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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Bachelor's Degree

Want to move as quickly as possible to become a registered nurse (RN) with your BSN degree? Our CCNE-accredited1 Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is designed to help every nurse at every level finish as quickly as possible.

We offer three program entry tracks:

  • BSN Standard Degree: for those without a degree who wish to become a BSN RN as quickly as possible.
    • For those who are already a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and ready to pursue RN licensure, the LPN to RN Bridge allows you finish your BSN degree sooner.
  • BSN Second Degree: for those with a Bachelor’s who want to make a career change into nursing.
  • RN to BSN: for currently licensed RNs with an Associate’s degree in Nursing (ADN) who are ready to reach the next level online.

With eight start dates a year, you can get started soon. And once you've successfully completed your admission requirements, you're admitted directly into the BSN program. There is no need to apply twice.

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  • Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation

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

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  • 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.2

    • If you are already a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you can save time on the completion of your BSN degree with our LPN to RN Bridge.

    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.3

    Already an RN? Our RN to BSN is a post-licensure track that can be completed in as few as 12–18 months.4 To choose this online option, you need to be a licensed registered nurse.

  • NCLEX® Prep

    NCLEX-RN5 preparation begins the minute the program does so you can earn the license you need to become an RN and start improving patients’ lives.

  • Get a Head Start on Your MSN

    Take up to two Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses as part of your BSN through our accelerated Master’s pathway. Get a head start on your Master’s at no extra tuition cost. Gain advanced knowledge and skills without the risk of committing to grad school right now. And if you decide to complete your MSN, you can save up to $2,050 and graduate in as few as 15 additional months, or in as few as 24 months for Nurse Practitioner specializations—ready to enter the workforce with a higher level of education.6

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)*7
18 months (BSN Second Degree)

*Already an LPN? Our LPN to RN Bridge helps LPNs become RNs faster, further decreasing your time to program completion.

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

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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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: 8

    • $37,150 10th Percentile
    • $46,410 25th Percentile
    • $48,070 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 9


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Registered Nurses

  • BLS Earnings Data: 10

    • $59,450 10th Percentile
    • $61,790 25th Percentile
    • $77,600 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 11


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data: 12

    • $47,630 10th Percentile
    • $61,390 25th Percentile
    • $77,440 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 13


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral or Professional Degree

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

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Accreditation and Licensing Information

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Rasmussen University 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

Logo: CCNE accreditationCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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