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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

The accelerated, online RN to BSN program at St. Thomas University is designed for working RNs who want to expand their practice to transformative leadership roles in nursing in a variety of patient care settings. Graduates will possess a thorough understanding of culturally responsive health care practice and advocacy.

Program Overview

In this accelerated, online RN to BSN program, you will add to your scientific knowledge base, gain the clinical skills to move into leadership roles, and expand your understanding of the diverse range of patients and families you may encounter.

$8,208* Total Tuition

as few as 12 months Program Duration

36 Credit Hours

You will also learn to integrate clinical prevention and health promotion strategies to maintain and improve patient health outcomes—and to expand your awareness of culturally diverse nursing care. You will learn from nationally and internationally recognized faculty members who are dedicated to your professional development.

Core coursework includes community health nursing, culturally diverse nursing care, an exploration of ethical dilemmas encountered in nursing, and operational issues related to the health care system. The clinical leadership project can be completed in your work environment. General education coursework may be completed in conjunction with nursing courses; there are no pre-requisites.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at St. Thomas University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the integration of philosophical and theoretical principles of the art and science of nursing to create a caring environment for diverse patients, families, and communities.
  • Incorporate teaching, learning and evaluation concepts in developing individualized health plans that meet the cultural and individual needs of patients, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate ethical and transformative leadership skills to promote a quality, safe, cost-effective health care environment for individuals, families and communities.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the care of patients, in inter-professional education and in collaborative practice.
  • Demonstrate the ability to advocate for transformation in the health care delivery system that is responsive to sustain health care outcomes at local, regional, state, national and global levels.
  • Assume accountability for one's own professional development, lifelong learning and scholarship, and the advancement of the nursing profession.
  • Employ information technologies to manage knowledge, disseminate information, and promote decision-making in nursing practice.

Career Opportunities

  • BSN-prepared nurse
  • Assistant Director of Nursing
  • Assistant Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Supervisor

*Scholarships are available. For more information, contact your enrollment specialist.



Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course. All fees are included. The tuition shown here reflects 30 hours of nursing and the required six hours of religious studies and philosophy described below. Additional general education courses will be at the regular rate of $618 per credit hour.

Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Course Program Tuition
Tuition $228 $684 $8,208


The RN to BSN program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Summer 2 2019 06/29/19 06/17/19 06/21/19 06/23/19 06/24/19
Fall 1 2019 08/24/19 08/12/19 08/16/19 08/18/19 08/19/19
Fall 2 2019 10/19/19 10/07/19 10/11/19 10/13/19 10/14/19
Spring 1 2020 01/04/20 12/23/19 12/27/19 12/29/19 12/30/19
Spring 2 2020 03/07/20 02/24/20 02/28/20 03/01/20 03/02/20


Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse academic backgrounds greater access to the RN to BSN online program. You must possess an unencumbered RN license and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

RN to BSN Online Admission Requirements

The following criteria are used for admission to the RN to BSN online program.

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Unencumbered RN license

Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459


The RN to BSN online curriculum is comprised of nine core courses (30 credit hours) and two general education courses (six credit hours, if needed) for a total of 30-36 credit hours. Students must also complete an additional 24 credits of general education credits, and 60 credits will be granted with the RN license to total 120 credits.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the nursing metaparadigm: client, nurse, health/illness and environment. Nursing theoretical perspectives will be discussed as a foundation for professional nursing practice as care provider and manager of care. Special emphasis will be on the practice of the baccalaureate nurse.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Discussion of the current and emerging forces that will affect the quality of health care delivered across the health care continuum. Issues related to health-care relevant policy, finance and regulation will be included.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the research process and its utilization in professional nursing practice. Discussion of evidence-based practice as the foundation for safe, quality care will be the focus of this course. Students will be guided through the development of clinical questions and explore strategies for collecting and appraising the evidence available to answer them.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an overview of common ethical dilemmas encountered in health care. Application of ethical principles to the complicated situations encountered by inter-professional teams, with special consideration of those related to end-of-life care, will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course builds on previous health assessment knowledge and skills focusing on comprehensive health assessment skills. Using a lifespan approach, students examine the physical, cultural, psychosocial, spiritual and nutritional variables through the use of health history and health assessment.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course explores the role of the nurse leader, integrating prior learning with an understanding of the nature of leadership—as well as leadership and management theories—as it relates to the nursing profession. An introduction to the principles of project management with application to a clinical leadership project is included. Consideration of individual student growth, particularly related to the student outcomes of the program and personal goals for future growth, is included. Application of the content will occur in the 54-hour independent clinical practicum, under the direction of the faculty, to develop and implement a clinical leadership project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course has both a didactic and a clinical component. The didactic portion introduces the concepts and principles of community health and the practice of evidence-based community-health nursing. The nursing process is applied to the care of individuals, families and groups within the community. Emphasis will be on community health measures which promote and maintain the health of the community. Application of community health nursing principles occurs in the 54-hour precepted clinical practicum in a community-health setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of the influence of culture on health care practices and the delivery of nursing care for individuals, groups and communities. Emphasis is on increasing awareness of culturally diverse nursing care and the impact of cultural beliefs, values and practices upon health and health care delivery.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of nursing informatics as a means to improve information management in health care. Consideration of health care technologies with ethical and financial criteria in relation to the quality of their outcomes are included.

In addition to the 30 credits of nursing, students must complete 24 credits of general education and 3 credits each of an upper-division course in religious studies and an upper-division course in philosophy.


Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

These GER Requirements are considered developmental requirements. Missing some of these courses will not deter from admission to the program, but they must be completed before the end of the program.

You must take the following courses if you have not met the six-hour religious studies and philosophy requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introduction and broad survey of the major faith traditions of the world, with particular emphasis on the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Eastern religious traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism are introduced.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an exploration of ethical issues currently arising in the practice of medicine and its allied sciences, which incorporates the perspective of Catholic Bioethics. Topics to be covered include informed consent, euthanasia, research on human subjects, genetic engineering, public policy, and health care. This is a writing-intensive course which meets the requirements of the State of Florida "Gordon Rule."


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