2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVE]

Nursing, RN-BSN


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is designed for the licensed registered nurse (RN) who has earned an Associate’s degree or Diploma in nursing. The program focus will be to provide professional excellence with compassionate care and the courses will be taken one at a time in a 5 week format. Faculty will guide the students’ learning towards systems leadership and efficiencies, continuous care improvement, and Christ-like caring and professional growth. 


  • Integrate theory and scientific knowledge into holistic nursing care planning and patient education.​
  • Deliver culturally competent and safe population care to patients in diverse environments as a valued interprofessional team member.
  • Exhibit ethical, moral, spiritual, professional, and positive, caring behaviors as a Christian nurse.
  • Seek continual personal and professional growth and improvement.
  • Constructively advocate for system changes to improve the health care environment and patient outcomes.
  • Employ collaborative leadership and organizational skills in nursing care of patients across the lifespan.

Admission Requirements

  • General admittance requirements   
  • A valid unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Graduation from an accredited Associate’s degree or Diploma nursing program.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Personal interview with one or more faculty members.

Transfer Policy

CIU offers a transfer policy that ensures RNs with an associate degree are allowed the maximum credit possible to meet General Education and elective course requirements. RNs who have graduated from an accredited institution are eligible for up to 81 semester hours. For students who have completed less than 81 hours transferable hours, they must complete the minimum 120 hours by taking additional elective courses. See the complete transfer policy here

Graduation Requirements

  • Minimum 120 semester hours of credit (up to 81 hours can be transferred).
  • Minimum of 30 semester hours of upper division coursework or a B- or higher in Capstone in Nursing & Systems Care  [NUR 4020 ]. 

  • Complete 12 hours in Bible and Theology courses.
  • Complete 27 Nursing Major Core Hours.
  • Successful completion of all coursework and clinical Capstone hours. 
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. 
  • Any course in which a grade of C- or below is earned must be repeated.

Course of Study (120)

Prerequisites (81)

​*Accepted transfer from an accredited RN program

  • English composition (3)
  • English literature (3)
  • Growth and Development (3)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + lab (4)
  • Anatomy & Physiology II + lab (4)
  • Microbiology + lab (4)
  • Statistics (3)
  • General Education Electives (9 credits)
  • Other Electives (18 credits)
  • Nursing Electives (30 credits)