B.S. in Nursing

Take charge of your nursing career with an online RN to BSN

In nursing, a baccalaureate-level education matters. In fact, a national goal set by the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of the nursing workforce earn a bachelor’s degree by the year 2020. Why? Studies show that when the percentage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses is higher, so are patient outcomes. Elevate patient care while you accelerate your career with Franklin University’s B.S. Nursing. Our RN-to-BSN degree-completion program can help strengthen both your clinical and leadership competencies.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Real-World Practitioners

Benefit from the experience of healthcare professionals.

Industry-Aligned Curriculum

Learn from a curriculum informed by leading professional standards.

Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with other work-life commitments.

Hands-On Simulations

Gain practical experience through media-rich virtual activities and gaming.

Program Overview

Prepare for management with our accelerated online RN to BSN program

Our transfer-friendly B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree-completion program is designed specifically for registered nurses with an associate degree (ADN) or nursing diploma. Earn your online RN to BSN fast, with our accelerated program comprised of 9, six-week, online courses that fit your life and schedule.

The accelerated online RN to BSN program at Franklin will make you more marketable. Thanks to the industry’s need for quality nurses to replace an aging workforce combined with organizations seeking Magnet Recognition, employers are becoming more selective about their hires. Many are looking to hire, promote, and retain nurses who’ve earned their BSN. That’s why demand for credentialed nurses and nurse leaders is projected to grow at a rate faster than the national average through 2025.

Engage in rigorous coursework that takes you to the next level

Franklin’s rigorous coursework is an efficient way to build on your existing education and experience, helping you acquire the expertise needed to advance your career. You’ll gain the skills healthcare providers are actively looking for in these key areas: nursing leadership and management, clinical competence, personalized medicine, evidence-based practice, community and population health, health informatics, and healthcare law and ethics.

You’ll complete your degree online through a series of engaging, media-rich, hands-on classes. And because Franklin’s RN to BSN degree program addresses current nursing trends and evidence-based practice, your education and credentials will be more attractive to hiring managers, and provide strong preparation for graduate-level coursework.

Get prepared to meet contemporary, on-the-job challenges

With the latest technology-based learning and assessment tools, our fast track RN to BSN program features simulations, gaming, video, audio, and live classroom activities through a convenient online format.

In fact, you’ll be involved in clinical scenarios which are played out through virtual community simulations and activities. In these virtual scenarios, you’ll be immersed in following patients’ start-to-finish health issues, utilizing the same skills you'll need in real clinical situations.

Earn an accredited RN-BSN

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Franklin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Our nursing program curriculum reflects The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, as established by The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Coursework is also informed by the American Nurses Association (ANA) Code of Ethics, Healthy People 2020, and Quality and Safety in Education of Nurses (QSEN), so you can be confident your degree will prepare you with the up-to-date knowledge you need to advance your nursing career.

Save money and get the latest information impacting nurses

What you won’t have as a nursing student at Franklin is a list of costly nursing textbooks to buy. There are no required textbooks, e-books, or software purchases for BSN courses. You’ll fuel your learning with the most up-to-date information provided through online library resources. Your sources include videos, research from outside organizations, and e-books that are integrated into your coursework at no cost. 

In addition to saving hundreds of dollars, you’ll benefit by getting different perspectives on trending issues and the latest treatment options rather than being limited to those from one author or publisher. Also, since all the resources are online – you’ll have your course materials readily available anywhere you have an internet connection. 

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes online or pursue available coursework at our Main Campus. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today.

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CCNE Accredited Nursing Program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Franklin University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Curriculum & Course Descriptions

120 Semester Hours
Fundamental General Education Core (24 hours)
English Composition

Choose a minimum of 3 semester hours from:

ENG 120 - College Writing (4)
In this course, students acquire the writing competence necessary for conducting and presenting research. A variety of assignments, beginning with personal reflections, build upon one another, as students develop ideas that respond to, critique, and synthesize the positions of others. Students systematize and organize knowledge in ways that will help them in all of their courses. The course also emphasizes the elements of good writing style, appropriate grammar and mechanics, clarity of language, and logical and cohesive development. It culminates in submission of a documented research paper.

*If the course does not have a research paper component, ENG 130 Research Paper, two semester credits, is also required.


