Jul 18, 2024  
ACE Catalog - Volume 29 
ACE Catalog - Volume 29 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Program Description

The RN to BSN program offers a seamless learning experience for those seeking advanced nursing knowledge and expanded professional skills appropriate for a global and increasingly complex healthcare system. Designed to expand competencies in practice, evidence-based decision making, informatics and technological communication skills, and innovative thinking, the degree promotes professional expertise in patient-centered care among diverse and vulnerable populations. The dynamic connection between research, theory and practice prepares students to engage in problem-solving in micro and macro systems and to ensure quality care and patient safety. As leaders, graduates are expected to become change agents to improve people’s health.

Department of Nursing Mission, Vision, Core Values 

Program Outcomes

  1. Provide individualized, comprehensive, culturally competent care based on theories and principles of nursing, bio-psychosocial, and organizational sciences to individuals, families, and communities across systems of care. 
  2. Demonstrate leadership and inter-professional collaboration with members of the health care team and consumers when providing care for health promotion, illness prevention, health restoration, health maintenance, and rehabilitative activities across systems of care. 
  3. Communicate effectively with health care providers and patient populations in managing the healthcare of individuals, families, and communities. 
  4. Utilize clinical judgment in professional decision making and implementation of the nursing process. 
  5. Demonstrate the spirit of inquiry and evidence of lifelong learning by taking responsibility for continued personal and professional development through enrollment in graduate education, continuing education programs, and participation in professional organizations and community service. 
  6. Implement professional nursing standards by practicing within the legal definitions of nursing practice and acts in accordance with the nursing code of ethics and American Nurses Association (ANA) standards of practice.
  7. Practice in established professional roles consistent with entry-level BSN graduates to provide evidence-based, cost-effective, culturally competent quality care to health consumers across all health care environments. 
  8. Incorporate basic knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based practice in the provision of professional nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates, and communities to promote health outcomes. 
  9. Integrate informatics and health care technologies to deliver care, enhance inter-professional communication and promote safety. 
  10. Apply leadership and quality improvement concepts in the provision of high quality nursing care and to quality improvement initiatives across care settings. 

Course List (30 Total Semester Credits Required)

Undergraduate courses (30 semester credits - must be completed to earn BSN)

Credit Hour Requirement

The RN to BSN program requires students to complete a total of 120 semester credits. The 120-credit requirement for the RN to BSN program includes the following: 

  • 30 semester credits earned at ACE (see RN to BSN Course List)
  • 90 credits earned at ACE or outside of ACE (according to the Prior Credit Evaluation/Transfer Credit  Policy)
    • 45 of these credits are taken between ACE General Education Requirement and Pre-Nursing Requirements (RN to BSN requirements build upon the ACE General Education Requirements and adds some additional specification and requirements). These 45 credits are required in the following areas:
      • Written Communication: 6 Credits (Per ACE General Education Requirements)
      • Speaking and Listening: 3 Credits (Per ACE General Education Requirements)
      • Quantitative Reasoning: 9 credits (Algebra: 3 credits, Statistics: 3 credits, Other: 3 credits)
      • Scientific Ways of Knowing: 12 Credits (Human Anatomy and Physiology: 6 credits, Microbiology: 3 credits, Chemistry: 3 credits)
      • Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing: 6 Credits (Per ACE General Education Requirements)
      • Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: 3 Credits (Per ACE General Education Requirements)
      • Pre-Nursing: 6 Credits (Pharmacology: 3 Credits, Technical Writing: 3 Credits)
    • 45 of these credits are in electives


  • The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing offered by American College of Education are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • This program is neither designed nor approved (as of the publication date of this Catalog) to prepare students for advanced licensure in any state.
  • Check availability in your state on the Programs by State section of the ACE website.

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