RN-BSN Program requirements

Liberal studies (35 unit minimum)

You must complete 35 units of Liberal Studies courses. If you transfer to NAU college and your transcripts certifies that you completed either an Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or a Transfer General Education Core Curriculum (TGECC), you have satisfied NAU's Liberal Studies requirements. 

Foundations (7 unit minimum)

Choose between:

  • ENG 105 Critical Reading and Writing (4 units)
  • ENG 101 and ENG 102 (6 units)

 Choose between:

  • MAT 114 Quantitative Reasoning (3 units)
  • STA 270 Applied Statistics (3 units)

 Distribution requirements (25 unit minimum)

  • Lab Science (4 units)
  • Aesthetic and Humanistic Inquiry (6 units)
  • Cultural Understanding (6 units)
  • Social and Political Worlds (6 units)

Liberal study elective

You can take any liberal studies course (3 units)

Diversity course requirement

  • 3 units of US Ethnic coursework
  • 3 units of Global Diversity coursework

Pre-professional requirements (34 units)

  • BIO 320 General Pathology (3 units)
  • BIO 181/L Unity of Life w/Lab (LS) (4 units) OR 

CHM 130/151L Fundamental Chemistry w/151L (LS) (5 units)

  • BIO 201 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 units)
  • BIO 202 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 units)
  • BIO 205 Microbiology w/Lab (LS) (4 units)
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (SPW) (3 units)
  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology (SPW) (3 units)
  • NTS 135 Applied Nutrition and Food Selection (Science) 3 units OR 

NTS 256 Medical Nutrition (Science) (3 units)

  • PSY 230 Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (4 units) OR 

STA 270 Applied Statistics (3 units)

Professional requirements (30 units)

All prerequisite course requirements must be completed before you can start the professional requirement portion of the program. 

Nursing courses (30 units)

  • NUR 330 Nursing as a Discipline and Profession (3 units)
  • NUR 307 Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (2 units)
  • NUR 320 Basic Principles in Palliative Care (3 units)
  • NUR 321 Gerontology (3 units)
  • NUR 390W Nursing Research (prereq: STA 270 or PSY 230) (3 units) (meets NAU's junior level writing course requirement)
  • NUR 420 Family Nursing Roles (3 units)
  • NUR 424 Manager of Care/Health Care Systems (3 units)
  • NUR 427 Public Health Nursing (5 units)
  • NUR 450C Nursing Leadership (3 units)
  • NUR 408 Field Work Experience (project-based) (2 units)

  NAU Electives to Total 120 units

Additional RN to BSN admissions info

  • You are eligible to apply if you’re in your second semester of an associate degree nursing program in the state of Arizona, with a GPA of 3.0 and approval from your associate degree nursing program faculty advisor.  You may begin the program in your 3rd semester.  
  • If you do not hold an RN license, you are eligible to take NUR 307, NUR 330, NUR 320, NUR 321 ,NUR 390W, NUR 420, and NUR 424, but are not eligible to enroll in NUR 427, NUR 450C, and NUR 408.
  • You are eligible to transfer up to 64 units from a 2-year institution.
  • If you graduated from an Arizona community college RN program, you are eligible to transfer up to 90 units from a 2-year institution.
  • You are eligible to transfer an unlimited amount of units from a 4-year institution.
  • RN-BSN Pre-Project Form 
  • Students from Oregon are not eligible to apply to this program.