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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing — (RN-BSN)

Earn your Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ottawa University and gain the skills and education you need to serve on the front lines of healthcare.

About Ottawa’s Bachelor of Nursing

Our RN-BSN program builds on real-world experiences in a 100 percent online learning setting to prepare registered nurses to take on new challenges in an ever-changing healthcare field.  Many registered nurses who have graduated from Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma programs are returning back to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in order to fulfill their personal and/or career goals, as well as to likely increase their overall earning potential.

There are additional outside influences that have impacted the reason many of these nurses are seeking a BSN completion educational program: national organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are advocating and supporting initiatives to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses at the patient’s bedside. This is being heard by many health care-related facilities, including hospital employers.

Career Outlook for Nursing  

Earning a BSN degree will not only assist you with opening the door to your future career opportunities, but may serve to satisfy your current employer’s organizational objectives, and ultimately the overall profession’s goals for obtaining a higher educated nursing work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree was $70,000 annually in 2017. This area is projected to grow 15 percent by 2026.

For more information about earning your bachelor’s degree through the RN-to-BSN program at Ottawa University — or for any of our other accelerated degree programs contact us today.

Please download the program overview for curriculum and course descriptions.

View detailed information about our online RN-BSN program.


NOTE:  Ottawa University Nursing will host an on-site reaccreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on September 9-11, 2019.

CCNE provides the opportunity for program constituents (students, faculty, alumni, employers, health care institutions and the public) to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for reaccreditation status. Written third-party comments will be received by CCNE until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation.

You are invited to share your comments regarding the Ottawa University BSN program to CCNE by August 19, 2019. CCNE shares third-party comments only with the evaluation team. At no time during the review process are these comments shared with the hosting program. If you would like to submit a third-party comment regarding the Ottawa University BSN program, please submit to:

Or, if you prefer, comments can be mailed to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K St., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Liberal Arts Courses

The following courses must be taken to fulfill the liberal arts requirement.

  • Seminar for Significance
  • Writing and Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
  • Global Issues in the Liberal Arts

Foundation Courses

The following may be taken at Ottawa University or equivalencies/substitutions transferred in. Please note not all Foundation Courses may be available online.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology Lab
  • Microbiology 
  • Statistics for Social Sciences

Nursing Major Courses

Professional Nursing Theory, Roles and Practice | 
Focuses on concepts essential to the baccalaureate prepared nurse for transformation into the full
professional role. Content areas include transitioning to school and role development, historical nursing advocates, nursing, theory, ethical practice, quality practice, accountability, and profesional nursing issues/trends. Serves as introduction to professional oral and written communication skills and to the concept of developing a professional portfolio.

Nursing and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare | 
Course focuses on improving cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competency among healthcare professionals. Examines how cultural diversity affects health beliefs, health care behaviors, and health/illness dynamics. Prepares students to better implement and evaluate individualized plans to improve health care delivery in diverse settings and population groups, including the underserved.

Clinical Informatics and Technology | 
Course explores the vast amount of technology used in health care practice, research, education, and leadership. Focuses on information technology as related to health care safety, quality improvement, resource utilization, and data management to improve outcomes. Other topics include the ethical and legal issues impacting the use of technology in health care.

Health Promotion Across Life Cycle | 
Explores the impact of nursing in regard to health teaching and promotion in a variety of client situations and settings to encourage strategies to improve healthy life styles. Content focuses on health throughout the lifespan, risk assessment and screeing, global health issues, and health educational resources.

Human Pathophysiology | 
Course explores cellular functions and pathology and the response of the human body to various disease processes. Focuses on the rational behind diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury and further assists student understanding of the management of specific health problems across the lifespan.

Health Assessment | 
Provides the opportunity to gain or refine basic knowledge and assessment skills required in peforming a complete nursing health assessment across the life span. Topics include describing findings and differentiating normal from atypical or abnormal determinations. Also explored are techniques in interviewing, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, and auscultation on volunteers and/or simulated experiences.

Health Care Policy and Regulations | 
Examines the development of health care policy in the U.S. and the influences of societal, political, and economic environments on the health care industry. Explores the interaction of government and other regulatory agencies within the health care industries.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice | 
Course serves as an introduction to the concempts of nursing research methods and theoretical principles. Focuses on providing students with the knowledge base to define and critically analyze and evaluate clinical research problems and develop techniques to practically implement the evidence in leadership or professional practice roles.

Community Based Nursing | 
Explores dimension of nursing from a community health perspective (urban and rural) and focuses on specific population groups within the community for health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction. Topics include evaluation of evidence-based nursing principles to develop an effective understanding of the role of the professional nurse in the community setting.

Nursing Leadership and Management | 
Course utilizes theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge base to be be effective leaders/managers in a variety of health care settings. Topics include strategic planning, power, advocacy, motivation, case management, and resource management.

Professional Nursing: Integration Concepts | 
Capstone course that emphasizes reflection, integration, and synthesis of concepts acquired from previous courses. Students prepare a written proposal on an approved topic of their choice which addresses a plan related to a relevant and timely nursing/health care concern. Proposal incorporates knowledge obtained from previous program courses to include such areas as evidence-based research, patient safety, performance improvement, cultural competence,
ethical leadership, and health care access.

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