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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN-BSN Option

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - RN-BSN Option has been designed for the Registered Nurse who already has an ASN degree or a diploma in nursing and desires a higher level degree. Students in the RN-BSN Option are RNs who want to expand their career and education options. This program prepares the RN to function at a professional level and to be a qualified candidate for graduate education.

The RN-BSN Option is located in two LMU locations: Main campus (Harrogate) and Cedar Bluff (Knoxville).

The RN-BSN Option will:

  • Prepare the baccalaureate nurse as a generalist, caring for individuals, families, community groups, and society at any point on the wellness-illness continuum.
  • Provide RN-BSN Option students with an opportunity for career mobility for the associate degree and diploma educated Registered Nurse.
  • Provide a foundation for continued education in nursing.


The baccalaureate undergraduate degree program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Furthermore, the baccalaureate undergraduate degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). ACEN is officially recognized as a national accrediting agency for nursing education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and by the U.S. Department of Education. ACEN may be contacted at:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404.975.5000

In order to be eligible for the RN-BSN Option, the applicant must apply to the RN-BSN, have an RN licensure, have an ASN from an accredited institution, and must have completed LMU’s BSN general education core curriculum requirements, or the equivalents of.

RN-BSN Nursing Curriculum

cr hrs

NURS 300 Transitions to Professional Nursing


NURS 310 Pharmacology to Promote Adaptation


NURS 330 Health Assessment of Humans as Adaptive Systems


NURS 340 Foundations of Nursing Informatics


NURS 350 Pathophysiology of Ineffective Human Responses


NURS 375 Promotion of Adaptation in Groups/Communities/Transcultural Societies


NURS 390 Promotion of Adaptation in the Elderly


NURS 430 Nursing Research


NURS 470 Professional Nursing Role Development/ Preceptorship


NURS 490 Senior Nursing Seminar for Registered Nurses


RN-BSN Option Total


NOTE: Students who hold a current registered nurse license making application to the RN-BSN Option will receive 31 upper-level nursing credit hours for proficiency validated by licensure. In order to receive credit hours for knowledge validated by licensure the registered nurse must:

  • Hold a current unrestricted registered nurse license in the State of Tennessee, or be licensed in a compact state.
  • Have been active in clinical practice for the last two years, or have graduated from a nursing program within the last year.
  • Have earned a grade of “C” or better in previous nursing courses.
  • Have completed 16 credit hours in the RN-BSN Program in the Caylor School of Nursing

Rev: 5/12