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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Option- Complete Nursing Courses Online in as little as 12 Months

The RN to BSN option is designed for registered nurses (RNs) whose highest academic credential is an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree or a nursing diploma. Students must provide evidence of current nurse (RN) licensure in any state where the student is practicing for the purpose of completing clinical course requirements. Because the program is flexible—students can enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer, taking distance accessible courses—it is perfect for those who want to continue their nursing education while maintaining their current work and/or family responsibilities.  Students are encouraged to complete all general education courses prior to beginning nursing courses.
Curriculum and career preparation

As a BSN student, you’ll learn current trends in health care and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to these trends through changing practice. With a comprehensive academic foundation in the sciences and humanities, you’ll be well-prepared to meet the current and future health needs of society.

Your studies will focus on the following areas:

  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Health restoration
  • Health maintenance
  • Management of individuals/families coping with acute and chronic illness

Because this program builds on the courses you have already completed, you’ll also receive credit for many of the general education courses completed as part of your ASN or diploma program.

Advantages of the RN to BSN option

As part of the flexibility of the program, courses are available online, so students are not required to travel to campus for class. In some cases, the general education courses may be completed through Indiana University’s distance education programs or at another college/university in your area, with credits transferred to the School of Nursing's RN to BSN option.

The program is based upon a cohort model which means that you are part of a group of RNs who will progress through the program together. This allows us to offer course work systematically in order to streamline your academic progress.

There is an option for documentation of prior learning via BSN nursing course K304.  This course allows the RN-BSN student to apply nationally recognized specialty nursing knowledge and skills to the BSN degree, through authentication of certification for course credit.  National specialty standards will be used to determine eligibility for course credit (3 credit hours).

Other advantages of this option include:

  • Take classes from the comfort of home
  • Access course information online 23-24 hours a day (the university course management system, Oncourse, generally undergoes maintenance from 5-6 a.m.)
  • Complete course assignments at times convenient for you
  • Learn where you work
  • Build academic minors or majors in other areas, such as business or psychology
  • Create your own unique capstone nursing experience
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning
Special Credit Courses

Following successful completion of the first semester of RN-BSN courses, 35 special credits are awarded for the courses listed below. In order to receive a BSN degree, your official transcript must reflect fulfillment of all requirements, including 35 special credits. A special credit fee is set by the university and will be assessed at approximately $20/credit hour (fees are subject to change). The special credit courses will appear on your transcript with a grade of S (Satisfactory.)

Courses Being Credentialed

Credits Awarded

B230 Developmental Issues & Health


B248 Science & Tech of Nursing


B249 Science & Tech of Nursing: Practicum


H351 Alterations in Neuro-Psych. Nursing


H352 Alterations in Neuro-Psych. Nursing: Practicum


H353 Alterations in Health I


H354 Alterations in Health I: Practicum


H361 Alterations in Health II


H362 Alterations in Health II: Practicum


H363 Developing Family & Child


H364 Developing Family & Child: Practicum


S470 Restorative Health Multi-System Failures


S471 Restorative Health Multi-System Failures: Practicum