Nursing (BSN)

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If you are a Registered Nurse, Athens State University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program can help broaden your understanding of best practices in nursing and prepare you for leadership positions in a healthcare setting.

The RN to BSN nursing program, which can be completed 100% online or on-campus, provides a flexible, convenient pathway to a bachelor’s degree that can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Cohorts begin each fall, spring, and summer.

The RN to BSN curriculum prepares nurses to:

  • Provide professional quality care as a generalist that promotes patient safety.
  • Employ the elements of evidence-based practice, including evaluating evidence and integrating best practices into patient care.
  • Integrate ethics and ethical practice into all aspects of nursing care.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of healthcare policy, quality assurance, finance, and regulatory environments, including policy development, disparities in healthcare, and social factors that affect healthcare.
  • Exhibit proficiency in patient care technologies, healthcare information systems, interprofessional communication, collaboration, and relationship-building skills to support and improve patient health outcomes.
  • Implement health promotion and disease prevention strategies for individuals and populations including diverse, vulnerable populations, and cultures.
  • Apply nursing, organizational, and systems leadership concepts across health care settings.

RN to BSN Program Mission

The RN to BSN Program provides a pathway for success to registered nurses seeking a baccalaureate degree in nursing.  The program provides student-centered learning experiences in a supportive environment to prepare registered nurses to assume leadership positions, manage complex clinical care, and improve the health and welfare of the individuals and populations within their community and across the nation. The RN to BSN program fosters life-long personal and professional development and offers a variety of direct and indirect experiential learning opportunities to correlate student learning with contemporary health care systems.

RN to BSN Program Goals

The RN to BSN in Nursing program prepares the registered nurse to be a professional health care practitioner, who provides compassionate and ethical care, which is based on research and scientific evidence, and who serves the dynamic health care needs of the individual patient, family, community, or population, and the health care environment across the lifespan.


  • Minimum 36 earned transferable semester hours from regionally accredited institution(s) prior to term of admission
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Minimum 15 hours applicable to general education requirements
  • Eligible to return to previously attended colleges or universities
  • Current, unencumbered RN License

The University reserves the right to determine the applicability of any transfer credit toward the fulfillment of a student’s degree requirements at Athens State.


Dr. Mark Reynolds PhotoMark Reynolds, DNP, RN, COI >
Chief Nurse Administrator
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Founders Hall 335


Maria SteeleMaria Steele DNP, CRNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, PHNA-BC, CNE >
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
Founders Hall 348

Learning Partnerships

Athens State University and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has learning partnerships with Hunstville Hospital Health System, Crestwood Medical Center, and Cullman Regional Medical Center.

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