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Nursing, B.S. (RN-BSN Online)

School of Nursing

Program Snapshot:

Bachelor of Science


Program Length:
36 Hours

About the RN to BSN Online Program

The RN to BSN online program helps students who are already working as licensed professionals have an efficient way to earn their bachelor’s in nursing education. The courses in this comprehensive program focus on helping students enhance their analytical, clinical, and management skills in healthcare settings.

If you have an associate degree in nursing and hold an unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license, this online program was designed for you. You can also qualify to participate in this RN to BSN program if you are a recent graduate of an associate in nursing program and obtain your RN license within 7 weeks of starting the program.

Our innovative RN to BSN degree online format includes both indirect and direct practice experiences. The goal of the program is to support educational mobility and to strengthen the community health, critical thinking, and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession. Don’t wait to reach the next level in nursing. If you are comparing online RN to BSN programs, talk to us today about this accredited, efficient, online program.

Why Complete Your RN to BSN Degree Online at Nevada State?

Nevada State has a long history of helping students succeed in a wide variety of professional fields of study. Our RN to BSN program is 100% online, allowing students to continue working as they earn their bachelor’s degree. Courses include innovative, evidence-based education, with a focus on caring, improved health, safety, and cultural awareness. Faculty at Nevada State have extensive experience in the nursing topics they teach. With a student-oriented approach to education, they are ready to help guide and inspire your professional journey in the field of healthcare.


Nevada State University is recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which is an autonomous accrediting agency that helps ensure the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing. CCNE accreditation identifies academic institutions that offer quality nursing programs through effective educational practices. At Nevada State, you have a place for learning that is forward-thinking, career-focused, and student-centered.


The RN to BSN curriculum takes a deeper dive into foundational courses and introduces students to topics in specialized areas of nursing. Students also focus on developing leadership skills and how to make a greater impact in their community through advancing their nursing skills. Course topics include theory of Caring Science, nursing in the global environment, bioethics and informatics, and more. To conclude the program, students synthesize the knowledge and skills learned in the program through an immersion experience at a professional practice.

Program Requirements

To establish eligibility for admission, you must meet the following RN to BSN admission requirements:

  • Associate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a nationally accredited nursing program*.
  • Official Transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions (conditional admission may occur pending receipt of transcripts).
  • A current, unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license** that must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Recent graduates must obtain RN license within 7 weeks of acceptance to the program.
  • A cumulative GPA on all coursework of 2.0 or above.
  • A copy of government-issued ID
*Individuals who have graduated with an ADN...

Individuals who have graduated with an ADN from a nationally accredited institution of higher education and/ or a nursing diploma program are welcome to apply. After a full transcript review, a program plan, including additional core education and/or nursing requirements in accordance with the NSU policy on transfer credits for Previous College or University Work as outlined in the course catalog at the time of admission, will be provided to the student. The application of Gen Ed block credits as well as NURS prior learning credits is subject to transcript review in these instances.

** Students are required to hold an active, unencumbered license in the state in which they reside/practice...

** Students are required to hold an active, unencumbered license in the state in which they reside and/or in the state where the student’s practice experiences will occur. The state in which the student’s practice experiences occur must be listed as one of the approved states for this program. Nevada State University is authorized to offer online education to students in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Vermont through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), registered nurses with a bachelor’s level education earn a median pay of $81,220 per year. The job outlook for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree is anticipated to grow at an average rate of 6%, which is double the national average for all other occupations. The type of industry you work in can impact your nursing salary. Nurses who work for government agencies earn an average wage of $92,310 per year, while those who work in residential care facilities earn an average wage of $75,410 per year.

Potential careers include:

    • Home Health Nurse
    • School Nurse
    • Cardiac Nurse
    • Pediatric Nurse
    • Orthopedic Nurse
    • Emergency Room Nurse

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Need a BSN to be an RN?

In short, you do not need to earn your bachelor’s in nursing to advance your career as a registered nurse (RN). However, there are several professional benefits of going beyond your associate-level education. You may find that career opportunities are greater, leadership and administrative roles become more available, and salary potential could also be higher with a bachelor’s degree. Plus, once you complete a BSN program, you can be well-positioned for graduate programs in specialized areas of nursing and healthcare.

How Long is the RN to BSN Program?

The time it will take to complete this RN to BSN program can vary, depending on the pace of your studies. This 36-hour program can be completed in as little as 12 months, or longer, if you take fewer classes at a time. The flexibility this program provides allows students searching for RN to BSN degrees to determine the schedule that fits their lives. When you enroll, our advisors can help you map out the best path toward degree completion for you.

Can I Complete My RN to BSN Completely Online?

Nevada State offers students an accredited, innovative RN to BSN program that can be completed 100% online. When you learn with us, you receive the same high-quality education that our campus-based students receive in a classroom experience. Our faculty provides all online students with one-on-one guidance throughout the program. This way, you can graduate with the confidence to pursue higher-level roles in nursing and the dynamic field of healthcare.

How Much Does the RN to BSN Program Cost?

The cost of your RN to BSN program will depend on a variety of factors, including in-state or out-of-state tuition, plus additional fees. The cost for Nevada students is approximately $8,658 for 36 nursing credit hours required to complete the program. For non-residents, the cost is approximately $8,900. If you want to review all of the potential fees and costs associated with this program, start by visiting this page for more information.

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