Aug 09, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Nursing, BSN

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a rigorous online RN to BSN degree completion program for Registered Nurses (RNs). Applicants should carefully consider if an online Program best meets their learning style. Enrollment is limited based on the number of available seats each semester. Applicants must complete all General Education courses, RN to BSN Program Specific courses, and the foreign language competency before applying.

The RN to BSN Program provides a career ladder from the AS Nursing degree to the BS Nursing degree for RNs who have earned a diploma or certificate in a nursing program that allows graduates to qualify for a RN license. Coursework will continue to build upon the registered nursing curriculum foundation. The Program offers a diverse population of students with innovative educational experiences and opportunities to meet the health care needs of the community they serve. Through the educational process, the student will be able to internalize the values, traditions, and obligations of the professional nurse and gain a greater professional perspective and increased critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

The RN to BSN Program prepares graduates for career promotions and advancement in nursing to include positions in academia, community health, management, and leadership. It also provides a foundation for advancement to graduate level education programs. Current occupational employment and wage data for Registered Nurses is published by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics at







The Florida SouthWestern State College RN to BSN Program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850

Atlanta, Georgia 30326

Telephone: 404-975-5000

Program Highlights

The RN to BSN Program includes courses in professional issues, informatics, research, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, multicultural nursing, leadership, community health, and a portfolio capstone. Courses are taken online to accommodate various schedules.

Admission Requirements

  1. Registered Nurse License - Must have a valid, active, unrestricted, and unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license, permitted to work in the Florida. Note: the license must remain current throughout enrollment in the RN to BSN Pprogram
  2. Thirty-six (36) college credits of General Education coursework corresponding with the General Education Program Guide and RN to BSN Program Specific Prerequisite Courses-All Coursework above will be evaluated by the College to determine transfer of credits or applicability to the program:
  3. Apply online as a bachelor's degree seeking student and pay the $25.00 application evaluation fee. Students who are new students at FSW will need to also pay a $30.00 FSW application fee.. Note that a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all college level coursework is required for admission: The application is located at the following link:

Academic Standards

The academic standards in the RN to BSN Nursing Program are very rigorous and require full commitment.

  1. Complete 120 credit hours as outlined in the RN to BSN Program of Study.
  2. Earn a grade of "C" or better in each required General Education course, RN to BSN Upper Division courses, Program Specific courses, and electives.
  3. A student who attempts and/or fails a nursing course will be permitted to re-take that nursing course only once on a space-available basis.
  4. An 'attempt' is defined as a course registration in effect at the end of the add/drop period
  5. Attempting with failure or withdrawal in any second nursing course may result in dismissal from the Program.
  6. A Student who is removed from the Program, due to failures or withdraws must petition to the Program Director and Faculty before being re-admitted.

Program of Study

The RN to BSN Program of Study includes:


General Education and RN to BSN Specific Prerequisite Requirements: 42 Credits

COMMUNICATIONS CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required (6 Writing Intensive)

ENC 1101 - Composition I , Writing Intensive 3 credits 

ENC 1102 - Composition II , Writing Intensive 3 credits 

SPC 1017 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication  3 credits


SPC 2608 - Introduction to Public Speaking  3 credits

HUMANITIES CATEGORY: 6 Credits Required (6 Writing Intensive from Humanities and/or Social Sciences

1 Core Humanities 3 credits

1 Any other Humanities General Education Course 3 credits

SOCIAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 9 Credits Required (6 Writing Intensive from Humanities and/or Social Sciences)

PSYXXXX, or SYGXXXX (FL courses) or Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology Core 3 credits

DEPXXXX - (Human Growth & Development course) 3 credits

Any other Social Science General Education Course 3 credits


STA 2023 - Statistical Methods I   3 credits

Any Mathematics General Education Course, 3 credits

NATURAL SCIENCES CATEGORY: 12 Credits Required Including RN to BSN Specific Prerequisites

Foreign Language Competency Requirement

  • Two years of the same High School Foreign Language, or
  • Documented foreign proficiency through testing, or
  • Two semesters of the same College Level Foreign Language (Level II proficiency), or
  • Level II proficiency - this criterion occurs when a student has completed the second course of a sequence of college foreign language without completing the first course. For example, if a student has successfully completed a college-level Spanish II but not Spanish I, then the student has met the Foreign Language Competency requirement.

Electives from Lower Division 48 Credits*

Any 1000 - 4000 level courses

*Students who complete an AS or AAS degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution and who hold a current active, unencumbered RN license must complete the necessary number of credits (up to 48 hours) to accumulate the required 120 credits for program completion.

UPPER DIVISION RN to BSN Core Requirements: 30 Credits Required

Total Degree Requirements: 120 Credit Hours

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete 120 credit hours as outlined in the RN to BSN Program of Study.
  2. To satisfy residency requirements by completing a minimum of 15 core baccalaureate (3000 or 4000 level) program credit hours must be earned Florida SouthWestern State College.
  3. Earn a cumulative grade point average in the Program of 2.0 or higher.

End of Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the RN to BSN Program, the graduate will able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and the physical, behavioral, psychological and social sciences, and the humanities in the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Integrate global health and health care, its relevant issues and policies as they relate to professional nursing practice.
  3. Evaluate research in the exploration of the spectrum of health within the framework of evidence-based practice.
  4. Synthesize standards of professional practice and care.
  5. Articulate the role of the professional nurse within inter-professional teams.
  6. Analyze current and changing health care information technologies and systems.
  7. Summarize the components of leadership and followership in professional nursing practice.
  8. Interpret the social responsibility of the nursing profession in the development and implementation of health care policy.


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