The Creighton University College of Nursing RN to BSN Program is designed for the practicing professional registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma degree who desires to obtain a Baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN-BSN Degree Program emphasizes both theory and clinical learning experiences in the areas of outcomes management, care coordination and transition, cost-quality initiatives, and population health management.

Creighton University requires 128 semester credit hours to be awarded a baccalaureate degree.  Students in the RN-BSN program will be required to complete 33 credit hours of nursing (NUR) courses as outlined in the Degree Requirements/Curriculum.  These courses will be completed at Creighton University.  Forty-three (43) credit hours will be validated for prior nursing course work and licensure as an RN.  The program of study also includes 52 credit hours of required courses that support the nursing (NUR) courses in the program. A minimum of 32 credits hours must be earned at Creighton University. Students in this program will also take 33 credit hours of nursing (NUR) courses as outlined in the program of study.

A flexible transfer policy is in place for courses taken in previous programs and for courses taken concurrently as support courses for the RN to BSN program. Pre-requisites are comparable to the traditional program BSN program.While many of the support courses are completed in previous educational programs prior to enrollment in the RN to BSN curriculum, some support courses may also be completed while enrolled in the RN to BSN courses, provided pre-requisite courses are met.Support courses must be completed prior to completion of the nursing courses in the RN to BSN curriculum.


Registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited associate degree program or diploma program in nursing, who show evidence of consistent academic ability, and are eligible for licensure in Nebraska, may apply directly to the College of Nursing, Admissions Office. Applicants must submit an application to the College of Nursing.

Admission to the College of Nursing is a two-tiered process.Acceptance is conditional until all steps in both tiers are successfully completed.

  1. Academic acceptance is based solely on academic credentials
    1. Official college transcripts
    2. Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above
    3. Copy of current unencumbered nursing license
    4. Two letters of reference, one from the dean or director of the basic nursing program and one from the most recent nursing employer.  If the applicant graduated longer than three years ago, both reference letters should be from employers (clinical practice managers or charge nurse supervisors).
  2. Validation of the applicants’ ability to meet the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor requirements of the nursing curriculum, with or without reasonable accommodations, consistent with the American Disabilities Act, is required.
    1. Full acceptance into the College of Nursing is conditional upon receipt and approval of the “Safety & Technical Standards” (S&T) form.
    2. The S&T form is sent to the applicant with the letter informing of conditional academic acceptance and is to be returned within fourteen (14) days.
    3. If the “Safety & Technical Standards” form is approved, the applicant is granted full admission. If there are any concerns about the “S&T Standards” form, a follow-up letter will be sent addressing the issues raised by the form and the status of the conditional admission into the College of Nursing.
    4. Any requests for accommodations will be evaluated to determine the adequacy of the supporting documentation and the reasonableness of the requested accommodation.
    5. All current students verify that they meet these technical standards on an annual basis.  

Conditions of Enrollment:

  1. Certain conditions of enrollment must be met to insure access to placement in clinical settings.
    1. Completion of immunizations required of all Creighton University Health Sciences students
      1. A complete listing of required immunizations may be found at Participation in clinical experiences is dependent upon the completion of these immunizations.
    2. Background investigation of all current and fully accepted students
    3. Drug testing consistent with clinical agency contracts
    4. Completion of physical examination to provide evidence that the student is free from contagious disease and not a health hazard to patients in various settings.
    5. Completion of certification in Basic Life support (BLS). Either Red Cross “Basic Life Support for Professional Rescuer” or American Heart Association “Health Care Provider” are accepted. Courses should be labeled “professional level” and include instruction on Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).
  2. The College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students. The ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. All international applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have obtained a high school diploma or degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 600 on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 100 on the Internet-Based Test (IBT). Score over two years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS(testing agency) to send original TOEFL scores to Creighton University(Institutional Code 6121).  The College of Nursing reserved the right to require students to re-take the exam.  It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States university.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN to BSN Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)

NUR 300Transition to Online Baccalaureate Education1
Session I
NUR 315Outcomes Management & Care Coordination I: The Nurse's Role in Care Transition3
NUR 319Leadership Seminar I: Self-Inquiry1
NUR 205Health Assessment Across the Lifespan lab for RNs1
NUR 200Statistical Reasoning3
or CPS 170 Power, Privilege and Difference
Session II
NUR 335Outcomes Management & Care Coordination II: Teamwork & Collaboration3
NUR 340Leadership Seminar II: Exploration of Leadership1
NUR 350Professional Portfolio1
NUR 200Statistical Reasoning3
or CPS 170 Power, Privilege and Difference
Session III
NUR 356Outcomes Management & Care Coordination III: Healthcare Environment3
NUR 345Leadership Seminar III: Systems-Based Leadership1
NUR 360Research & Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR 365Ethical Principles in Health Care2
Session IV
NUR 460Outcomes Management and Care Coordination IV: Population-Based Care Integration3
NUR 478Leadership Seminar IV: Leadership and Population-Based Care Integration1
NUR 486Healthcare Policy, Regulation, and Finance2
NCR 212Conflict Engagemnt/Negotiation3
Session V
NUR 465Outcomes Management and Care Coordination V: Capstone3
NUR 490Leadership Seminar II: Exploration of Leadership2
Total Credits40


Professors: Mary Kunes-Connell PhD, RN, Joan M. Lappe PhD, RN, FAAN, Ann Laughlin PhD, RN, Mary Tracy RN, PhD

Associate Professors: Amy Abbott PhD, RN, Helen Stanton Chapple PhD, RN, MA, MSN, Cindy Costanzo PhD, RN, Maribeth Hercinger PhD, RN, Julie Manz PhD, APRN, Catherine O'Keefe DNP, APRN, Lori Rubarth PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, Anne Schoening PhD, RN, CNE, Nancy Shirley PhD, RN, CNE, Martha Todd PhD, APRN

Assistant Professors: Marilee Aufdenkamp MS, RN, Sara Banzhaf MSN, RN, Nancy Bredenkamp PhD, APRN, Catherine A. Carrico DNP, APRN-NP, Susan Connelly DNP, APRN-NP, Amy Cosimano EdD, RN, Rebecca Davis DNP, APHN-BC, Elizabeth Flott MSN, RN, Joely Goodman MSN, RN, Cynthia Hadenfeldt RN, MSN, EdD, Ann Harms EdD, RN-APRN-CS, Kimberly Hawkins PhD, APRN, Lindsay Iverson DNP, APRN-NP, ACNP-BC, Mandy Kirkpatrick MSN, RN-BC, Kandis McCafferty PhD, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Margo Minnich DNP, RN, Patricia Nilsson MS, RN, CS, P. Ann Oertwich MSN, RN, Jane Parks RN, MSN, Meghan Potthoff MSN, APRN, Hilarie Price MSN, RN, Lorraine Rusch PhD, RN, CNE, Cindy Selig DNP, APRN, RNC-OB, Cindy Slone EdD, RN, CEN, Barbara Synowiecki MSN, APRN, C-PNP, Jenna Woster PhD, RN, FCN, GRN, Amy Yager DNP, APRN, FNP

Instructors: Sarah Ball MSN, RN, Trisha Beiermann MSN, RN, CVRN-BC, Jacqueline Hanks MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, Jacqueline Miller MSN, RN

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Anna Nolette MSN, RN, Misty Schwartz PhD, RN, Ali Whittaker EdD, RN