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Online RN to BSN Program

An online RN to BSN program where you won't feel alone

At SWU, we offer a Bachelors of Science in Nursing RN to BSN online degree designed for registered nurses who desire to advance their career and enrich their professional development.  According to the Nurse Journal, BSN graduates increase their earning potential and are more likely considered for career advancement.  Additionally, research indicates that nurses with a BSN have better patient outcomes and have higher proficiency in making good diagnoses.

The fully online RN to BSN program at SWU is a competency-focused program that will prepare students in specialized nursing professionalism and leadership. Graduates will develop Nurse of the Future competencies with magnified professionalism and leadership.  Coursework integrates faith, learning, and living within a health sciences learning community with emphasis on biblical principles, virtuous leadership, and evidenced-based practice, informatics, and population health with an international study option. Virtuous Servant Leadership certification is embedded in the program.

At SWU, we understand the challenges associated with earning your degree while balancing work, family and life.  Earning your degree online shouldn’t require you to do it alone.  Your online nursing degree from SWU comes with the care and support of our knowledgeable and dedicated faculty.  At SWU you are seen, you are heard, and you matter.


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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, January 6, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020


Cross representing Christian ethic of care in SWU's online RN to BSN program

Professionalism, Servant Leadership and Christian Ethic of Care

SWU’s online RN to BSN program is focused on developing virtuous professionals who demonstrate servant leadership characteristics rooted in the Christian ethic of care. Through this program, you will become a leader in providing high-quality, evidence-based care. Graduates will be prepared to practice servant leadership and ethical, evidence-informed, collaborative healthcare supporting individuals, families, communities, and diverse populations.

Certification in Virtuous Servant Leadership

Nurses can earn their BSN with certification in Virtuous Servant Leadership fully online, working from home and in their home community, while collaborating with other nurses throughout the country. 


It is true, there are RN to BSN degree programs where you can finish your degree faster.  The SWU Online RN to BSN program format is designed to foster a learning environment where busy individuals don’t have to put everything on hold to earn their degree.  Students have the flexibility of taking one course at a time or doubling up if the desire is to finish the degree faster.  Our research indicates students who can manage their course load along with the demands of life perform better and retain valuable information at a higher level. Our courses are taught from faculty with advanced subject knowledge and valuable practical experience who understand the demands of the healthcare profession. 



South Carolina ADN graduates: SWU is proud to accept all ADN Associate Nursing degrees (or comparable) under the Partnership Agreement between South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) and the SC Technical College System. Learn more in this PDF.

There is no limit on the number of potential transfer credits as long as the courses meet established transfer requirements and are from a regionally accredited college or university.

There are not additional course prerequisites as part of the acceptance into the RN to BSN degree at SWU. Applicants must have an earned associate degree in nursing with at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university.

At a Glance

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Southern Wesleyan University is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202) 8876791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Southern Wesleyan does not advise students on what will or will not be accepted by their state department/board of nursing. Students are encouraged to contact their state department/board of nursing to ensure the degree offered by Southern Wesleyan University meets state requirements. Additionally, Southern Wesleyan cannot determine credentials for individuals desiring to teach at the collegiate level as this varies by accreditor and is based on each individual's collegiate credit history.

Digital Assessment Experience

Through the use of Health Assessment by Shadow Health®, nursing students at SWU are able to perform their digital assessment experiences completely online.

Digital assessment experiences allow nursing students to demonstrate and perfect their clinical reasoning skills through life-like interactions with Digital Standardized Patients. Digital assessment experiences are powered by the conversation engine (virtual patients that can answer over 250,000 questions) and assessed using our proprietary Student Performance Index™.

Learn more about Health Assessment

RN to BSN Online Digital Health Assessment by Shadow Health

Admission Requirements

  • Submission of a completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Earned an Associate Degree in Nursing with at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Provide proof of current, unencumbered RN licensure (USA). License must be active for the duration of the student's enrollment.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 from all colleges and universities attended. If a candidate's GPA is below 2.75, the student may be admitted on a conditional basis, on the recommendation of the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, based on criteria set by the Dean of the RN to BSN Nursing Program. Students who are admitted with conditional status must meet certain conditions during their first semester at SWU in order to be permitted to continue in the RN to BSN Nursing Program.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by an approved agency. American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers can do this evaluation, and National Association of Credential Evaluation Services provides a list of approved agencies. From the NACES list, Southern Wesleyan recommends using World Education Services or Josef Silny.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet the official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or demonstrate equivalent evidence of proficiency in English, such as an overall band score of 6.0 or higher on the IELTS test.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact an admissions representative at 877-644-5557 or .

Notice of Nondiscrimination

In compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The university reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring denomination, The Wesleyan Church.

Additional information related to SWU’s non-discrimination policies include:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Gender Non-Discrimination Policy (Title IX)


NURS 3201 – First Year Seminar – 1 Credit Hour
NURS 3343 – Focused Health Assessment on the Well Adult – 3 Credit Hours
NURS 3353 – Foundations for Professional Practice – 3 Credit Hours
NURS 3653 – Ethics in Healthcare – 3 Credit Hours
NURS 4154 – Leadership and Management in Nursing – 4 Credit Hours
NURS 4404 – Evidence-based Practice – 4 Credit Hours
NURS 4454 – Nursing Informatics and Technology – 4 Credit Hours
NURS 4654 – Population Health: Local, National, and Conventional Nursing – 4 Credit Hours OR
INUR 4654 – International Population Health with study tour – 4 Credit Hours
NURS 4955 – Baccalaureate Capstone: Synthesis & Evaluation – 6 Credit Hours