RN-BSN Program

Students and faculty interact in the Virtual Nursing Learning Center

The College of Nursing and Health Professions admits registered nurses who want to earn a baccalaureate degree. Acceptable transfer credit hours from another college or university, credit by examination, and recognition for prior nursing course work, may be applied toward required and elective credit hours.

Exceptional Benefits:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from an accredited program
  • Reduced tuition for registered nurses
  • Credit for nursing courses following the successful completion of Phase I required courses
  • Transfer of non-nursing credits from other accredited colleges and universities
  • Availability of day, evening, and summer courses
  • Personal academic advisor
  • Availability of financial aid
  • Enhancement of career mobility
  • Community-based curriculum
  • Foundation for Master's or DNP program

Admission Requirements:

  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
  • Graduation from NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program and provision of official transcripts

Transfer of Credits

Courses taken at accredited colleges or universities are accepted for credit in the BSN program. Transcripts of admitted applicants are evaluated and applicants are notified regarding courses acceptable for transfer. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better is necessary for transfer of credit from another institution. Credits earned more than fifteen years prior to application for admission are accepted toward graduation on a provisional basis, subject to successful completion of 30 credit hours at Valparaiso University. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred to Valparaiso University and applied to a baccalaureate degree in nursing is 94 credits.

Non-Nursing course requirements Credits
BIO 151 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 152 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BIO 210 - Microbiology 4
BIO 260 - Human Nutrition 3
CHEM 111 - General Chemistry 4
CORE 110 - The Human Experience 5
CORE 115 - The Human Experience 5
Elective Credits 15
Humanities 3
Physical Education (waived) 1
PSY110 - General Psychology 3
PSY201 - Statistical Methods 3
PSY315 - Lifespan Development 3
THEO 200 - The Christian Tradition 3

Course credits may transfer from previous college experience to fulfill these requirements.

Degree Requirements

In order to meet the objectives of the BSN program, the student must complete the following curriculum:

Phase I Nursing Required Courses Credits
NUR 275 - Transition to Professional Nursing 4
NUR 418 - Global Health Issues 3

Following successful completion of Phase I, credit for the following courses will be awarded to students who:

  1. Have graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma program, and
  2. Have achieved a nursing GPA of 2.5 or above in Phase I nursing courses.
Awarded Nursing Courses Credits
NUR 203 - Health Assessment 3
NUR 210 - Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
NUR 212 - Intro to Community-based Nursing & Health Promotion 3
NUR 325 - Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
NUR 341 - Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
NUR 351 - Gerontological Nursing 3
NUR 354 - Nursing Care of Adults I 5
NUR 356 - Nursing Care of Adults II 5
NUR 425 - Nursing Care of the Childrearing Family 5
NUR 458 - Complex Health Care Needs of Adults 4
NUR 480 - Professional Role Practicum 5

There is no tuition fee associated with these credits.

Students will then complete Phase II of the nursing curriculum:

Phase II Nursing Required Courses Credits
NUR 415 - Introduction to Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice 3
NUR 460 - Public Health Nursing 5
NUR 470 - Management & Leadership Strategies for the Professional Nurse 3


Registered nurse students qualify for a reduced tuition rate.

If you are interested in having your transcript reviewed to determine how transfer credit will be applied to course requirements, contact the College of Nursing and Health Professions at 219.464.6823 or e-mail Natalie Rivich.

If you're interested in applying, visit the Valparaiso University Admissions Website.