Nursing (RN to BSN)


The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a RN to BSN program for registered nurses in a convenient online format. Contact us for information about possible blended on-site cohorts.

The RN to BSN program prepares graduates for careers in professional nursing in a variety of settings. Students are admitted for fall and spring program starts after completing admission requirements. A transfer agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System allows for transfer of 70 credits from Associate Degree programs. The curriculum includes courses in the arts and sciences and nursing courses which guide students in achieving expected student outcomes. Theory and clinical learning experiences emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. In the online format, all courses are online, accelerated six week courses that allow for program completion in as little as 16 months.

 

The RN to BSN program at Cardinal Stritch University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) www.ccneaccreditation.org/


Courses Are Available

Online

Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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RN to BSN (for ADN Students)

The RN to BSN program at Cardinal Stritch University is also offered to select Wisconsin Technical College System Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students that enroll in the online RN to BSN program concurrently while enrolled in the ADN program. 


The online Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program partnerships with Gateway Technical College, Madison College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College is designed to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses entering a variety of settings in the workforce in Wisconsin. Completion of the ADN and BSN concurrently provides a strong foundation for entry-level nursing practice, advancement into leadership positions, and graduate studies.


Students admitted to the Gateway Technical College, Madison College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, or Waukesha County Technical College  ADN program may also apply for admission to the Stritch BSN Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program. The program provides students with an opportunity to complete some ADN and BSN coursework concurrently, expediting completion of the BSN which in turn increases employment opportunities.


Students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program may complete their ADN with the majority of their BSN credits already earned, allowing for completion of the BSN degree from Stritch in as little as one semester after graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. The Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program curriculum includes six week courses in the arts and sciences as well as six week nursing courses designed to guide students in achieving expected student outcomes. Students participate in theory and clinical learning experiences which emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. Students must pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to completing their final BSN courses at Stritch. Information on frequently asked questions is available. The RN to BSN at Cardinal Stritch Univeristy program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) www.ccneaccreditation.org/



Cardinal Stritch University has a partnership with all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges, which guarantees the transfer of every credit from their Associate of Science in Nursing programs. Through this partnership, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree after earning an ADN degree at any of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges. To learn more about this agreement, please view the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) articulation agreement for these programs.  Wisconsin Technical Colleges include: 
 
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Madison College
  • Mid-State Technical College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Nicolet College
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Western Technical College
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Curriculum and Expected Student Outcomes

College Core Course Requirements (Core courses are offered completely online)
(Many of these credits are earned through prior course work)

A. Effective Communication – Oral and Written
  • EN 102 Research Writing (3 cr.)
  • CA 108 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)

B. Quantitative and Technological Literacy
  • MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences,or
  • MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.)

C. Franciscan Heritage and Values/Local and Global Engagement
  • SEM 103 Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)

D. Moral and Ethical Reasoning
  • PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics (recommended) (3 cr.)

E. Physical and Natural World
  • BL 111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)

F. Human Societies
  • PS 190 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.)
  • HS 202 Modern Civilization 1850-Present (3 cr.) – This course also counts for cultural awareness

G. Spiritual Understanding
  • REL 104 World Religions (3 cr.)

H. Aesthetic Values (Expression)
  • MU 107 Survey of American Music (3 cr.)

I. Auxiliary Requirements
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)

J. Prior ADN Coursework (34-48 cr.)

K. Arts & Sciences free electives (14-19 cr.)



RN to BSN Program Course Requirements

  1. SEM 103: Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
  2. NUR 310: Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  3. NUR 424: Leadership for Change (3 cr.)
  4. NUR 405: Information Management and Health Care Technology (3 cr.)
  5. NUR 406: Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease (3 cr.)
  6. NUR 300: Nutrition (3 cr.)
  7. NUR 414: Holism and Diversity (3 cr.)
  8. NUR 420: Population Focused Health (4 cr.)
  9. NUR 430: Change Capstone (4 cr.)

