Program Benefits

Community and Networking

You will begin your first semester by attending a one day orientation on campus where you will work directly with your faculty mentor to understand the context and framework of courses for that semester. You will meet and network with other industry professionals, and spend time exploring cases, participating in exercises, and building the fundamental skills that will establish the foundation for your development as one who leads by example.

Faculty Mentoring

At any point in the semester, you can consult with your faculty mentor. Your faculty mentor will help you develop an individualized learning strategy and give you the amount of support and guidance you need along the way. Throughout the courses, your faculty mentor will apply a clear and consistent set of competencies to help you understand how to make your work even better.

Online Learning

The RN to BS Program is NOT about how many hours you sit in a classroom. You'll learn from expert, devoted faculty and a cutting-edge, on-demand knowledge database available to you 24/7, no matter where you are. This is a bachelor's-level program for top-tier nursing professionals and a superior level of experience, self-discipline, and ambition is expected.

Relevant Curriculum

The course work for this program is designed to help you develop expertise in over 200 real-world nursing competencies that are important to health care industry employers. As you progress through the program, you will master skills that you can apply in the workplace right away. The interdisciplinary courses are designed to build on each other and utilize the skills you bring to the program from your work as an RN. For example, during the program students are largely involved in service learning. In one class project the student selects an agency in which she/he volunteers their time in service and then continues to give back by teaching a topic at the agency. In another project, the student works with an elderly client in the community, identifies a need of the client, and then procures resources for the client.

Fast Track Options

Westminster College now offers an Associate RN-to-Nurse Practitioner fast track. With this new track, our students now have the option to progress from an AS-prepared nurse to a nurse practitioner. Prior to starting the RN-to-BS program, the student will interview with the NP faculty, and if accepted into the NP program, the student starts and completes the RN-to-BS program, graduates from Westminster with a BS in Nursing and then progresses to the NP program. This new track was established in the spring of 2015.

Learn more about the Family Nurse Practitioner program

RN-to-BS Applicant Requirements
  1. Apply online here
  2. Submit Official College transcripts to Westminster College
  3. Send copy of unencumbered nursing license to jtaylor@westminstercollege.edu
  4. Immunizations
  5. Current CPR
  6. Submit Background Check & Drug Screen (documents are attached to email to complete)
RN-to-NP Applicant Requirements
  1. All requirements above (RN to BS requirements)
  2. 3 years of nursing experience before the program begins
  3. Interview arranged by the Admissions Office
  4. Three professional references
  5. Letter of intent
  6. Resume/CV
  7. GRE (Can be taken during the BS program)

Westminster College now offers an Associate RN-to-Nurse Anesthetist fast track. With this new track, our students now have the option to progress from an AS-prepared nurse to a nurse anesthetist. Prior to starting the RN-to-BS program, the student will interview with the MSNA program director, and if accepted into the MSNA program, the student starts and completes the RN-to-BS program, graduates from Westminster with a BS in Nursing and then progresses to the MSNA program. This new track began in the fall of 2015.

Learn more information about the MSNA program

RN-to-Nurse Anesthetist Applicant Requirements
  1. Apply online here

  2. Submit Official College transcripts to Westminster College

  3. Submit a copy of your unrestricted nursing license/p>

  4. Submit a letter of Intent

  5. Submit Background Check & Drug Screen (documents are attached to email to complete)

RN-to-Nurse Anesthetist Applicant Requirements
  1. All requirements above (RN to BS requirements)

  2. 3 years of nursing experience before the program begins, with 1 year ICU experience

  3. Interview arranged by the Admissions Office

  4. Three professional recommendations

  5. Letter of Intent

  6. GRE (minimum 300 required, can be completed during the RN-to-BS program)

  7. ACLS prior to starting the MSNA program

Plan of Study

Capitalize on your current experience and success when you join Westminster's nursing RN to BS in Nursing program. In our flexible, online-mentorship nursing program, you'll gain the skills and expertise to position you in the forefront of leadership in the healthcare industry.

First Semester

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NURS 380Dimensions in Nursing3
NURS 391Nursing Theory and Research4

Second Semester

NURS 385Teaching, Mentoring and Health Promotion4
NURS 450Older Adults in the Community4
NURS 300HHEnvironmental Health: Nursing Perspective4

Third Semester

NURS 470Culture, Health and Illness5
NURS 410Leadership Capstone6

Potential Electives

14 credit hours of electives may be needed to fulfill college graduation requirements of 124 credit hours. Upon acceptance into the program, transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses should be taken. If any of the following courses or their equivalents were not completed as part of the associate degree, the student will be counseled to take them to fulfill the elective requirements.

