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Move to the next level in Nursing with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing - online

For a registered nurse, one of the fastest ways to move your career forward is to complete your Bachelor's degree in Nursing online at Independence University.

This online program equips you to meet new challenges and shifting trends in the healthcare field. You’ll prepare for possible nursing leadership roles or graduate study by applying theory and research-based knowledge to real-world nursing environments, such as community health clinics, private practices, hospitals, and other patient care facilities.

With no waitlist, there's no better time for a licensed RN to earn that valuable credential - the BSN.


Your online Bachelor’s degree in Nursing could help you transition into advanced nursing roles, such as:

  • Nurse supervisor
  • Nursing care manager


IU'’s online Bachelor of Science completion degree program in Nursing (BSN) teaches a variety of topics crucial to advancing your nursing career,1 such as:

  • Nursing research
  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Community and family health
  • Nursing informatics
  • Evidence-based nursing
  • Nursing management


Take your nursing career to a whole new level by completing your Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. With no waitlist, there’s no better time to get started!


Course Name Credits

NUR 490
Capstone Project

This course is designed to provide the student with the opportunity to apply both the theoretical foundations and clinical knowledge of nursing science to a self-directed scholarly project of the student's choice. The student will select a topic, which will be approved by the instructor, and then the student and instructor will agree upon a measurable course of study that allows the student to identify learning needs, while engaging in scholarly activities which will enhance the professional practice of the learner and synthesize the information learned in pursuit of the bachelor's degree.

Prerequisites: Completion of all core courses and general education courses or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 402
Critical Issues in Nursing

This course focuses on examining the past, current and future impact of selected themes related to healthcare in general and nursing practice at the local, national, and international levels. Emphasis is placed on the longitudinal nature of many contemporary issues and trends that have a direct impact on the development of nursing science, practice, and education.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 409
Evidence-Based Practice

This course focuses on clinical reasoning and clinical outcomes, information systems and management, and evidence-based practice. Evidence-based practice promotes the development of skills in using the research process to define clinical research problems with application to practice.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 305
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

An introduction to the strategies/tactics for preventing disease and promoting health in both individuals and populations. Course components include: relevance of concepts from psychology, sociology, economics and anthropology; planning, implementation and evaluation models; health assessment and disease management technologies; and health education. Illustrative case applications include: heart/cardiovascular disease, fitness and weight control, HIV, and accidents.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 412
Introduction to Nursing Research

Students are introduced to nursing research as it relates to changing and improving nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to evaluate current nursing literature for scientific and clinical merit in order to solve clinical problems and improve practice. Topics include fundamentals of research, steps in the research process, research design, data collection and analysis, and critical appraisal and utilization of nursing research. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed and emphasized throughout the course.

Prerequisites: STA 322 or equivalent or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 306

This course focuses on the clinical usage of drugs commonly used in healthcare settings. Topics include pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, interactions, drug classes and patient variables as they relate to pharmacology. The students will examine drug classifications, drug therapy, adverse reactions, drug and food interactions, and patient education.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 401
Psychological Aspects of Illness and Disability

This course introduces you to the mental and emotional aspects of illness. You will address the relationship between stress and illness, the patient-physician relationship, treatment compliance, and care for the terminally ill.

Prerequisites: None.

HCA 300
The Healthcare System

A study of the U.S. healthcare system to help students understand the critical issues facing healthcare in its ever-changing environment, and to gain a sense of the complex multidimensional nature of healthcare delivery in the United States.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits

general education

Course Name Credits

CMN 310
Advanced Interpersonal Communication

This course is designed to provide students with the skills they need to be effective communicators. Students will apply interpersonal communication skills theory to various situations in order to understand the clear connections between theory, skills, and life situations they will encounter.

Prerequisites: None.

PSY 400
Biological Psychology

This course introduces the student to the intricate relationship between biology and psychology. The student is exposed to the emerging field of biopsychology in which fascinating new discoveries are constantly being made. Major topics include: anatomy of the nervous system, plasticity of the brain, sensory systems and attention, wakefulness and sleeping, emotional behaviors, the biology of learning and memory, and psychological disorders.

Prerequisites: None.

MAT 220
College Algebra

This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.

Prerequisites: None.

PHI 310
Critical Thinking

This course is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking and challenges the student to question his or her own assumptions through analysis of the most common problems associated with everyday reasoning. The course explains the fundamental concepts, describes the most common barriers to critical thinking and offers strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Prerequisites: None.

PHI 400
Modern Issues in Ethics

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of the most pressing contemporary debates in medical ethics. The student examines the social contexts within which these debates arise. Topics include: the foundation of bioethics, research ethics and informed consent, truth telling and confidentiality (medical record confidentiality), genetic control, application of scarce medical resources, impaired infants and medical futility, and euthanasia.