    *Order may vary slightly

Sample Course Map for RN to BSN (for ADN Students) Curriculum with a Fall Start

General Education Courses recommended to be completed at Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) before petition and start of Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative (Completion of these courses prior to enrolling in the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program will allow the student to have a manageable workload)

 

801-136: English Composition I (3 cr)
809-188: Developmental Psychology (3 cr) – CORE: Human Societies/Cultural Awareness
801-196: Oral and Interpersonal Communication (3 cr) – OR 801-198 Speech - CORE: Effective Communication - Oral
809-198: Introduction to Psychology (3 cr)
806-197: Microbiology (4 cr)
809-166: Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application (3 cr) – CORE: Moral & Ethical Reasoning
806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology – CORE: Physical & Natural World
806-197 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology – CORE: Knowledge Areas – PLUS ONE
804-118: Intermediate Algebra with Applications- Transfers for MT 107 OR 804-189 Introductory Statistics – Transfers for MT 113
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Applications- Transfers for PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics
304-118 Art History- Transfers for MU 107
 

Online Orientation
Summer prior to Term 1: (Alternate option to decrease credits in term 1 and/or if Ethics is needed

 

Pre-Term 1: Summer 2017 (3-6 credits as needed)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
If 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Applications course is taken at WTCS, students don’t need this course EN 102 Research Writing - Effective Communication Written (3 cr)- CORE: Communication – Written
  PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics (3cr) (Summer 2) (not needed if 3 cr ethics course was taken such as 809-166)
 



Term 1: Fall 2017 (15-18 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
543-101 Nursing Fundamentals (2 cr)

SEM 103 Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr)

543-102 Nursing Skills (3 cr) EN 102 Research Writing - Effective Communication Written (3 cr)- CORE: Communication – Written (Alternate Option: take only if needed, and not taken in Pre-Term 1: Summer)
543-103 Nursing Pharmacology (2 cr) MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences (3 cr) CORE: Qualitative & Technological Literacy or other CORE math course
543-104 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice (2 cr) Navigator Session
 



Term 2: Spring 2018 (13 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
543-105 Nursing: Health Alterations (3 cr) NUR 310 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr)
543-106 Nursing: Health Promotion (3 cr)  
543-108 Intro to Clinical Care Management (2 cr)  
543-107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan (2 cr) Navigator Session
 



Term 3: Summer 2018 (6 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
  REL 104 World Religions (3 cr) – CORE: Spiritual Understanding
  Elective (3 cr)
 



Term 4: Fall 2018 (15 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
543-109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations I (3 cr) NUR 424 Leadership for Change (3 cr)
543-111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical (3 cr) NUR 300 Nutrition (3 cr)
543-112: Nursing: Advanced Skills (1 cr)  
543-110: Nursing Mental Health and Community Concepts (2 cr) Navigator Session
 



Term 5: Spring 2019 (13-16 credits)

Wisconsin Technical CollegeSystem Cardinal Stritch University
543-113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 2 (3 cr) NUR 414 Holism and Diversity (3 cr)
543-114 Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts (2 cr) NUR 406 Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease (3 cr)
543-115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice (3 cr)  
543-116 Nursing: Clinical Transition (2 cr) Navigator Session
 


Next Steps:

  • Graduate from the technical college with ADN degree; take and pass NCLEX-RN
  • Upon verified successful completion of the ADN program at the technical college and NCLEX-RN, Stritch will credit each student with transfer credits in recognition of their ADN.
  • Final Semester-register and complete Stritch BSN coursework
     



Term 6: Summer 2019 (6 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
304-118 Art History if needed HS 202 Modern Civilization (3 cr)
  MU 107 Survey of American Music (3 cr)
 



Term 7: Fall 2019 (11 credits)

Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
*Students must have earned the ADN and passed NCLEX-RN to complete this semester.
  NUR 420 Population Focused Health (4 cr)
  NUR 405 Information Management and Health Care Technology (3 cr)
  NUR 430 Change Capstone (4 cr)
  Navigator Session
BSN Expected Student Outcomes

F:        Incorporate Franciscan Values and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in academic and practice settings.

R:        Use research and evidence-based practice as a basis for planning and providing care.

A1:       Practice according to the ANA Nursing: Scope and standards of practice and the CONHS Standards of Conduct; abides by the legal standards as defined by state nurse practice acts and federal regulations.

N1:       Provide developmentally appropriate nursing care across the continuum of healthcare environments.

C1:       Collaborate and communicate with the patient and the healthcare team to maximize health outcomes.

I:         Use information management and the application of patient care technology to provide quality care.

S:         Demonstrate leadership by influencing others to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and provide quality care.
 
C2:      Provide culturally competent and holistic nursing care to diverse patients.

A2:      Advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

N2:       Demonstrate knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments to improve patient outcomes.
 

