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BS vs. BSN

Program length

Program outcomes

Graduation requirements

Course descriptions

Course schedule

Technology requirements


What is the difference between a B.S. and a B.S.N.?

A B.S. is a degree offered by the College as a whole. It offers bachelor's degrees in a variety of majors, but each program is governed by the school as a whole. In most cases the faculty/administrator in each department has a title such as "director" or "chair." A "dean" is then over multiple departments.

A B.S.N. is offered by a professional school that is a separate entity unto itself. If the school of nursing is part of a larger university, there will be connections between the larger school and the school of nursing, but the school of nursing will have its own "dean" and more political independence.


Program length

Because our program is tailored to fit your previous education and the needs of your personal life, the length of the program can vary. Most nurses complete the program in two to four semesters. 


Learning outcomes

The RN to BS Online Nursing Program has been designed to build on your knowledge as a registered nurse. Through this program, you will realize central concepts and broaden your knowledge base through a curriculum that is unique from the program taught at the associate-degree level.

The program is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing, the arts and sciences and the Benedictine values in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  2. Demonstrate values and behaviors consistent with professional nursing standards.
  3. Demonstrate competence in utilizing patient care technologies and information system technologies in dynamic healthcare environments.
  4. Integrate effective inter-professional collaboration into practice to enhance the health of all patients, including diverse and vulnerable populations.
  5. Utilize knowledge of healthcare policy and evidence-based nursing to advocate for the quality and safety of patient care.

Graduation requirements

128 semester credits are required for graduation. The credits may be gained in a number of ways:

  • Transfer credits from a previous four-year college/university or community college
  • CLEP or challenge exams
  • Documentation of prior learning
  • Independent study
  • Taking courses

Course descriptions


Course schedule

Wondering what classes will be offered next semester? Looking for a CRN for registration? Check out our online course schedule.

Online course schedule


Technology requirements

In addition to the College technology requirements, the RN to BS Nursing Program requires that students use the Microsoft Office package for course work. This includes the use of Microsoft Word to open, create, and send documents. Be sure to check your computer to assure that Microsoft Office is installed. If not, Microsoft Office can be downloaded for free for either a Mac or Windows computer from: http://www.css.edu/administration/information-technologies/software-downloads.html.