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RN-BS Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

There are 30 required credits in the RN-BS Curriculum. Completing your bachelor’s degree will provide you with a wide range of advanced nursing competencies. You will earn the academic credentials required to pursue a graduate degree and expand your opportunities for professional development. The courses in the RN-BS curriculum will provide you with a worthwhile academic experience as you advance understanding of health policy, evidence-based practice, resource management and care coordination. In addition, you will enhance your leadership, inter-professional, and research skills.

Are you enrolled in an ADN program? You can dual enroll and learn more by reading “What is Dual Enrollment.

Prerequisite Requirement

An eligible 3-credit statistics course must be transferred in or taken during your first semester of enrollment in RN-BS courses. View prerequisite information.

Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

The RN-BS program requires you to be a licensed RN in order to enroll in the post-licensure courses. You must have a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state where you plan to implement your projects. In the project courses, you will complete two faculty-mentored clinically based projects in place of traditional clinical hours. These projects do not require a preceptor.

Project Courses

Focused project courses are designed to positively impact health care as it relates to policies, processes, and or procedures. These projects will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of community and population health and apply leadership skills that are important for your nursing career and continued academic progression.

Capstone Class

Every student earning a bachelor of science degree from Boise State completes an innovative capstone course that emphasizes inter-professional collaboration among health care professionals.


The RN-BS requires the completion of one elective credit. Options include a second NURS-RN 430 course, NURS-RN 434, or an independent study course (NURS-RN 496).


Enrollment in the following courses is open to 1) Registered Nurses, 2) ADN students enrolled in an accredited program, and 3) ADN graduates preparing for the NCLEX. View dual enrollment information.

CoursePre-licensure CoursesCredits
NURS-RN 350Transitional Foundations (must be taken in the first semester)3
NURS-RN 392Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3
NURS-RN 416Community and Population Health Nursing3
NURS-RN 420Policy, Power, and Voice3
NURS-RN 422Care Coordination and Resource Management3
NURS-RN 424Nursing Leadership and Management3
Nursing Roles in Healthy Aging (7 weeks)2
Selected Topics in Nursing Care of Vulnerable Populations (one section of 430 required, the other may be taken as an elective)
Topic 1: Palliative Care (5 weeks)
Topic 2: Child Maltreatment & Healthcare (5 weeks)
Topic 3: Substance Abuse (7 weeks)
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ElectiveNURS-RN 434 Planning for a Financially Savvy Career (SU)1

Post Licensure Courses

The following post-licensure courses require students to be a Registered Nurse with a current, unencumbered license.

NURS-RN 417*Community and Population Health Nursing Lab (project course)3
NURS-RN 425*Nursing Leadership and Management Lab (project course) 3
Preparing for Graduate Education and Advanced Practice (5 weeks)1
NURS-RN 400Professional Capstone1

*These post-licensure courses require students to be a Registered Nurse with a current, unencumbered license in the state where they plan to implement their projects.

Course Descriptions

View nursing courses descriptions for all RN-BS courses in the Boise State course catalog.

Students must earn a total of 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Boise State. These credits will include the 30 credits earned from the RN-BS curriculum, any credits accepted for transfer, and credits earned for prior learning. For more information, view graduation requirements.

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