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Alderson Broaddus University Department of Nursing offers an innovative opportunity for practicing registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities. Designed to meet the needs of the RN with an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing, the RN to BSN Online Program offers the following program benefits:

  • Complete the bachelor’s degree in nursing in approximately 18 months of full-time study.
  • Convert significant life experience into college credits by documenting past education, training, work related projects and past learning.
  • Online only: Attend asynchronous online courses.
  • 8 week courses
  • Select nursing credits may be transferable
  • No campus visit required
  • No hospital clinical required
  • Part or full-time
  • Rotating admission
  • $295.00 per credit hour + books
  • Gain satisfaction from fulfilling an educational goal.
  • Improve communication and other management skills and strengthen your position in the job market.
  • Complete nursing course requirements for the bachelor’s degree in approximately 18 months of full-time study.
  • Attend class in an asynchronous format each week, thus minimizing interference with work schedules and family responsibilities.

Graduates from Alderson Broaddus University’s RN-BSN Online Program are required to complete 120 credits which include credit requirements in nursing and the liberal studies program.

Pre-Application Criteria

Each applicant will be required to provide:

  1. Current unencumbered license as a registered professional nurse.
  2. Graduate from an approved associate degree or diploma program in nursing
  3. Transcript from all prior academic work
  4. Certified Background Check & Drug Screen through

Policy II.T. Students with Disabilities Admission & Progression

The Alderson Broaddus University Department of Nursing complies with the University’s admission and progression policy in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  Students admitted to the nursing major are expected to be able to complete curriculum requirements which include physical, cognitive, and behavioral skills that are essential to the function of the entry level professional nurse. Reasonable accommodations will be made in order that nursing students with disabilities can successfully complete the nursing program; however, the successful candidate for graduation is expected to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

Application Process Overview

Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 from RN/ADN program
  • No age requirement
  • Certified Background Check

Drug Screen

Additional healthcare requirements needed – see AB Nursing and Policy Procedure Manual

Progression Within the Nursing Major

Once a student enters the nursing major, progression within that student’s nursing course sequence depends upon the student being able to maintain the following:

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A progression grade of 80% or higher on testing in all nursing courses

Graduation Requirements

This program requires 120 credits for graduation with 24 credits in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University.   Students are required to complete all graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree as specified in the Alderson Broaddus University Catalog.  Upon completion of 10 credits at Alderson Broaddus Universityin the nursing major and a grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), the student may receive 40 hours of credit toward the required 120 credits necessary for graduation.  These credits are determined by evaluating the nursing courses completed at the previous institution and granting escrow credits for these course as if they had been taken at Alderson Broaddus University.

Computer Technology Recommendations

Access and use of computer technology is required. To help students with their academics and to facilitate communication, the following computer technology recommendations are made:

Operating Systems

  • Vista SP2 or above,  Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • To install programs, you must have an Administrator-level login on the computer

Internet connection

  • 1.5 – 3.0 mps (Mega Bits per Second) this is low end DSL connection. Anything lower will prevent successful support using remote support software and downloading updates to programs.
  • Browsers: Firefox, Google Chrome, IE, latest versions. Firefox recommended.

Computer Hardware

  • CPU: 2.0 Ghz Dual Core
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Disk: 5 GB free space on hard disk
  • Display: monitor with (1024×768) resolution and 65,536 (16 bit) colors or better
  • Recommended: SXGA (1280×1024) or higher with true color (32 bit)

Alderson Broaddus University’s Department of Nursing developed the Online RN-BSN Degree Completion Program to meet the needs of registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing.  If you are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities, this program is for you.  Our innovative format will allow you to earn your bachelor’s degree in a way that fits your schedule, permitting you to take classes night or day.  You will earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing designed to meet your career goals and to allow you to be a more effective leader

Alderson Broaddus University Department of Nursing offers an innovative opportunity for practicing registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities.

A History of Excellence

For 140 years, Alderson Broaddus University has been providing a quality education for its students. The mission of Alderson Broaddus University is to provide our students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Alderson Broaddus University Department of Nursing offers an innovative opportunity for practicing registered nurses to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing without sacrificing work and family responsibilities.

What can you do with a BSN?

