RN to BSN Pathway Program, Bachelor of Science in Nursing - for Registered Nurses with a Bachelor’s degree in another field

Professional Licensure Information

Wilmington University has determined that the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN Pathway Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Delaware and New Jersey. Wilmington University is reviewing other states and has not made specific determinations for those states. Prospective students seeking professional licensure outside of Delaware or New Jersey should verify state licensure requirements before applying. For state-by-state contact information for inquiring about individual state licensure requirements, please visit NC-SARA's Professional Licensure Directory.


The RN to BSN Pathway Program is an accelerated degree-completion program designed for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree in another field. This program has been developed to meet the educational needs of students with an unencumbered registered nurse state licensure, work experience, and a bachelor’s degree in another field who are returning to college to complete a BSN degree.

Program of Study

The program allows for the transfer of up to 90 credits. To graduate, students must earn a total of 120 credits.  Please note: Wilmington University’s eligibility requirements for graduation with honors include completion of 45 residency credits; therefore, BSN Pathway students that do not elect to complete additional coursework to meet this requirement are ineligible to graduate with honors.


General Education Requirements (39 credits)

(Including a 3-credit Statistics course)

Natural Sciences (12 credits)

(Will require as a pre-requisite if not taken as part of prior degree)

A minimum of 12 credits in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, physics, biology, and/or chemistry, must be earned through coursework, transfer credits, or testing (available for anatomy/physiology and microbiology).

Free Electives (8 credits)

Upper Division Nursing Core (28 credits)

NUR 303 Nurse as Professional

Prior to the completion of NUR 303, students must complete the mandatory credentialing process.

NUR 313 Nurse as Decision Maker

NUR 323 Nurse as Teacher

NUR 333 Nurse as Leader

NUR 343 Nurse as Consumer of Research

NUR 363 Nurse as Caregiver: Chronic and Palliative Care

NUR 413 Holistic Health Assessment

NUR 423 Global Health Care

This is the first of two Nursing, Global Health Care courses, mandatory pre-requisites apply. This course is offered block one of all semesters.

NUR 433 Global Health Care Practicum

This is the RN to BSN Capstone course which includes a Community Learning Experience. Mandatory pre-requisites apply. This course is offered block two of all semesters.

Nursing Elective (3 credits)

Choose from the following:

NUR, HLT, HIT, ISM 430, HSC 380, SOC 365

Accelerated Option - BSN to MSN for Pathway Students

The purpose of this option is to offer eligible BSN Pathway students the opportunity to possibly take up to four (4) selected MSN courses in lieu of undergraduate courses. Transfer credits remain the same as for the RN to BSN Pathway Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. A BSN degree is earned upon completion of the 31 credit core. Courses taken at the graduate level fulfill requirements for both programs.  Students are identified as an undergraduate student until their BSN degree is conferred, at which time they will be eligible to continue on in the MSN program they have chosen and been accepted to.


Eligibility criteria for this option includes: 

1. RN with a bachelor's degree in another field, 

2. Completion of NUR 303, Nurse as Professional, and 

3. Completion of MAT 308, Inferential Statistics, or transfer equivalency

4. GPA of 3.5 or higher


The BSN to MSN accelerated option intent form is located in the BSN Student Handbook and in the BSN Student program site. Upon submission of the BSN to MSN accelerated option intent form, students will be contacted by the Assistant Program Chair to review the appropriate course sequencing, advisement, and preparation for graduate coursework. The accelerated course selection depends upon the selected graduate major.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2021-2022 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2021 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.