  1. SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (4), ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology (4), or ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
  2. CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)
  3. BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)
  4. Foreign Language (4)
  5. ENGL 110 Composition & Research (4)

Transfer Credits

Prior to beginning the RN to BS Program, students must complete an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited institution from Utah or other states or a Letter of Completion from a regionally accredited Utah Institution. Students entering the program are given a maximum of 72 hours for an associate degree or 88 hours for a bachelor degree. Transcripts are sent to the registrar for a transfer credit evaluation per Westminster and program requirements.

Course Descriptions

NURS 380 Dimensions of Nursing (3)

This course is designed for RN students as a bridge to the organizing framework of the curriculum and to professional nursing. The philosophy of nursing, historical evolution of nursing, and implications for the future along with professional nursing competencies are emphasized. Processes and values guiding professional practice are discussed, as well as the expanded ethical role of the professional nurse within the health care delivery system. Finally, the concepts of communication, teaching, learning, and diversity will be examined. All concepts learned in this class will be examined and applied through the lens of the student's current nursing practice. (Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program)

NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring, and Health Promotion in Nursing (4)

This course will prepare the RN student with teaching and presentation skills appropriate to the nurse's teaching-coaching role. Principles of adult teaching and learning will be addressed through learning theory by incorporating the latest technology in teaching. Students will evaluate the most current evidence based teaching-learning practices as well as demonstrate mastery in the area of adult education. The aforementioned concepts will be demonstrated through a service-learning project that will be disseminated to a community agency as well as to academic peers. Prerequisites: RN licensure; admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)

This course will prepare the RN student to explore nursing theory and the research process. This course is two-fold: One part of the course will focus on research ethics and students will earn a certificate on Protecting Human Research Participants through the National Institute of health. In the second part of this course students will identify a practice problem in their current area of employment and utilize course concepts to offer evidence-based solutions to that problem. As learned in NURS 385, students will present their research findings at their place of employment. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing or RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Math 150, (Existing Course, using existing syllabus).

NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)

In this course the RN student will focus on the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of aging. Through the evidence based practice concepts learned in NURS 390 and the teaching mentoring concepts learned through NURS 385, students will assess the health patterns of an older adult in the community to identify the environmental factors impacting the community-dwelling older adult. The student will acquire knowledge about diverse community resources available for older adults in the community. To coincide with NURS 385, students will continue with a focus on health promotion relevant to their older adult in the community. Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Co requisites: NURS 380, ANTH 160 or SOC 105.

NURS 470 Culture, Health, and Illness (5)

In this course the RN student will expand upon what was learned in NURS 380 (Dimensions of Nursing), NURS 390 (Nursing Theory and Research), and NURS 450 (Older Adults in the Community). Students will be exposed to emergency and terrorism response systems in the local and national communities. Additionally, this course explores cultural diversity and its influence on healthcare and disparate health outcomes. Other topics that will be addressed will be global health, bioterrorism, and principles of genetics and genetic influence on health. Students will also complete an approved course or workshop in community emergency response training. Finally, students will be exposed to epidemiology by interviewing an occupational health nurse with a focus on recent policy and evidence-based practice related to environmental and occupational health. Prerequisites; RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, BIOL 111, SOC 105 or ANTH 160.

NURS 410 Leadership/Capstone (6)

In this course the RN student will have an opportunity to demonstrate competency skills, and knowledge gained through previous course work and service learning. An important aspect of this course, and a central concept throughout this program, is nursing leadership. The student will have three opportunities to demonstrate their new knowledge of expanded nursing leadership. First, using a seminar format students take responsibility for providing peers with content on an assigned topic. Secondly, students will develop their own service learning activity by designing their own service learning experience through an organization of their choice. The final responsibility on the part of the student is to complete a capstone experience at an agency or organization that is different from where they currently practice in order to diversify their nursing background. Prerequisites: RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, NURS 385, NURS 390, NURS 450, and NURS 470.

14 credit hours of electives may be needed to fulfill college graduation requirements of 124 credit hours. Upon acceptance into the program, transcripts will be reviewed to determine which courses should be taken. If any of the following courses or their equivalents were not completed as part of the associate degree, the student will be counseled to take them to fulfill the elective requirements.

