Nursing Major (B.S.N.) CPSO


The mission of the RN to BSN program is to prepare registered nurses to meet the dynamic health care needs of diverse populations in New Hampshire and beyond while working in collaborative, inter-professional and evidence-based practice environments. The program is accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Admissions Criteria
For full acceptance applicants must provide the following:
  • An active RN license issued from the state where the student is currently practicing; and
  • An Associate Degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited college or university OR a nursing diploma earned from a school of nursing or teaching hospital.

Conditionally admitted students who have submitted proof of conferred A.S. Nursing degree and not yet passed the NCLEX-RN® may only take non-NUR courses and NUR 600 Enhancing Your Nursing Career and may not proceed with other NUR courses until they have an active RN license.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credit Requirement: 120 credits
Minimum Residency Requirement: 30 credits must be taken at UNH
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 is required for conferral*
Core Curriculum Required: General Education Program
Major, Option and Elective Requirements as indicated.
*GPA: Major and any state certification GPA requirements may be higher and are indicated in program details.
A minimum grade of C- is required in all Major coursework. Some programs may have higher grade requirements for Major coursework as noted in the Major requirements section below. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor, and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor. Please note that Option requirements are considered part of the Major. Students must complete 16 upper-level credits in majors within the College of Professional Studies, Online.

Writing Program Requirements

All bachelor's degree candidates are required to complete four writing intensive courses as part of the University Writing Program Requirements as follows:

The Writing Process
One Writing Intensive course in the Major
One Writing Intensive course at the 600-level or above
One Additional Writing Intensive Course

Writing Intensive courses are identified with the label "Writing Intensive Course" in the "Attributes" section of the course description and/or a W following the course number.

Core Curriculum General Education Requirements-Satisfied with Associate Degree

An applicant with a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in another discipline will be required to take only the 30 credits of nursing courses, in addition to meeting the Writing Intensive requirements. MTH 504 Statistics will be required if not satisfied in transfer.

Major Requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all Major coursework. Students are allowed a maximum of two course overlaps. Overlaps can be used between Major, Minor and General Education requirements with only one overlap being utilized between the Major and Minor.

For CRIT 602, SOCI/SOSC Elective, and IDIS 601: Students who do not achieve a C or better may repeat each course one time only.

For all HLTC and NUR courses: Students are allowed to repeat only one of these required courses. Any other course failures may only be repeated with departmental approval. Subsequent failures will result in dismissal from the nursing program.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the major is required.

Prerequisite: Conferred Associate Degree in Nursing Required, Registered Nursing License Required

Prior to capstone enrollment, students are expected to complete the majority of their required major courses along with CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking  andIDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar. Students should consult with their advisor regarding specific major courses that may be completed with their capstone. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.

Major in Nursing
CRIT 602Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking4
IDIS 601Interdisciplinary Seminar4
Foundation Courses
HLTC 550The Emerging U.S. Health Care System4
HLTC 690Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services4
MTH 504Statistics4
NUR 600Enhancing Your Nursing Career2
Select one of the following:4
Any course with SOCI prefix
Any course with SOSC prefix
Intermediate Courses
NUR 615Evidence-Based Nursing 14
Advanced Courses
NUR 635The Nurse as Leader4
NUR 670Nursing Care of Populations4
NUR 700Nursing Implications of Genetics and Genomics4
NUR 740Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations4
HLTC 737Informatics for Health Professionals4
Integrative Capstone
NUR 795Integrative Capstone: Nursing Practicum4
Total Credits54

Statistics is a prerequisite for NUR 615 Evidence-Based Nursing as well as proof of conferred A.S. Nursing degree or nursing diploma. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed.


Open electives are courses students will need to take in addition to their general education and major requirements in order to satisfy the remaining credit totals for their programs. Open electives are defined as any credit course offered by the College not already included in the student's general education, major, option or minor. Students will need 120 credits total to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the Online Division of the College of Professional Studies.

This degree plan is a sample and does not reflect the impact of transfer credit or current course offerings. UNH CPS Online undergraduate students should develop individual academic plans with their academic advisor during their first year at UNH.

Sample Course Sequence - For students with conferred associate degree

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking 4
HLTC 550 The Emerging U.S. Health Care System 4
MTH 504 Statistics 4
NUR 600 Enhancing Your Nursing Career 2
IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar 4
HLTC 690 Law and Ethics for Health Care and Human Services 4
NUR 615 Evidence-Based Nursing 4
NUR 635 The Nurse as Leader 4
Second Year
HLTC 737 Informatics for Health Professionals 4
NUR 670 Nursing Care of Populations 4
NUR 700 Nursing Implications of Genetics and Genomics 4
NUR 740 Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations 4
NUR 795 Integrative Capstone: Nursing Practicum 4
Select any SOCI or SOSC course 4
Elective (as needed to reach 120 credits) 6
 Total Credits60
  • Deliver safe, competent, and compassionate care within frameworks of law and ethics to patients, families, and the diverse groups of a community.
  • Be productive citizens characterized by significant contributions to society that are enlightened by knowledge of health care policy and politics and how they affect health care and nursing practice.
  • Advocate locally and nationally for social justice and equity in healthcare accessibility and quality.
  • Use a variety of technologies to intervene in health-related problems of individuals, families, communities, and within the health care system.
  • Identify, evaluate, apply and/or compile evidence from a variety of resources to apply to health-related problems of individuals, families, communities, and the health care system.
  • Collaborate as a member and/or leader of teams characterized by effective communication and mutual respect that enhance the quality of health care services and their delivery.