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Nursing, RN to BSN

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing

US News and World Report - best bachelor's 2021

The field of nursing involves caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations. Nurses are knowledgeable care coordinators who facilitate access to resources needed to meet healthcare needs.

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a degree completion program designed for registered nurses (RN) wanting to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program offers a flexible curriculum that prepares you to meet society's current and future health needs, and it also lays a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study. Flexible paths of study allow you to complete nursing courses in 12 months of full-time study or 18 to 24 months of part-time study along with up to nine months of general education coursework. Each semester is split into two learning modules, which are completed in seven to eight weeks so that you may finish up to four courses every semester. Practicums or clinical experiences are embedded in didactic or lecture-based courses and can be tailored to your experience and career goals.

As a student in the program, you gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing, the humanities, and the biological and social sciences. You acquire the knowledge and skills needed to serve as a practitioner in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings. You learn to balance human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes. You explore the ethical and legal frameworks for the nursing profession as they relate to the privacy, security, and confidentiality of patient information.

Your IU Online BSN prepares you for such careers as:

  • Physician's office nurse 
  • Pediatric nurse 
  • Geriatric nurse 
  • Neonatal nurse 
  • Surgical nurse 
  • Obstetric and gynecological nurse 
  • Orthopedic nurse 
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) nurse 
  • Emergency Room nurse 
  • Hospice nurse 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BSN, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Nursing credits prior to admission to RN to BSN program (33-36 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.

Download a printable PDF summary of the RN to BSN. 


Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:  

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. An Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or nursing diploma. Check with your home campus for accreditation requirements.
  2. A current, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet clinical requirements.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale from your ASN or diploma program.
  4. Nine credit hours of general education courses may be taken with nursing coursework.
  5. Completed a criminal background check for your home campus.
  6. Met all other admissions requirements.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission.
  • Submit official transcripts.
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  • This program 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.


B304Health Policy3 Credits
B331Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice3 Credits
B404Informatics3 Credits
H355Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research3 Credits
R375Nursing Research3 Credits
R470Capstone3 Credits
S474Applied Healthcare Ethics3 Credits
S475A Multisystem Approach to the Health of the Community: RN BSN3 Credits
S487Nursing Management: RN BSN3 Credits
B344Comprehensive Health Assessment3 Credits
B403Aging with Dignity3 Credits
K301The Art and Science of Complementary Health3 Credits
K305New Innovations in Health and Health Care3 Credits
K434Current Trends in Global Health Nursing3 Credits
K499Genes and Precision Health3 Credits
P345Pharmacology3 Credits
S410Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response3 Credits
S420Care Coordination in Transitions of Care3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00
Note:  -Additional fees will apply.
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $455.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1365.00
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