If you are a licensed registered nurse, now is the time to complete your Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At the Woods, you will be empowered to pursue leadership positions in a variety of nursing careers.

The program offers:

  • Fully online classes with the exception of two clinical courses
  • 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

 Admission Requirements

  • 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 36 credit hour RN to BSN online program is offered in an 8-week online format with the ability to extend two clinical courses to 16-weeks, if desired. A minimum of 30 hours are required to be completed at SMWC. Additionally, the student will need to have a total of 120 hours to graduate with the BSN degree. 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.

Required Nursing Courses

22 credit hours required; all courses listed. Students must complete each major course with a C or better and must maintain a 2.5 GPA through the program.

NU 305 Professional Nursing
Online | 3 Credits
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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. Fall and Spring. Prerequisites: Admitted into the RN-BSN track.

Online 3 Credits
NU 335 Data Analysis for Healthcare
Campus & Online | 3 Credits
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Introduces healthcare students to basic concepts and techniques of data analysis used in healthcare practice. Focuses on techniques used when critically analyzing healthcare research literature. Includes the selection, application, and evaluation of statistical analysis techniques, including principles of measurement, data summarization, univariate and bivariate statistics, as well as basic qualitative analysis techniques. Emphasis is on application of findings for the improvement of patient care. Open only to online RN-BSN students. Summer.

Campus & Online 3 Credits
NU 355 Nursing Research
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Fall/Spring. Prerequisites: NU 220 and NU 222, or NU 305.

Campus 3 Credits
NU 455 Nursing Leadership
Campus | 3 Credits
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Focuses on leadership and management theories with the application to nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on the importance of effective coordination of client care across various delivery systems. Prerequisites: NU 320, NU 343, or NU 305.

Campus 3 Credits
NU 485 Population Focused Nursing
Campus | 5 Credits
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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, NU 343 or NU 305.

Campus 5 Credits
NU 495 Professional Role
Campus | 5 Credits
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Applies the role of the professional nurse, prepares the student for career advancement, and explores current and future trends in nursing and health care. Forty-five (45) didactic course hours and ninety (90) practice hours. Fall/Spring. Prerequisites: NU 430, and NU 485, or NU 305.

Campus 5 Credits

Required Cognate Non-Nursing Courses

5 credit hours required; all courses listed.

BI 251 Bioethics
Campus | 2 Credits
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Explores the ethical issues related to biology and the practice of medicine.

Campus 2 Credits
PS 486 Crisis Intervention
Campus | 3 Credits
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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 man-made disasters, grief or traumatic loss and violence in the workplace, the home, or the school. Pre-requisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits

Required Woods Core Courses

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

WC 100 Into the Woods, Out of the Woods, Communities and Education
Campus | 3 Credits
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WC 100 uses the concept of communities, and how they have influenced societies, education and the world to introduce the concept of the SMWC community and its particular values and ideas. Includes emphasis on critical thinking and writing, as well as information literacy. Serves as a foundation to help students identify their individual goals and values. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
TH 200 Introduction to Religion and Spirituality
Campus | 3 Credits
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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. Fulfills Woods Core requirement. Fall and Spring, every year. Prerequisite: WC 100

Campus 3 Credits
WC 401 Social Justice
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines social justice issues that have impacted present and recent social conditions world-wide. While the course will provide grounding for social justice topics in the associated areas in the social sciences, including sociology, business and economics; it will primarily focus on social justice movements in light of spirituality, specially 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 effect of advances in information and media technology on social movements will also be studied. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
WC 402 Sustainability
Campus | 3 Credits
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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 the 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 Sister of Providence, conservation, food sustainability, social justice, and financial sustainability. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
WC 403 Global Women Leading Change
Campus | 3 Credits
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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 social norms and their influences on the struggles that women often face within their own countries and communities. A Vision of Change project is a required component of this course. It is one of three senior capstone courses available for the Woods Core. Prerequisites: WC 100, TH 200, and Junior or Senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Download a sample plan of study.


Our program is fully accredited by the following organizations:

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing
  • Higher Learning Commission
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Program Learning Outcomes

Rooted in the strong foundation of liberal arts, science, and Catholic education, graduates of the Bachelor of Science in nursing are expected to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. Utilize effective communication and collaboration skills through oral, written, and technology media with patients, nursing colleagues, and interprofessional team members.
  2. Promote holistic health, including spiritual well-being, through the support of wellness and health related activities for self and patients.
  3. Guard patient safety through critical thinking, information technology, data analysis, and risk management strategies.
  4. Provide effective, culturally sensitive and compassionate nursing care through the use of the nursing process that is supported by current, evidence-based research as indicated by educational preparation and scope of practice.
  5. Demonstrate effective leadership and management abilities through the competent coordination of patient care across the health care continuum.
  6. Advocate for social justice through the promotion of access, resources, quality health care, and prudent health policies.
  7. Exhibit professionalism through upholding the values, ethics, and standards of nursing.

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?
Not at this time.

Where will I attend class and clinical?
Classes for the RN to BSN program are completed entirely online with the exception of the two clinical courses. 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.