BS Nursing (RN to BSN)

Nursing (RN to BSN) Areas of Study

The WGU RN to BSN program is based on best practices for effective learning and national standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable graduates to expand their knowledge in areas of research, theory, community concepts, healthcare policy, therapeutic interventions, and current trends.

BS Nursing (RN to BSN) Domains

Domains of Study

Below are the domains of study that make up this degree program aligned with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education of Professional Nursing Practice of the AACN. Each domain (and subdomain) is made up of specific competencies, or performance descriptions, that correspond to the specific skills or knowledge areas you must master. Click on any of the domains for more information about the competencies.

Courses: BS Nursing

WGU offers degrees, not classes. As a competency-based online university, progress through your degree program is determined by demonstrating your competence through carefully designed assessments and completion of a professional portfolio, capstone, or both. As a student in this program, you will complete the courses listed below in order to graduate. These courses are required, though you may be able to clear some of these requirements through a course-by-course transcript analysis.

CourseCompetency Units
Advanced Standing for RN License50
Foundations of College Mathematics3
Communications Foundations2
Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology3
Human Physiology3
Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory2
Themes in U.S. and World History1
Applications in U.S. and World History1
Language and Communication: Essay2
Language and Communication: Presentation2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities: Analysis and Interpretation2
Microbiology3
Clinical Microbiology Laboratory1
Behavioral Science Survey6
Issues in Behavioral Science3
Biochemistry3
Health Assessment2
Applied Health Assessment1
Applied Health Care Statistics and Analysis3
Care of the Older Adult3
Nutrition for Contemporary Society3
Professional Roles and Values2
Project in Professional Roles and Values1
Evidence Based Practice and Applied Nursing Research3
Community and Population Health3
Information Management and the Application of Technology3
Community Health Nursing Practicum2
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
Leadership Experience1
Professional Portfolio1

BS Nursing, Degree Details

How This Program Works

WGU offers degrees, not classes.

WGU does not rely upon classes in the traditional sense. We don’t base your progress on accumulating credit hours, but rather on completing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in a subject area. We ask you to "prove you know your stuff." You’ll study. You’ll write papers. You’ll take tests. You’ll complete assignments.

Here’s how it works: