Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (Online)

The RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses who have earned an Associate of Science in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing. The format and courses are designed to meet the needs of the adult learner. The curriculum provides a solid base in liberal arts education courses as the cornerstone of practice. Opportunities are provided to apply theories, concepts, and evidence based practice to current clinical practice. Upper-division nursing courses include topics such as; leadership, quality care, patient safety, evidence based practice, information management, health care policy, finance and regulatory environments, collaboration with other healthcare professionals, health promotion and prevention, professionalism, and Christian values, to prepare the student as a generalist baccalaureate nurse. Student learning in the program culminates with a practicum experience, typically at the student's own place of employment, providing the student an opportunity to integrate knowledge into practice by completing a project with a focus on the resolution of an issue or problem significant to professional nursing practice and/or healthcare outcomes. To graduate from the RN to BSN Program, students must satisfy all entry and curriculum requirements as well as the graduation requirements listed in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Program Outcomes

  • Advance the education of the associate degree and diploma registered nurse (RN) to a baccalaureate level nurse generalist with a strong liberal arts background
  • Prepare nurses for service and leadership in global, community, congregational, and public health settings through advocacy, innovation, quality care, and management accountability
  • Prepare nurses who are able to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance the holistic health and well-being of diverse individuals, groups, and communities utilizing leadership skills and effective communication techniques and collaboration
  • Prepare nurses with the knowledge and support to develop professional and personal values which facilitate ethical, moral, faith-based, and legal practice as a baccalaureate nurse, prepared to provide service to communities, families, and individuals
  • Offer a Christian faith-based worldview throughout the curriculum

Student Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge derived from nursing, religion, biological, social, and behavioral sciences, humanities, and nursing theory into nursing practice
  • Demonstrate nursing leadership behaviors and integrate leadership skills to impact healthcare organizations and management, while influencing healthcare policies and finance, and promote quality improvement processes into the provision of safe nursing care
  • Apply effective critical thinking skills and decision-making processes based upon evidence-based practice, scholarly research, and dissemination
  • Integrate innovative healthcare technologies, information management, and communication devices, in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Apply effective communication techniques and collaborate with interdisciplinary healthcare providers to promote teambuilding and provide quality healthcare outcomes
  • Assess the health of individuals, families, groups, communities, and diverse populations across the life span, with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention, illness care, restoration, rehabilitation, health counseling, education, and spiritual care
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning to promote personal and professional development by maintaining professional development through scholarly activities and maintaining clinical expertise
  • Incorporate Christian worldview for delivering compassion, human dignity, ethical reasoning, altruism, equality, integrity, and culturally sensitive care to the meet the needs for diverse types of patients



The RN to BSN Program at Hannibal-LaGrange University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791

Contact Information

Kayla McBride
Graduate & Online Division Assistant Director

Donna White, MSN, RN
RN-BSN Program Coordinator