BSN Completion

Online Nursing Degree



The demand for trained and professional medical staff continues to grow. Now that a general shortage of doctors is leading hospitals to rely more heavily on highly educated nurses to share some of the responsibilities that doctors once held, demand will be even higher. Another reason to receive a full bachelor degree is that a certain and growing number of Magnet hospitals and large facilities currently only hire BSNs, over associates degree level programs. It seems the health care industry in general is making a concerted effort to ensure all nurses are eventually bachelor prepared, considering the Institute of Medicine suggests 80% of nurses to have Bachelor degrees by 2020.

You will work directly with an academic advisor for the best course selection and learn in a uniquely supportive online environment. Flexibility is key for the working student, which is why we also allow you to choose where you perform your clinical study. Students can transfer up to 85 credits so they can proceed to the next level in their career even faster—as quickly as 18 months.

Keep your skills in the forefront and your job opportunities open with a degree from Concordia Online’s flexible Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

*We are not accepting new students from Alabama, California, Kentucky, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, or South Dakota. Additionally: Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia, and Maryland students can only do clinicals outside their state of Maryland.

Area of Study Nursing
Next Start Date Varies
36 - 121
Total Cost
$17,388 - $58,443
Concordia’s online programs are inspired by the desire to honor people’s existing callings while preparing them for future ones. Concordia doesn’t just offer online degrees. We equip people to be difference makers in their life and work.
CUW Online faculty

Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to assess health and illness in individuals as well as groups, using clinical evidence
  • Understanding of the moral and religious dimensions of medical and health concerns or problems, especially those arising from the impact of new knowledge and technology
  • Ability to provide care which reflects the needs, values, and preferences of patients within the context of their families and communities
  • Understanding of issues in the constantly changing health-care arena in regards to socio-economic, political, and professional issues involved in the health-care delivery process

Career Outlook

  • Registered Nurse
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Community Health Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Industrial Health Nurse
  • Case Management Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Instructor

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Bachelor of Science - Nursing Completion Program for Registered Nurses*

*Up to 85 credits may be accepted as transfer from accredited associate degree or diploma nursing programs. A minimum of 17 liberal arts credits must be taken through CUW to meet residency requirements.

Nursing Core - 19 Credits

Dimensions of Professional Nursing (NURS 301) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Trends in Professional Nursing (NURS 305) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Nursing Research for RNs (NURS 336) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Population Health (NURS 342) - Credits: 4

Course Description

Population Health studies nursing responsibilities in assisting individuals, families, and groups to meet stressors and retain, attain, and maintain system stability within the community setting.
Leadership: The Future of Nursing (NURS 442) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Leadership: The Future of Nursing explores the principles of effective leadership/management skills in managing the health needs of individuals, groups and peers within the role of the professional nurse.
Seminar in Contemporary Nursing (NURS 492) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.

Theology - 6 credits required. Must taken through CUW.

Gospel of Luke (REL 383) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Gospel of Luke surveys foundational principles and techniques in biblical interpretation using the Gospel of Luke.
Varities of Belief (REL 388EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Varieties of Belief provides a framework for knowing about the teachings, practices, organization, and historical development of world religions and various Christian communities. Emphasis is also placed upon the Christian living in relation to the peoples of other faiths, especially in the North American context, with compassion, biblical confession and a missional intention.
Theology (AL 210EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

THEOLOGY challenges the student to think theologically, yet concretely. Biblical, doctrinal, moral, and practical theology will be surveyed. This course will draw from various traditions, but a biblical foundation in the Christian tradition will be most prominent. Theological principles are applied to contemporary social and cultural issues.
Heritage of Faith (AL 159EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HERITAGE OF FAITH examines the faith stance of various biblical personalities as well as various literary forms used by biblical authors to enable the student to read the Bible with a more profound grasp of its message as well as a deeper appreciation of its role in the literature of the Western world.
Christian Care Giving (REL 287) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Christian Care Giving offers the student preparing for full-time church work opportunity to understand and apply the theology of the cross and the practice of the church in Christian care giving.

Ethics - 3 credits required.

