2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN - BSN)

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree prepares nurse leaders by building on prior knowledge and experience to address the healthcare needs of the community. The RN-BSN degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 credits. RN-BSN courses are 100% online and include two service-learning projects. The practice experience can be in any setting where healthcare is delivered that will facilitate the attainment of course and program outcomes. Students completing LDR 201, LDR 202, and LDR 203 will earn an additional certificate in Strategic Leadership.

Admission to the program requires successful completion of an associate degree nursing program at a regionally accredited institution validated by transcript(s) and possession of an active, unencumbered RN license.  

Credit Hours Required: 120

Note: There are special admission requirements for the RN-BSN degree. Additional information and an application packet are available online at www.yc.edu/bsn.

General Education Requirements (31 credits)

Minimum credit hours are listed for each category.


Note: For the purposes of General Education, associate degrees in nursing earned from accredited institutions will fulfill the same Yavapai College General Education requirements (up to 28 credits) to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree.

Credit for Prior Nursing Degree and RN Licensure (40.5 credits)

Sequence of nursing theory, skills, and clinical courses culminating in an accredited nursing degree.

Program Electives (18 credits)

  • All electives need to be 100-level or above. Students are encouraged to see an academic advisor to assist with selecting the most appropriate courses.
    • THR, DAN, PHE, and REC are limited to a total of 4 activity-based credits hours.

Note: Students who successfully complete LDR 201 , LDR 202 , and LDR 203  earn a Management - Strategic Leadership Certificate .

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the learner will be able to:

  1. Utilize critical thinking and clinical judgment to plan and implement culturally appropriate, patient-centered care to promote health and prevent disease and injury for diverse populations. (Patient-Centered Care)
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills that integrate an understanding of organizational systems and the internal and external forces impacting decision making. (Teamwork and Collaboration)
  3. Engage in evidence-based practice as a means of enhancing the quality and safety of client care. (Evidence-Based Practice)
  4. Analyze opportunities to gather and use evidence to improve patient care practices and process for quality outcomes. (Quality Improvement)
  5. Develop collaborative relationships both inter- and intra-professionally that enable the nurse to effectively advocate for safe, quality outcomes clients, the nursing profession, and the health care system. (Safety)
  6. Use information technologies to improve outcomes and the environments in which nursing practice occurs. (Informatics)
  7. Model professionalism based on personal values, ethical principles, and the nursing profession's values and standards. (Professionalism)