RN to BSN Online

Bachelor's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
November 09, 2022
January 03, 2023

100% online coursework to fit your busy schedule as a working nurse

CCNE accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1

12–18 months estimated time to completion with full-time study2

RN to BSN Online

Already a licensed registered nurse? Then our RN to BSN program is for you. As a working RN, you need a flexible, transfer-friendly program to help you save time and money as you take the next step in your nursing career. In our online RN to BSN program, you can transfer in up to 134 credits—which is nearly 75% of program requirements. Your transfer credits can be reviewed in one business day (on average).

Accreditation Commission For Education in NursingPut your nursing experience to work in our CCNE-accredited1 RN to BSN program with online Empowered Learning courses, which allows you to:

  • Access online courses anytime, from almost anywhere
  • Go faster when you can, and slower when you need to
  • Create real-world projects that demonstrate your new knowledge
  • Learn at your pace while staying connected with faculty and peers

Plus, take up to two Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses as part of your RN to 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 could 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

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Online RN to BSN for under $14,500

As a licensed nurse, you can pursue the RN to BSN for as little as $14,190 when you qualify for our Get Started Grant and successfully complete six self-directed assessments. The Get Started Grant saves you up to $1,340 in tuition for your first semester. You can also save up to $8,220 if you take and pass six self-directed assessments. These online, interactive assessments are a way to show that you have already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. Leverage your previous experience, and demonstrate your skills on your schedule and at your own pace. Each successful assessment saves you time and money.

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What RN to BSN Classes Will I Take?

In an online RN to BSN program, courses can be accessed when they fit into your schedule and from anywhere, and practicum experiences can be completed near you. Make your choice of online nursing electives, including one for those seeking to learn more about holistic health and complementary medicine. This course contains content needed for Holistic Nursing Certification. The three elective courses are:

  • Integrative Nursing
  • Contemporary Issues in Nursing
  • Scholarly Communication in Nursing

Additionally, we offer a powerful professional identity course that allows you to explore where you have been and where you want to go as a nursing professional.

  • Practice Excellence Through Innovation

    Study innovative processes, and develop creative ideas that may transform healthcare.

  • Clinical Reasoning & Clinical Judgment

    Examine the process of transforming new knowledge and methods into active nursing practice.

  • Genetics & Genomics

    Design an evidence-based plan of care inclusive of findings from a focused genetic and genomic assessment.

  • Emerging Healthcare Technologies and Innovation

    Integrate principles of quality and safety with innovative technology. Learn how to inform data-driven, valid decisions based on technology, social, legal and ethical components.

  • Nursing Elective

    Choose from three elective courses:

    • Integrative Nursing (content needed for Holistic Nursing certification)
    • Contemporary Issues in Nursing
    • Scholarly Communication in Nursing

What Skills Will I Gain?

Leadership Qualities

Gain leadership and management skills and methods that will serve you well as you advance your nursing career.

Baccalaureate Essentials and QSEN Competencies

Gain a solid theoretical foundation of nursing according to industry standards and competencies.

Evidence-Based Practice

Study the science and evidence influencing healthcare practices to improve patient outcomes.

Emerging Technology and Practices

Develop data-based decision-making skills for patient care, and understand the impact of local and global population health.

"The higher you go academically, the more opportunities in expanding your career you achieve: better job opportunities and better pay, which is everyone’s dream. As soon as I began my BSN, I was offered a promotion at work."

Lilian A.
BSN Graduate

Built for Working Nurses

Our program is designed for busy nurses, so you can continue to work while you earn your degree. Eight start dates a year and 100% online courses, complemented by practicum experiences near you, mean you have more control over your schedule.

RN to BSN on Your Time

Online Empowered Learning courses allow you to learn by doing, manage your pace and stay connected with faculty and peers. Use the skills you've already developed as a nurse to move faster at times, and slow down with new material.

