The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) will begin offering courses in the fall of 2018 for the new Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN) at Iowa State University. Our unique, campus-based program is a transfer program for registered nurses wanting to advance their education and career by earning a BSN.  

Iowa State’s coursework and hands-on learning activities:

  • enhance the health promotion and disease prevention role of Registered Nurses
  • apply nursing science and patient-centered care for helping people stay healthier longer
  • focus on the culture of health for nurses, individuals and communities
  • demonstrate the continuum of care, from a nurse’s self-care to patient care to community and population health

The ISU RN-BSN program will benefit nurses in all areas of practice by providing:

  • the knowledge and skills needed to understand and apply evidence-based nursing practice and experience the wealth of research conducted at ISU
  • opportunities to engage with campus health programs, the student population, and the surrounding community
  • development of leadership skills to enhance practice and prepare for career advancement
  • practicum opportunities locally, with options for travel abroad
  • a strong core of nursing coursework complemented by ISU courses in areas of study supporting individual career goals
  • emphasis areas that include nutrition and wellness, health coaching, gerontology, leadership and management


Curriculum requirements
2018-19 curriculum requirements

Plan of study
2018-19 sample plan

Course descriptions

The Iowa Board of Nursing has granted ISU approval to start the new RN-BSN program. The program has also been approved by the Iowa Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.