Nursing (BSN)


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Nursing Department

Program Description

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program is designed for the registered nurse who wishes to advance his or her knowledge in nursing, the sciences, and the liberal arts. The program helps the registered nurse develop analytic and communication skills for professional excellence.

The BSN curriculum focuses on holistic health promotion for the individual student, the profession, the individual client, the family, groups, and the community. There is a strong emphasis on the nurse's personal development, the needs and future of the profession, and the broad, accountable nursing role that is needed and expected by today's health care consumer. The program prepares the registered nurse for generalist nursing practice. A variety of faculty members, student experiences, and learning environments are used to meet program and individual student goals.

Students at the main Webster Groves campus and online students have an entry term in August of each calendar year. Our corporate partner locations, SSM and BJC have an entry term in January of each calendar year. The program is tailored to working adults, offering part-time enrollment and eight-week terms. To accommodate individuals' unique learning preferences, classes are offered in two formats: face-to-face or online. Students may attend evening face-to-face classes at the Webster Groves campus or at our St. Louis-area corporate partner sites. Registered nurses licensed in the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri or South Carolina can take advantage of our convenient online program.

The RN-BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Utilize information technology in professional nursing practice.
  • Apply principles of health promotion and prevention to individuals, groups, and populations.
  • Integrate research and evidence-based practice in professional nursing practice.
  • Apply leadership principles to promote a culture of quality care and patient safety.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the impact of health policy and finance, social, political, and regulatory processes on the healthcare system.
  • Collaborate with clients and other healthcare professionals to promote quality care.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in nursing practice.
  • Partner with individuals, families, and communities to advocate for high-quality health care in a diverse, global society.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 31 credit hours in upper division nursing coursework
  • 3 credit hours in the required Global Keystone Seminar
  • 26 credit hours in designated prerequisite courses
  • 32 credit hours of lower-division nursing coursework
  • 36 elective hours

Global Citizenship Program for Nursing RN-BSN:

  • FRSH 1200: First Year Seminar (satisfied by an Associate Degree in Nursing or an Associate in Applied Science Degree)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (satisfied by prerequisite Humanities course)
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’ (satisifed by prerequisite Psychology and Sociology courses)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’ or ‘Arts Appreciation’ (satisfied by prerequisite course in second language or arts appreciation)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ (satisfied by prerequisite Microbiology course)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Quantitative Literacy’ (satisfied by prerequisite Statistics course)
  • KEYS 4XXX: Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements are satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

RN-BSN students are required to take at least 30 credit hours at Webster University.


Required Courses
  • NURS 3010 Concepts of Professional Nursing (3 hours)
  • NURS 3020 Health Assessment (4 hours)
  • NURS 3030 Communication and Information Literacy (3 hours)
  • NURS 3270 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 hours)
  • NURS 3400 Health Education in Nursing Practice (3 hours)
  • NURS 3410 Family Health Promotion (3 hours)
  • NURS 4060 Gerontology (3 hours)
  • NURS 4240 Nursing Leadership and Management (4 hours)
  • NURS 4250 Community Health Nursing (5 hours)
  • Global Keystone Seminar (3 hours)


All registered nurse (RN) applicants must successfully establish college credit hours in the following areas:

  • English (3 hours)
  • General Psychology (3 hours)
  • General Sociology (3 hours)
  • Microbiology (3 hours)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (5 hours)
  • Statistics (3 hours)
  • Humanities (3 hours)
  • Second language study or arts appreciation (3 hours)

Special Requirements

To progress through the program, nursing courses (NURS) must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. In addition, in courses with a clinical component, students must receive a grade of “Satisfactory” in the clinical portion of the course in order to pass the course. Unsatisfactory completion of the clinical component of the course results in automatic failure of the course. Students may repeat a specific nursing course only one time, and no more than two nursing courses may be repeated during the program.


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements and review the Special Admission Requirements listed below specific for the RN-BSN program.

Special Admission Requirements:

RN-BSN applicants must also:

  • Provide proof of current RN license or be eligible for licensure as an RN in the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri or South Carolina, with a scheduled NCLEX exam within three months of beginning the program
  • Provide transcripts from nursing school and all colleges from which academic credit has been granted
  • Demonstrate a GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale in previous scholastic work
  • Complete the Webster University undergraduate application and submit the application fee
  • Submit a resume
  • Pre-admission interview with a nursing faculty member

Supplemental application materials should be sent to:

Office of Admissions 
470 East Lockwood Ave. 
St. Louis, MO 63119-3194 USA
OR submit electronically to: