purpose of this course is to stimulate a refinement of and appreciation for the potential of the research process in the development of nursing, client, and health-care systems. This course emphasizes the research approach in nursing and the necessity for theory-based and evidence-based practice. Problem identification, literature review, hypothesis formulation, research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis will be explored. Students are required to identify a problem in the nursing or client system, propose a method for its investigation, and present the proposal for critique by peers. Emphasis is placed on the critique of published nursing research and on the notion that an applied discipline is only as strong as its research and theoretical base.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: HSC 217 and all NUR 300-level nursing courses

NUR 410 - Evidence-Based Practice

This course focuses on the integration of evidence into clinical nursing practice. Sources of evidence will include nursing research, integrative reviews, practice guidelines, quality improvement data, and case studies. Students have the opportunity to evaluate evidence critically for its validity and applicability to nursing practice. Historical perspectives of evidence-based nursing practice also will be explored.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: NUR 408

NUR 413 - International Public Health Nursing

This course expands the theoretical and experiential base gained in prior nursing and non-nursing courses by introducing students to populationbased nursing with a special focus on global and international health issues. Emphasis is placed on identifying trends in the health and health care of populations as well as exploring strategies to address health promotion, primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention, and protection goals for particular at-risk and high-risk population groups throughout the world. The course orients the student to health-care needs and interests of families, aggregates, communities, and nations as a whole, rather than solely focusing on needs and interests of individual clients. Health-care strategies, population-level interventions, community resources, and opportunities for interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration are identified. Relevant political, economic, social, and ethical implications of particular healthcare strategies are examined. Specific countries and public health issues will be selected to compare and contrast with the U.S. health-care-delivery system. Students reflect upon contemporary literature related to national and international public health issues.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: NUR 301

NUR 418 - Nursing Leadership, Management, And Organizational Dynamics

Students explore the political, organizational, social, cultural, and economic factors affecting nursing practice. Acute care, long-term care, and community-based settings are examined regarding their organizational structures, health-care financing, and reimbursement challengers. Budgeting principles are analyzed with an emphasis on creating a budget on a spreadsheet for a program of nursing services. Clinical data repositories and interdisciplinary efforts are scrutinized within the context of patient-centered, safe care, and process improvement initiatives.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: NUR 301

NUR 465 - Safety Strategies for Healthcare Delivery Systems

This course explores medication and other health-care errors that threaten patient safety. The impact of health-care errors is examined from the perspectives of consumers, health-care providers, professional organizations, legislators, hospitals, and health-care delivery agencies. Systems improvement initiatives are investigated with the goal of preventing health-care errors. Interdisciplinary and collaborative roles of consumers, legal counsel, and health-care providers, including nurses, pharmacists, and physicians, are emphasized.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Online

Prerequisites: NUR 301