College of Health and Human Services2017-2018


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. 

This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Option for Registered Nurses?

The high-tech world of healthcare will always be driven by the human heart. If a gifted nurse has helped you, you know that one person truly can make a difference. What you may not know is that nurses outnumber all other healthcare practitioners. And the demand grows. This program builds on skills acquired through a diploma or associate degree program. Courses are delivered online and through clinical projects completed in your community.

Note: If you want to major in Nursing, you must apply and be accepted to the School of Nursing's program in addition to being admitted to the university, as well as have a current state RN nursing license.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Emergency medicine
  • Perianesthesia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Family nursing

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Certified nurse midwife
  • Hospital administration
  • Nurse anesthetist

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
    • All of Northern Arizona University's requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.


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 you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Mathematics Required STA 270
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Some online/blended coursework Required

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program (BSDHCP) is specifically designed for dental hygienists with an Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate in Dental Hygiene. The BSDHCP will enhance your theoretical and clinical knowledge and promote career advancement in management, education, public health, sales, marketing and research. The degree is also aimed at those who want the option to move into a new field related to Dental Hygiene, pursue a Master's Degree, or who want to strengthen professional skills in communication, evidence-based practice, computer use, and statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

  • Clinical Practice and Prevention: Integrates theory, evidence, professional perspectives, and patient preferences into clinical judgment to provide holistic patient-centered care across the lifespan and healthcare continuum, and in healthcare environments.
  • Communication: Incorporates effective communication into professional nursing practice.
  • Critical reasoning:
    • Synthesizes evidence and nursing knowledge to evaluate and modify clinical nursing practice, in order to provide holistic, safe, comprehensive, patient-centered care.
    • Integrates reliable evidence from multiple ways of knowing to inform practice and make clinical judgments.
  • Leadership: Integrates knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, health care policy and patient safety into practice to provide high quality care.
  • Professionalism and Professional Values
    • Integrates professional values and their associated behaviors into the practice of nursing.
    • Incorporates ethical and legal principles and professional standards into nursing practice.
    • Integrates caring’s affective characteristics into patient-centered care and with other healthcare professionals.
  • Global Health
    • Global Engagement: Promotes safety and quality of health care outcomes for diverse populations incorporating principles of advocacy, leadership and collaboration.
    • Diversity Education: Advocates for health equity and social justice for vulnerable populations and the elimination of health disparities both locally and globally.
    • Environmental Sustainability: Participates in collaborative efforts to improve aspects of the environment that negatively impacts health both locally and globally.


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, as well as have a current nursing RN license, in good standing, within the state you reside live. “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 for this option if you are a registered nurse who has graduated from a state, or nationally accredited, associate degree or diploma nursing program. Please note, if you are a diploma graduate, you need to contact an advisor to apply for 30 units of nursing credit.
    • 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.
Associate Degree Transfer Block
    • RNs who earned their degree from an Arizona Community College may transfer up to 90 units toward the B.S.N. Other RNs should consult with a distance-learning advisor to determine transfer credits. Students currently in an Arizona community college nursing program may also be eligible for admission in their second semester; please contact an advisor for recommended courses.
Major Requirements
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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