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CCNE Accredited RN-BSN Curriculum

The RN-BSN curriculum at Utica College is continuously reviewed and kept current to successfully equip today's nurses with knowledge of the latest emerging technologies and rapidly changing areas of health care settings. The coursework also provides a solid foundation for advanced practice roles, especially for those RNs who may want to pursue graduate studies in the future. View full online nursing course descriptions.

Liberal Arts Classes for Nurses

To complete the liberal arts and sciences requirement, students may choose from an extensive list of liberal arts classes. This is a huge benefit to students as many of these courses are directly relevant to their nursing career. Example courses1 include:

Introduction to Aging
Biology of Aging
Rural Elderly
Understanding Alcoholism, Chemical
Dependency, and Mental Health
Understanding the Effects of
Communicable Disease on Communities
Spanish for Medical Personnel
Critical Thinking
The Family
Race and Ethnicity
Bureaucracy & Culture: U.S.
Health Care System
Public Health at the Local Level
Health Psychology


1Not all courses are available each term.

Admission criteria

Admission to the RN-BS in Nursing (RN-BSN) program requires an associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited program. The student must have an active RN license or become licensed within 6 months of starting the program.

Major related requirements (33 credit hours) Credit Hours
BIO 101,102 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II* 8
BIO 203 Microbiology and Lab* 4
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology* 3
ANT 415 Cultures, Health and Healing 3
BIO 113 Human Genetics 3
SOC 151 Human Society 3
PHI 108 Professional Ethics 3
NUR 445 Introduction to Research Methods and Design 3
MAT 112 Basic Statistics 3
  *Must be completed prior to transfer  
Required Nursing Courses (25 credit hours) Credit Hours
NUR 311 Socialization to Prof Nursing 3
NUR 325 Health Assessment 3
NUR 312 Leadership and Informatics in Professional Nursing 3
NUR 332 Pathophysiology 3
NUR 333 Pharmacology 3
NUR 347 Care of Populations and Communities 3
NUR 411 Health Policy Management in Professional Nursing 2
NUR 413 Trends in Professional Nursing 3
NUR 465 End of Life and Palliative Care Practice 2
  Total program credits 121 Total**


**The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum of 121 credit hours required for this degree. At least 60 credit hours must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Transfer Information

  • 1. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) or Diploma Nursing program.
  • 2. If from a diploma program, the applicant must also have completed an associate degree or a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to transfer.
  • 3. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from four-year institutions, and 60 credits from two-year institutions, depending on one's academic major. Courses to be considered for transfer credit must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" or better.
  • 4. Upon matriculation, 30 transfer credits in nursing are granted toward the baccalaureate degree based upon a current nursing license. Up to 30 credits of Arts and Sciences can be transferred from the associate's degree program and up to 60 from a baccalaureate degree program.
  • 5. Completion of a minimum 121 credit hours is required for graduation. Transfer credits are included in the total required 121 credit hours. At least 60 of the 121 credit hours must be taken in the liberal arts and sciences.

For more information about the Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Request More Information or call us at (315) 732-2640 or toll-free (866) 295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.