FLEX BSN-C Nursing Curriculum
The College of Nursing recognizes Registered Nurses as adult learners who are licensed professionals, often with years of experience. The program does not repeat courses and experiences commonly completed as part of a basic associate degree or diploma nursing program.
The RN to BSN curriculum encompasses health assessment, family health, community health, research, leadership, and health promotion with community-based independent clinical activities. General education requirements are met through a strong liberal arts component including studies beyond the sciences, so students are well-prepared for advancement in the nursing profession.
The baccalaureate nursing degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. The RN to BSN students may transfer general education credit hours from community colleges and other accredited colleges and universities. Students are awarded 39 credit hours for their associate and diploma nursing courses, after the completion of the first nursing course taken at UMSL. In addition, students may transfer selected general education credit hours from community colleges and universities they have attended.
Prerequisite and general education courses may be completed at a college campus in the geographic area the student resides. Please contact the Office of Student Services to ensure all courses not taken through UMSL will fulfill the necessary course requirements. It is the students responsibility to contact the college or university to have all transcripts sent to UMSL.
The RN to BSN curriculum is designed to be completed in six consecutive terms (four academic semesters and two summer terms), and takes two years to complete. The innovative FLEX Program offers flexibility and accessibility in a part-time program. The FLEX Program allows students to choose to complete the BSN online, on campus, or at various outreach sites throughout the St. Louis area.
Prerequisite courses must be completed and the student must provide documentation that the course was completed prior to registering for the course with the required prerequisite. These courses include College Algebra (prerequisite for N3799: Quantitative Analysis in Healthcare, aka: Statistics); N3799 (prerequisite for N3807: Nursing Research); Economics (prerequisite for N3808: Management and Leadership in Nursing); English Composition (prerequisite for ENGL 3100: Junior Level Writing).