Choose a minimum of three semester hours from:
(At least one mathematics or statistics course beyond the level of intermediate algebra)

MATH 160 - College Algebra (4)
This course is designed to prepare students for Applied Calculus and Discrete Mathematics and to provide the mathematical background needed for the analytic reasoning used in other courses. Topics include functions and their graphs, including exponential and logarithmic functions; complex numbers; systems of equations and inequalities; matrices; basic principles of counting and probability; and other selected topics.
MATH 210 - Finite Mathematics (4)
This course includes such topics as matrices, solutions of simultaneous linear equations using matrix methods, graphic and simplex solutions to linear programming problems, set theory, counting problems (including permutations and combinations), probability theory (including Bayes' theorem), Markov chains, and the mathematics of finance. Game theory may be discussed if time permits. Applications in business, economics, and management are emphasized. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see http://www.franklin.edu/financial-aid/tuition-fees /e-textbooks for specific charges.
MATH 215 - Statistical Concepts (4)
This course introduces the student to statistics with business applications. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics included are: measures of central tendency; measures of dispersion; graphical displays of data; linear regression; basic probability concepts; binomial and normal probability distributions; confidence intervals; and hypothesis testing. These topics will be covered using a basic knowledge of algebra and Microsoft Excel.

Choose MATH 150 Fundamental Algebra as the prerequisite. Course can count as a University elective.


Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

SCIE 210 - Understanding Science: Principles, Practice, & Theory (2)
Understanding Science: Principles, Practice & Theory is a two credit hour course that introduces students to the major themes, processes, and methods common to all scientific disciplines. Students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate all kinds of phenomena, scientific, pseudoscientific, and other. The focus is on the nature of science so students will develop an understanding of how science works and develop an appreciation for the process by which we gain scientific knowledge.
SCIE 211 - Introduction to Scientific Analysis & Reasoning (4)
Introduction to Scientific Analysis and Reasoning is a four credit hour course consisting of three credit hours of lecture and one credit hour of laboratory. This course is an introduction to critical thinking on statistical and scientific claims. The student will develop the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze and evaluate popular sources of (mis)information and to better understand and evaluate all sorts of scientific claims and arguments. The focus of the course is on students developing thoughtful and critical use of scientific information and research to be able to separate truth from deception and make decisions that affect their personal lives and roles as informed and engaged citizens.

*Two science courses, with one having a laboratory component.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

Choose from the Anthropology, Economics, Psychology, or Sociology discipline, or POSC 204 American Government.

*The six semester hours must come from at least two different disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Choose a minimum of 6 semester hours from:

HUMN 210 - Intro to Logic & Critical Thinking Skill (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve as a critical, logical thinker. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. You will discover how to apply these valuable skills to your studies and everyday life, learning how to overcome obstacles to critical thinking, and how to avoid being deceived by means of misleading reasoning.
HUMN 211 - Intro to Ethical Analysis & Reasoning (2)
The goal of this course is to help you improve your ethical analysis and reasoning skills. You will be introduced to the art of formulating and assessing ethical arguments according to the standards of logical thinking and critical analysis. In this course, you will discover how to apply the following questions to your job and everyday life. Why do we need ethics if we have laws to govern our behavior' Does the majority view determine what is ethical and what is not' Are feelings, desires, and preferences reliable ethical guides' Is it ever appropriate to criticize another individual's (or culture's) ethical judgment' Are people always responsible for their actions' Do human beings have a natural tendency to good, a natural tendency to evil' both' neither' Is there a single moral code that is binding on all people, at all times, and in all places'
HUMN 218 - World Religions (4)
A comparative study of the founders, sacred writings, beliefs and practices of some of the major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This course enables the student to study and compare the leading religions of the world in light of their historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore faith traditions other than their own. Common themes across religions, spiritual practice, and current related cultural and political issues will also be considered.
HUMN 232 - Introduction to Literature (4)
In this course, students will analyze works from the three major literary genres: poetry, drama, and fiction. Students will become familiar with standard vocabulary and approaches specific to the field of literary criticism and consider the importance of literature in contemporary society. The goal of this course is to encourage students to read for pleasure (engage with the text on an emotional level) while also moving towards a more objective consideration of literature by introducing the fundamentals of close reading and literary analysis.
HUMN 240 - Popular Culture (4)
An introductory course that examines basic concepts in popular culture studies and the role popular arts and artifacts play in shaping cultural values. The course covers basic theories and approaches to topics like best sellers, popular music, popular art forms, cultural heroes from the sports and entertainment worlds and other popular phenomena.
HUMN 246 - Film Appreciation (4)
This course is an introduction to the art of film intended to enable students to become more knowledgeable, appreciative and critical viewers. The course covers the major areas of film: narrative, documentary, animated and experimental. While some film history is covered, this course emphasizes understanding key elements in the filmmaking process: scripting, filming, editing, acting, directing, promoting and distributing. Students will be required to view and write critical reviews of films screened both in and out of class.
Additional General Education Requirements (12 hours)
PF 321 - Learning Strategies (2)
This course prepares students to be successful lifelong learners both academically and in their chosen careers. Franklin courses require a high level of self-directed learning and focus on skills required in the workplace and the classroom that are easily transferable between the two environments. The course includes strategies for advancing communication skills, including the use of electronic tools to participate in virtual environments. The assignments and activities in the course are created to closely simulate teamwork found in the workplace.
COMM 150 - Interpersonal Communication (4)
By using applied critical and creative thinking, students in this course will develop a set of communication skills that will enhance their personal and professional relationships and endeavors. This course will focus on skill development in key areas such as self, perception, listening, verbal messages, conversations, relationships, conflict management, persuasion, and public speaking.
OR SPCH 100 - Speech Communication (4)
This public-speaking course emphasizes the fundamentals of extemporaneous speaking. Skill-building activities and assignments focus on research, organization, reasoning, style and delivery of presentations as well as listening and audience engagement.

