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Online RN-BSN Program

We are pleased to introduce our new online
RN-BSN Program beginning fall 2014!

Applications are now being accepted!
Please review the Admissions information.

The RN-BSN Program enables the Registered Nurse with an Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing to obtain the BSN Degree.

RN-BSN Virtual Open House
RN-BSN Program Virtual Open House
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Learn more...

Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow

Dean and Professor

Dr. Cynthia Walters

Coordinator, RN-BSN Program

Program details:   Download more information
  • Classes begin August 2014.
  • The program is offered entirely online. Our courses are innovative, relevant, and student friendly.
  • Classes are 8 weeks in length. We will offer classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students may take 1 or more classes at a time.
  • Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • Students may take any of the required non-nursing courses either at Duquesne University or at another pre-approved University.
  • Tuition is $661 per credit hour.
  • An orientation to the RN-BSN Program will include the online format, Blackboard, assignments, testing, tech support, faculty and advisor support
  • Curriculum includes 6 optional credits in one of these specialty areas:
    1. Ethics
    2. Quality and Safety
    3. Forensics
    4. Veterans Health
    5. Global Health and Human Rights
    6. Professional Development

If you would like more information, please complete our Request Information Form


Contact our Nursing Recruiter:

Gina Plocki, BSN, RN

New to Online Learning?

Read more about Online Education and how the classes function.


RN-BSN Program

RN-BSN Courses = 30 credits

UPNS 112 Information and Technology for Nursing Practice 3 cr.
UPNS 222W Examining Contemporary Nursing and Healthcare Issues 3 cr.
UPNS 223 Population Based Health and Community Health Nursing (3T/3CL) 6 cr.
UPNS 326 Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice 3 cr.
UPNS 327 Practice, Advocacy and Policy Issues for the Older Adult 3 cr.
UPNS 339W Genetics in Nursing and Health 3 cr.
UPNS 411 Nursing Ethics Across the Life Span 3 cr.
UPNS 423W Evidence Based Approaches to Professional Nursing Practice 3 cr.
UPNS 428 Nursing Leadership: Building Leadership Capacity 3 cr.
Optional Focus Areas:
Nursing and Health Care Ethics

UPNS 450 Seminar in Nursing and Health Care Ethics

UPNS 451W Baccalaureate Project in Nursing and Health Care

3 cr.

3 cr.

Global Health and Human Rights

UPNS 452 Seminar in Global Health and Human Rights

UPNS 453W Baccalaureate Project in Global Health and Human Rights

3 cr.

3 cr.

Health Care Quality and Safety

UPNS 454 Seminar in Health Care Quality and Safety

UPNS 455W Baccalaureate Project in Health Care Quality and Safety

3 cr.

3 cr.

Forensic Nursing Science

UPNS 456 Seminar in Forensic Nursing Science

UPNS 457W Baccalaureate Project in Forensic Nursing Science

3 cr.

3 cr.

Nursing Professional Development

UPNS 458 Seminar in Nursing Professional Development

UPNS 459W Baccalaureate Project in Nursing Professional Development

3 cr.

3 cr.

Veterans Health

UPNS 460 Seminar in Veterans Health

UPNS 461W Baccalaureate Project in Veterans Health

3 cr.

3 cr.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the nursing program, the student will:

  • Integrate clinical judgment skills when implementing care for individuals, families, groups, and community.
  • Incorporate a role model ethical, legal, and professional standard into one's professional nursing practice when acting as a moral agent.
  • Display a caring attitude in all aspects of one's practice.
  • Institute collaborative efforts for the improvement of care to individual's families, and communities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize integrated systems analysis for personal and professional navigation of the health care delivery systems.
  • Integrate culturally congruent care in caring for individuals/families of diverse populations.
  • Engage in evidence based practice.
  • Incorporate teaching/learning process into all aspects of one's practice.
  • Participate in ongoing educational activities that enhance professional growth and improve health care.
  • Utilize evolving information technologies to enhance professional nursing practice.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing to all individuals and groups.
  • Use leadership abilities to influence professional nursing practice.
  • Evaluate the interrelationship of nurse competencies and the patient characteristics to patient outcomes.