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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

Prepare for a successful nursing practice that empowers your ability to deliver expert care and compassion to diverse patients in a variety of settings.

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Program Overview

$8,250 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

Broaden your career opportunities and meet the challenges of changing nursing responsibilities in contemporary healthcare with the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program from William Paterson University.

Our innovative program is committed to your growth, enabling you to earn a premier nursing degree affordably and with the flexibility to accommodate your schedule. Throughout this program, our RN to BSN faculty will encourage your pursuit of self-development, professional growth, and leadership capabilities. As a graduate, you will be prepared to continue your nursing education at the master's or doctorate level.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

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The RN to BSN online program from William Paterson University offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition.

Tuition breakdown:

$275 Per Credit Hour
$8,250 Total Tuition

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BSN online $275 $825 $8,250


William Paterson University online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/11/21 05/02/21
Summer 1 05/17/21 04/27/21 05/03/21 05/11/21 05/13/21 07/04/21
Summer 2 07/12/21 06/22/21 06/28/21 07/06/21 07/08/21 08/29/21
Fall 1 09/06/21 08/17/21 08/23/21 08/31/21 09/02/21 10/24/21
Fall 2 11/01/21 10/12/21 10/18/21 10/26/21 10/28/21 12/19/21

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At WP, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the RN to BSN online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

The requirements include:

Associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution
RN license, valid and unencumbered
GPA of 2.5 or higher

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the RN to BSN online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Associate degree or diploma from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA
  • Valid, unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

Email address:

Mail address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470


For the RN to BSN online, you must complete 27 credit hours of core courses and a three-credit-hour elective.

We have made transferring your credits easy! Your active RN license earns you 30 of the total 120 credit hours needed for this baccalaureate degree. Also, the University Core Curriculum (general education) will be considered complete for applicants with a Diploma plus 60 college credit hours, or an AS or AAS, meaning you will only need to complete the 30 credit hour nursing program and a statistics course if you have not yet completed one.

Please speak with your Enrollment Specialist to find out more information about this generous transfer credit policy.

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NUR 3500: Nursing Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed as a writing intensive course to help the student understand and utilize research concepts and methods by developing the ability to analyze, criticize, and interpret research. Students address the process of how research is applied to nursing practice through critiquing several published research studies and submitting an evidence-based practice project proposal.

NUR 4252: Dimensions of Public Health Post Licensure

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The application of public health concepts provides the framework for this course. In conjunction with community partners, students conduct a community assessment collecting data from a variety of sources. Selected health indicators are discussed, as are goals, objectives and interventions to improve the health of populations. Principles of epidemiology are applied. Students observe and participate in health policy development and delivery of services at the community level.

NUR 4280: Healthcare Economics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a study of the economics of illness care, third-party payers and the business of healthcare. The application of economic principles and tools will be used to examine the health care industry and the role of the nurse. The content includes demand management; concepts of efficiency; impact regulation and health care policy; and an understanding of economic decision-making in the health care arena.

NUR 4361: Nursing Practice for RN-BSN

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, the student will develop collaborative relationships with patients, families and other health care providers in order to design and coordinate health care. Students will demonstrate judicious integration of evidence and other sources of information in nursing care of populations and individuals. Students will engage in experiences in a variety of public health/community settings and will care for clients across the age span with physical and psycho-social needs. Students are expected to take an active role in the construction of their own learning.

NUR 4305: Leadership and Professional Practice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course will enable the students to examine the economic, sociocultural, ethical and legal processes affecting health care delivery systems and their subsequent effect on the nursing profession. Emphasis will be placed on leadership and management theory.

NUR 4307: Leadership Seminar

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This seminar course is the application of nursing leadership concepts necessary for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Class activities promote leadership practice in assessing outcome indicators related to health problems/diagnoses of children and adults. Students synthesize nursing and inter-professional knowledge as they hone the ability to manage health care situations and enact the professional nursing role.

NUR 5461: Advanced Pathophysiology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of the pathogenesis of major conditions affecting clients across the life span including children, child-bearing women, and young adults, adults, and older adults. Assessment of complex clinical situations will be analyzed along with laboratory and diagnostic data to provide a rationale for nursing management decisions.

NUR 5701: Population Health, Legislation and Social Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores the social determinants of health, political process, and development of social policy. Evidence-based populations interventions and outcomes will be examined. Selected legislation that influences healthcare delivery will be analyzed.

NUR 6001: Advanced Health Assessment of the Adult Client

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the study of history taking, physical exam and laboratory/diagnostic techniques that support the assessment and diagnosis of young adults, adults, and older adults by the advanced practice nurse. The course allows the student to develop the cognitive and psychomotor skills required to perform a comprehensive health assessment including health history and physical examination of the young adult, adult, and older adult and to address common healthcare problems seen in a primary care community setting.

Students must choose one of the following courses.

NUR 5081: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides evidence-based knowledge on the leadership of advanced practice nurse roles within the healthcare delivery system. Current socio-cultural, economical, ethical, and legal issues will be examined. The role of the APN will be analyzed in working in interdisciplinary teams and focus on skills of collaboration with other health professions to improve quality care.

NUR 6011: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with information that will enable them to apply clinical pharmacotherapeutics to client care. Standard and new drugs; drug-delivery systems in pharmacotherapy; age- and illness-related modifications across the lifespan and drug and food interactions are emphasized. The legal and regulatory aspects of drug administration with the prescriptive authority of the advanced practice nurse will be explored.

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