General Education Elective (6)

University Electives (26 hours)
  • Any undergraduate courses offered by the University except developmental education courses.

Technical Credit (24 hours)

24 credit hours of transfer credit from a diploma or associate degree registered nursing program.

Major Area (34 hours)
HIM 350 - Health Informatics (4)
This course will cover the history of health informatics, design and challenges of informatics infrastructure, and current issues. Topics will include HIPAA and other legislation, application of electronic health records, and other clinical and administrative applications of health information systems.
OR HIM 702 - Health Information Governance (4)
This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.
HCM 442 - Legal Aspects of Healthcare Management (4)
Individuals in the healthcare industry face ever changing legal and ethical trends in their environment. Practitioners, therefore, need to develop specific skills to evolve into the role of a change agent in order to manage these trends. This course will provide the student with the skills necessary to mitigate liability through risk management principles, develop relationship management skills, apply an ethical decision-making framework, incorporate employment law procedures, and manage communication.
OR HCM 742 - Healthcare Laws and Ethics (4)
In this course the student will develop a strong foundation of health law, enabling them to deal with common legal and practical moral and ethical issues facing the healthcare organization on a daily basis. Topics will include statutory laws, rules and regulations, review of tort laws, criminal law, contract law, civil procedures and trial practice. The student will examine numerous legal, moral, and ethical issues.
OR HCM 752 - Health Policy (4)
This course will explore the essential conceptual and analytical understanding of health policymaking and politics, including their impact on health administration and leadership. Selected policy issues will be explored through the application of political concepts and behavioral models, including a system model of policymaking. The emphasis will be on understanding the health leaders approach to the policymaking system, become involved in it, and work through it to attain their objectives and those of their organization.
NURS 310 - Transition to Professional Nursing (4)
This course is designed to facilitate transition into the study of professional nursing. The course introduces the scope and theoretical foundations of the nursing profession, with emphasis on the societal mandate for nursing, legal parameters of practice, critical thinking and communication.
NURS 325 - Health Assessment & Promotion (4)
This course is designed to broaden and enhance the professional nurse's knowledge and skills in health promotion and holistic assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Students will explore concepts of assessment and health promotion, disease, and injury prevention. Emphasis is placed on recognizing deviation from normal and assessing physiological, psychosocial, developmental, spiritual, environmental, genetic, and cultural dimensions while completing a comprehensive health assessment.
NURS 425 - Genetics in Nursing & Healthcare (2)
This course explores genetic concepts and principles related to human variation in health and disease. Current evidence on selected disorders including immunity and cancer will be explored with emphasis on clinical application. Political, social, and ethical issues impacted by recent advances such as genetic engineering, gene therapy, reproductive technology and Human Genome Project will be analyzed. This clinical application of moral, ethical, and legal issues will be integrated throughout the course.
NURS 435 - Nurs Research & Evidence-Based Practice (4)
This course provides an overview of the research process including methodology, design and interpretation of findings. Students will study basic statistics relevant to interpreting research findings. The integration of current evidence including nursing and healthcare research to guide nursing practice and promote high quality and safe patient care outcomes is emphasized.
NURS 445 - Community Health Nursing (4)
The focus of this course is the professional nurse's role in working with aggregates in the community. This course presents the theory, concepts and practice of community health nursing. The components of health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level in order to improve the health of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations are emphasized. The health attitudes, beliefs and practices of culturally diverse populations are explored.
NURS 455 - Leadership & Mgmt for Professional Nurse (4)
This course focuses on theories and principles of leadership and management in health care environments. Organizational mission, vision, and strategic planning quality improvement, patient safety, motivation and change theory as applied to health care systems are explored. Effective communication with health care professionals, individuals and groups to promote high quality and safe patient care is emphasized.
NURS 498 - Nursing Capstone (4)
This culminating course is designed to provide the baccalaureate nursing student with an opportunity to demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills acquired throughout the RN-BSN program. Students will integrate theories and concepts from arts, humanities, science, and professional nursing to develop a capstone project.
Additional Requirements

All students are required to pass College Writing (ENG 120), and either Basic Learning Strategies (PF 121) or Learning Strategies (PF 321) prior to enrolling in any course at the 200 level or above. Students who enroll at Franklin with 30 or fewer hours of transfer credit are required to pass PF 121 Basic Learning Strategies in place of PF 321 Learning Strategies. Interpersonal Communication (COMM 150) or Speech Communication (SPCH 100) must be taken prior to enrolling in any course at the 300 level or above. Students must also meet the University algebra competency requirement.