As a graduate of the AB nursing program, you will be prepared as a generalist in nursing, qualified to provide leadership in a variety of settings such as community health, general hospital care, emergency care, and intensive care.  The high quality of nurses graduating from Alderson Broaddus University relates directly to the fine caliber of students who enter the program and to the personal commitment of the nursing faculty as well as the excellence of the total college curriculum.  At AB your liberal studies core requirements will strengthen your general knowledge, improve your learning skills, and give you more confidence to advance in your profession.

Upon graduation, you will receive a BSN degree. If you choose to pursue graduate education, you can advance in nursing leadership roles such as nurse practitioner, clinician, educator, administrator, or researcher.  The current focus in health care, including the demands of gerontology, managed care, and community-based health care, has highlighted the unique contributions that nurses can provide.  The nursing curriculum at AB prepares nurses to meet these unique challenges. At AB your professors will be men and women of high academic and moral standing, who are committed to making a difference in the lives of the students they serve, as well as, the advancement of their profession.;

With a baccalaureate degree in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University you will join the professionals dedicated to excellence in health care.  At AB you can prepare to make a difference.

The total cost of educating a student at Alderson Broaddus University for one year is significantly more than the amount paid by the student. Gifts to Alderson Broaddus from churches, trustees, alumni, and other friends, along with endowment income and certain efficiency factors, provide the difference. The University strives to keep the cost to parents and students as reasonable as possible, consistent with the development and maintenance of an instructional staff and campus facilities, which assure high-quality education. The University reserves the right to adjust charges from year to year in accordance with operating costs and inflationary trends.

Tuition & Fee Schedule

Cost per credit for the RN to BSN Program is $295 per credit hour plus textbooks.  Plus the fee for certified background that includes background check and drug screen (approximately $120).

Tuition is due at registration prior to the first class session; second and third semester payments are due on or before registration at the last class session of the prior semester.

Tuition charges are based on the number of college-sponsored semester hours attempted.  These rates apply to full-time and part-time students.

Payment Plans

Nelnet Budget Plan – For those who desire to pay their educational expenses on a monthly basis, the University will accept the Nelnet Budget Plan provided by Nelnet Business Solutions. An information pamphlet is available upon request.

Employer Reimbursement Plan – If your employer will reimburse tuition costs upon successful completion of each semester, you are still responsible for payment at registration.

Visa and MasterCard – are accepted for payment of tuition and fees.

Financial Aid Checklist

  1. Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the year in which you are seeking admission. File your FAFSA as soon as possilbe after January 1st to be eligible for maximum financial aid.  Some funds are limited and are distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  The priority deadline is March 1st. However, it is not too late to receive financial aid should you complete your FAFSA after the priority deadline. However, to be eligible for the maximum amount of financial aid, you must file before March 1st. The FAFSA is the application for all financial aid at Alderson Broaddus University. Go to to apply. AB’s school code is 003806. You do not have to be accepted to your program of study before you complete the FAFSA.
  2. To complete and sign your FAFSA on-line as well as complete steps 6 and 7, you must have a PIN number. You can go to to register for your PIN number. This PIN will allow you to access all your federal information on-line.
  3. Once you have filled out the FAFSA and have been accepted to your program, the financial aid office will send you a financial aid award letter that lists all financial aid you qualify for through the college.
  4. Sign and return one copy of every award letter that is sent to you to the financial aid office. You may accept, decline, or reduce any items of financial aid.  Once we have received your signed financial aid award letter, the financial aid office will be able to start processing your financial aid.
  5. Some applicants will be chosen by the federal government for the verification process. If you are selected, we will notify you, and you must complete the verification worksheet and submit it along with the required documentation requested. We cannot apply any financial aid to your account until you fully complete the verification process.
  6. All applicants accepting federal Stafford loans must complete an entrance counseling interview. You may go to and click on Entrance Counseling to complete the required counseling. Be sure to list Alderson Broaddus as the college you are attending.
  7. All applicants accepting federal Stafford loans must also complete a master promissory note. Go to to complete a new MPN (master promissory note) for student loans. Follow the steps and be sure to list Alderson Broaddus as the college you are attending.
  8. You must apply for financial aid each year.