Set Up to Advance

Through our accelerated Master’s pathway, you can take up to two Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses as a part of the online RN to BSN program. If you decide to continue with your MSN, you'll save up to $2,050 and begin one full quarter ahead to finish in as few as 15 months or in as few as 24 months for Nurse Practitioner specializations.6

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Your Nursing Career Path

With the many Nursing programs at Rasmussen University, you can complete your program and easily transfer credits from one level to the next, saving you time and money. Since you’re already an RN, our affordable online RN to BSN program puts you on a clear path to your BSN. If you have goals of continuing to your MSN or DNP, your BSN sets you up perfectly to pursue your Nursing education with us at the graduate level.

  • Diploma: Practical Nursing (PN/LPN)

    Start here if:

    You’re interested in patient care and want a quick entry into the field as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) with opportunities for career advancement.

    Finish in as few as:

    12 months2

    Licensed Practical Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)7

    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $50,100
    • Government: $51,700
    • Home healthcare services: $49,430
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $46,560
    • Offices of physicians: $44,830

  • Associate’s Degree: Nursing (ADN/RN)

    Next step if:

    You want to become a registered nurse (RN) and leverage your practical nursing diploma through the LPN to RN Bridge.

    Or start here if:

    You want to begin your nursing career as a registered nurse by earning your ADN.

    View Associate’s degree details >

    Finish in as few as:

    12 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
    Or 18 months (ADN/RN)2

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)7

    • Government: $84,490
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $76,840
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $72,340
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $68,450
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $64,630

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Nursing (RN to BSN or BSN)

    Next step if:

    You’re ready to earn your BSN, want to become a Bachelor-prepared registered nurse and are looking for opportunities to advance your career.

    View RN to BSN details >

    Or start here if:

    You want to begin your nursing career as a BSN-prepared registered nurse. Choose from two pre-licensure entry tracks—standard and second degree.

    View BSN details >

    Finish in as few as:

    12 to 18 months (RN to BSN)2
    33 months (BSN Standard Degree)*
    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.

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)7

    • Government: $84,490
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $76,840
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $72,340
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $68,450
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $64,630

  • Graduate Degrees: Nursing (MSN & DNP)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    You want to influence present and future healthcare as a nursing leader. You have the choice of three MSN specializations that allow you to define your career course:

    • Nursing Leadership and Administration
    • Nursing Education
    • Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics

    We also offer an online MSN Nurse Practitioner (NP) program if you're interested in making a positive impact as a nurse practitioner with the choice of four specializations:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare and public health and policy—the definitive terminal degree for nurse leaders.

    Choose the specialization that best aligns with your interests and career goals:

    • Executive Leadership
    • Public Health and Policy

    View DNP details >

    Sample job titles:


    • Director of Nursing
    • Director of Education
    • Clinical Nursing Informatics Officer
    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nurse Practitioner


    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nursing Administrator
    • Director of Public Health and Policy
    • Government or Policy Activist

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math

With eight start dates a year, 11-week terms and a total of 17 courses, full-time students can finish in as few as 12 months for as low as $23,750.2 If you earn the RN to BSN Get Started Grant, you could complete your degree for as low as $14,190.4

$335 cost per credit
x 70 total credits
$23,450 total tuition
+ $300 total fees
$23,750 estimated total program cost
- $9,560 potential savings with the Get Started Grant ($1,340) and 6 successful self-directed assessments ($8,220)
$14,190 estimated total program cost with grant

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Other Ways to Save

Get Started with Savings
Advance your education with confidence by saving up to $1,340 on tuition and fees. Learn more about the RN to BSN Get Started Grant.

Already a Rasmussen Alum? Save on Tuition
Rasmussen alumni have an exclusive opportunity to save up to $3,000. Learn more about the Alumni Grant.

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Entrance Requirements

Applicants to this program must have a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the U.S.

This program is not available to residents of all states. Speak with an admissions advisor regarding additional entrance requirements and to determine your eligibility for enrollment.

