Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a RN to BSN program for registered nurses in a convenient online format.

RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program prepares graduates for careers in professional nursing in a variety of settings. Students are admitted for fall and spring program starts after completing admission requirements. A transfer agreement with the Wisconsin Technical College System allows for transfer of 70 credits from Associate Degree programs. The curriculum includes courses in the arts and sciences and nursing courses which guide students in achieving expected student outcomes. Theory and clinical learning experiences emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. The RN to BSN program is offered in online and blended accelerated formats. In the online format, all courses are online, accelerated six week courses that allow for program completion in as little as 16 months. In the blended format,all arts and sciences courses are online and nursing courses are blended, with face-to-face and online instruction. The blended format courses are offered at the Stritch Milwaukee campus and select off-site locations with a minimum enrollment requirement.

The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) located at One DuPont Circle NW, Suite 530 Washington DC  20036-1120, (202) 887-6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
 

Courses Are Available

Online
Main Campus

Program Details

●  Credits: 120
​●  Cost per Credit: $562

RN to BSN (for ADN Students)

The RN to BSN program at CardinaL Stritch University is also offered to select Wisconsin Technical College System Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) students that enroll in the online RN to BSN program concurrently while enrolled in the ADN program. 

The online Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program partnership with Gateway Technical College is designed to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses entering a variety of settings in the workforce in Wisconsin. Completion of the ADN and BSN concurrently provides a strong foundation for entry-level nursing practice, advancement into leadership positions, and graduate studies.

Students admitted to the Gateway Technical College ADN program may also apply for admission to the Stritch BSN Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program. The program provides students with an opportunity to complete some ADN and BSN coursework concurrently, expediting completion of the BSN which in turn increases employment opportunities.

Students enrolled in the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program may complete their ADN with the majority of their BSN credits already earned, allowing for completion of the BSN degree from Stritch in as little as one semester after graduation and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN. The Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program curriculum includes six week courses in the arts and sciences as well as six week nursing courses designed to guide students in achieving expected student outcomes. Students participate in theory and clinical learning experiences which emphasize evidence-based decision-making and application of knowledge. Students must pass the NCLEX-RN exam prior to completing their final BSN courses at Stritch. Information on frequently asked questions is available. The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Cardinal Stritch University has a partnership with all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges, which guarantees the transfer of every credit from their Associate of Science in Nursing programs. Through this partnership, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree after earning an ADN degree at any of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges. To learn more about this agreement, please view the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) articulation agreement for these programs.  Wisconsin Technical Colleges include: 
 
  • Blackhawk Technical College
  • Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Fox Valley Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • Madison College
  • Mid-State Technical College
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Moraine Park Technical College
  • Nicolet College
  • Northcentral Technical College
  • Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Western Technical College
  • Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College

Curriculum and Expected Student Outcomes

College Core Course Requirements (Core courses are offered completely online)
(Many of these credits are earned through prior course work)

A. Effective Communication – Oral and Written
  • EN 102 Research Writing (3 cr.)
  • CA 108 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
B. Quantitative and Technological Literacy
  • MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences,or
  • MT 120 Applied Statistics (3 cr.)
C. Franciscan Heritage and Values/Local and Global Engagement
  • SEM 103 Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
D. Moral and Ethical Reasoning
  • PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics (recommended) (3 cr.)
E. Physical and Natural World
  • BL 111 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 cr.)
F. Human Societies
  • PS 190 Life-Span Human Development (3 cr.)
  • HS 202 Modern Civilization 1850-Present (3 cr.) – This course also counts for cultural awareness
G. Spiritual Understanding
  • REL 104 World Religions (3 cr.)
H. Aesthetic Values (Expression)
  • MU 107 Survey of American Music (3 cr.)
I. Auxiliary Requirements
  • BL 202 Microbiology (3 cr.)
  • BU 209 Healthcare Economics (3 cr.)
J. Prior ADN Coursework (34-48 cr.)

K. Arts & Sciences free electives (14-19 cr.)
RN to BSN Program Course Requirements
  1. SEM 103: Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr.)
  2. NUR 310: Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  3. NUR 424: Leadership for Change (3 cr.)
  4. NUR 405: Information Management and Health Care Technology (3 cr.)
  5. BU 209: Health Care Economics (3 cr.)
  6. NUR 406: Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease (3 cr.)
  7. NUR 300: Nutrition (3 cr.)
  8. NUR 414: Holism and Diversity (3 cr.)
  9. NUR 420: Population Focused Health (4 cr.)
  10. NUR 430: Change Capstone (4 cr.)

