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Stanbridge University Online

The Stanbridge College RN to BSN program is offered exclusively online. The program is not accredited but Stanbridge College has institutional accreditation from the [...]

Capella University Online

In addition to the RN to BSN completion programs, the school also offers a RN to BSN/MSN Combined Option that can be completed in 3.25 years. The program will results in [...]

Jacksonville State University Online

Courses in the professional component of the B.S.N. program are delivered through Internet. After completion of general studies requirements, nursing courses may be completed in one calendar [...]

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing Online

Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing (BSMCON) is awarded by BSN and RN to BSN degree completion program of five years by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program is [...]

Auburn University - Montgomery Online Hybrid Part-time

Admission for students begins in the summer semester. If you are planning to attend the program part-time, an individualized plan of study will be provided by the school. The program must be [...]

University of Alabama - Birmingham Online

If you have completed all pre-requisites, the RN Mobility courses are all online.

University of Alabama Online Part-time

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Anna Maria College Online

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

University of Alabama - Huntsville Online

301 Sparkman Dr
Huntsville, AL 35899

DeSales University Online

2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

Northeastern University Online

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Online

219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444

Gannon University Online

109 W Sixth St
Erie, PA 16541

University of Massachusetts - Boston Online

100 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125

(617) 287-5000

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth Online

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747

University of Massachusetts Amherst Online

374 Whitmore Building
Amherst, MA 01003

Pennsylvania State University - University Park Online

201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802

Robert Morris University Online

6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108

(800) 762-0097

Temple University Online

1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Widener University - Main Campus Online

One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Davenport University Online

6191 Kraft Avenue S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Eastern Michigan University Online

1000 College Place
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Ferris State University Online

1201 S State St
Big Rapids, MI 49307

South University - Montgomery Online Evening

5355 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116

(334) 395-8800

University of Colorado Denver Online

13121 East 17th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

(303) 556-5600

Michigan State University Online

840 Service Road
East Lansing, MI 48824

Northern Michigan University Online

1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Oakland University Online

2200 North Squirrel Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309

(248) 370-2100

Rochester College Online

800 West Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48307

(248) 218-2000

Troy University Online

University Avenue
Troy, AL 36082

Sacred Heart University Online

5151 Park Ave
Fairfield, CT 06825

University of Detroit Mercy Online

4001 W McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

University of Michigan - Flint Online

303 E Kearsley
Flint, MI 48502

Southern Connecticut State University Online

501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515

University of Delaware Online

401 Academy St
Newark, DE 19716

Minnesota State University - Mankato Online

South Rd and Ellis Ave
Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota State University Moorhead Online

1104 7th Ave S
Moorhead, MN 56563

University of North Alabama Online

One Harrison Plaza
Florence, AL 35632

University of South Alabama Online

307 N University Blvd
Mobile, AL 36688

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Online

105 Garfield Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702

Alcorn State University Online

1000 ASU Dr Ste 359
Alcorn State, MS 39096

(601) 877-6100

Palm Beach State College Online

4200 Congress Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33461

University of Wisconsin - Madison Online

500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI 53706

Delta State University Online

Hwy 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Online

2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Mississippi College Online

200 South Capitol Street
Clinton, MS 39058

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Online

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Mississippi University for Women Online

1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701

University of Alaska - Anchorage Online

3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

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If you have earned a diploma or an associate degree in Nursing, you probably know that the next best step to take is to aim for higher education. You have two options to advance your education to hire degree; either you can go for BSN via RN to BSN program or you can go for MSN via RN to MSN

The RN to BSN program takes between 1 to 2 year to complete depending your previous academic achievements, the program curriculum, weather the program is offered online or in classroom and your commitment (weather you are studying full-time or part-time).

A lot of health care settings these days already require or prefer a BSN degree holders as opposed to diploma/associate degree holders. In response to the need for more BSN graduate RNs, the enrollment in RN to BSN programs have long since increased. From 2005 through 2006, there was a 14.8% increase in students, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and that number has been steadily increasing ever since.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the RN-BSN bridge programs is contingent on an Associate Degree or Nursing Diploma from an accredited institution. You will also need to have an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse before enrollment in the program as well as a pre admission exam like the HESI or the TEAS.

RN-BSN programs commonly require applicants to complete all pre-requisites for a BSN degree including general education requirements (roughly 49 credits English, Natural Science, Humanities, Math and Social Science) to make a total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree.  Pre-requisites courses can include but are not limited to human anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, heath assessment, psychology, biology, chemistry and statistics.

The clinical component of the RN-BSN offered in healthcare facilities will, depending on the requirements of the healthcare facility, require physical examination, laboratory tests for contagious diseases, current CPR certification, drug screening, and a criminal background check prior to enrollment.

Clinical experience opportunities requires students to take part in a range of clinical settings learning the duties and responsibilities of medical and surgical nursing as well as particular nursing roles in pediatrics, acute care and emergency room.

Working While Studying 

The most common question when it comes to RN to BSN program enrollees is if they can still work while studying. The answer is, yes! A lot of RNs have done it through online programs but make sure that you discuss this decision with your employer. There may be tuition reimbursement programs that you can avail of. 

If you have been working as an RN for the longest time, then it is time to discover the opportunities that come with a BSN degree. There are, after all, some cases when you are limited in terms of your jobs when you are an RN without a BSN. Management positions, for instance, require a BSN degree holder. Some employers are even willing to pay more if you have a BSN from the onset. 

Consider these four things when enrolling: 

  • Your learning style (ask yourself if you prefer to study traditionally or online)
  • Check weather the program is accredited or not 
  • Life situation (consider your family needs and work commitments)
  • Career goals