The College of Nursing and Health Professions admits registered nurses who want to earn a baccalaureate degree to enhance their career mobility.

To meet the objectives of the BSN program, the student must complete the following curriculum which is comprised of non-nursing and nursing credit.

Non-Nursing Courses Credits
Biology 151 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4
Biology 152 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4
Biology 210 Microbiology 4
Biology 260 Human Nutrition 3
Chemistry 111 General Chemistry 4
Core 110 The Human Experience 5
Core 115 The Human Experience 5
English 305 Writing in Health Sciences 3
Psychology 110 General Psychology 3
Psychology 201 Statistical Methods 3
Psychology 315 Lifespan Development 3
Theology (Must be taken at Valpo) 3
Humanities 3
Elective Credits 13


Nursing Courses  Credits
Nursing 275 Transition to Professional Nursing 4
Nursing 415 Introduction to Nursing Research for EBP 3
Nursing 418 Global Health Issues 3
Nursing 470 Management & Leadership Strategies for the Prof. Nurse 3
Nursing 460 Public Health Nursing 5

After successful completion of six nursing credits at Valpo with a GPA of 2.5 or above, the following 47 undergraduate nursing credits will be awarded. A processing fee will be assessed upon awarding of the credit, but there is no charge for the credit.

Nursing 203 Health Assessment 3
Nursing 210 Therapeutic Interventions for the Professional Nurse 4
Nursing 212 Intro to Community-based Nursing and Health Promotion 3
Nursing 341 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing 5
Nursing 354 Nursing Care of Adults I 5
Nursing 325 Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family 5
Nursing 351 Gerontological Nursing 3
Nursing 356 Nursing Care of Adults II 5
Nursing 425 Family Care of the Childrearing Family 5
Nursing 458 Complex Health Care Needs of the Adult 4
Nursing 480 Professional Role Practicum 5

Acceptable transfer credit hours from another college or university, credit by examination, and recognition for prior nursing coursework may be applied toward required and elective credit hours. 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 15 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.

If you are interested in having your transcript reviewed to determine how transfer credit will be applied to course requirements, contact Natalie Rivich, professional academic advisor for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, at

Associate degree and diploma graduates apply for admission to the RN-BSN degree program through the Office of Admission. Admission requirements include evidence of:

  • unencumbered Registered Nurse License in Indiana, and
  • graduation from ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program.

Registered nurses qualify for a reduced tuition rate.

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