 
RN to BSN Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative (CEC) Program – FAQ

Q:        How is the CEC program different from the Associate Degree in Nursing program?
A:        Students in the CEC program are still in the regular ADN program; however, they are also concurrently enrolled in online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses through Cardinal Stritch University (Stritch). Therefore, ADN students that participate in the CEC program are working toward their BSN degrees at the same time as they are earning their ADNs.
 
Q:        Who is eligible to participate in the CEC program?
A:        Students enrolled in an ADN program with a partnering Wisconsin Technical College are eligible to apply for the CEC program. Students must meet admission requirements for Stritch’s RN to BSN program and must maintain good standing in their ADN program.
 
Q:        Why should a student consider Stritch to earn their BSN degree?
A:        Stritch has a reputation for top-notch nursing education, with Stritch faculty consistently on the forefront of current trends in nursing. The Stritch RN to BSN program is fully online and streamlined to allow students the opportunity to complete their BSN degree as quickly and conveniently as possible.
 
Q:        How long will it take to complete the BSN degree, if enrolled in the CEC program?
A:        Students have flexibility in regard to how quickly they progress through the program and complete their BSN degree. Working closely with advising, students enroll in 3-9 credits of coursework at Stritch each semester, with 6 credits being the most common pace for most participants. Students that join the CEC program right at the beginning of their ADN could complete their BSN at Stritch in as little as one additional semester of coursework following their ADN graduation and RN licensure.
 
Q:        Is Stritch’s BSN Program accredited?
A:        Yes. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
 
Q:        How and when can students apply?
A:        Students that express interest in the CEC program will have their applications to their technical college also reviewed at Stritch to determine CEC program eligibility. Upon meeting all admission requirements, students are provisionally accepted to Stritch for the year and term of anticipated start of the program. Students must successfully petition to begin their core nursing/clinical coursework in their ADN program, and verify a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.33 on a 4.0 scale, to be fully admitted at Stritch and begin enrolling in BSN courses.
 
Q:        What credits will transfer to Stritch?
A:        Students submit official college transcripts for formal evaluation by Stritch’s Registrar as part of the application process. An unofficial transcript evaluation can also be facilitated through the student’s Admissions Counselor prior to completing a formal application for admission.
 
Q:        Once accepted, will there be a program orientation?
A:        All students are provided with an online program orientation. This orientation ensures that students have the information they need to succeed in the rigorous CEC program, connecting them to Stritch policies, advising and course enrollment procedures, and student support services.
 
Q:        In what format are the Stritch classes offered?
A:        All Stritch classes are offered 100% online in an accelerated, six-week format. Courses are asynchronous, meaning that students do not need to attend online lectures on specific dates or times each week. Online engagement expectations, including weekly course activities and assignments, are described with clear instructions and due dates to help students plan their weekly coursework.
 
Q:        Are the Stritch BSN courses taken in a certain order?
A:        Students MUST take SEM 103 (Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals) first. This course helps students transition to the role of online learner, and introduces them to essential Stritch services such as the online Library, tutoring, and more. Additionally, NUR 310 (Evidence-based Nursing Practice) must be taken before any of the other nursing courses (those that start with NUR). Two courses, NUR 420 (Population Focused Health) and NUR 430 (Change Capstone – always the final course in the program) require RN licensure prior to enrollment.
 
Q:        Does Stritch’s program include clinical activities?
A:        The two courses that require RN licensure prior to enrollment (NUR 420 and NUR 430) include clinical learning activities. These are faculty-directed, project-based learning experiences that do not require direct patient care.
 
Q:        What are the admission requirements for the CEC program?
A:        Students must be admitted to the ADN program at a partnering technical college, and successfully petition for core nursing classes/clinicals. Additionally, students must demonstrate achievement of a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale. 
 
Q:        When does Stritch issue an admission decision once a student applies to the CEC program?
A:        Stritch follows a rolling admissions process. Once a student’s application and supporting documents are received from their technical college, an admission decision is made and communicated promptly.
 
Q:        What is the cost?
A:        Accelerated, online BSN courses have a tuition cost of $550 per credit.
 
Q:        Can financial aid be used to pay for the CEC program?
A:        Yes. Financial aid is available and students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible with each new calendar year to maximize their eligibility for loans and/or grants. Stritch processes financial aid for students fully admitted to the CEC program. Students should designate Cardinal Stritch University (school code 003837) along with their technical college when completing their annual FAFSA.
 
