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Curriculum – Prior to Fall 2024

This curriculum is provided as a reference for students who were admitted and started their RN-BS coursework prior to fall 2024

Content on this page is provided as a quick reference for planning. All official course degree requirements are published on theĀ Undergraduate Catalog site.

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.


The RN-BS requires the completion of one elective credit. Options include a second NURS-RN 430 course or NURS-RN 434.


Pre-Licensure Courses

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
Topic 1: Palliative Care (5 weeks)
Topic 2: Child Maltreatment & Healthcare (5 weeks)
Topic 3: Substance Abuse (7 weeks)
Topic 4: Health Literacy (7 weeks)
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ElectiveNURS-RN 434 Planning for a Financially Savvy Career (SU) OR an additional topic in NURS-RN 430 1

Post Licensure Courses

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.

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

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.

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.

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.