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School of Nursing Blog

How an RN to BSN Program Will Differ from Your ADN Experience

Earning your Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) was a challenge, but the good news is that our RN to BSN online program is designed for working RNs. Find out more about how the RN to BSN learning experience will be different.

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Help Paying for College

You're not alone figuring out how to pay for college. Your admissions advisor can help you find ways to save through self-directed assessments, loans, scholarships and more.

Transfer Student

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. You can get an estimate of your transfer credits without an official transcript in one business day (on average). Talk to an admissions advisor today, or explore our Transfer Policy page for our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.

Support at Every Turn

You’ll find the support you need to grow as a nurse from mentors and faculty in this program. Our library services, academic support and career planning teams are ready to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this RN to BSN program aligned with nursing standards?

    Our RN to BSN program curriculum is aligned with the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), and National League for Nursing (NLN) competencies.

  • My ADN program was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done in my life. How is the RN to BSN different?

    There is a tremendous difference between pre-licensure and post-licensure nursing programs. The RN to BSN courses are designed for the working nurse and are much more flexible.

    Online courses can be accessed when they fit into your schedule and from anywhere. There are no on-campus requirements. And the practice experiences are done in your own community.

  • How do practicums work in an online program?

    We have two practicums in our RN to BSN program. One of the practicums is in public health, and the other is in nursing leadership. Practicum experiences allow you to synthesize and apply your classroom learning and work experience. Practicum experiences are in your own community—possibly at your own organization and under the supervision of a qualified nurse preceptor. If needed, we can help you identify your practicum experience locations.

  • What can I do with a BSN?

    Going from an RN with an Associate’s to one with a Bachelor’s can help you prepare for leadership-focused roles and a wider variety of nursing roles and work environments. You can set yourself up for success in roles such as:

    • Nurse supervisor
    • School nurse
    • Flight nurse
    • Public health nurse
    • Nurse case manager
    • Nursing education
    • Administration

    You’ll also be prepared for other nursing roles working in emergency rooms, home healthcare services or nursing care facilities.

    When you're ready to advance your nursing education, we offer both Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs designed for busy, working nurses.

  • How long does it take to earn a BSN?

    You can finish the program in as few as 12 months—though typically, depending on your schedule, you’ll finish in as few as 18 months.2

  • Do I have time to work as a nurse and earn my degree?

    Working as a nurse while juggling family and school isn't easy, but we've made it easier with our online RN to BSN program. With online Empowered Learning courses, you use your previous knowledge to move faster at times, and slow down to work with new material. You have control over how you move through online Empowered Learning courses, including the ability to complete course projects within the term when you're ready.

  • Is the RN to BSN program accredited?

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

  • Where is the RN to BSN program offered?

    Our RN to BSN degree program is offered online. This program is not available to residents of all states. Please speak with an admissions advisor to determine your eligibility for enrollment.

    Looking for in-person support? Our 23 campuses are here for you if you need them. See which location is near you.

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Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Rasmussen University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (aacnnursing.org/CCNE).

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  1. 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 l Washington, DC 20001 l 202-887-6791
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  3. As of July 14, 2021, Rasmussen University had 8,524 students enrolled in School of Nursing programs. As of June 30, 2021, Rasmussen University had 19,539 nursing alumni. This number represents the total number of those who graduated from a School of Nursing program between March 20, 2006, and June 30, 2021. For the spring quarter of 2021 (April - June), Rasmussen University had 603 full-time and adjunct nursing faculty.
  4. This price reflects full value of RN to BSN Get Started Grant. Terms and conditions apply. Visit the RN to BSN Get Started Grant page for more details.
  5. Terms and conditions apply. Visit the RN to BSN Get Started Grant page for more details.
  6. Number of eligible courses varies by program and ranges from one to two courses. Time and cost savings are dependent on the eligible student enrolling and completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Rasmussen University through the accelerated Master’s pathway. MSN completion time is dependent on the number of courses completed each term. Please speak to an admissions advisor for details.
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed March 31, 2022] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Information represents national, averaged data 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.
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