 


 

Online Courses for RN to BSN Program

SEM 103 – Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals - 3.00 Credits

 

The Stritch Seminar focuses on helping new and transfer students succeed in college by gaining competence in critical academic skills, confidence in self and others, and an understanding of the Stritch culture through engagement with the community and reflection on the Franciscan tradition. This is open only to students in online/blended programs in the Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

 

NUR 300 – Nutrition for Health - 3.00 Credits

 

This course introduces principles of nutrition for patients across the lifespan. Nutritional needs of patients experiencing health and illness and the impact of environmental, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and cultural factors are addressed. Therapeutic application based on clinical reasoning in patient teaching is emphasized. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: NUR 310, SEM 103, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: BL 112, BL 202, BL 203, CH 107 or basic chemistry, NUR 210.

 

NUR 310 – Evidence Based Nursing Practice - 3.00 Credits

 

This course introduces the research process and evidence-based practice in nursing. Interrelationships between theory, practice and research are discussed. Research is applied to clinical practice to improve quality, safety and patient outcomes. Legal and ethical considerations are examined. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 110.

 

NUR 405 – Information Management and Healthcare Technologies - 3.00 Credits

 

This course explores the integration of the clinical information systems for information management and analyzes health care technology’s impact on care delivery for the purpose of achieving patient outcomes and improving safety and quality. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, NUR 310, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.

 

NUR 406 – Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease - 3.00 Credits

 

This course focuses on chronic disease processes and essential educational aspects needed to maintain and promote optimal health of patients experiencing chronic alterations in health. Risk factors, concepts and issues related to complex physiological and psychosocial alterations in patients are examined. Emphasis will be placed on professional nursing interventions and correlating patient education which facilitate optimization of health for patients living with chronic illness. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, NUR 310, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.

 

NUR 414 – Holism and Diversity - 3.00 Credits

 

This course focuses on providing holistic care for diverse and vulnerable populations. The impact of nurses’ personal behaviors, beliefs, values, and biases on the delivery of quality care are examined. Sociocultural, economic, legal, political, and historical factors influencing health care policy and health care delivery are explored. The interconnectedness of body, mind, emotion, spirit, culture, relationship, context, and environment on health are explored. The influence of the nurse’s personal health, self-care, and self-renewal and how these factors affect patient care are analyzed. Integrative health care practices are introduced. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, NUR 310, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 110.

 

NUR 420 – Population-Focused Health - 4.00 Credits

 

This course focuses on health promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations. Environmental health, epidemiology, prevention, and emergency preparedness are examined in the context of populations served within a community. Franciscan values are demonstrated through advocacy for vulnerable populations. Emphasis will be placed on promoting mental health and meeting the needs of populations experiencing mental illness. Clinical takes place in community settings where clinical prevention and population-focused interventions are areas of focus. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: NUR 310, SEM 103, Wisconsin RN license, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 222 and NUR 224. Corequisite: BSN: NUR 310 and NUR 314.

 

NUR 424 – Leadership for Change - 3.00 Credits

 

This course examines leadership theories, trends, and issues in health care. The role of the professional nurse as a member of inter-professional teams in health care delivery systems is emphasized. Analysis of individual leadership styles and commitment to professional growth is completed to identify their role in facilitating practice excellence. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: NUR 310, SEM 103 and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program; BSN: NUR 412.

 

NUR 430 – Change Capstone - 4.00 Credits

 

This course provides the baccalaureate nursing student with the opportunity to demonstrate professional nursing roles through evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice, incorporation of change theory, and application of clinical and theoretical learning from previous nursing courses. Collaboration is promoted in planned clinical learning activities that stimulate professional communication and critical thinking to address a current issue/problem. Prerequisite: RN to BSN: SEM 103, NUR 310, NUR 424, NUR 300, NUR 414, NUR 406, NUR 420, NUR 405, Wisconsin RN license, and RN associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program.


*List of courses and offerings is subject to change. Please contact our admissions department at 414-410-4040 for more information.

Application Process and Requirements


Academic and Professional Requirements 

RN to BSN Admission Requirements
  • An associate of science or a diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all nursing and non-nursing course work
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse prior to NUR 420 Population Focused Health

For ADN Students: RN to BSN Admission Requirements
  • Admission to a partnering Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) College
  • Admission to an accredited ADN program at a WTCS College and the core nursing courses within the ADN program
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all nursing and non-nursing course work



Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.



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Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

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