Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from Murray State University is designed to provide students with a liberal, generalist education and prepare them for career advancements and/or graduate study. Graduates of this program are able to:

  • ​Communicate and collaborate effectively through oral, written, and technological methods
  • ​Apply scientific based methods to understand the basis for best nursing practices and new knowledge related to health care
  • ​Make evidence-based, logical decisions related to patient care
  • ​Apply nursing science and technology in solving problems in the changing health care system
  • ​Appreciate the historical, political, theoretical, and artistic traditions of nursing
  • ​Practice with cultural sensitivity and an understanding of ethical issues in health care
  • ​Advocate to advance the profession and health care
  • ​Recognize the need to balance professional and lifestyle behaviors
  • ​Perform entry level nursing skills in a safe, competent, and professional manner
  • ​Pursue continuous learning experiences to enhance one's career and to adapt to the continuously changing world of health care

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    Degree completion requires a total of 120 credits, including transfer and major requirements. Registered nurses may receive up to 20 hours of upper division credit for their basic nursing courses (subject to transfer credit evaluation) along with eligible associate degree credits.

    • Online curriculum: 50 credits
    • Current RN License to practice clinicals in your state of residence
    • Associate’s degree in nursing
    • Completion of all admission requirements and acceptance by Murray State University
    • Official transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
    • 2.5 GPA or higher and grade “C” and above in all required courses
    • Liability insurance in the amount $1,000,000/$3,000,000
    • Recommendation from the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions

    School Overview

    Murray State University is a public four-year university located in Murray, Kentucky. MSU was founded in 1922 as Murray State Normal School by the State Board of Education. Murray State University is comprised of the following colleges and schools:

    • Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering & Technology
    • Hutson School of Agriculture
    • School of Nursing & Health Professions
    • Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business
    • College of Education & Human Services
    • College of Humanities & Fine Arts
    • Honors College

    Murray State University awards certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Undergraduate and graduate students can earn degrees completely online, as well as certificates. Online non-credit programs are also available.


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