Bachelor's Degree

Online Program

Next Start Dates
February 10, 2021
April 05, 2021


potential savings with the RN to BSN Get Started Grant1


accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education1

12–18 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study2

Take the Lead with Your RN to BSN Online

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 CCNE-accredited1 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 Nursing

Put your nursing knowledge and experience to work in our RN to BSN program with competency-based education (CBE). CBE prioritizes your learning over time, giving you greater control to balance work and life with school. With CBE, you can:

  • Access courses anytime, anywhere
  • Participate in live sessions or recorded sessions
  • Speed through what you already know and slow down for new topics
  • Complete course projects when you’re ready within each term
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Get Started and Save Up to $7,950

The RN to BSN Get Started Grant saves you up to $7,950 in tuition and fees. Tuition for your first course and up to five Flex Choice® Credit by Assessments are offered at no cost to you. These online, interactive assessments map to specific courses in your program, allowing you to get credit for what you already know. 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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Sample Courses

  • Practice Excellence Through Innovation

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

  • Clinical Reasoning & Clinical Judgement

    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.

  • Transferable Skills

    Build upon your nursing experience and develop your soft skills in communication, critical thinking, digital fluency, diversity and teamwork, and more.

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 local practicum experiences, mean you have more control over your schedule.

Support at Every Turn

Get the support you need from start to finish. Schedule a specialized nursing library consult, connect with a peer tutor, or work with a career advisor to plan the path ahead.

RN to BSN on Your Time

Online courses and competency-based education (CBE) help make school work on your schedule, not the other way around. Use the skills you’ve already developed as a nurse to move quickly through material you know and slow down for new learning.

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

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Affordable Education

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 $23,050.2 If you earn the RN to BSN Get Started Grant, you could complete your degree for as low as $15,100.4

$325 cost per credit
x 70 total credits
$22,750 total tuition
+ $300 total fees
$23,050 estimated total program cost
- $7,950 maximum value of RN to BSN Get Started Grant
$15,100 estimated total program cost with grant

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our RN to BSN online program can be more affordable with loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and military grants for those who qualify. Your employer may have an education alliance with us to help you qualify for a corporate grant. Find more about:

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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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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

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.

  • What types of courses set your program apart from other RN to BSN programs?

    We offer a choice of nursing electives, including one for those seeking to learn more about holistic health and complimentary medicine. This course contains content needed for Holistic Nursing Certification. The three specializations 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.

  • 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, juggling family and school isn't easy, but we've made it easier with our online RN to BSN program which is offered with competency-based education (CBE). CBE is a time-efficient way to move faster through competencies you understand or slow down to focus on new material. You have control over how you move through online courses, including the ability to complete course projects within the term when you're ready.

  • Is the RN to BSN program accredited?

    Rasmussen College has both 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. 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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  1. 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
  2. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  3. As of July 14, 2020, Rasmussen College had 7,564 students enrolled in School of Nursing programs. As of June 30, 2020, Rasmussen College had 16,032 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, 2020. For the spring quarter of 2020 (April - June), Rasmussen College had 767 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.
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