Your RN-BS Degree Completion Plan



Your RN-BS Degree Completion Plan

St. Kate's will work with you to make the most of your previous college and work experience so you can move smoothly toward a timely — and affordable — completion of your bachelor's degree in nursing.  

You'll build on your previous experience with courses that will expand your capacity for leadership, critical and creative inquiry, communication, collaboration and compassionate care. Learning will improve your awareness of diversity, global perspectives, ethics and social justice, spirituality, and a holistic approach to clinical care.

How long will it take you to finish your B.S. in Nursing?

  • Upper-level courses for your Nursing major can be completed in 10-12 months. Most students start a semester or two (or more) before to take liberal arts and supporting courses. How long you'll spend taking liberal arts courses depends on how much previous college experience you have. 
  • If you have completed credits beyond your associate nursing degree, you can finish the program in as few as 1-2 years.
  • If you have completed only an associate degree, the program can be completed in 2 or more years.   

Choose your learning format:  "Hybrid" (Combining face-to-face meetings with online learning) or Online.  Find out more about learning formats and course scheduling »

Advance into the next phase of your nursing career. Contact your admission counselor to get started on making your degree plan.



Begin by transferring in as many as 100 credits from your associate degree in nursing and other previous college coursework, as approved. You'll take required liberal arts courses, courses to complete your nursing major, and elective credits (as needed) to accumulate the total (130) required for your bachelor's degree.

Contact your admission counselor for an "unofficial" transfer evaluation. She can help you understand which previous credits will likely transfer in, how close you are to your bachelor's, and your degree completion timeline.



While you can take some liberal arts courses at the same time as nursing courses, you need to have 100 credits completed, including a statistics course, before starting nursing courses. 

You may apply for admission to get started on liberal arts courses in fall or spring.

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • The Reflective Practitioner (4 cr.)
  • Global Search for Justice (4 cr.)

May be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college:

  • Theology — Christian based (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) — must be taken before nursing course sequence
  • Biomedical Ethics (4 cr.)
  • One additional course among the following: history, fine arts, literature, second language, global cultures (4 cr.)

If you need more credits to gain the 130 required for the bachelor's degree, you may also complete:

  • A professional portfolio (4-10 cr.). Document, reflect on and earn credit for learning gained in nursing and life.
  • As needed, electives in communications, healthcare economics, foreign language and more.



You may start the 22-credit nursing sequence in fall (September) or spring (February).  To be eligible to start nursing courses, you must have passed the NCLEX-RN exam and have some nursing work experience. To enroll in nursing courses, you must possess and maintain an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license. You must also have completed:

  • At least 82 semester credits in total, including statistics and CORE 2000:The Reflective Practitioner (or take CORE 2000 with your first nursing courses)

You'll take the following upper-level nursing courses, one concentrated course at a time:

  • Empirical Foundations (4 cr.)
  • Professional Nursing: Theories, Concepts and Practice (4 cr.)
  • Introduction to Public Health Nursing (3 cr.)
  • Population-Based Nursing Practice (4 cr.)
  • Leadership and Systems Change (4 cr.)
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Outcome Management (3 cr.)

You may start the course sequence in fall or spring.  if you start in fall semester (starts in September), you'll be done the following summer.  If you start in spring semester, you'll start at the beginning of February and finish one year later.  See our course scheduling page for details.

If you've already earned a bachelor's degree ...

Some students come into St. Kate's RN-BS Degree Completion having already completed a bachelor's degree (with a nursing major) and an associate nursing degree. If this applies to you, you'll be considered a "second degree" RN-BS Degree Completion student.  Second degree students take courses listed below.

Must be taken at St. Kate's:

  • One-year sequence of upper-level nursing courses, listed above (22 cr.)
  • The Reflective Practitioner/Global Search for Justice (4 cr.) — combined course

Additional liberal arts courses (may be transferred in if you've taken equivalent courses at another college):

  • Theology — Christian based (4 cr.)
  • College-level statistics (4 cr.) — must be taken before nursing course sequence
  • Biomedical ethics (4 cr.)

Upper-level nursing courses (22 credits — listed above) 

  • To start nursing courses, second-degree students must have completed the statistics course requirement, as well as all but two of the liberal arts courses listed above.