Degree and Course Requirements

To graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University, students must earn a minimum total of 124 credit hours. In order to meet the University’s residency requirements, the last 30 must be earned directly from FHSU. [Advanced Standing Credit] does not contribute to those 30 hours of residency credit, but it does count toward your upper division coursework requirements.

Once you submit all prior transcripts to FHSU, a degree analyst evaluates each transcript to determine which courses meet the University’s transfer requirements and communicates this information to the RN-to-BSN Advisor. Then, you will develop an individualized plan of study to meet all general education, nursing pre-requisite and BSN course requirements.

General Education Requirements

All students except BGS students are required to complete a 55-hour general education program. This program has two components: Foundation Studies and Liberal Arts. The Foundation Studies has two divisions: A) Analysis and Communication and B) Personal Wellness. The Liberal Arts has three divisions: A) International Studies, B) Distribution and C) Upper-Division Integrative Courses. Get a complete description of FHSU’s general education program.

Students who transfer to FHSU with an associate’s degree from a Kansas community college are reviewed under the Transfer Articulation Agreement in place between the community college and FHSU. Students who graduated from a diploma school of nursing or a non-accredited school will have more general education requirements to complete.

General education courses may be taken at other colleges and universities, but it is the student’s responsibility to verify the course’s transferability prior to enrolling in the course. A degree analyst in the Registrar’s Office can help you make that determination.

Pre-requisite Nursing Courses

Until you complete all pre-requisite nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better in each, you will be classified as a nursing major, but not yet accepted into the program. You will, however, be fully admitted to Fort Hays State University. The following courses are pre-requisites for Full Admission to the RN-to-BSN program:

  • Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)
  • English Composition I (3 Credit Hours)
  • English Composition II (3 Credit Hours)
  • College Algebra (3 Credit Hours)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology (5/8 Credit Hours)
  • Microbiology (3/5 Credit Hours)
  • General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  • Oral Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 207 Pathophysiology I (2 Credit Hours)
  • Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 294 Nursing Transitions (1 Credit Hours)

RN-to-BSN Courses

  • NURS 294 Nursing Transitions (1 Credit Hour)
  • NURS 207 Pathophysiology I (2 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 307 Pathophysiology II (2 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 603 Health Assessment/Lab (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 322 Nursing Inquiry (2 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 612 Nursing Concepts (4 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 632 Population-Focused Care (*rotating schedule w/NURS 491) (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 320 Health Care Ethics (1 Credit Hour)
  • NURS 321 Health Care Legal Aspects (1 Credit Hour)
  • NURS 491 Systems/Policy/Cost (*rotating schedule w/NURS 632) (2 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 631 Integration (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 631L Internship (3 total credits required) (1/2 Credit Hour(s))

TOTALS: 30 Credit Hours

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