  1. SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology (4), ANTH 160 Introduction to Anthropology (4), or ANTH 252 Cultural Anthropology (4)
  2. CHEM 201 Organic and Biochemistry (4)
  3. BIOL 111 Clinical Microbiology and Lab (4)
  4. Foreign Language (4)
  5. ENGL 110 Composition & Research (4)

Prior to beginning the RN to BS Program, students must complete an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited institution from Utah or other states or a Letter of Completion from a regionally accredited Utah Institution. Students entering the program are given a maximum of 72 hours for an associate degree or 88 hours for a bachelor degree. Transcripts are sent to the registrar for a transfer credit evaluation per Westminster and program requirements.

NURS 380 Dimensions of Nursing (3)

This course is designed for RN students as a bridge to the organizing framework of the curriculum and to professional nursing. The philosophy of nursing, historical evolution of nursing, and implications for the future along with professional nursing competencies are emphasized. Processes and values guiding professional practice are discussed, as well as the expanded ethical role of the professional nurse within the health care delivery system. Finally, the concepts of communication, teaching, learning, and diversity will be examined. All concepts learned in this class will be examined and applied through the lens of the student's current nursing practice. (Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program)

NURS 385 Teaching, Mentoring, and Health Promotion in Nursing (4)

This course will prepare the RN student with teaching and presentation skills appropriate to the nurse's teaching-coaching role. Principles of adult teaching and learning will be addressed through learning theory by incorporating the latest technology in teaching. Students will evaluate the most current evidence based teaching-learning practices as well as demonstrate mastery in the area of adult education. The aforementioned concepts will be demonstrated through a service-learning project that will be disseminated to a community agency as well as to academic peers. Prerequisites: RN licensure; admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

NURS 391 Nursing Theory and Research (4)

This course will prepare the RN student to explore nursing theory and the research process. This course is two-fold: One part of the course will focus on research ethics and students will earn a certificate on Protecting Human Research Participants through the National Institute of health. In the second part of this course students will identify a practice problem in their current area of employment and utilize course concepts to offer evidence-based solutions to that problem. As learned in NURS 385, students will present their research findings at their place of employment. Prerequisites: admission to the nursing or RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Math 150, (Existing Course, using existing syllabus).

NURS 450 Older Adults in the Community (4)

In this course the RN student will focus on the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of aging. Through the evidence based practice concepts learned in NURS 390 and the teaching mentoring concepts learned through NURS 385, students will assess the health patterns of an older adult in the community to identify the environmental factors impacting the community-dwelling older adult. The student will acquire knowledge about diverse community resources available for older adults in the community. To coincide with NURS 385, students will continue with a focus on health promotion relevant to their older adult in the community. Prerequisites: RN license, admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Co requisites: NURS 380, ANTH 160 or SOC 105.

NURS 470 Culture, Health, and Illness (5)

In this course the RN student will expand upon what was learned in NURS 380 (Dimensions of Nursing), NURS 390 (Nursing Theory and Research), and NURS 450 (Older Adults in the Community). Students will be exposed to emergency and terrorism response systems in the local and national communities. Additionally, this course explores cultural diversity and its influence on healthcare and disparate health outcomes. Other topics that will be addressed will be global health, bioterrorism, and principles of genetics and genetic influence on health. Students will also complete an approved course or workshop in community emergency response training. Finally, students will be exposed to epidemiology by interviewing an occupational health nurse with a focus on recent policy and evidence-based practice related to environmental and occupational health. Prerequisites; RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, BIOL 111, SOC 105 or ANTH 160.

NURS 410 Leadership/Capstone (6)

In this course the RN student will have an opportunity to demonstrate competency skills, and knowledge gained through previous course work and service learning. An important aspect of this course, and a central concept throughout this program, is nursing leadership. The student will have three opportunities to demonstrate their new knowledge of expanded nursing leadership. First, using a seminar format students take responsibility for providing peers with content on an assigned topic. Secondly, students will develop their own service learning activity by designing their own service learning experience through an organization of their choice. The final responsibility on the part of the student is to complete a capstone experience at an agency or organization that is different from where they currently practice in order to diversify their nursing background. Prerequisites: RN license: admission to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, NURS 380, NURS 385, NURS 390, NURS 450, and NURS 470.