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The Southwest Minnesota State University RN to BSN Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is an accredited baccalaureate nursing program with a framework of science and liberal arts plus specialized courses in leadership and management, healthcare delivery systems and informatics, community and public health nursing, nursing research, and evidence based practice. Throughout the curriculum, aspects of rural nursing flow through the course content. The RN students come to the program with real-world experiences and abilities that enhance their learning in and out of the classroom. BSN graduates emerge as nurse generalists with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and other advanced practice roles, functioning effectively in complex environments; demonstrating critical thinking and flexibility; and translating and applying knowledge to enhance patient care quality and safety.

Upon Successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam and admission to the SMSU RN to BSN Program, students will be awarded credits for prior learning.

We are delighted you are interested in our RN to BSN Program at Southwest Minnesota State University.  The flexibility of the RN to BSN Program is designed to meet the needs of working RNs, with courses completely online.  Once students graduate from the RN to BSN Program, they will be eligible to register as a Public Health Nurse through the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

We are accepting applications for the Spring 2022/Fall 2022 session.  We would be glad to help you develop a plan of study that fits your needs.  THANKS for your interest in our program.


The mission of the SMSU RN to BSN Program is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects cultural, ethical, and compassionate presence in the preparation of nurses that will serve with excellence in a diverse and ever changing society.



  1. Integrate nursing knowledge, liberal arts, cultural awareness, and caring through collaboration with the health care team to provide patient centered and holistic care
  2. Provide competent and meaningful care to clients and communities who are healthy, ill, or dying
  3. Combine critical thinking, health care information technology, and evidence based findings to make decisions that promote safety and quality to improve patient outcomes
  4. Demonstrate collaborative leadership through communicating verbally, non-verbally, and through technological means with individuals, families, communities, and healthcare systems to achieve mutually determined health related goals


  1. Examine the Scope and Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance
  2. Construct an appreciation of cultural diversity through cultural assessment.
  3. Demonstrate skills and knowledge of health assessment through a comprehensive health assessment
  4. Integrate awareness of issues related to chronic illness in rural settings and apply nursing process to meet diverse and unique needs of individuals and families
  5. Utilize evidence based resources in the community assessment process and propose patient-centered health teaching interventions
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific method to a public health concern
  7. Analyze evidence related to pathophysiology to promote patient safety and quality outcomes
  8. Evaluate evidence based practices for integration into nursing practice
  9. Apply theory, while critically evaluating the context of rural healthcare settings and influences on rural health disparities, in order to address health of the rural population.
  10. Apply theory, research findings, clinical reasoning, and evidence to address common situations in quality improvement leadership.
  11. Demonstrate collaboration as a healthcare team member through the formulation of connection with community health agencies and nurse leaders
  12. Apply theory, research findings, and evidence to address common situations in health care system leadership
  13. Combine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the BSN nurse through community health and nurse leadership precepted opportunities

Integrating the SMSU RN to BSN program into my life was surprising very easy. The program is flexible so you can take as many or as little classes as you want at a time and you are able to adjust your plan as needed throughout the course of your program. Also, the instructors are nurses themselves and understand you are a working nurse and will work with you to adjust due dates if needed.

Melissa Gruhot


Learner Friendly RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN Program Courses and Learning Activities


  1. Apply for admission to SMSU
  2. Apply to RN to BSN Program


  • Undergraduate Nursing GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Current, unencumbered RN License (Associate Degree students may apply in the last semester of their nursing program, with acceptance in the program contingent upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam and nursing licensure.)

NOTE: No admission examination required and no NCLEX exam required upon graduation.


All students must complete a total of 120 credits which must include completion of the following:

  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) consisting of 42 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • 40 credits at the 300-400 level
  • At least 30 credits at SMSU
  • All Liberal Education Program (LEP) graduation requirements


The SMSU RN to BSN Program is accredited through the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SMSU and the Department of Nursing value the continued success of the RN to BSN Program and are pleased to share the respected notice of accreditation.

“The RN to BSN Program at Southwest Minnesota State University is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.”


RN to BSN Program

ST 105, Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 56258

I would recommend the SMSU RN to BSN Program because it is a flexible schedule. It takes into account that we are working nurses that have families and we are able to work as fast or as slow as we want.

Kristin Adams, Class of 2015

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