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Nursing, RN to BSN Degree Completion Option

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing

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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 RN to BSN is an accelerated Degree Completion Option designed for registered nurses (RN) wanting to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). This option 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. 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 degree completion option, 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.

This option will prepare you for:

  • Nursing Leadership
  • Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
  • Community/Public Health
  • Graduate Study


To graduate with the IU Online RN to 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 or diploma program. 

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.

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To be accepted to the degree completion option, 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. Completed a criminal background check for your home campus.
  5. Met all other admissions requirements.

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


NURS-B 304Health Policy3 Credits
NURS-B 331Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS-B 404Informatics3 Credits
NURS-H 355Data Analysis for Practice and Research3 Credits
NURS-R 375Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3 Credits
NURS-R 470Clinical Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone3 Credits
NURS-S 474Applied Healthcare Ethics3 Credits
NURS-S 475A Multisystem Approach to the Health of the Community: RN BSN3 Credits
NURS-S 487Nursing Management: RN BSN3 Credits
NURS-B 344Comprehensive Nursing Health Assessment3 Credits
NURS-B 403Aging with Dignity3 Credits
NURS-K 301Complementary Health Therapies3 Credits
NURS-K 305New Innovations in Health and Health Care3 Credits
NURS-K 434Current Trends in Global Health Nursing3 Credits
NURS-K 499Genes and Precision Health3 Credits
NURS-P 345Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice3 Credits
NURS-S 410Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response3 Credits
NURS-S 420Care Coordination in Transitions of Care3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $455.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1365.00
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