Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN Bridge Program) - 180 Quarter Credit Hours

General entrance requirements and disclosures for all programs:

Applicants who are under 18 years of age by enrollment must have a high school diploma (or) a GED and the parent or guardian must enroll the applicant.
Applicants must provide proof of a government issued identification at time of enrollment.


Entrance Requirements

 The student must submit a government issued picture ID.
Student must submit copies of official transcripts showing Associate Degree completion from an approved Professional Nurse program.
Must submit active state licensure as a Professional Nurse from their respective state.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree is a 180 QUARTER Hour credit program developed for the student who has successfully graduated from a professional nurse program and obtained an RN license. Through this online program, the student will learn advancements in healthcare at the Bachelors level focusing on research and application of evidenced based practice, health care informatics and use of collaborative care in the healthcare setting. The enrolling student will transfer a total of 121.50 hours (60 core nursing and 22.5 general education) quarter credit hours at the associate degree level and 31.5 general education credits at the Bachelors Degree level for prior learning and complete 58.50 hours of BSN level core nursing courses totaling a 180 Quarter Credit Hour program. Students must complete the 31.5 general education hours for the BSN program no later than 180 days from the last day of attendance. The college retains an articulation agreement with for the BSN general education courses.

Program Objectives:

1.    To expand the RN role to the BSN level of higher critical thinking synthesizing knowledge derived from nursing, natural and behavioral sciences, humanities and arts in the practice of professional nursing.

2.    To practice professional nursing competently in diverse settings; utilizing caring, critical thinking and therapeutic nursing interventions with individuals, families, aggregates and communities, at any developmental stage, and with a variety of health experiences.

3.    To utilize the requisite knowledge and skill to practice independently and collaboratively with other health professions as an advanced beginner professional nurse.

4.    To instruct the RN in the higher level of understanding of delegation and staffing which is reflective of a BSN nurse.

5.    To integrate research findings and nursing theory of decision making into professional nursing practice.

6.    To apply concepts of leadership, autonomy and management to the practice of professional nursing.

7.    To integrate professional caring into practice decisions that encompass, values, ethical, moral and legal aspects of nursing.

8.    To participate in the advancement of the profession to improve health care for the betterment of the global society.

9.    To accept responsibility and accountability for the effectiveness of one’s own nursing practice and professional growth as a learner, clinician, and leader.


General Education Requirements/Co-Requisites for the RN-BSN Bridge Program: Students must have all General Education/Co-requisite requirements completed within 180 days of the student’s last day of class in order to graduate.  

Courses, to be completed at College/University or other US Department of Education approved methods of gaining credit, which are accepted, include:


1.    Statistics - 4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

2.    English 3 - 4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

3.    History - 4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

4.  Natural Sciences - 4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

5.    Social Sciences - 4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

6.    Humanities - 9 Quarter Credit Hours


RN- BSN Bridge Information

(941) 727-CARE (2273)

      6513 14th Street West, suite 103
Bradenton Florida  34207 

 Suncoast College of Health