general education requirements

The RN-BSN program consists of 52 general education credits and 46 credits must be completed prior to entry (required courses appear in red).

These courses include:

  • English I (3 credits)
  • English II (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (3-4 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (3-4 credits)
  • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Cluster One Elective (3 credits)
  • Cluster Two Elective (3 credits
  • Cluster Four Elective (3 credits)
  • Plus an additional 10-13 credits from any cluster

In addition to the above required courses, students must complete additional coursework to equal 46 credits from the courses listed below prior to entry.

Cluster 1: Social Consciousness (minimum of 9 credits)
Elective coursework can include: History, Religion, Business, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Public Policy

  • Psychology*
  • Human Growth & Development*
  • Elective

Cluster 2: Creative Aesthetic (minimum of 3 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Dance, Photography, Music, Philosophy, Ethics, Literature, Classics, Creative Writing

  • Elective

Cluster 3: Analytical Competencies (minimum of 15 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Lab Science, Natural Science, Ecology, Nutrition, Math

  • Microbiology*
  • Anatomy & Physiology I*
  • Anatomy & Physiology II*
  • Statistics*

Cluster 4: Connectedness (minimum of 9 credits)
Elective coursework can include: Communication, Public Speaking, Foreign Language, Medical Terminology, Computer Literacy

  • English I*
  • English II*
  • Elective

 *Required course
Additional elective credits can be from any of the four categories above but must equal a total of 46 credits.


Post-licensure (RN-BSN) students with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in another discipline will be considered to have met all of the general education requirements for the BSN with the exception of the following courses:

  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • Microbiology (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology with labs (6-8 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)