Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing: Online RN-to-BSN Program

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Program at a Glance
  • Earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as few as 18 months of full-time study.*
  • Complete your coursework on your schedule and choose the location of your clinical practice experience.
  • Customize your online BSN program with nursing elective courses aligned to certifications recognized by Magnet®.
  • The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
COURSE EFFORT 15–18 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Program Overview

The demand for nurses who possess a bachelor's degree in the U.S. is growing. Created for nurses, by nurses, Purdue Global's online RN-to-BSN program is personalized to help you achieve your career goals.

Our bachelor's degree program prepares you to deliver exceptional direct or indirect patient care. Courses are taught by dedicated professionals who provide the leadership and guidance to foster the next generation of nursing leaders. The curriculum includes:

  • A strong focus on professional leadership with courses in management, research, emerging trends in health care therapies, health assessment, and community nursing
  • An emphasis on health promotion, community health, health care information, professional ethics, diversity, and health care management
  • Development of a portfolio that enables students to demonstrate their professional and practical competencies
  • Creation of a personalized, comprehensive development plan that includes career planning

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in this program.

Transfer Credits

Purdue Global accepts up to 135 transfer credits toward the RN-to-BSN degree requirements. You could enter the program with up to 75% of the degree already completed.§

Save Time and Money

The average RN-to-BSN graduate with transfer credit saves more than $6,300 in tuition.#

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Purdue University Global is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Advance Your Career With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses in the U.S. is expected to grow much faster than the average rate of all professions from 2018 to 2028. Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing may be better prepared to take advantage of career advancement opportunities.

A BSN-prepared nurse could pursue roles in areas such as community education and public health, nursing case management, nursing management and leadership, implementation of evidence-based practice, patient care coordination, nonhospital employment opportunities, and health care administration.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Service Orientation
  3. Speaking
  4. Coordination
  5. Social Perceptiveness

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Master of Science in Nursing Bridge Program

Shorten your path to a master’s degree. Choose the accelerated Master of Science in Nursing option and you can complete graduate-level courses in place of open electives in the bachelor's degree program. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

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The RN-to-BSN program features two tracks of study. Your track of study is determined using your original transcripts from your previously completed nursing program.

  • If you have 50 transfer credits from your prior degree/diploma, you will complete the standard track.
  • If you have 90 transfer credits from your prior degree/diploma, you will complete the advanced start track.
Sample Courses
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Holistic Professional Nursing Practice
  • Primary Care in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Case Management
  • Faith Community Nursing
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Credit Breakdown
  • Prior Degree Credits90
  • Core Credits30
  • Major Credits41
  • Elective Credits19
  • Total Credits180
Credit Breakdown
  • Prior Degree Credits50
  • Core Credits45
  • Major Credits41
  • Elective Credits44
  • Total Credits180

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Program and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Completion time based on a full-time student with a prior associate’s degree. Programs will take longer for part-time students, students who take leaves of absence or drop and return, and students with a prior diploma/certificate to complete. The number of required credits may vary depending on individual state education requirements, which could affect how long it will take to complete the program. More than 45% of 2018–2019 graduates completed the program in 18 months or less (Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019).

The Magnet Recognition Program® is a registered trademark of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.  

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

§Our RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates earned an average of 111 credits prior to beginning coursework at the University.  We can accept a maximum of 135 quarter credits of prior learning. Based on 3,399 graduates from 2013 through 2017. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Individual experiences will vary. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. Future transfer credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global. See the University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. Speak to an Admissions Advisor to see how many credits you may be eligible for.

#Based on Kaplan University RN-to-BSN graduates from 2013–2017 who entered their program with eligible transfer credits beyond the minimum admissions requirements. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Tuition savings calculated as 20 quarter credit hours x $315.00 = $6,300.00. Individual savings will vary. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Future transfer credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global.