Building on initial preparation in the ADN or diploma program, the online RN to BSN degree program at Sullivan University prepares students for a broader scope of practice, providing a holistic perspective, and an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, community and leadership issues that impact patients and shape nursing care.

To meet these needs, Sullivan offers courses focusing on evidence based practice, economics and finance, diversity in healthcare, management and leadership, community theory and family theory, quality care and patient safety and technology and informatics. This course content, and other competencies identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and other professional organizations, is included.

The online RN to BSN Program at Sullivan University provides critical knowledge and a valuable credential for the next step in your professional life. The online format allows students to earn a BSN degree in a timely manner — a degree based on the AACN Essentials for Baccalaureate Education, and on professional standards from national organizations.

This top-quality program is provided in a 24/7 format that allows students from around the globe to interact and enhance their overall educational development. The RN to BSN experiences requires no mandatory log-in times, and Registered Nurses receive 47 block credits for previous nursing courses taken in the associate degree or diploma based program. Using an accelerated format, core nursing courses are taken sequentially.

All courses taken in the Sullivan University College of Nursing are taught by respected professionals in nursing with frontline experience in nursing practice and teaching. Over 80% of nursing faculty have a Doctorate, and all have a Master’s degree in nursing. Faculty are matched to the courses they teach, provide individualized attention and have the experience as well as the academic preparation that allows students to have a solid academic experience.

Sullivan University’s RN to BSN program is completely online, giving you the flexibility to fit school into your busy schedule.


The RN to BSN student enters the program with knowledge, skills and experience as a registered nurse. The RN to BSN program: enhances your knowledge and skills by providing an in-depth exploration of career goals; enhancing the knowledge of community and public health nursing; teaching leadership and management skills with a focus on holistic nursing care and evidence based nursing practice; and provides an in-depth preparation for leadership positions. In addition, courses provide a foundation to pursue graduate study.


The most unique feature of Sullivan University’s RN to BSN program is the nursing courses are accelerated with a focus on team-based learning. Nursing courses average four to eight weeks in length and each course culminates with a team project. The final course provides the opportunity for an experiential practice experience in leadership and management. Utilizing the concept of team-based learning, each student has the opportunity for leadership and a variety of team roles.


180 Credit Hours
Length: 21 months (Upper Division Nursing Courses)
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

Course Titles Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 180
General Studies
BIO 201 Medical Microbiology 6
BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab 6
BIO 204 Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab 6
GEN 215X Human Dynamics 4
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
PHL 344 Bioethics 4
PSY 214 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC 214 Introduction to Sociology 4
Elective General Studies Elective 4
Elective General Studies Elective 4
Total General Studies Credit Hours 50
Upper Division Nursing Courses
NUR 300* Introduction to Online and Accelerated Learning in Nursing 3
NUR 303* Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Roles and Issues in Nursing 3
NUR 304* Holistic Nursing and Complementary and Alternative Therapies 3
NUR 305* Genetics in Healthcare 3
NUR 306* Pathophysiology 6
NUR 307* Health and Physical Assessment Across the Life Span 6
NUR 309* Diversity in Healthcare 3
NUR 318* Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Statistics 9
NUR 401* Community Theory and Family Theory 3
NUR 402* End of Life Issues Across the Life Span 3
NUR 403* Healthcare Informatics and Technology 3
NUR 405* Quality Care and Patient Safety 3
NUR 406* Community and Public Health Nursing 6
NUR 407* Management and Leadership in Professional Nursing 6
NUR 408 Senior Experiential Practicum and Seminar 6
NUR 414* Healthcare Management, Economics, and Seminar 4
Total Upper Division Nursing Credit Hours 70
Associate Degree/Hospital Diploma Nursing Block Credit 60

Those who lack one or more required general studies courses must complete them as prerequisites to upper-level nursing courses.

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