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US News and World Report Best Online Programs Bachelor's 2024

R.N. to B.S.N.

Take your nursing career to the next level in as little as 12 months with our online B.S.N. degree completion program. Designed for current R.N.s, this accelerated, flexible program prepares you you to meet society's current and future health needs, and lays a foundation for leadership positions and graduate studies.

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Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $455

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

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Fast track your nursing career with IU Online

Get your bachelor’s in nursing

With full time study, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a single year. Or study part time and graduate in 18 to 24 months.

Whichever path you choose, you’ll:

  • Learn to balance human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes
  • Explore the ethical and legal frameworks for the nursing profession
  • Prepare to serve as a practitioner in settings ranging from acute and long-term care to nontraditional settings

You’ll graduate with a B.S.N. from Indiana University—a top-ten online nursing program. And you can do it when and how it works for you:

  • Classes start January, March, May, June, August, and October
  • Convenient 8-week courses
  • Access coursework anywhere
  • Enjoy personalized student services

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

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My time here has been so rewarding. IU Online is a great platform for learning. This program offered excellent, high-quality education at a fair price.

Hannah Erotas R.N. to B.S.N.

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring

To graduate with the IU Online RN to BSN, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Nursing credits prior to admission to the RN to BSN (34–35 credit hours)
  • General education courses (30 credit hours) e.g., 3 credits from each of the following competencies: Written Communication; Speaking and Listening; Quantitative Reasoning; Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing; Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing; Scientific Ways of Knowing, and then 12 hours of additional general education coursework.
  • Nursing required courses (33 credit hours—nine required courses and a choice of two electives)
  • Other courses of student's choosing (21–23 credit hours). Students can take nursing electives to fulfill this requirement.

To be accepted to the degree completion option, you must have:

  • An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or nursing diploma. Check with your home campus for accreditation requirements
  • A current, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet clinical requirements
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from your ASN or diploma program
  • Completed a criminal background check for your home campus
  • Met all other admissions requirements

NOTE: Students may enroll from most states.

Nine credit hours of general education courses may be taken with nursing coursework.

To apply to the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option:

  • Complete the application for admission
  • Submit official transcripts
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials
  • This degree completion option is offered by IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Fort Wayne, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IUPUC, IUPUI, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus


Nursing, RN to BSN courses: Core
Course Course Name Credits
NURS-B 304 Health Policy 3 Credits
NURS-B 331 Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3 Credits
NURS-B 404 Informatics 3 Credits
NURS-H 355 Data Analysis for Practice and Research 3 Credits
NURS-R 375 Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
NURS-R 470 Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone 3 Credits
NURS-S 474 Applied Healthcare Ethics 3 Credits
NURS-S 475 A Multisystem Approach to the Health of the Community: RN BSN 3 Credits
NURS-S 487 Nursing Management: RN BSN 3 Credits


Nursing, RN to BSN courses: Elective
Course Course Name Credits
NURS-B 344 Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment 3 Credits
NURS-B 403 Aging with Dignity 3 Credits
NURS-K 301 Complementary Health Therapies 3 Credits
NURS-K 305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care 3 Credits
NURS-K 434 Current Trends in Global Health Nursing 3 Credits
NURS-K 499 Genes and Precision Health 3 Credits
NURS-P 345 Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice 3 Credits
NURS-S 410 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response 3 Credits
NURS-S 420 Care Coordination in Transitions of Care 3 Credits

Find course descriptions with our Search Schedule of Classes/Courses tool.

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