The curriculum’s seven Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s) progressively build from Level I through III.    Successive levels target the same seven nurse-learner behaviors, but with each new level, the initial action verb augments the depth and complexity of the learning outcome behavior and the growth expected.  The RN-BSN students begin the program with two Level I courses including “Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice” (described below) and “Health Assessment”.  These are followed by Nursing Research, which is the sole Level II course.  The remaining RN-BSN courses comprise Level III, ending with a capstone entitled “Excellence in Nursing.”

NRSG-510 Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice

This initial course in the RN-BSN online program introduces the student to the conceptual basis of professional baccalaureate nursing using the knowledge, skills, and behaviors associated with the nursing process as venue for introducing the Program Student’s Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) and the AB curriculum.  The baccalaureate experience portion culminates in portfolio development providing a means to describe one’s current and potential practice.   Student learning outcomes provide a framework pertaining to quality evidence-based nursing care, environment, critical thinking, interprofessional communication/collaboration, leadership, informatics and professional ethical and legal practice.  The course incorporates therapeutic communication, mental health, family and transcultural considerations.  (3 semester hours).  Pre-Requisites:  Admission to Nursing Program (Class 3 semester hours).

NRSG 515 Health Assessment

This course focuses on the theoretical basis and psychomotor skills used when assessing the health status of individuals while emphasizing cultural diversity, age-related differences, and lifestyle factors.  It introduces the role of the professional nurse in identifying and communicating normal findings and common deviations from normal. This course provides the opportunity to apply cognitive and psychomotor skills incorporating caring while performing a systematic, patient-centered health assessment.  Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 520 Nursing Research

Building on the introductory concepts of evidence-based nursing practice from earlier courses, students examine all aspects of the research process as it relates to the baccalaureate nurse’s role in research.  Identification of practice issues, appraisal and integration of evidence, evaluation, of patient outcomes and sharing best practice occurs with the interprofessional healthcare team as addressed. Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 530 Nurse as Manager

This theory course provides a basis in evidence-based processes used in the nursing leadership role in a variety of healthcare settings for the purpose of providing and improving patient care that is safe, as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate.  It focuses on healthcare systems, organizational designs and governance, quality improvement, cost-effective care, change theory, conflict resolution, delegation and the role of the professional nurse as a leader Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 531 Nursing Professional Development

This course focuses on lifelong learning in which nurses engage to develop and maintain competence, enhance professional nursing practice, and support achievement of career goals.  It focuses on current health policy issues, health care ethics, evidence-based practice, communication, informatics, leadership and management strategies with diverse client populations across the lifespan. Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 532 Community Mental Health Nursing

Community Mental Health focuses on the acquisition and application of the theoretical basis for quality, safe, evidence-based, patient-centered nursing care in the community for patients experiencing mental health problems.  This course focuses on care that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for patients needing mental health interventions and incorporate critical thinking, quality improvement, collaboration and information technology as they relate to the care of diverse patients in the community mental health system.  Integration of standards of practice and legal and ethical responsibilities occur as the self-aware professional nurse examines therapeutic groups in the community.  Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 533  Community as Client

Operationalzing the Program Student Learning Outcomes this course adds the additional focus of strengthening the theory base and continuing to experience community as patient.  Through a variety of venues and modalities, students continue to experience the paradigm shift to community as patient and provides baccalaureate nursing care that promotes health and wellness Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520 (Class 3 semester hours)

NRSG 550 Excellence in Nursing

This is the capstone course for the RN–BSN program. The student engages in academic endeavors that reflect application, synthesis and evaluation of concepts and nursing issues studied throughout the completion program. Application of educational experience to professional growth and contribution to the nursing profession is emphasized.

Pre-requisite:  NRSG 510, 515, 520, 530, 531, 532, 533 (Class 3 semester hours)

Students persist in programs when they feel they are part of a community that cares. The Alderson Broaddus online student support team consists of individuals who understand the challenges that degree completion entails, and who can provide students with the empathetic and helpful information and support they need.

This personalized attention ensures that students have the greatest possibilities for success in navigating the complex educational and technological landscape of distance education. Every online RN to BSN Program student is carefully monitored and contacted as needed, to ensure success in the program.

Each student is assigned to a member of the Alderson Broaddus University Student Support team who will maintain an ongoing relationship with that student, helping ensure the student has access to all of the resources needed.

