Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

Nursing (RN to BSN)

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The Mission of the RN to BSN Program at Granite State College is to provide Registered Nurses the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing to expand their professional opportunities and meet the employment qualifications of the nurse of the future. The Program’s application for accreditation has been accepted by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, www Phone: (202) 887-6791. CCNE representatives will visit the program November 5-7, 2014. Ensuing accreditation recommendations will be retroactive to November 5, 2014.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program must complete the GSC application procedure and submit documentation of previously earned credits for evaluation of transferability. Applicants must meet all general admission requirements of the College, and provide evidence of a current Registered Nurse license in the state where they practice. Statistics, if not included in previous education, is a pre-requisite for NUR 602, Evidence-Based Nursing Care. An applicant with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in another discipline will be required to take only the 30 credits of nursing courses, although a course in basic statistics is recommended prior to enrolling in NUR 602.  Please see the Granite State College Catalog, 2014-2015, pp. 22-23 for details related to the necessary health, character, and technical standards to succeed in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.

Progression Requirements

In order to progress through the program, the student must earn grades of 2.0 or better in each required course and maintain RN licensure in the state where they practice.

Course Requirements

See a list of required courses for this program on our Curriculum Map. Download a printable version of the curriculum map. For a list of course descriptions and prerequisites, see the GSC Catalog.


Benefit from career progression in nursing by advancing your educational achievement with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. This program honors and builds upon the licensed RN’s experience in the field, whether for a couple of years or a couple of dozen. Enjoy a current, engaging, challenging curriculum that puts your nursing skills of compassionate, competent care into broader frameworks to nurture inspiring leaders and highly effective managers.

RNs with an earned associate degree in nursing from any regionally-accredited institution already have an appropriate foundation for the GSC program, as do RNs who have completed three-year RN diploma programs.

Students will:

  • Deliver safe, competent, and compassionate care within frameworks of law and ethics to patients, families, and the diverse groups of a community.
  • Be productive citizens characterized by significant contributions to society that are enlightened by knowledge of health care policy and politics and how they affect health care and nursing practice.
  • Advocate locally and nationally for social justice and equity in healthcare accessibility and quality.
  • Use of a variety of technologies to intervene in health-related problems of individuals, families, communities, and within the health care system.
  • Identify, evaluate, apply, and/or compile evidence from a variety of resources to apply to health-related problems of individuals, families, communities, and the health care system.
  • Participate as member and/or leader of teams characterized by effective communication and mutual respect that enhance the quality of health care services and their delivery.

Granite State College's RN to BSN Program features:

  • a pace that works for you. Take one course at a time, or more than one.
  • opportunities to start four times a year. Terms begin in April, July, September, or January.
  • rolling admissions. Apply any time, with our simple and free online application.
  • different formats for learning. Choose courses that blend learning in person at any of our partner sites with the flexibility of online. Sites include Nashua Community College and Granite State College campus locations statewide.
  • fully online program options.
  • summers off, or enroll during our summer 8-week term to progress in your degree.
  • maximized transfer credit. Up to 90 credits of prior college coursework, with no time limit. Those with a Bachelor’s or Master’s in another field, who also hold an Associate of Science in Nursing, take only 30 credits of nursing courses to complete the B.S.N.
  • financial aid, even if you’re only taking one course at a time.
  • highly respected faculty who love to teach in their field and make the link between the classroom and the workplace.
  • quality:
    • Our College is a University System of New Hampshire institution, regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Granite State College's RN to BSN Program is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The RN to BSN Program incorporates The Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) required for accreditation. The program's application for accreditation has been accepted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). A site visit has been scheduled for November 5-7, 2014. Accreditation questions specific to the RN to BSN program may be directed to:

      Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
      Washington, DC 20036
      Phone: (202) 463-6930
      Fax: (202) 785-8320 

Graduates of the program are encouraged to earn the Master of Science in Nursing. Articulation agreements are maintained with the following colleges:

Students may also identify other programs that meet their specific needs. Students planning to continue their education toward the Master of Science in Nursing or other graduate program should plan their program of study with advice from that program. Further information can be obtained from the respective programs or from the Director or Assistant Director of the GSC RN to BSN Program. The student is advised that acceptance to graduate study often requires a CGPA of 2.5 to 3.0.