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RN-BS Curriculum Overview

  • ONLINE. No campus visits required
    A curriculum designed for the working registered nurse (RN), ADN students and ADN graduates.

    The online RN-BS curriculum will enhance your professional career while providing an academic foundation for graduate programs. Courses are offered online and no campus visits are required.

Curriculum Overview

There are 30 required credits in the RN-BS Curriculum. Completing your bachelor’s degree will provide you with a wide range of advanced nursing competencies. You will earn the academic credentials required to pursue a graduate degree and expand your opportunities for professional development. The courses in the RN-BS curriculum will provide you with a worthwhile academic experience as you advance understanding of health policy, evidence-based practice, resource management and care coordination. In addition, you will enhance your leadership, inter-professional, and research skills.

Are you enrolled in an ADN program? You can dual enroll and learn more by reading “What is Dual Enrollment.”

Prerequisite Requirement

An eligible 3-credit statistics course must be transferred in or taken during your first semester of enrollment in RN-BS courses. View prerequisite information.

No Clinical Hours

Since the RN-BS program requires you to be a licensed RN in order to complete the program, we do not require additional clinical hours. However, it remains important that you demonstrate an ability to apply what you are learning in the classroom. As a result, you will complete two project based courses in place of traditional clinical hours. These projects do not require a preceptor, but may incorporate advise and mentoring from supervisors or other health care professionals.

Project Courses

You will complete two meaningful project-based lab courses designed to positively impact health care in your community and processes or procedures within your workplace. These projects will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of community and population health and apply leadership skills that are important for your nursing career and continued academic progression.

Capstone Class

Every student earning a bachelor of science degree from Boise State completes an innovative capstone course that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration among health care professionals.


The RN-BS requires completion of one elective credit. Options include RN-NURS 306, a second NURS-RN 430 course, or an independent study course (NURS-RN 496).


Enrollment in the following courses is open to 1) registered nurses, 2) ADN students enrolled in an accredited program, and 3) ADN graduates preparing for the NCLEX. View dual enrollment information.

CoursePre-licensure CoursesCredits
HLTH 280Introduction to Statistical Methods for Health Sciences (if needed)3
E-Learning Preparation for the RN - 1st semester only (5 weeks)1
NURS-RN 350Transitional Foundations (must be taken in the first semester)3
NURS-RN 392Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
Planning for a Financially Savvy Career & Retirement1
NURS-RN 422Care Coordination and Resource Management3
Nursing Roles in Healthy Aging (7 weeks)2
Vulnerable Populations (one section of 430 required, the other may be taken as an elective)
1 ea
Palliative Care (5 weeks)
Child Maltreatment & Healthcare (5 weeks)

The following courses require students to be a registered nurse with an active, unencumbered license.

NURS-RN 416Community and Population Health Nursing3
NURS-RN 417Community and Population Health Nursing Lab (project course)3
NURS-RN 420Policy, Power and Voice3
NURS-RN 424Nursing Leadership and Management3
NURS-RN 425Nursing Leadership and Management Lab (project course) 2
Preparing for Graduate Education and Advanced Practice (7 weeks)2
Independent Study 1-4
HLTH 400Inter-professional Capstone1

Course Descriptions

View nursing courses descriptions for all RN-BS courses in the Boise State course catalog.
* Catalog does not include HLTH 280 and HLTH 400, or descriptions of NURS-RN 430 special topics.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a total of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These credits will include the 30 credits earned from the RN-BS curriculum, any credits accepted for transfer, and credits earned for prior learning. For more information, view graduation requirements.