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MacMurray College is committed to providing registered nurses with the opportunity to advance their careers through a smooth transition into baccalaureate nursing education. The RN to BSN program is designed to help students

Courses are designed to remain contemporary while also outcome oriented.

The program features a fully-online, asynchronous, cohort format. There are ten eight-week courses. By taking two courses a session, students may complete the program in ten months. Students who wish to go part-time may take one course a session.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at MacMurray College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Admissions Criteria



COM 102. Professional Communication: Advanced Argumentation. (3) This course focuses on the skills necessary for successful research writing. Advanced Argumentation emphasizes strong thesis development, useful research strategies, and the syntheses of evidence using proper documentation.

COM 103. Professional Communication: Speaking. (3) This course teaches students how to prepare and deliver informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. Communications emphasizes public speaking etiquette (both verbal and non-verbal), argumentation, organization, citation of evidence, delivery, and the use of visual aids.


NURS 323. Statistics. (3) This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistical procedures and probability. At the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical procedures and probability; analyze data using descriptive, inferential, and elementary probability procedures; and explain conclusions about data using statistical methods.

NURS 349. Role Transitions in Nursing. (3) This course addresses role development and socialization, with students identifying various role conflicts that can occur in the transition to baccalaureate education. Students are oriented to online learning and begin development of a learning portfolio that validates their current achievements and growth throughout the program. (RN to BSN students only.)

NURS 350. Health Assessment & Promotion Across the Lifespan. (3) Health promotion and disease prevention principles are addressed as students expand their knowledge of holistic assessment. Teaching and learning principles are reviewed with emphasis on delivery patient-centered teaching that reflects developmental stage, age, culture, and health literacy considerations. (RN to BSN students only.)

NURS 402. Evidence-based Nursing Care. (3) This course emphasizes the utilization of current research findings as a means to improve nursing outcomes. The research process is reviewed with emphasis on distribution and critique. (RN to BSN students only.)

NURS 440. Health Care Policy, Finance, & Regulatory Environments. (3) Students explore the impact of sociocultural, economic, legal, and political factors influencing health care delivery and practice. Health care financing, policies, and regulatory standards are discussed in relation to their effects on patient care quality, healthcare disparities, and resource management. The history of nursing provides a framework for discussing contemporary concepts of empowerment, power, and politics.

NURS 412. Family & Community Nursing. (3) In this course, students apply family and population-focused nursing principles to address the needs of families and communities. Epidemiological principles, public health principles, environmental health, and global health issues are also included in this course. Students use the nursing process to address an area of need they identify in a family, group, or community. (RN to BSN students only.)

NURS 443. Issues in Nursing Leadership. (3) Emphasis is placed on functioning effectively and collaboratively as a member of the health care team. The course addresses collaboration, communication, decision-making, and initiatives to promote high-quality, cost-effective nursing care in complex organizational systems. National quality standards are examined, and the student collaborates with the interdisciplinary team to design and initiate efforts to improve the quality of health care delivery. (RN to BSN students only.)

Value Conflicts

VC 347. Value Conflicts in the Western Tradition: The High Middle Ages Through the Enlightenment. (3) Focuses on the ideas of the High Middle Ages through the 18th century, with primary readings from those periods. Students will be acquainted with the social, political, and religious environments in which texts were written and asked to explore connections between historical contexts and contemporary issues. Issues to be addressed may include the development of individualism and rise of humanism, changing epistemologies, religious schism and toleration, women and the social construction of gender roles, ethnocentrism, and the promotion of natural rights.