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RN to BSN Degree Online

Developed for current registered nurses (RNs), our fully online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree is designed to be completed in as little as 12 months.*

Our online RN to BSN degree curriculum was created to help RNs advance their nursing careers and includes Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies that focus on patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and safety and informatics. Applicants to this program must possess a current, unencumbered RN license that is valid in the United States.

Real-world Curriculum for Real-world Nurses

Our RN to BSN degree prepares registered nurses (RNs) to advance their nursing careers through in-depth and high-quality education that examines improving patient safety, outcomes, as well as an in-depth understanding of the healthcare system:

  • Flexible courses: available completely online, our RN to BSN courses offer the flexibility you need to earn your degree while continuing to work
  • Relevant courses: provide real-life management instruction; an introduction to complementary nursing; and utilize clinical scenarios, case studies, and tactics applicable to your daily nursing practice
  • Nursing faculty: with Doctorate and Master's prepared faculty, we provide a well-rounded perspective of today's healthcare industry and patient care techniques through their first-hand industry insights and academic leadership experience

Learn more about enrolling in our online RN to BSN degree—complete the form on the right and one of our program managers will contact you shortly.

*Time to complete is dependent on number of credits transferred in and credits taken per quarter.

Students in Iowa, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, and Wyoming are not eligible for enrollment in the RN to BSN program at this time.

Program Highlights
  • Four start dates each year and no waiting lists, so you can start your BSN at a time that works for you
  • Nursing program managers dedicated to providing you with a smooth enrollment process
  • Detailed course plan shows each course you will complete quarter by quarter

BSN Courses

The RN to BSN degree courses help prepare students for a career in nursing management or admission into an advanced degree program. The courses focus on further development of critical thinking, communication, and practical problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to lead a team of nurses
  • Understand current healthcare quality and safety issues
  • Knowledge of alternative and complementary therapies
  • Foundational understanding of nursing informatics

Sample Course List

Quality and Safety in Nursing Practices
This course focuses on the critical review of current quality and safety issues in healthcare and guidelines and systems impacting healthcare agencies. Topics include quality and safety issues in nursing and healthcare, QSEN competencies, Joint Commission Standards, and Magnet Status. Students will gain understanding of contemporary quality and safety standards and best practices for quality and safety initiatives in healthcare settings.
Dimensions of Professional Nursing
This course investigates the evolution of nursing with an emphasis on professional values, standards and ethics. Students will explore how social and economic factors influence the nursing practice. This course includes an overview of major contemporary issues in nursing with a critical-thinking approach to evidence-based nursing practice. Opportunities will be presented that provide for strengthening critical thinking skills and the development of a personal philosophy statement of nursing practice.
Public Health and Community Nursing
This course provides an overview of concepts and theories related to public health and community health nursing. Topics include core functions and essentials of public health, health promotion and prevention, population focused practice, community assessment, and interdisciplinary collaboration to meet diverse client needs in diverse settings.
Nursing Capstone
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize and comprehensively apply and integrate theoretical and clinical experiences from previous nursing courses into a capstone experience. Students will use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice to promote patient centered nursing care that encompasses quality and safety. Students will plan and implement a practicum experience consistent with the professional standards of the baccalaureate nurse essentials. The capstone preceptorship supports the role transformation of students and promotes clinical competence at the BSN preparation level.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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  • Grants

    None Partner Success
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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Registered Nurses$45,040$53,670$65,470

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

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Seamless Transfer Policies

Applicants to this program must possess a current, unencumbered RN license that is valid in the United States. Admitted students with an Associate Degree in Nursing will be granted a transfer block inclusive of all lower division general education and lower division major and core courses. Applicants without an Associate Degree in Nursing are required to have previously completed a Microbiology course and a Human Biology course be admitted to this program, and will be required to complete a minimum of 38 credit hours of transferable general education course work.

RN to BSN Expected Program Outcomes*

  1. As contributors to a global community, 90% of the Program graduates will remain employed as a Registered Nurse or advance their career within the Scope of the BSN Generalist Role, as measured within one year of graduation.
  2. In support of lifelong learning, the Program graduates will be prepared to further their education in the fields of Nursing or Health Care.
  3. In support of service to students, 85% of the Program graduates will indicate that the Program fulfilled their expectations and that they would recommend the Program to others.
  4. Of the responding employers, 70% will indicate satisfaction with the Program graduates’ preparedness and knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to serve diverse communities, as measured within one year of graduation.
  5. Consistent with the goals of an institution of higher learning, 70% of students who enroll in the Program will successfully complete the Program on an average time to completion of eight academic quarters.
  6. The Program will employ appropriately credentialed and experienced faculty who demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning through ongoing professional development and educational opportunities.

*CCNE defines Program Outcomes as "Statements of levels of achievement, which encompass student achievement, faculty achievement, and other program-selected indicators of achievement.  Program outcomes may be expressed in the form of overall program goals, end-of program outcomes, curricular outcomes, and/or faculty outcomes."


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