Health Care Ethics (AL 340) - Credits: 3

Course Description

HEALTH CARE ETHICS explores systems of moral reasoning and their impact upon the legal and ethical decision making process within health care organizations and professionals. Themes to be explored include confidentiality, informed consent, decision making capacity, treatment refusal, end of life decisions and care, and legal issues related to initiating or withdrawing treatment. Exposes students to the breadth of legal aspects of Health Care Management in order to assist health care professionals in identifying when a situation is likely to be subject to a law or regulation.
Phil of Values & Ethics (AL 368EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

PHILOSOPHY OF VALUES AND ETHICS provides the student the opportunity to explore philosophical approaches to ethics in the business organizational context. Personal and corporate ethical dilemmas are examined in reading, classroom, and online discussion, and reflective papers from the perspective of a variety of stakeholders. Students examine their own approach to ethical decisions and recognize the impact of Christian principles in their own behavior and attitudes.

Humanities - 3 credits required.

Liberal Arts for Health Care Providers (LA 107) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to give students an overview of the Humanities and a basic definition of them. The course will help students to improve their critical thinking skills in the areas of literature, art, and music, and will suggest means of growth and application both professionally and personally.
Worldviews: History (AL 161EL) - Credits: 3
No course description at this time.
Music (AL 103EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

MUSIC will prepare students for appreciating the experience, structure, and cultural influence of Western classical music. With a focus on the sociocultural background of composers and musical eras, provides students with appropriate terminology and insight so they may critique and discuss classical musical compositions and performance. Opportunity to apply learning to a live musical event, which does not need to be classical.
Literary Visions (AL 136EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

LITERARY VISIONS brings literature to life with dramatizations of individual works and readings of literary passages. This introduction to literature incorporates both contemporary and traditional works in its selection of literary texts. It also places a strong emphasis on writing about literature as a way for students to learn and use advanced compositional techniques.
American Cinema (AL 206EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

AMERICAN CINEMA introduces basic issues related to the phenomenon of American cinema. It looks at American film history from the 1890’s through the 1990’s, but it does not explore this history in a purely chronological way. It is a cultural history which focuses on topics and issues more than on what happened when. It also explores how Hollywood films work technically, aesthetically, and culturally to reinforce and challenge America’s national self-image.
Art of the Western World (AL 208EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ART OF THE WESTERN WORLD relates the history of the Western visual tradition from the Classical period to the present time. Through lectures, visualization, and personal readings, students will learn to understand the principles behind the various periods and movements.

Cross Cultural - 3 credits required.

Faces of Culture (AL 286EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

FACES OF CULTURE features dramatic and unique film footage from around the world, embracing cultures from all continents, highlighting major lifestyles, and illustrating human adaptation to environment from the beginnings of the human species to the present. An expanded study guide and the most recent edition of a widely accepted cultural anthropology text complement the prize-winning programs.
Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting

Social Science - 6 credits required.

Social Psychology in the Workplace (AL 271*) - Credits: 3

Course Description

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE introduces students to the study of persuasion, conformity, and social influence through exploration of perception, cognition, selfjustification, and small group behavior. The course uses the workplace as the context in which these concepts are explored. Students learn how an individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by others and learn methods social scientists use to study human behavior.
Eldercare (AL 342EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Eldercare is an in-depth study of the challenges facing elders in American society, the services available to them, and a critical evaluation of public policy. Specifics include a life course perspective on aging that makes this course applicable and meaningful for people to study, provides an examination of the meaning of old age, explains how the body, mind, spirit and soul are affected by the decline of age. Students are expected to spend 16 to 18 hours per Session on academic work for this course.
Abnormal Psychology (AL 424 EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY examines the complex factors that cause behavioral disorders, looks at biological, psychological, and environmental influences, and demonstrates psychological, biological, and social approaches to the treatment of abnormal behaviors.
Criminology (JPP 103EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Criminology studies causations of crime, including sociological, psychological, biophysiological and free will theories.

Communication - 3 credits required.

Intercultural Communication (AL 270EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION provides students with an opportunity to develop communication skills necessary for a diverse workforce. In this course students come to understand intercultural communication by discussing language, stereotypes, behavior and patterns. Students develop the ability to apply cultural concepts to modern business situations and relate across cultures within that setting
College Writing (AL 204EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

COLLEGE WRITING provides a variety of challenging writing tasks addressing a number of vital ideas and issues. Through critical reading and discussion of essays written by influential thinkers such as Niccolo Machiavelli, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Virginia Woolf, students learn to write thoughtful, logical, creative essays. Students develop editing, critical thinking, peer evaluation and research skills. One research paper is required. Prerequisite: AL 108 or acceptable assessment score.

Statistics - 3 credits required

Business Statistics (BUS 315EL) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Business Statistics will provide students with a working knowledge of statistics, which will be help them make proper business decisions under uncertain conditions . Areas to be covered include descriptive statistics, probability, inferential statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, and regression analysis.

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