Degree Comparison Program 2021-2022

Nursing - Option for Registered Nurses, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree was designed to provide a pathway for Registered Nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. RNs who have graduated from a state or nationally accredited associate-degree or diploma-nursing program are eligible to apply for this degree. 

This program offers 4 different tracks to assist the associate degree student, or associate degree graduate, in obtaining their BSN degree.

Concurrent Enrollment Program (CEP): This track is for the student who is admitted into an Arizona Community College nursing program beginning the first block of their AAS degree. The CEP is an opportunity for the student to obtain their AAS and BSN at the same time, graduating with both degrees in the same month.

Mid-AAS: This track is for the student who is currently in an Arizona Community College nursing program and is ready to begin Block 3 of that nursing program. The student will graduate with their BSN 1-2 semesters after obtaining their AAS degree.

Traditional RN-BSN: This track is for nurses who have graduated with their AAS degree and hold an unencumbered RN license. This track is semester based.

Personalized Learning RN-BSN: This track is for nurses who have graduated with their AAS degree and hold an unencumbered RN license. This track is competency based. Students work at their own pace, without deadlines. The student works on a subscription period. Weekly start dates.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Northern Arizona University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

Unit Overview In addition to University Requirements:
  • At least 30 units of preprofessional requirements
  • At least 30 units of major requirements
  • Up to 9 units of major prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy major requirements
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Students may transfer up to 90 units of community college and/or university credit from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Contact your advisor for details.

Emphasis, Minor or Certificate
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
  • You must apply and be accepted to the School of Nursing's program in addition to being admitted to the university, and have a current RN license, in good standing, for the state in which you reside. "Good standing” means the license of a nurse is current, and the nurse is not presently subject to any disciplinary action, consent order, or settlement agreement as defined by the State Board of Nursing in the jurisdiction of the license. Students who have licenses not in good standing may contact an advisor for additional review.
  • Due to State Board of Nursing regulations and other legal requirements, we do not accept students into the program that live in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, or Washington, nor are we permitted to allow students to complete the program if they relocate to one of these states. 
  • You are eligible to apply for this program option if you are a registered nurse who has graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program. 
  • We offer this as a web-based option to licensed registered nurses with the exceptions noted above. There is also a personalized learning option available. Contact your local Extended Campuses' office or the College of Health and Human Services Office of Student Services for information about admission and transcript evaluation.
Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required STA 270
GPA None Specified
Foreign Language A foreign language is not required.
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Program Fees

Program fees are established by the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). A program fee of $10 per credit hour for the duration of the 30 unit program has been approved for this program.