BSN-C Online

You can take classes full-time or part-time.

The length of the program depends on you. The degree must be completed within five years of initial admission to the nursing program. For most professionals working full time, a credit load of six-to-eight hours each semester is the maximum recommended.

When deciding, think about these questions:

  • How many credits do you want to take each semester?
  • How many of the general education credits have you completed?
  • Do you want to take summer classes?

Degree plans

You can select a plan that fits your schedule and needs. Below are structured sample schedules, organized by when you would begin taking classes.

Students are not required to follow these plans, although all necessary courses must be completed before graduating. Students should find out the course rotation before scheduling classes. 

Full-time without general education

Graduate in one year.

Full-time with general education

Graduate in two years.

Part-time with general education

Graduate in three years.

Credit requirements

MSU requires 125 credits to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This includes your transfer credit. There are 31 credits of required nursing classes, three credits of Statistics and three credits of nursing electives.

You can transfer your lower-division nursing and non-nursing credits from your associate or diploma nursing program. MSU has specific transfer credit plans for classes from other colleges. 

Nursing requirements

All nursing classwork can be taken online. Expected on-campus events and clinicals are the on-campus orientation at the beginning of your program and two clinical classes. These clinical experiences, 48 hours each, can be completed in your community. Individual plans with your instructor are made to meet the class objectives.

Advanced Pathophysiology and Nursing Research will accept four-year BSN and pre-nursing students, along with BSN-C students, if space is available or if they have achieved minimum requirements (i.e. cumulative GPA requirements, or are Honors students).  

Several of the nursing courses depend on content from previous nursing courses, so look carefully at the course pre-requisites. Not all of the courses are offered every semester, so also look closely at when nursing courses are offered.

Clinical courses are required for our CCNE accreditation status.

General education requirements

The general education classes can be completed online and may be taken either before or during the nursing classwork.

Completion of the Writing 1 general education requirement is recommended before or very near the beginning of coursework at MSU.


NUR 472 requires a prerequisite of a statistics class and English 110 (a Writing 1 class).

NRS 442 is a prerequisite to NRS 443. NRS 443 is a prerequisite to NRS 482. 

There also may be prerequisites for some general education classes.

Make time for success

It is estimated that to earn a ‘B’ in college work will require over two homework hours each week for every one hour of credit earned. For example: A student taking a three-credit course will spend over nine hours each week to earn a grade of ‘B’. Three of those hours will be spent at the computer participating in lectures (in many forms) and taking tests. In addition, over six hours will be spent studying or completing assignments.

For retention, progression and graduation a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Please look carefully at the full policy.

The BSN-C is a flexible program. A student may choose to drop or not register for one semester and return the next. When a student has not registered for classes for a full calendar year, the student must re-apply to both the University and the School of Nursing.