    *Order may vary slightly

General Education Courses recommended to be completed at Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) before petition and start of Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative (Completion of these courses prior to enrolling in the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative program will allow the student to have a manageable workload)

801-136: English Composition I (3 cr)
809-188: Developmental Psychology (3 cr) – CORE: Human Societies/Cultural Awareness
801-196: Oral and Interpersonal Communication (3 cr) – OR 801-198 Speech - CORE: Effective Communication - Oral
809-198: Introduction to Psychology (3 cr)
806-197: Microbiology (4 cr)
809-166: Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application (3 cr) – CORE: Moral & Ethical Reasoning
806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology – CORE: Physical & Natural World
806-197 Advanced Anatomy & Physiology – CORE: Knowledge Areas – PLUS ONE
804-118: Intermediate Algebra with Applications- Transfers for MT 107 OR 804-189 Introductory Statistics – Transfers for MT 113
809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Applications- Transfers for PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics
304-118 Art History- Transfers for MU 107
 

Online Orientation
Summer prior to Term 1: (Alternate option to decrease credits in term 1 and/or if Ethics is needed

 

Pre-Term 1: Summer 2017 (3-6 credits as needed)
Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
  EN 102 Research Writing - Effective Communication Written (3 cr)- CORE: Communication – Written
If 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & Applications course is taken at WTCS, students don’t need this course PL 102 Introduction to Bioethics (3cr) (Summer 2) (not needed if 3 cr ethics course was taken such as 809-166)
 
Term 1: Fall 2017 (15-18 credits)
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543-101 Nursing Fundamentals (2 cr)

SEM 103 Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals (3 cr)

543-102 Nursing Skills (3 cr) EN 102 Research Writing - Effective Communication Written (3 cr)- CORE: Communication – Written (Alternate Option: take only if needed, and not taken in Pre-Term 1: Summer)
543-103 Nursing Pharmacology (2 cr) MT 113 Applied Algebra for Health Sciences (3 cr) CORE: Qualitative & Technological Literacy
543-104 Nursing: Introduction to Clinical Practice (2 cr) Navigator Session
 
Term 2: Spring 2018 (13 credits)
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543-105 Nursing: Health Alterations (3 cr) NUR 310 Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3 cr)
543-106 Nursing: Health Promotion (3 cr)  
543-108 Intro to Clinical Care Management (2 cr)  
543-107 Nursing: Clinical Care Across the Lifespan (2 cr) Navigator Session
 
Term 3: Summer 2018 (6 credits)
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  REL 104 World Religions (3 cr) – CORE: Spiritual Understanding
  BU 209 Health Care Economics (3 cr)
 
Term 4: Fall 2018 (15 credits)
Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
543-109 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations I (3 cr) NUR 424 Leadership for Change (3 cr)
543-111 Nursing: Intermediate Clinical (3 cr) NUR 300 Nutrition (3 cr)
543-112: Nursing: Advanced Skills (1 cr)  
543-110: Nursing Mental Health and Community Concepts (2 cr) Navigator Session
 
Term 5: Spring 2019 (13-16 credits)
Wisconsin Technical CollegeSystem Cardinal Stritch University
543-113 Nursing: Complex Health Alterations 2 (3 cr) NUR 414 Holism and Diversity (3 cr)
543-114 Nursing: Management and Professional Concepts (2 cr) NUR 406 Promoting Optimum Health in Chronic Disease (3 cr)
543-115 Nursing: Advanced Clinical Practice (3 cr)  
543-116 Nursing: Clinical Transition (2 cr) Navigator Session
 

Next Steps:

  • Graduate from the technical college with ADN degree; take and pass NCLEX-RN
  • Upon verified successful completion of the ADN program at the technical college and NCLEX-RN, Stritch will credit each student with transfer credits in recognition of their ADN.
  • Final Semester-register and complete Stritch BSN coursework
     
Term 6: Summer 2019 (6 credits)
Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
  HS 202 Modern Civilization (3 cr)
304-118 Art History if needed MU 107 Survey of American Music (3 cr)
 
Term 7: Fall 2019 (11 credits)
Wisconsin Technical College System Cardinal Stritch University
*Students must have earned the ADN and passed NCLEX-RN to complete this semester.
  NUR 420 Population Focused Health (4 cr)
  NUR 405 Information Management and Health Care Technology (3 cr)
  NUR 430 Change Capstone (4 cr)
  Navigator Session
BSN Expected Student Outcomes

F:        Incorporate Franciscan Values and the American Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Nurses in academic and practice settings.

R:        Use research and evidence-based practice as a basis for planning and providing care.

A1:       Practice according to the ANA Nursing: Scope and standards of practice and the CONHS Standards of Conduct; abides by the legal standards as defined by state nurse practice acts and federal regulations.

N1:       Provide developmentally appropriate nursing care across the continuum of healthcare environments.

C1:       Collaborate and communicate with the patient and the healthcare team to maximize health outcomes.

I:         Use information management and the application of patient care technology to provide quality care.

S:         Demonstrate leadership by influencing others to optimize physical, emotional, and spiritual safety and provide quality care.
 
C2:      Provide culturally competent and holistic nursing care to diverse patients.

A2:      Advocate for health promotion and disease prevention strategies.

N2:       Demonstrate knowledge of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments to improve patient outcomes.
 

Q:        What is the difference between the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program and the ADN program?

A:        The Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program is designed for students currently enrolled in an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program who would like to begin working on their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) while studying to obtain their ADN.
 
