RN to BSN Woods Online Program

Take the next step in your career. As a registered nurse, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in nursing at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

If you are a licensed registered nurse, now is the time to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. When a leadership opportunity presents itself, you need to be ready. At the Woods, you will learn to be prepared for those opportunities and empowered to pursue leadership positions in a variety of nursing careers.

This new major seeks to help women and men who hold an associate’s degree and nursing license complete a bachelor’s degree. Through the RN to BSN major, graduates will enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities; and ultimately, it will have a positive impact in their current nursing setting. Students will develop critical thinking skills, hone writing skills, gain leadership, teamwork and management skills, which will lead to improved problem solving and critical reasoning.

Woods Online RN to BSN completion program offers:

  • A unique capstone nursing experience
  • Fully online classes with no residency period required
  • Capstone practicum at current employment setting
  • Access to course information online 24 hours a day
  • Development of skills for lifelong learning
  • The ability to go part-time as well as full-time


The RN to BSN online program is offered in an 8-week online format. This means the course can be completed in 4 semesters spanning 20-24 months (depending on whether a summer term is utilized). If transfer credit above the 30 hours of General Studies is applied, then completion could be as short as 3 semesters spanning 12-18 months (again depending on whether a summer term is utilized).

Unlike other online nursing programs and online RN to BSN programs, this program is based upon a cohort model which means that students are part of a group of RNs who will progress through the program together.

SMWC does recognize an associate of science degree from other accredited institutions and will accept the Indiana statewide transfer general education core of thirty (30) hours. To meet the SMWC Woods Core requirements; an additional nine (9) hours must be taken which are unique to the SMWC Woods Core curriculum and cannot be transferred.

General Studies (9hrs)

These are the additional 9 hours required to meet SMWC Woods Core requirements. Only one 400 level WC course is required.

TH 200 is a study of religion and spirituality and their relationship to social justice, women’s issues and environmental sustainability. The course introduces students to the nature of religion and spirituality and examines how they can generate and support a vision of life focused on service and a commitment to social justice. The vision and ministries of the Sisters of Providence will be taken as examples and illustrations of a service-oriented lifestyle that is grounded in spirituality and religion.

WC 100 uses the concept of utopias, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world, to introduce students to the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphases on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values.

The WC 401 Social Justice course is an optional course within the Woods Core that meets general education requirements. The course examines social justice issues that have impacted present and recent social conditions worldwide. While the course will provide grounding for social justice topics in associated areas in the social sciences, including sociology, business and economics, it will primarily focus on social justice movements in the light of spirituality, specifically how individual spirituality has impacted social justice movements. Spiritual roots of social movements in major faith traditions will be explored. In this context the course will also introduce students to some of the methods used by leaders of impactful social justice movements. Finally, the effects of advances in information and media technology on social movements will also be studied.

This course will introduce participants to the goals, principles and practical applications of sustainability. Many organizations, companies and institutions are increasingly interested in conducting their activities while becoming more sensitive to environmental, social and other concerns over a longer-term future. Sustainability has many definitions, and includes environmental, social and economic dimensions. In this course, we will examine the major environmental issues and trends happening in modern society from a scientific and practical perspective, including energy and resource use, pollution, climate change, water and population. Five major themes in sustainability will be discussed: sustainability and the link to the Sisters of Providence, conservation, food sustainability, social justice, and financial sustainability.

An integrative view of women worldwide who have taken on leadership roles in their communities and initiated cultural changes. Students will examine transformative models of leadership that have addressed critical issues around the world. An introduction to international cultural norms and their influences on the struggles that women often face within their own countries and communities. A Vision for Change project is a required component of this course.

Major Courses

Students must complete each major course with a C or better and must maintain a 2.5 GPA through the program. A minimum of 30 credit hours of the required coursework must be completed at SMWC. NUxxx courses are nursing courses still in development.
Either MA253 or BI253 may be taken.

Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Standard topics of elementary statistics: organization of data, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, chi-square and analysis of variance. Additional emphasis on selection of methods and applications to biology, particularly genetics and for undergraduate research. Use of appropriate software. Three hours concurrent with MA 253.As needed. Prerequisite: BI141 and BI 142 or consent of the instructor.

Organization of data; binomial, normal and t distributions; estimation; hypothesis testing; correlation and regression; chi-square; analysis of variance; application to business decisions and experiments in natural and social sciences. Use of appropriate computer software. Fulfills general studies requirement. Prerequisite: MA112 or placement.

Focuses on the expanded role of the professional nurse through the framework of the baccalaureate nursing program outcomes related to communication, health promotion, safety, culturally sensitive care and compassionate care, leadership, social justice, and professionalism. Prerequisites: Admitted into the RN-BSN track

Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of nursing theory, the logical process of research, on the scientific rigor necessary for carrying out studies of nursing interest, and on critically reading and using nursing research in nursing practice. Prerequisites: NU 220, and 222, or NU 305.

Focuses on leadership and management theories with the application to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the importance of effectively coordination of client care across various delivery systems. Prerequisites: NU 320, 340, and 342, or NU 305.

Explores public health nursing using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management and control strategies with vulnerable clients, families, and populations. Community assessment, epidemiologic, environmental, change, political action, and case-management frameworks are used to guide evidence-based nursing care in community settings. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Prerequisites: NU 320, 340, and 342, or NU 305.

Applies the role of the professional nurse, prepares the student for career advancement, and explores of current and future trends in nursing and health care. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Prerequisites: NU 430, and 485, or NU 305.

Provides an overview of crisis theory and interventions for working with clients in crisis. Crisis and conflict management theories, strategies and skills will be examined and applied to a variety of situations including those involving suicide, physical and sexual assault, natural and manmade disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school.

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  • Associate’s degree with at least 2.5 GPA
  • Current and active RN license
  • Must provide a copy of a valid picture ID
  • Must pass a background check or provide a current background check

The SMWC nursing program is accredited by the following organizations:

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing
    402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Higher Learning Commission
    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
    Chicago, IL 60604-1411

SMWC is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College online RN-BSN and the BSN campus program are in the process of becoming accredited with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Department of Nursing completed a very successful accreditation site visit conducted by the CCNE in January 2016.

How are students selected for the program?

Eligibility requirements include an associate’s degree with at least a 2.5 GPA, a current and active RN license, valid picture ID and successful background check.

Is there a waiting list for the RN to BSN program?

No. At this time, there is not a waiting list for the RN to BSN program.

Where will I attend class and clinical?

Classes for the RN to BSN program are completed entirely online with no residency period required. Through our online course management system, you will be able to access your course information 24 hours a day, giving you flexibility to work while completing your degree. Your capstone practicum can take place at your current employment setting. SMWC also partners with area health care organizations to provide a clinical setting for students. Our partner locations include Providence Medical Group and Providence Health Care, on campus; Union Hospital, Regional Hospital and UAP Clinic, in Terre Haute, Ind.; and Paris Community Hospital, in Paris, Ill.

For additional questions, please contact the Office of Distance Admission toll free at 1-800- 499-0373 or by email at distance@smwc.edu.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is fully-accredited by the Higher Learning Commission