RN-BSN Program Requirements and Flexibility
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Designed to meet your needs

The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the working, adult learner. Web-based, on-line instructional technologies are utilized along with a faculty-directed-independent-study instructional designed to provide the flexibility needed for adult learner success. Clinical requirements are completed under the supervision of an approved local preceptor. Plus, if you're interested in studying abroad, you're more than welcome to join us during our annual trip to Tanzania or Finland.

Your experience will save you time

Unlike many other programs, we value the years of experience you have. We can provide you up to 24 credits for your experience. That can save you a full year. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and contact us if you have questions.

Full time or part time, we’re ready for you

Students may enroll either full time or part time dependent upon their individual needs. The RN-BSN program can be completed in a minimum of three full-time semesters. Part-time options are available. Program requirements must be completed within seven years.

Now, let’s dig into admission criteria

Students eligible for admission to the RN-BSN program must meet the following requirements.

  • Be eligible for admission to the university and clinical component of nursing program.
  • Have graduated from a state-approved nursing program.
  • Have successfully passed, or have a reasonable expectation of passing, the NCLEX-RN exam prior to entry into NUR343-Z Transition to Professional Nursing.
  • Possess an active unencumbered license to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.
  • Have completed all general education and pre-nursing courses with a minimum grade of "C".
  • Have attained and maintained a college GPA of 2.7 or above.
  • Have completed basic science and math requirements including eight credits of Anatomy and Physiology, four credits of Microbiology, and four credits of Intermediate Algebra; or their equivalents.

Students will be awarded transfer credit for the following.

  • General education and pre-nursing courses up to a max of 46 credits.
  • A maximum of 30 credits of clinical nursing coursework at the ADN level.
  • 24 credits for experiential learning following approval of the submitted portfolio.

Finally, let’s look at the requirements to have your BSN

RN-BSN students are required to earn a total of 124 credits.
This can be achieved through transfer credits, the submission of a professional portfolio, and course enrollment. All students must provide evidence of successful completion for the following.

  • General education requirements: 46 credits (to include 3 credits for a Religion or Finnish elective, 18 credits within the Finlandia Core, with a minimum of 6 of these credits to be completed at the 300-400 academic level).
  • Clinical Coursework: 30 credits will be awarded for ADN or Diploma nursing clinical coursework.
  • Portfolio work (NUR299): 24 credits (to include proof of an active, unencumbered RN license).
  • BSN courses: 24 credits at the 300-400 academic levels.
  • Based on university academic policy, students receiving the BSN degree must complete 24 of the final 30 credits at Finlandia University immediately prior to graduation (the awarding of the new degree), complete at least 30 credits at the 300-400 level, and meet the general education requirements as outlined in the University Catalog.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 throughout the program, and receive a grade of B- or above in each nursing course. All non-nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" or above.

Don’t let this movement pass you by

Do you have questions? We're available to help.

Mark E. Miron, MSN Ed, RN
RN-BSN Program Director
Phone: 906-487-7247
Email: Mark.Miron@Finlandia.edu

Finlandia Admissions Office
Phone: 906-487-7274
Email: Admissions@Finlandia.edu
Website: finlandia.edu/admissions

Read our RN-BSN Completion Program handbook (PDF).