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Nursing, RN to BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

All of the Indiana University campuses joined to create the RN to BSN Degree Completion Option, which is designed for registered nurses 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. 

When you graduate from the program, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to serve as practitioner in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings. You will possess a broad knowledge of nursing, the humanities, and the biological and social sciences, and you will be able to apply well-developed problem-solving skills in caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations.

As a graduate of the RN to BSN program, you are expected to demonstrate that you are a/an:

  • critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual curiosity, rational inquiry, problem-solving skills, and creativity in framing problems.
  • culturally competent person who provides holistic nursing care to a variety of individuals, families, and communities.
  • knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources needed to meet the healthcare needs of individuals, families, and communities.
  • individual who understands the political dynamics in various settings and participates in the change process to shape healthcare policy.
  • individual who practices within an ethical and legal framework for the nursing profession and demonstrates ethical behavior related to the privacy, security, and confidentiality of patient information.
  • effective communicator who is able to share accurate information.
  • competent provider of nursing care who functions in various professional nurse roles in structured and semi-structured healthcare settings.
  • professional role model who promotes a positive public image of nursing.
  • responsible manager who balances human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes.


You must earn 120 credits to complete the program, broken down as follows:

  • Previous educational experience (34 cr)
  • General education (50 cr)
  • Required nursing courses (36 cr)

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 once you complete general education coursework. The nursing curriculum focuses on the needs of working nurses and their employers.

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. Contemporary electives are meaningful to today's RN and include current topics like informatics, complementary therapies, and genetics.


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. You must have an Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) or nursing diploma. Check with your closest campus for accreditation requirements.
  2. You are required to hold a current, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet your clinical requirements.
  3. You must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from your ASN or diploma program.
  4. All general education courses must be complete before you begin nursing coursework.
  5. You may apply any time and enter the program in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  6. You must complete a criminal background check for the campus to which you are applying.
  7. Once you have submitted the IU Online application, you will be assigned a home campus. If you are fully admitted, your home campus will provide advising services, administer any financial aid benefits you may have, support your technical needs, and offer other student services. When you successfully complete your degree requirements, this campus will award your Indiana University diploma.
  8. The RN to BSN program is offered by IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Fort Wayne, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IUPUC, IUPUI, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states


  • 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
  • H365 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 Gerontological Nursing 3 Credits
  • K301The Art and Science of Complementary Health 3 Credits
  • K305 New Innovations in Health and Health Care 3 Credits
  • K434Global Health Issues in Nursing 3 Credits
  • K499Genetics and Genomics 3 Credits
  • P345Pharmacology 3 Credits
  • S410 Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Credits
  • S420 Care Coordination in Transitions of Care Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $220.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $660.09
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $315.35
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $946.05

The tuition listed is for IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. For information about tuition at other campuses, please send an email to iuosfs@iu.edu.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education

    With more than 115 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.