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Curriculum & Scholarships

What to expect

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing for registered nurses can be completed in as few as four semesters and is designed to build on prior nursing education and enhance leadership skills to meet the needs of the changing healthcare environment.

This program is delivered in a web-based format. Clinical practice in community health and leadership are completed in the student’s local region.

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is approved by the Michigan Board of Nursing. 



Any ISS 300-level course (meets University Integrative Studies in Social Science Requirement)
NUR 351 – BSN Impact on Healthcare
NUR 352 – Genetics: Transforming Healthcare
NUR 353 – BSN’s Promoting Health Across the Care Continuum
NUR 354 – Research, Ethics, and Evidence Based Practice for Nurses
NUR 461 – Community and Population Health*
NUR 462 – Healthcare Policy, Regulation, and Finance
NUR 463 – Scholarly Project Seminar
NUR 465 – Leadership Immersion*

* NUR 461 and NUR 465 each require 45 practice hours throughout the semester

RN-BSN scholarships:

A number of scholarship opportunities exist for all undergraduate students in the College of Nursing. The following opportunities also exist specifically for RN to BSN students:

Judge Paula Manderfield Endowed Scholarship:

Paula Manderfield (CON BSN ’79) worked as an RN part-time while attending Michigan State University to complete her bachelor’s degree in nursing. When she entered law school, she continued to support herself by working as a nurse. Although known today as Judge Manderfield, Paula remains connected and has always held the belief that nursing is a noble and honorable profession.

This scholarship was established by Paula and her husband, David M. Gilstrap, with preference that it will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the College’s RN to BSN program.

Nancy Ann Mulrenan Agents Nursing Scholarship Endowment:

Long remembered for her dedication to the field of nursing, exemplified in an unyielding commitment to the pursuit of excellence, this scholarship was established in the memory of Nancy Ann Mulrenan Agents (CON BSN ’69) who died unexpectedly in 1994.

It provides financial assistance to deserving students in the College’s RN to BSN program who have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Rao and Joyce Kareti Nursing Scholarship:

At the time that this scholarship was established, Joyce Kareti (CON BSN ’97) was a student in the College’s RN to BSN program. Dedicated to healing and care, Dr. Rao and Joyce Kareti are committed to healthcare and to helping students who, due to financial circumstances, may not be able to achieve their academic goals in nursing.

This scholarship provides financial assistance to students who are pursuing their bachelor’s degree through the College’s RN to BSN option and are in good academic standing. Preference is given to students who are from ethnically underrepresented populations in the profession.

You can learn more about scholarship opportunities in the College of Nursing, here.