About the Program

RN to BSN Online Program

In today's fast-changing healthcare sector, advancing in nursing is key. LSUA's online RN to BSN program gives you the convenience of online learning with the expertise and guidance of top LSUA faculty. In as few as 14 months, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing and take on new challenges in your career.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete coursework
in as few as 14 months
30 credit hours*
Program Tuition: $7,793.40**

As the need for nurses with a BSN continues to grow, so do your career opportunities. Earning your BSN gives you the freedom to pursue leadership opportunities in nursing.

In LSUA's online RN to BSN program, you will:

  • Focus on quality care and case management of vulnerable populations in acute care
  • Participate in evidence-based, quality improvement projects
  • Gain valuable experience with practical, group real-world projects

*The core nursing courses are 30 credit hours. A total of 120 credit hours are needed to obtain the RN to BSN degree. Program completion will vary based on transfer credit.

**Total tuition is dependent upon an evaluation of transfer hours.

Online Courses

Nursing courses are designed to prepare nurses for advanced career opportunities and degrees.

A specialized component of this program is community nursing, which focuses on the community as a client. Students must complete Prerequisite Courses, General Education Courses, and Core Nursing Courses (Foundation Courses).

Core Nursing Courses
NURS 3000 Professional Role Development

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive look at the professional nursing role in today's healthcare system. The course examines concepts that are essential to the development of the professional nurse as well as issues related to professional nursing practice and the delivery of safe patient-centered care.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 3010 Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing

This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting health care and the nursing profession. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on healthcare laws will be explored from the perspective of health care providers. The extent to which health care laws attempt to order relationships between providers, payers, and consumers will be examined. There is a focus on principles and theories of ethics as they relate to health care delivery. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice. There is also emphasis on critical thinking and situational analysis. This course prepares graduates to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethical legal dilemmas and their application in practice.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 3020 Health Assessment

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop techniques in basic physical assessment, history taking, and recording. Both normal and abnormal findings as well as age and cultural variations will be considered.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 3030 Informatics

Management of information, computers, and systems; utilization of management information systems and technologies to improve managerial decision making and to enhance nursing care. An introduction to information management systems and technologies utilized by nurses to enhance nursing care.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4005 Pathophysiology

Introduction to basic concepts of pathophysiology and how these concepts relate to disease processes and clinical practice. Emphasis on the underlying pathology of altered health states most frequently encountered by registered nurses and the development of critical thinking skills to analyze signs and symptoms and plan/implement patient centered nursing care.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4020 Community Health Nursing

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in NURS 2060. Focus on the community as the client. The community, viewed as a system of economic, legal, socio-political, cultural, and interpersonal variables will be explored. Implications impacting the wellness of the individual, family, group, and community are addressed. The basic concepts of epidemiology as well as the principles and theories underlying the practice of community health will be introduced. Learning activities will provide opportunities for the application of the nursing process in promoting community wellness.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 4032 Complex Management of the Older Adult

Exploration of the complex nursing management of the older adult in preventative, restorative, and supportive care. Includes discussion of issues surrounding acute as well as chronic conditions.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4040 Introduction to Nursing Research

Introduction to nursing research with emphasis on research process and the implications for utilization of research findings in nursing practice. Published research will be critically analyzed. The critique process is used to analyze the status of investigation on selected topics in health care. A research process and its application to evidence-based practice are examined.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 4050 Leadership and Management

Corequisite: NURS 4051. Study of the principles and theories of nursing leadership, care management, and models of care in the interdisciplinary health care systems.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
NURS 4051 Leadership & Management Clinical Practicum

Provides opportunities for application of leadership and management principles and theories through individual, practice-based experiences in various acute care and community clinical settings.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
General Education Courses
CHEM 1001 Intro Chemistry for Non-Science Majors I

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
CMST 2060 Public Speaking

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1001 English Composition

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
ENGL 1002 English Composition II

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
FIAR 1003 Interdisciplinary Survey of the Arts

The fine arts (music, fine arts, theatre, and dance) as they relate to human experience. An exploration of achievements, content, and function in each of the four primary arts. Attendance of or participation in cultural activities required. Recommended for education majors.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
6 credit hours of Humanities General Education Coursework

Any six hours of general education humanities courses as outlined in the LSUA catalog.

Duration: 7 weeks per course
Credit Hours: 3 per course
MATH 1021 College Algebra

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
MATH 2011 General Statistics

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 2070 Developmental Psychology

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001 and PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A life span survey of psychological changes (social, emotional, & intellectual) in development from conception to death.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
PSYC 3001 Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Additional Requirements
NURS 3001 Nutrition and Health Promotion

This course will focus on dietary guidelines for optimal health and specific diseases and health disorders. Students will examine cultural influences on food choices and develop knowledge required to provide nutritional teaching to individuals, families and communities. Prerequisites: ENG 1002, MATH 1021, BIOL 1162.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3

Note: Students must complete 41 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (11), Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3).

1Core nursing courses and courses listed under additional requirements are 100% online and offered over 7 weeks. Students are encouraged to take 6 hours every 7 weeks as outlined in their individualized curriculum plan.

2Course transfer is determined upon official review of transcripts. All General Education Courses are offered 100% online with the exception of BIOL 1161, BIOL 1162 and BIOL 2051.

Calendar

Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:

August 28

Apply by July 31

October 23

Apply by September 25

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.

Tuition Breakdown

$7,793.40*

Total Program Cost

$259.78

Per Credit Hour

$779.34

Per Three Credit Hour Course

*Total tuition is dependent upon an evaluation of transfer hours.

Admissions

To be admitted to the LSUA online RN to BSN program, you must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited associate degree nursing program
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Not be concurrently enrolled in a nursing program at another university