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Nursing, RN to BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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 collaborative 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) 
  • 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.

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.
Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.


  • B304Health Policy3 Credits
  • B331Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice 3 Credits
  • B404 Informatics 3 Credits
  • H355Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research 3 Credits
  • R375 Nursing Research 3 Credits
  • R470Capstone 3 Credits
  • S474 Applied Healthcare Ethics3 Credits
  • S475 A Multisystem Approach to the Health of the Community: RN BSN3 Credits
  • S487 Nursing Management: RN BSN 3 Credits
  • B344Comprehensive Health Assessment 3 Credits
  • B403 Aging with Dignity 3 Credits
  • K301The Art and Science of Complementary Health 3 Credits
  • K305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care 3 Credits
  • K434Current Trends in Global Health Nursing 3 Credits
  • K499Genes and Precision Health3 Credits
  • P345Pharmacology 3 Credits
  • S410 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response 3 Credits
  • S420 Care Coordination in Transitions of Care 3 Credits

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
Note:  -Additional fees will apply.

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