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Career Opportunities

Community Agency Director

Community agency directors plan and execute strategies that produce optimum outcomes related to population health, disaster planning, and community assessment.

Director of Nursing

Directors of Nursing oversee the performance of nurses and aides, while also implementing patient care services, and managing departmental reporting and budgets.

Nurse Manager

Nurse Managers plan unit activities and supervise personnel charged with nursing care services.

Nursing Unit Manager

Nursing Unit Managers direct nursing activities for a specific unit of a facility, such as critical care or pediatrics, ensuring appropriate clinical practices and quality patient care.

Options for RNs

At Franklin University, we offer several options to help you achieve your ultimate career goals. Designed for RNs with an associate degree (ADN) or nursing diploma, Franklin’s BSN program and the RN to MSN pathway cater to the demanding schedule of a working nurse. 

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What is it? 

A nursing bachelor’s degree (BSN) program for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or nursing diploma.

What can I do with it?

Elevate your nursing practice and improve patient outcomes. Many healthcare systems prefer to hire, retain and promote RNs who have earned the BSN.

What will I learn?

Beginning nursing theory, practice and research.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?

The capstone course (NURS 498) requires a project. The RN to BSN can be completed 100 percent online. There is no clinical component.

How many courses are in the program?

120 credit hours with 34 hours (9 courses) in nursing; transfer credit from the associate degree (up to 94 credits) includes 24 hours of technical credit.

How quickly can I complete the program?

12 months

How much does the program cost?

See tuition and fees > 

Where can I learn more? 

See the RN to BSN program page > 

What is it? 

A pathway to a nursing master’s degree (MSN) for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or nursing diploma.

What can I do with it?

Take on administrative and leadership roles, as well as nurse educator positions.

What will I learn?

Advanced nursing theory, practice and research; focus on administration, education and informatics.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?

The capstone/practicum course (NURS 795) requires 80 hours of clinical time spent on-site with a preceptor at an approved healthcare setting.

How many courses are in the program?

42 credit hours; 12 courses 

How quickly can I complete the program?

21 months

How much does the program cost?

See tuition and fees >

Where can I learn more? 

See the MSN program page >

What is it? 

A pathway to a nursing master’s degree (MSN) with a nurse practitioner specialization (Family Nurse Practitioner) for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or nursing diploma.

What can I do with it?

Expand your clinical capabilities to manage patient care within the primary care setting as a family nurse practitioner.

What will I learn?

Advanced nursing theory, practice and research; focus on clinical application.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?

Clinical/Practicum courses: NURS 700 is 16 lab hours, NURS 701 is 150 clinical hours with a preceptor, NURS 702 is 150 clinical hours with a preceptor, NURS 703 is 150 clinical hours with a preceptor, NURS 790 (capstone) is 150 clinical hours with a preceptor (all at a healthcare site).

How many courses are in the program?

45 credit hours; 13 courses

How quickly can I complete the program?

30 months

How much does the program cost?

See tuition and fees > 

Where can I learn more? 

See the MSN-FNP program page >

What is it? 

A pathway to a nursing master’s degree (MSN) with a nurse administrator specialization (Nurse Administrator) for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or nursing diploma.

What can I do with it?

Take on administrative and leadership roles, as well as nurse educator positions.

What will I learn?

Advanced nursing theory, practice and research; focus on clinical application. You’ll examine the role of the nurse leader in the administration of healthcare delivery, management of change and interdisciplinary collaboration. Elective coursework enables you to tailor the program to your career interests with administrative topics outside of nursing.

Is there a clinical/capstone or practicum?

You’ll conclude your studies with a NURS 795, 12-week practicum that will be completed on-site in a healthcare setting.

How many courses are in the program?

37 credit hours; 10 courses

How quickly can I complete the program?

19 months

How much does the program cost?

See tuition and fees > 

Where can I learn more? 

See the MSN-ADM program page >

Employment Outlook


From 2018-2029 jobs in Nursing are expected to increase by 16%

All Occupations

3,005,211 jobs
3,479,592 jobs

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI).

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