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University of Iowa RN-BSN Progression Program

The associate degree nurse is assumed to have competence in:

  • microbiology
  • anatomy and physiology
  • nutrition
  • introductory psychology and sociology
  • life-span human development and behavior
  • communication skills
  • basic nursing competence

Coursework in these areas is required as part of the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum at Hawkeye.

You are encouraged to speak with an advisor in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa if you have deficits in any of the above competence areas.

Transferring to the College of Nursing

You may transfer up to half of the hours required for the BSN, or 64 of the total 128, from a community college.

A transcript review will identify community college credit earned within current nursing articulation agreements.

For a preliminary transcript review or additional information, contact the University of Iowa RN-BSN Program office:

Karla Christensen, RN-BSN Program Assistant
392 College of Nursing
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
800-272-6430 ext.57020
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Learn more about the University of Iowa's RN-BSN program.

Minimum Application Requirements

You must have completed: 

  1. an Associate Degree Nursing program or Diploma,

  2. ENG106 Composition II,

  3. MAT156 Statistics, and

  4. at least 2 of the 3 required supporting courses as listed below or are currently taking the course(s) when you apply to the College of Nursing.

Supporting Courses

To complete the minimum application requirements to the College of Nursing, you will need to complete three supporting courses from at least two of the following areas: Biophysical Science, Social Science, Business / Management.

We recommend that if you begin a math or science sequence at Hawkeye, you complete the sequence at Hawkeye.

Biophysical Science

  • BIO112 General Biology I
  • BIO142 Ecological Concepts
  • CHM165 General Chemistry I
  • CHM175 General Chemistry II
  • CHM122 Introduction to General Chemistry
  • CHM132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • PHY162 College Physics I
  • PHY172 College Physics II

Social Science

  • CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ200/SOC240 Criminology
  • CRJ201/SOC230 Juvenile Delinquency
  • HIS155 American Civilization
  • PEH110 Personal Wellness
  • POL111 American National Government
  • PSY241 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY261/SOC261 Human Sexuality
  • PSY262 Psychology of Gender
  • SOC115 Social Problems
  • SOC120 Marriage & Family
  • SOC135 Death & Dying
  • SOC160 Introduction to Social Work
  • SOC195 Urban Studies
  • SOC220 Sociology of Aging
  • WST101 Women’s Studies

Business / Management

  • ACC131 Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC132 Principle of Accounting II
  • BUS102 Introduction to Business
  • BUS183 Business Law
  • BUS230 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making
  • CSC110 Introduction to Computers
  • ECN120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • MGT101 Principles of Management
  • MKT110 Principles of Marketing

General Education Requirements

  1. One course in each of the following categories is required for graduation:
    1. Cultural Anthropology

    2. Humanities OR Fine Arts

    3. Foreign Civilization & Culture OR Cultural Diversity

  2. Complete the Foreign Language Requirement

Cultural Anthropology

  • ANT110 Faces of Culture
  • SOC208 Intro to Cultural Anthropology


  • ART101 Art Appreciation
  • DRA110 Introduction to Film
  • DRA107 Theatrical Arts and Society
  • DRA112 American Film
  • LIT101 Introduction to Literature
  • LIT142 Major British Writers
  • LIT189 Women and Literature
  • MUS100 Music Appreciation
  • PHI105 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI140 Ethics in America
  • PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • REL101 Survey of World Religions

Fine Arts

  • ART143 Painting I
  • ART144 Painting II
  • ART133 Drawing I
  • ART134 Drawing II
  • ART184 Photography
  • MUA106 Class Voice

Foreign Civilization & Culture

  • ART203 Art History I
  • ART204 Art History II
  • HIS117 Western Civilization I: Ancient and Medieval
  • HIS118 Western Civilization II: Early Modern
  • HIS119 Western Civilization III: The Modern Period
  • CLS130 African Cultures
  • CLS160 East Asian Cultures
  • CLS150 Latin American History and Culture
  • CLS141 Middle Eastern History and Culture
  • CLS169 The Pacific Century
  • REL101 Survey of World Religions
  • GEO121 World Regional Geography

Cultural Diversity

  • LIT133 Minority Voices in US Literature
  • LIT189 Women in Literature
  • SOC205 Diversity in America
  • HIS277 History of Women in US
  • WST101 Women’s Studies
  • COM148 Diversity and the Media

Foreign Language

You are required to complete the Foreign Language requirement if you have not:

  • earned an Associate of Arts degree,
  • graduated high school between 1985-1991 and have at least 24 credit hours or more earned, or
  • graduated high school prior to 1985.

Students may be admitted without this requirement on a conditional basis.

To fulfill the Foreign Language requirement you must:

  • complete two years of a foreign language in high school, OR
  • complete two semesters of a foreign language in college, AND
  • complete intermediate courses of the same foreign language at Iowa.

The following are courses that may be taken at Hawkeye to apply towards the foreign language requirement.

Hawkeye Course Iowa Course
ASL131 American Sign Language I
ASL161 American Sign Language II
FLC145 Chinese 1 39:8 1st Year Chinese 1st Semester
FLF145 French I 9:1 Elementary French I
FLF245 French II 9:2 Elementary French II
FLS151 Elementary Spanish I 35:1 Elementary Spanish I
FLS152 Elementary Spanish II 35:2 Elementary Spanish II


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