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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor's Degree

Our CCNE-accredited, accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program is specifically designed to prepare you to be a BSN-prepared registered nurse (RN) as quickly as possible.4

We offer multiple program entry tracks, each an efficient route to the same dream—becoming a BSN-credentialed registered nurse (RN).

  • BSN Standard Degree: for those without a degree who wish to become a BSN RN as quickly as possible
  • BSN Second Degree: for those with a bachelor's who want to make a career change into nursing
  • RN to BSN: for currently-licensed ADN RNs

We offer multiple start dates a year, so you can start or advance your nursing education when it’s best for you.

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  • Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

    Logo: CCNE accreditation

  • Which BSN Option Do I Need?

    The BSN Standard Degree, designed to be completed in less than three years, is for those who haven't yet earned a nursing diploma or degree.1

    Our BSN Accelerated Second Degree, earned in as few as 18 months, is for those who already hold a Bachelor's degree and want to make a career change into Nursing.1

    Already an RN? Our RN to BSN is a post-licensure track that can be completed in as few as 12-18 months.1 To choose this online option, you need to be a licensed registered nurse.

  • NCLEX Prep

    NCLEX-RN preparation begins the minute the program does, so you can earn the license you need to become an RN and start improving patients’ lives.

  • Direct Admission to the Program

    Once you have successfully completed your admission requirements, you are admitted into the ABSN program—there is no need to apply twice.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Credentials Offered

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

33 months (BSN Standard Degree)1
18 months (BSN Second Degree)

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice® (Available for Standard Degree)

Intended for

  • BSN Standard Degree is for those who haven't earned a nursing diploma or degree and who wish to enter the field as a BSN-credentialed RN
  • BSN Second Degree is for those who already hold a Bachelor's degree but want to make a career change and become a registered nurse

Prepares you for

Physician’s office nurse, private medical nurse, emergency room, surgical nurse, pediatric nurse, or working in home healthcare services or nursing care facilities.

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What Is an Accelerated BSN? Your Fast Track to an Advanced Nursing Career

Hear from Dr. Joan Rich, Vice President of the Rasmussen College School of Nursing, to get her expertise on the inspirational career path of a nurse and a look into the accelerated BSN program.

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Your Nursing Career Path

Whether your journey here starts as a standard degree or second-degree nursing program BSN student, you’ve always dreamed to make your desire to help others your career. Now that you’re ready to move forward with your passion for nursing, you don’t want to wait any longer than necessary, which is why we offer accelerated paths for earning your BSN degree. Our pre-licensure BSN program is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and attitude to confidently sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is essential to becoming an RN. If you choose to advance your training after becoming an RN, we’ve made it easy by offering classes and credentials that let you continue working as you further your nursing education.

Our Career Path diagram below shows you how our curriculum is designed to let you smoothly transfer from one credential to the next, until you’ve reached your goal. Here are just a few examples of where a Nursing degree can take you.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $34,560 10th Percentile
    • $40,810 25th Percentile
    • $47,480 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    11%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Registered Nurses (RN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $52,080 10th Percentile
    • $60,110 25th Percentile
    • $73,300 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    12%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $41,130 10th Percentile
    • $56,260 25th Percentile
    • $74,600 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    20%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral

The curriculum at Rasmussen College helped me prepare for a nursing career by giving me the knowledge, skills and attitude that I need in today's nursing field.

Todd
BSN Graduate

Accreditation and Licensing Information

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The ABSN meets the educational requirements to apply for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Other eligibility requirements may apply; please verify your eligibility against your state’s board of nursing rules. This program may not meet the educational requirements for licensure as a nurse in states not listed above.

Additional accreditation details

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001
202-887-6791

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Program availability varies by campus and state; see the Rasmussen College catalog or contact an admissions advisor for complete details.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
  4. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Rasmussen College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 655 K Street NW, Suite 750 l Washington, DC 20001 l 202-887-6791
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