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Nursing & Health Professions | RN-BSN Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN)

 RN-BSN Program Highlights

  •  Our program is designed to help the working RN complete the BSN at a faster pace.
  • Complete your baccalaureate degree in 2.5 years while working.
  •   The accelerated curriculum format allows students to take two courses every 8 weeks, attending classes for 4 hours only one evening a week.
  •  Classes are offered on a 12-month calendar in a hybrid format that incorporates a blend of in-class, web-enhanced, and online course activities
  •  Learn, study, and graduate with a supportive cohort of other RNs as you progress through the program together.
  •  Take the unique opportunity to attend classes taught by well-regarded professors, some of whom have held prominent positions as managers, directors, and consultants in the health care system.
  •  Enjoy the benefits of a strong curriculum designed especially for RNs to improve critical thinking skills and self-confidence, enabling you to work more independently and efficiently in management and nursing specialty care areas.
  •  With support from a caring campus environment, learn to value and integrate knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences as a means of making nursing judgments and understanding the human experience.
  • Become well-prepared with new research, writing, computer, and leadership skills necessary to enter graduate school.
  •  Receive advanced placement if you have an associate degree in nursing and an active RN license in the US with eligibility for RN licensure in the District of Columbia.
  •  Receive credit for your previous general education courses and up to 32 credits for previous nursing courses.

Program Accreditation

The RN-BSN nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

RN-BSN Degree Credit Requirements

  • A minimum of 32 course credits must be taken in residence at Trinity Washington University in order to receive a Trinity degree.
  • 128 total course credits are required for graduation.
  • Up to 32 credits are awarded for nursing credits already taken, for nurses with an active RN license in the US with eligibility for RN licensure in the District of Columbia.
  • 32 Credits of RN-BSN upper level nursing courses are required to be taken at Trinity.
  • 6 credits of upper division general education electives (300 or 400 level courses) are required.

General Education Course Requirements

College Composition (3 credits)

Mathematics  (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

Introductory Sociology (3 credits)

Microbiology with lab (4 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology I with lab (4 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology II with lab (4 credits)

Information Literacy (3 credits)

Statistics (3 credits)

Public Speaking (3 credits)

Intercultural Communication (or Spanish for the Workplace) (3 credits)

Introduction to Biology (or an elective) (3 credits)

Chemistry (4 credits)

Nutrition (3 credits)

Bioethics (3 credits)

General education elective (3 credits)

Upper division general education electives (6 credits)

Upper Level RN-BSN Nursing Courses

NURS 310    Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)

NURS 310L  Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1 credit)

NURS 320    Policy and Politics in Nursing (3 credits)

NURS 325    Contemporary Issues in Nursing and Health Care (3 credits)

NURS 330    Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

NURS 410    Leadership and Management in Health Care (3 credits)

NURS 415    Pharmacology and Complementary/Alternative Therapies (3 credits)

NURS 420     Community and Public Health Nursing (3 credits)

NURS 420C   Community and Public Health Nursing Clinical (2 credits)

NURS 430      Emergency Nursing and Illness Prevention (3 credits)

NURS 485      Nurisng of Older Adults and Vulnerable Populations (3 credits)

NURS 490      RN Capstone (3 credits)

Major Admission Requirements

  • Submission of official transcripts showing completion of Associate
    Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing
  • Successful completion of all courses with a grade of “C” or higher
  • Overall GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of a valid RN license in a US jurisdiction
  • A current, active RN license in the District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia is required to be eligible to register for clinical rotation
  • Non-academic clinical requirements include CPR certification, liability insurance, and health credentials as required by the various clinical agencies

Apply for Admission to our RN-BSN Program

If you are currently a registered nurse and are interested in Trinity’s RN-BSN Nursing Program, please visit the Admission to RN-BSN Program page to request more information and to apply. 

For more information about Trinity's School of Nursing and Health Professions, please contact the Office of Admissions at (800) 492-6882 or via e-mail at

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