Prerequisites: None.

SOC 400
Sociology of Aging

This course contains an interdisciplinary approach that provides the concepts, information, and examples students need to achieve a basic understanding of aging as a social process. This course addresses a broad range of societal issues and covers concepts associated with an aging population. It examines the concept of aging on both an individual and societal level. Major topics include: the history of aging in America; physical aging; psychological aspects of aging; personal adaptation to aging; death and dying; community social services; how aging affects personal needs and resources; and government responses to the needs of aging.

Prerequisites: None.

STA 322

This course focuses on the practical skills needed in statistics analysis. Topics include distributions, relationships, randomness, inference, proportions, regression, and variance. Emphasis is placed on understanding the use of statistical methods and the demands of statistical practice.

Prerequisites: MAT 220 or with the consent of the Dean.

HIS 300
U.S. History Since the Civil War

This course offers students an overview of how America transformed itself, in a relatively short time, from a land inhabited by hunter-gatherer and agricultural Native American societies into the most powerful industrial nation on earth. The student will learn how dominant and subordinate groups have affected the shifting balance of power in America since 1863. Major topics include: Reconstruction, the frontier, the 1890s, America's transition to an industrial society, Progressivism, World War I, the 1920s, the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, economic and social change in the late 20th century, and power and politics since 1974.

Prerequisites: None.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

Advance your nursing career! Complete your RN to BSN degree online

Congratulations on your interest to advance your RN to BSN online! A Bachelor’s in Nursing can open a whole new world of opportunities in healthcare leadership and supervision. Independence University’s (IU) online BSN program provides the flexibility you need to get there, with 100% online courses designed so you can keep your work and family commitments while you earn your Bachelor’s in Nursing. IU provides the support and services you’d normally find at a ground campus, with all the flexibility and convenience that comes with earning your BSN degree fully online!

Step by step, here’s what to expect:

You may be wondering what it’s really like to earn a Bachelor of Science Completion degree 100% online. So, let’s take a sneak peek. First, we provide you with a new tablet and keyboard, fully loaded with your learning materials, so you have the right tools to succeed from the beginning.

You’ll take one or two online BSN program courses at a time, which follows your degree program schedule. Although courses vary, a typical course outline may consist of one assignment, one assessment, and one discussion board per week. The discussion board is a great way to connect with other online students in your program. For example, you may be asked to write and post 150 words on a relevant topic, and comment on others’ posts on the discussion board.

For each course, you’ll have a daily checkpoint, such as reading a medical article and answering one question. Checkpoints help to keep you on track with your studies.

Your courses are set up in convenient, four-week modules. That means each course is started and completed in four weeks! At the start of your first module, we’ll send you a new tablet, and during your fourth module (or four months into your studies), we’ll send you a new laptop. You can use both the tablet and laptop in school and keep them when you graduate!

At IU, we will train and prepare you to meet the many changes in the healthcare field by expanding and enhancing your nursing education.

Course titles include:

  • Nursing Management and Leadership
  • Health Assessment
  • Professional Role Development
  • Critical Issues in Nursing
  • Nursing Informatics

And much more! You may have several online RN to BSN programs to choose from; however, if you want exceptional support, choose IU! During your online BSN studies, if you should find yourself needing extra help, no worries. You can schedule no-cost tutoring as well as personal time with instructors when needed.

Plus, you’ll have your own fan club (otherwise known as your “Success Team”) cheering you on, with team members monitoring your progress and providing you with personal support as you progress in your studies. Your success team includes your admissions consultant who will be there for you throughout the entire enrollment process. During your first module, you’ll be introduced to your student services adviser, who will be your primary contact throughout your schooling and will monitor your progress. You will have a faculty program adviser who you can go to for any issues regarding your specific degree program. You will have an active student planner assigned to you, who will check to make sure all financial paperwork is properly handled so you can continue to receive any financial aid you are entitled to. Finally, you will have a career services adviser who will be introduced to you during your fourth module. This adviser will assist in your career development early on so when you graduate, you can possess the job search skills needed to find the career position you want!

Now on to new possibilities in your nursing career; here’s what you can expect:

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to utilize theory and research-based knowledge in providing care to your patients. In addition, our BSN online program prepares you for leadership roles and graduate study in Nursing. You can work in a variety of settings, including community health clinics, private practice, hospitals, and patient-care facilities.

Your Bachelor’s degree could help you transition into advanced nursing roles, such as:

  • Nurse supervisor
  • Nursing care manager

There you have it. As you can see, our curriculum, courses, and student services are all designed with your success in mind. As a nonprofit university, our focus will always be on YOU and creating a pathway for you to build a better life!