Q:        Who is eligible for the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program?
A:        This program is designed for students currently enrolled in an ADN program. Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative means students continue to take ADN courses while also taking courses at Cardinal Stritch University (Stritch) that are required in the BSN program.
 
Q:        Why should a student consider Stritch to earn their BSN?
A:        Stritch has a reputation for a top-notch education. Our program is streamlined to ensure students complete their BSN as quickly and easily as possible. Our educators are consistently on the forefront of current trends in nursing.
 

Q:        How long will it take me to complete the BSN portion of the program if I am in the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program?

A:        Students will take courses for two semesters after completing the ADN program and RN licensure. Students will need to demonstrate an active RN license after successfully completing their ADN to enroll in the final BSN courses at Stritch.
 
Q:        Is Stritch’s BSN Program accredited?
A:        Yes. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
 
Application Process
 
Q:        How and when do I apply?
A:        Applications submitted for admission to the Wisconsin Technical College are also reviewed at Stritch for the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program.  If admissions requirements are met, students are provisionally accepted to Stritch for the year and term of anticipated start of classes at Stritch.  Once the applicant successfully petitions for core nursing/clinical and has a cumulative grade point average of 2.33, the student will be fully admitted at Stritch.
 
 Q:        What credits will transfer to Stritch?
A:        The application process will require the student to submit all official college transcripts and a formal evaluation will be completed by Stritch’s Registration Office. An unofficial transcript evaluation can be facilitated through the student’s Admissions Counselor prior to completing the formal application process.
 
Q:        Once accepted, will there be a program orientation?
A:        All students are required to complete a program orientation where information will be provided on Stritch policies and other important advising material for online class registration. This orientation will also highlight the rigorous nature of the collaborative program.
 
Program Format
 
Q:        In what format are the Stritch classes offered?
A:        All Stritch classes are offered 100% online and are designed in an accelerated six-week format.
 
Q:        Are the Stritch BSN courses taken in a certain order?
A:        Students MUST take SEM 103 (Stritch Seminar for Health Professionals) first. This course will also assist students as they become familiar with learning in an online environment. In addition,   MT 113 (Applied Algebra for Health Sciences) or MT 120 (Applied Statistics) must be taken before any nursing courses which are those that start with the NUR prefix.  Students must pass the NCLEX prior to enrolling in NUR 420 (Population Focused Health).  NUR 430 (Change Capstone) is taken as the final course in the program.
 
Q:        Are clinical classes required within the Stritch BSN curriculum?
A:        Stritch offers two classes that require clinical-learning activities. This clinical experience is completed in collaboration with key stakeholders through targeted activities rather than direct patient care.
 
Admission Requirements
 

Q:        What are the admission requirements for the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program?

A:        Students must be admitted to the ADN program at a Wisconsin Technical College and successfully petition for core nursing classes/clinicals and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale. 
 
Q:        When will an admission decision to the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program be granted?
A:        Due to Stritch’s rolling admissions process, once a student’s application and supporting documents are received from the Wisconsin Technical College, an admission decision is made promptly.
 
Tuition and Financial Aid
 
Q:        What is the cost?
A:        Accelerated, online courses have a tuition cost of $562 per credit.
 
Q:        Is Financial Aid available for the Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program?
A:        Yes, Financial Aid is available and students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible with each new calendar year to see what additional funding might be earned in grants or loan eligibility. Stritch would process financial aid for students once the student has successfully petitioned for core nursing classes/clinicals at the Wisconsin Technical College and been fully admitted at Stritch and registered for BSN courses in the BSN Concurrent Enrollment Collaborative Program. Stritch’s FAFSA school code is 003837.
 

Application Process and Requirements

Academic and Professional Requirements 

RN to BSN Admission Requirements
  • An associate of science or a diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all nursing and non-nursing course work
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse prior to NUR 420 Population Focused Health
For ADN Students: RN to BSN Admission Requirements
  • Admission to a partnering Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) College
  • Admission to an accredited ADN program at a WTCS College and the core nursing courses within the ADN program
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all nursing and non-nursing course work

Admissions Application and Transcripts

  • Complete the Admissions Application
    Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online. Applications for this program are reviewed on a rolling basis so allow sufficient time before the start of your program to be considered for admission.
  • Request Transcripts
    • Have official transcripts from each college or university you attended delivered directly to the Office of Admissions. Cardinal Stritch University alumni and current students should inquire with the admission counselor about locating transcripts already on file.
    • Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require a course-by-course evaluation with GPA. Request the official report from ECE or WES to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions. Allow time for the evaluation to be completed since it could take up to 4-6 weeks to be created.
  • Information for International Students
    If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.

Send Application Materials to Admissions

Submit the application online and have additional materials sent to:

Cardinal Stritch University
Graduate Admissions
6801 N. Yates Road, #516
Milwaukee, WI  53217-3985

Contact Your Counselor


Begin the admission process with Brandon or contact him to follow-up on your current application.

Brandon Porter

(414) 410-4966 or (800) 347-8822
bporter@stritch.edu

 

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