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Online RN to BSN


Online RN to BSN

Concordia University Irvine's RN to BSN program provides the perfect opportunity for nurses who currently hold an ADN to take their degree to the next level: a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Concordia University's Nursing Program has been uniquely designed for you to learn the necessary knowledge and skills to provide caring, compassionate & competent nursing care.

You have the flexibility to choose which modality best meets your learning needs, lifestyle & goals: online or a blend of online and on-campus courses. The program can be completed in as little as twelve months full-time, or approximately two years part-time.

Concordia's RN to BSN program provides opportunities to develop leadership and community health competencies through our core nursing courses. Structured clinical placement is available in the student's geographical area.

Dual Enrollment is offered to current Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) students. Students are able to begin taking up to 9 units of Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) courses after successful completion of their second semester, with approval from the ADN program director. Dual Enrollment students must obtain their RN license within one semester after graduation from the ADN level.

At a Glance
Units: 40
Average Completion Time: 12-24 Months
Cost Per Unit: $490
Total Cost of Program: $19,600
Nursing Scholarship: $4,000
All students are eligible when maintaining continuous enrollment
Accreditation: CCNE, WASC

Taking your career further.

Upon completion of the program, you will be eligible for Public Health Certification. Challenging curriculum and appropriate clinical exposure throughout the RN to BSN program lays the foundation for you to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

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Info Nights

Are you interested in learning more about the nursing programs, admission requirements, financial aid and more? Join us for an information session that will give you the opportunity to ask questions, meet with faculty and staff, and more!

Please register so we can adequately prepare for your participation.

*Please note that the ABSN Information Session will also be occurring the same evening.

For problems or help registering for this event, please contact Sarah Martini at or call 714-795-0124.

Concordia University Irvine Park Place Campus
3337 Michelson Dr. Suite 650, Irvine, CA 92612

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Delivery options.

Fully online. Our program allows the student who resides in California and who holds an RN license, or who is dually enrolled, to complete the coursework online, earning a BSN in as little as 12 months. We demonstrate our care for students in how we build and develop our online courses that are user-friendly and highly interactive.

Blended delivery. The RN to BSN program is offered in a blended format in which you will meet on campus 1-2 days per week with supplemental online content each semester. The program can be completed in as little as 12 months full-time, or approximately 2 years part-time.

CUI Nursing & You

Learn more about Concordia University Irvine's RN to BSN Nursing program for the Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN) who wishes to further his or her education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).

Start dates.

Join us for our upcoming start date of March 12, 2018. Depending on your pace of study, you can complete the program in 12-24 months.

Term Start Date
Spring March 12


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum
  • 34 Units
  • NURS 300: Professional Nursing Practice & Higher Education (Bridge Course)
  • 3
This course is designed to prepare the student to successfully matriculate through higher education. The course offers content related to time management, professionalism, learning and study skills. Included as well is information related to nursing informatics.
  • NURS 205: Pathophysiology
  • 2
This course is designed to provide an understanding of common physiological disruptions that contribute to an imbalance in homeostasis. Common disruptions that interfere with physical systems, their manifestations, and both their medical as well as nursing management will be discussed. An exploration of the role of nurses in optimizing patients’ health status will also be presented. The student will be exposed to the elements that relate to pain, its management, and the nursing role in management.
  • NURS 401: Health Assessment
  • 3
This course is designed to provide theory and clinical skills for complete advanced patient physical assessments utilizing a holistic examination of the client. Refinement of assessment skills includes interviewing, history taking, physical examination and appropriate documentation while considering the relationship to prevention and early detection of diseases in multicultural clients across the lifespan.
  • NURS 402: Theoretical & Conceptual Foundations in Nursing
  • 3
This course introduces the student to nursing theory and the major nurse theorists. The focus includes exploration and comparison of nursing theories, with particular attention placed on the application of the Caritas Processes found in Jean Watson’s Philosophy and Science of Caring model. Selected theories from nursing and related fields, including teaching-learning theories, are examined, evaluated, and applied.
  • NURS 403: Community Health Nursing Theory
  • 2
Students will be prepared to assess the health needs of individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Application of the nursing process will be discussed related to the present and potential diseases and illnesses that present themselves in communities. The goal of this course is to prepare students to understand the theories of communicable disease and be able to promote a community’s health status. The analysis of relevant data will prepare the student to practice evidence-based nursing care. Healthy People 2020 Objectives will be threaded throughout the course.
  • NURS 494: Community Health Nursing - Clinical
  • 2
Students will utilize knowledge of community/public health concepts in the community. This course will provide the student with opportunities to apply community health theory to community/public health settings. The length of this clinical experience will be sufficient so that the student will be eligible to apply for a public health certificate in the state of California. The experiences will be relevant to aggregates across the lifespan..
  • NURS 404: Wellness Care – Alternative Therapies
  • 3
This course of study provides an analysis of health promotion and preventive care by preparing students to assess risk, facilitate lifestyle changes and look beyond disease management and towards the use of a holistic caring framework. This course explores avenues of holistic comprehensive nursing focusing on the mind, body and spirit. The student will also explore complementary and alternative therapies and their role in health care.
  • NURS 405: Nursing Research
  • 2
This course introduces the basic processes of conducting research with an emphasis on nursing research needs. Students will apply a conceptual framework to a group research proposal. The course will also allow for comparison between research and the nursing process. Content includes application of data and utilization of research in practice.
  • NURS 400: Leadership & Management Practices - Clinical
  • 2
Application of management and leadership theories and skills in student-selected and faculty approved clinical settings. Focus is on interaction and socialization into a selected aspect of the professional role. The student will build on their existing skills to supervise various categories of healthcare workers, critically think and apply research and theory to their clinical practice.
  • NURS 406: Leadership & Management Practices - Theory
  • 3
This course explores organizational strategies as well as the principles and theories of effective leadership and management in nursing. Theories and concepts of professional practice are applied to improve the quality of care and enhance patient outcomes.
  • NURS 407: Cultural Care Competence
  • 3
This course will promote understanding about the influence of cultural values, beliefs and practices on healthcare decisions. Specific ethnic groups will be explored in terms of lifestyles, healthcare decisions and cultural care modalities. Students will compare and contrast the beliefs that are common to various ethnic groups to the standard healthcare practices in the U.S. Students will enhance their abilities to plan nursing interventions that are culturally sensitive and incorporate each client’s input.
  • NURS 408: Professional Trends & Issues in Nursing
  • 3
This course will assist students to explore current social trends and issues facing professional contemporary practices in nursing today. Analysis of the contemporary image of nursing and the student’s own beliefs regarding nursing issues will be explored. Students will familiarize themselves with the requirements of the California Nurse Practice Act, ANA standards, and the JCAHO standards of practice. The course will also include factors and trends that influence health care in the U.S. and the world. Students will have the opportunity to analyze political, legislative and regulatory policies.
  • PHI 467: Bioethics and Health Care Professionals
  • 3
An examination of ethical issues raised by modern advances in healthcare and biological research. Students will examine both philosophical and theological approaches to ethics. Special attention will be given to contemporary developments in both religious and philosophical ethics and to possibilities of dialogue between philosophical theories, religious voices and biblical ethics. Study of philosophical and theological approaches will be closely tied to a range of concrete cases and narratives likely to be encountered by today’s healthcare professionals.