The Alderson Broaddus University Student Support team ensures that:

  • Student contact information is updated
  • Technical problems are resolved rapidly through our 24×7 support processes
  • Academic questions are routed to the instructor and clarity of assignments is achieved
  • At-risk students are provided with the motivational and logistical support needed

The Online RN -BSN Program is designed to be completed in 18 months. RNs admitted to the Alderson Broaddus University  Department of Nursing Online RN-BSN Program will be assigned a nursing faculty member who advises the student relative to course registration and other academic issues as needed. Making the transition from associate degree nursing to baccalaureate professional nursing can be challenging and as one of the steps to success, the program as designed a required course that facilitates that transition.

  1. Credit by examination.
  2. Credit by transfer. There is no limit to the amount of credits that can be transferred in.
  3. Credit by escrow.  Upon completion of 10 semester credit hours at Alderson Broaddus University in the Nursing major and a GPA of 2.5, the student may receive up to 40 semester hours of credit toward the required 120 credits necessary for graduation. Escrow credits are held in trust until the student demonstrates their academic competency as defined in the policy. These credits are granted for a block of coursework commensurate with the student’s prior education and licensure.

Each student’s academic transcript will be evaluated by the academic advisor, in consultation with the registrar, for the following:

  • Original degree granting institution and/or other higher education institution where nursing classes are identifiable as “Nursing” on the transcript.
  • A record of transcripted nursing classes and applicable credits where a passing grade of “C” or better was obtained. No nursing credits will be accpeted from courses where a grade of “D” or “F” was earned.
  • Calculate the total number of academic credits for nursing courses.

Progression within the program will be based on time of enrollment and students program of study decision to proceed as a part-time or full-time student.

At Alderson Broaddus we understand that you are a working professional, that is why we can cater your education to your needs.  You can progress through the program at your own pace, whether you are a part time student or you can manage a full time load, AB can create a schedule that works for you.

Full time students will be enrolled in two classes every 8 week session (6 credit hours per 8 weeks), for a total of 24-30 units for the year depending on eligibility and personal schedules. Students also have the ability to be enrolled part time at AB while still maintaining financial aid eligibility.  Students enrolled at a part-time status will take one class every 8 week session (3 credit hours per 8 weeks), and will have the opportunity to adjust their schooling to work around their busy lives.

Number of electives will depend on students transfer credits received. At any time during the process an Admissions Representative can request Educational Plans on behalf of the student and in most cases should take no more than 48 hours for a reply.

Students will proceed with taking required nursing courses first (24 credit hours) and then liberal arts electives until the required 120 credits are acquired for graduation.

Nursing 510 is the first required course at Level I following with Nursing 515 and N520 at Level II, Nursing 530, 532, 533 are all Level III courses that can be taken in any sequence and Nursing 550 is the nursing capstone course.

1st 8 Weeks2nd 8 Weeks3rd 8 Weeks4th 8 Weeks5th 8 Weeks6th 8 Weeks
Nursing 510
3 Credit Hors
Nursing 515
3 Credit Hrs
Nursing 520
3 Credit Hrs
Nursing 530
3 Credit Hrs
Nursing 531
3 Credit Hrs
Nursing 532
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit rs
Liberal Studies
Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs

7th 8 Weeks8th 8 Weeks9th 8 Weeks10th 8 Weeks*11th 8 Weeks*12th 8 Weeks*
Nursing 533
3 Credit Hrs
Nursing 550
Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs
Liberal Studies
3 Credit Hrs

* if needed

RN-BSN Program – Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree


Course NumberCredit HoursCourse Name
CSCI 2253Medical Informatics*
PHIL 3913Ethical Perspective on Health Related Issues*

Plus the following professional courses:

Course NumberCredit HoursCourse Name
NRSG 5103Transition to Profession Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
NRSG 5153Health Assessment
NRSG 5203Nursing Research
NRSG 5303Nurse as Manager
NRSG 5313Nursing Professional Development
NRSG 5323Community Mental Health Nursing
NRSG 5333Community as Client
NRSG 5503Excellence in Nursing

Foreign language: Not Required

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

Among requirements for graduation, the student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required nursing and support courses, a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.0 average in the major, and must pass a comprehensive examination, planned and administered by the major division or department.

RN-BSN Course Dates:

Classes begin in January and July.

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