Feb 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)


The RN-BSN program provides quality education that builds on the RN’s prior learning and nursing experience while recognizing their unique challenges when seeking a baccalaureate degree. The RN-BSN program seeks to build on the strengths of the learner while supporting their developmental potential. Adult learning principles used throughout the curriculum facilitate meaningful learning that the student can use to impact their world immediately and in the long-term. This program helps learners to transform their nursing practice by sharpening and improving critical thinking and reasoning, promoting leadership skills that enhances personal and professional possibilities, lifelong learning, developing lifelong professional relationships, and feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment.

RN-BSN Academic Requirements

Upon recommendation of the faculty, Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 120 hours of the required program of study for the BSN degree.
  • Completion of a maximum of 36 nursing credit hours transferred from an associate or diploma program.
  • Completion of up to 54 credit hours of general education coursework to include statistics, ethics and nutrition.
  • Completion of the 30 semester hours of nursing coursework within three years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation.
  • RN-BSN students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours from Rockhurst University’s Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences to receive a Rockhurst BSN degree and meet residency requirements.

RN-BSN General Education Course Requirements

General Education courses: 54 credit hours, which must include:

  • Statistics 
  • Ethics 
  • Nutrition 

Associate Degree/Diploma Courses: 36 credit hours

Mandatory RN-BSN Major Course Requirements

The following courses must be taken at Rockhurst University’s Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences, with a minimum grade of C.

Total Required for RN-BSN: 120 credit hours

Requirements vary based on previous classes.


The BSN program has prerequisite requirements requiring coursework to follow a specific order. A 2-credit hour nursing elective course must also be taken prior to graduation. The nursing elective must be an approved elective as listed in the academic course catalog and it must be taken at Rockhurst University’s Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Courses are not offered every semester. An academic advisor will develop your individualized plan of study.

NOTE: Rockhurst University’s Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences RN-BSN program honors Memorandum of Understanding agreements with the following entities to grant course credit to any of the following:

  • Students who have completed their nurse residency through Saint Luke’s Hospital System
  • Students in the Neosho County Community College ADN program 
  • Students in the North Central Missouri College ADN program
  • Students in the Penn Valley College ADN program


Credit by Examination (CBE):

Rockhurst University Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences seeks to provide students with multiple options to meet all requirements while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Credit by examination (CBE) is one option. Credit by examination is accepted for general education prerequisites and RN-BSN core courses. Students must meet benchmark (73%) or equivalent to earn college credit towards degree completion. CBE does not carry a letter grade and is not calculated in the grade point average. No more than nine (9) hours of CBE and//or credit by prior learning may be earned for nursing courses.


For details please contact the Saint Luke’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences admissions office for the RN-BSN program.