Students must maintain a grade of a “C” or better to stay in the program. If a student receives a grade of a “C-” or lower in a nursing course, that course may be repeated once. Throughout progression, students have the option to take a semester or session off and still remain in the program.

  • Prerequisite Courses
  • 12 Units
  • Anatomy
  • 4
  • Physiology
  • 4
  • Microbiology
  • 4
  • Support Courses
  • 27 Units
  • Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 4
  • General Psychology
  • 3
  • Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
  • 3
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology (birth to death)
  • 3
  • Nutrition
  • 3
  • Pharmacology
  • 2
  • Statistics (must be taken before NURS 405: Nursing Research)
  • 3
  • NTHL 101: Foundations in Christian Theology
  • 3
  • NTHL 201 or 202: Old/New Testament
  • 3

With the exception of NTHL 101 and NTHL 201/202, students may transfer all required support course units from coursework already completed at a regionally accredited institution. Coursework will be evaluated for transferability at the time of application.

Learning How to Care.

Students in Concordia University's nursing program explain how the program taught them to blend science with care for patients, and created a rewarding experience.

Prof. Linda Murphy
Nursing Faculty

Committed to Caring

Making a difference in caring for others is at the heart of our Christian mission and our nursing philosophy. You will learn from faculty who understand and are passionate about the emotional connection with the heart, mind, spirit, and practice of teaching nursing for future generations. Our faculty are experienced experts in their fields and dedicated to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to share the Gospel and care for all of God’s people by promoting advanced nursing studies for leadership and education.

Tuition and fees.

Let us help you find the answers. Our financial aid counselors will be happy to meet with you to discuss financial aid opportunities and strategies to obtain your B.S. degree. Concordia is well known for its individualized attention. We are here to help!

RN to BSN students are eligible to receive Excellence in Nursing Scholarship of $4,000 is distributed during your 'Core Nursing Coursework' over six terms (13 courses) when you maintain continuous enrollment in the program. Dual enrolled students will receive a tuition discount per credit, and may take up to 9 units. Once fully admitted you are eligible for the Excellence in Nursing Scholarship of $3,820 is distributed during your 'Core Nursing Coursework' over six terms (12 courses) when you maintain continuous enrollment in the program.

For more information about this scholarship, please call us at (949) 214-3280.

2018-2019 tuition and fees are listed here for your convenience, but are subject to change without notice.

Nursing Tuition Summer '18 Fall '18/ Spring '19

Application Fee (Non-Refundable)



International Application Processing Fee



Graduation Fee

  graduation fee
RN to BSN $490/Unit $490/Unit
Student Service Fee (RN to BSN) $25/semester $25/semester
Shadow Virtual Classroom   $100/yearr
Health Assessment Fee   $100/year

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Admission requirements for acceptance to the RN to BSN program.

  1. RN to BSN applicants must have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited institution with the exception of Dual Enrollment students.
  2. Applicants must also hold a current unrestricted RN license from the state of California with the exception of Dual Enrollment students.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  4. Prerequisite courses must be at least 4 units with a laboratory component and completed with a grade of a “C” or better. Online science classes with online/virtual laboratories will not be accepted.
    • Human Anatomy
    • Human Physiology
    • Microbiology
  5. Submit an application to the RN to BSN program which can be found, along with the required forms here.

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