RN to BSN Online

Meet the demand for BSN-educated nurses and gain the qualifications that enhance your nursing practice. Reach your goals faster with our 100% online coursework that fits in your schedule.

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Program Overview

Gain insights into our online RN to BSN program

Build on your professionalism and passion for helping others by completing your RN to BSN online from Northern Kentucky University. In this online nursing program, you will gain the leadership skills you need to continue and excel in your professional practice. This accelerated program offers flexibility to fit your schedule, multiple start dates, and low tuition.

Registered Nurses with a BSN degree can work in a variety of roles in practice areas that include: acute care settings, intensive care units, specialty areas (e.g., pediatrics, maternity, mental health) and community health settings (e.g., schools, clinics, health departments).

In this online RN to BSN program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of research focusing on the fundamentals of the research process, levels of evidence, and quality of evidence for nursing practice
  • Study an overview of models and theories of vulnerability—focusing on social determinants of health, health disparity, and culturally appropriate strategies to address the effects of vulnerability
  • Examine the foundations of leadership and management theories and concepts in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Gain an introduction to the concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally
  • Have the ability to become acquainted with essential topics and processes in genetics, genomics, and molecular biology
  • Gain an understanding of research focusing on the fundamentals of the research process, levels of evidence, and quality of evidence for nursing practice
  • Study an overview of models and theories of vulnerability—focusing on social determinants of health, health disparity, and culturally appropriate strategies to address the effects of vulnerability
  • Examine the foundations of leadership and management theories and concepts in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Gain an introduction to the concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally
  • Have the ability to become acquainted with essential topics and processes in genetics, genomics, and molecular biology

As a graduate of this online program, you can enhance your abilities to provide excellent patient care and be prepared to step into leading clinical and magnet roles, such as:

  • Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordinator/Navigator
  • Case Manager
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Charge Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Care Coordinator/Navigator
  • Case Manager
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Charge Nurse

Also available:

Northern Kentucky University offers a variety of Nursing programs online. View our online healthcare programs.

Total Tuition $9,750*
Program Duration As few as 10 months
Credit Hours 30

Accreditation

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, postgraduate APRN certificate, and Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs at Northern Kentucky University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Tuition

At NKU, our budget-friendly tuition can be paid by the course

The RN to BSN online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for in-state and out-of-state students. Financial aid may be available to eligible students.

Tuition Breakdown:

Total Tuition $9,750*
Per Credit Hour $309
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Calendar

See how our course calendar fits your schedule

The RN to BSN online program is flexible and efficient for busy schedules, with accelerated courses that start multiple times a year. View the calendar to find the best start date for you, and be sure to submit your application, registration, documents, and tuition by the corresponding deadlines.

SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment Due
Spring 11/8/241/2/241/4/241/5/241/8/24
Spring 23/11/242/29/243/4/243/8/243/11/24
Summer 15/6/244/24/244/30/245/3/245/6/24
Summer 26/24/246/12/246/18/246/21/246/24/24
Fall 18/19/248/7/248/12/248/16/248/19/24
Fall 210/16/2410/3/2410/8/2410/11/2410/16/24

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Apply Date 2/29/24
Class Starts 3/11/24
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Admissions

We make it simple to apply to the online RN to BSN program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your RN to BSN degree online. Before you apply, please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing
  • RN license required prior to enrollment in nursing courses
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary work

RN to BSN Online Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts from an associate degree or diploma program in nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary work
  • Hold current, unrestricted RN licensure within first semester of admission to RN-BSN program. Proof of RN licensure in state of practice is mandatory prior to enrollment in any nursing course.

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Admissions
Lucas Administrative Center
400 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

Admitted students must complete either Introduction to Statistical Methods (STA 205) or Statistics for Business Applications I (STA 212) prior to enrolling in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (NRP 472).

Courses

Preview the degree plan for our RN-BSN online program

For the RN to BSN degree online program, students must complete a total of 120 credit hours, including 30 credit hours of core nursing courses.

Students must take the following courses:
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to concepts and trends in the health informatics field, both locally and nationally. Several areas will be introduced that will provide baseline knowledge for a health informaticist.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers concepts and theories providing the foundation for development of the registered nurse into the role of the professional baccalaureate-prepared nurse.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course identifies the basis of nursing and interprofessional theories as they relate to the practice of professional nursing.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an introduction to nursing research, focusing on the fundamentals of the research process, levels of evidence, and quality of evidence for nursing practice.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an overview of models and theories of vulnerability; focusing on social determinants of health, health disparity, and culturally appropriate strategies to address the effects of vulnerability.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores models of care delivery related to healthcare quality measures, safety measures, and public policy in a variety of settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores global and community health concepts focusing on population bio-psycho-social and spiritual well-being. Strategies included for population health equity and the utilization of assets and resources to create an environment for health promotion.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 2
This course recognizes the relationship of genetics and genomics to the health and care of patient and families across the lifespan.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the foundations of leadership and management theories and concepts in a variety of healthcare settings.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course is a culminating experience integrating knowledge from previous courses to design, implement, and lead an interdisciplinary team project to improve outcomes in an appropriate health care or community-based setting.

Students must have:

You will also receive credits from your Associate Degree in Nursing. The actual number depends on the courses taken and if any of the courses match the aforementioned general education or health sciences credits.

Note: You can receive more than 120 credits if you have a number of additional transferable courses from your ADN. Even if you have 120 credits, you must still have all of the required general education and health sciences courses outlined in the attached document. For example, if you had over 120 credits but were missing the statistics course, you would be required to take the statistics course.

If the following courses have not been completed with a minimum grade of C, they may be completed as corequisites:

  • One full year of English composition (ENG 101 and ENG 291)
  • One full year of anatomy and physiology with labs (BIO 208, BIO 208L, BIO 209, BIO 209L)
  • Microbiology for Health Professionals with Laboratory (BIO 202/BIO 202L)
  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100)
  • Life Span Development OR Human Growth and Development (PSY 321 or EDU 300)
  • Health Care Ethics OR Ethics (PHI 220 OR PHI 200)

Admitted students must complete either Introduction to Statistical Methods (STA 205) or Statistics for Business Applications I (STA 212) prior to enrolling in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice (NRP 472).

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