Loewenberg School of Nursing
RN to BSN Program



We offer a flexible, accessible, and affordable online RN to BSN Program (24/7) via eCourseware, the University’s web-based instructional program. Nursing faculty are committed to providing high quality, individualized, and learner-centered education for registered nurses.

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Admission Requirements:

The applicant must:

  1. be admitted to the U of M as a degree seeking undergraduate student.
  2. have a minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.7; students admitted for Fall 2015 are required to have a minimum college GPA of 2.5.
  3. complete Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab and Microbiology with lab in seven (7) years of LSON admission with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum combined GPA of 2.66; students admitted for Fall 2015 are required to have a minimum science GPA of 2.5. Science prerequisite courses may be repeated once; if repeated more than two times, the second grade will be used in the Pre-requisite Science GPA calculation. A maximum of two of three science courses may be repeated to earn the minimum Pre-requisite Science GPA of 2.66.  A grade of D or F for the didactic, lab, or didactic and lab portions of the course is considered one failure.
  4. have completed the additional prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better (English Comp I and II, Intro to Sociology or General Psychology, Math, and Nutrition).
  5. have an active, unencumbered RN license, or be eligible for licensure.
  6. complete and submit an application for admission to the Loewenberg School of Nursing RN to BSN Program.

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How to Apply:

RN Admissions is processed on a continuing basis; however priority will be given to those applicants who meet the following dates:

Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester October 1
Summer Term April 15

RN to BSN applications are available at:  https://academics-s.memphis.edu/nursing

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Tuition and Fees:

The tuition rates below are estimates based on the 2014-2015 academic year and are subject to change by the University of Memphis without notice. For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the Bursar’s Webpage at:



Total Program Cost  In-State



Total Program Tuition $9,114 $13,671
Total Program Fees $4,030 $930
Total Program Cost $13,144 $14,601


We provide scholarship in support of RNs to obtain BSN. For information on Scholarships and Loans visit:  http://www.memphis.edu/nursing/scholarshiploans.php

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Sample Curriculum:

The RN to BSN Program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Students are granted 4 academic years in which to complete their BSN. The following is a list of the Nursing Courses and the credit hours for each:  (Total Hours: 31)

Course Number Course Name Credit
NURS 3005 Professional Nursing 2
NURS 3006 Professional Nursing Seminar 1
NURS 3101 Health Assessment 2
NURS 3103 Health Assessment Lab 1
NURS 3400 Clinical Pathophysiology 3
NURS 3000 Pharmacology 3
NURS 4127 Community Health Nursing 3
NURS 4129 Community Health Nursing Practicum 1
NURS 4110 Evidence Based Practice in Nursing 3
NURS 4205 Transitions into Professional Nursing Practice 4
NURS 4206 Transitions into Professional Nursing Practicum 8

For sample academic plans click here.

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Credit for Prior Learning

The Loewenberg School of Nursing (LSON) appreciates the knowledge and skills that students bring to the BSN program and acquire through formal mentored residencies and internship programs during their program of study. Accordingly, students may earn college credit for prior learning experience with approval. Course credit may be earned through a national standardized achievement exam and by professional portfolio.

Credit by examination (CBE) can be earned for three RN-BSN courses: Health Assessment & Lab (NURS 3101/3103), Pathophysiology (NURS 3400), and Pharmacology (NURS 3000). Students will be awarded college level credit after admission to LSON by successfully passing a professionally recognized national exam at the national proficiency benchmark. CBE can be earned by a) achieving proficiency on a standardized achievement exam taken in the associate degree nursing (ADN) program and b) taking a national standardized exam at LSON.

Credit through prior learning assessment portfolio may be earned for a maximum of four (4) credits in the Professional Nursing Practice Practicum (NURS 4206). Professional experiences with validation may include:  professional state licensure, new graduate residency, national nursing certification, professionally recognized continuing education credits, clinical teaching in higher education, scholarly presentations and publications, clinical project leadership, and leadership in professional nursing or healthcare organization.

Students should submit request for prior learning experience credit to the RN-BSN Director at least four (4) weeks before the semester begins to provide sufficient time for validating learning, approving credit, finalizing the course plan of study, ensuring accurate fee invoices, and avoiding late registration fees. A student requesting CBE through testing at LSON may repeat the exam once to earn credit; if the student is unsuccessful on the second attempt, the student is required to enroll in the course. Credit received through prior learning portfolio will be null and void if the student is unsuccessful in achieving the remaining NURS 4206 course outcomes. All students who have previously taken a course for credit and were unsuccessful (earning a D or F grade) are ineligible to request credit through prior learning assessment. To learn more about earning credit for prior learning, please contact the RN-BSN Director.

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Q: To complete my BSN, will I need to complete any other coursework besides the prerequisites and the nursing core?

A: In order to earn a BSN, students must complete the regular general education requirements for the University of Memphis. (Many students transfer in most of these after completing their Associates Degree. However, students may complete these within the four-year period.)

  • 2 History Courses (6 hours)
  • 1 English Literature Course (3 hours)
  • 1 Oral Communications Course (3 hours)
  • 1 Statistics Course (3 hours)
  • 2 Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)
  • 1 additional Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)

For specific listings of these General Education requirements visit: http://www.memphis.edu/ugcatalog/graduation/gened.php

Q: What do I do if I took my prerequisite sciences more than 7 years ago?

A: Prerequisite sciences (A&P I, A&P II, and Microbiology) do have a 7 year expiration date. However, you can validate your current science knowledge. Have your employer (nurse supervisor) send a letter to LSON stating that you are currently using and are up to date on your science knowledge.

Q: Once I am admitted to the program, who will be my advisor and how will I be advised?

A: Each semester, you will call to schedule an appointment with one of our Academic Advisors. Because we know you have busy schedules, the advising appointments will be done on the phone for your convenience. Please call our front desk at (901) 678-2003 and ask for an appointment with Dee Beard or Mary Stock.

Q: Besides the application process, what else will I need to do?

A: After you are accepted to the RN-BSN program, you need to submit a drug screen test and a criminal background check.
You need to send proof of current CPR verification, a physical examination form and immunization record (health data) one semester prior to taking your clinical course (NURS 4319 and 4329).

Q: Am I required to maintain a certain grade in the nursing program?

A: Students must maintain at least a grade of “C” in all required courses. A student who has dropped below a “C” in more than one nursing class will be academically disqualified from the nursing program.

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Contact Us:

Please feel free to contact these people any time you need assistance.

  • Dr. Leslie McKeon, Assistant Dean of Students              lmckeon@memphis.edu
  • E-mail Student Services                                                  nursing@memphis.edu
  • Dee Beard, Graduate Analyst/Academic Advisor             ccbeard@memphis.edu
  • Mary Stock, Academic Advisor                                       mstock@memphis.edu
  • Dr. Jill Dapremont, Director of RN to BSN Program       jdaprmnt@memphis.edu
  • Loewenberg School of Nursing Information Desk                    (901) 678-2003

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How to Apply
Nursing BSN Application
TEAS Testing
U of M Application
BSN Advising
Course Descriptions
BSN Course Outcomes
Undergraduate Catalog
How to Apply
Nursing MSN Application
U of M Application
MSN Recommendation Form
MSN Advising
Course Descriptions
MSN Course Outcomes
Graduate Catalog



Scholarships and Loans

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