The Southwest Minnesota State University RN to BSN Program (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) is an accredited baccalaureate nursing program that began the fall of 2013, with a curriculum designed to provide a broad base of principles from science and liberal arts including additional 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.  To ensure the program’s quality and integrity, the RN to BSN Program follows two standards endorsed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); they include the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Core Competencies.  The RN students come to the program with real-world experiences and pre-existing abilities that are foundational for their learning in and out the classroom.  The BSN graduate embraces the nursing profession as a nurse generalist with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and other advanced practice roles, prepared to function effectively in ambiguous, unpredictable and complex environments; demonstrate critical thinking and flexibility; translate, integrate, and apply knowledge to enhance patient care quality and safety.

 SMSU RN to BSN Program Mission

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.

 Program Goals

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

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 course offerings primarily online.  Nursing students in the predominantly online program have the opportunity to come to campus up to five times throughout the nursing program.  Graduate students will be eligible to register as a Public Health Nurse through the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

We are accepting applications for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 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 SMSU RN to BSN Program is accreditated 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.”

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