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Bachelor's Degree in Nursing:
RN-to-BSN Program

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Grow Your Career With a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

As adults live longer and face chronic conditions requiring long-term care, the demand for qualified nurses is expected to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of registered nurses is expected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average rate of all professions.*

As health care needs expand, so does the need for positions in specialized nursing and nursing management. Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program helps working professionals grow their career opportunities while saving time and money with affordable and flexible online programs taught by industry professionals.  

At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

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Save Time and Money With Purdue Global’s RN-to-BSN Program

Purdue Global accepts up to 135 transfer credits toward RN-to-BSN degree requirements. You could enter the program with up to 75% of the degree already completed. The average RN-to-BSN graduate with transfer credit saves more than $6,300 in tuition.

ExcelTrackTM RN-to-BSN

A Faster, More Affordable Way to Earn Your Degree Online

Designed to advance progress based on your existing knowledge, ExcelTrackTM is a personalized, competency-based education that gives you more control over how you learn—getting you to the same degree faster, for less money. Note that degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. 

Is the RN-to-BSN Degree Right for You?

Purdue Global's online RN-to-BSN degree offers flexibility for working professionals and students with families and other personal obligations.

  • Customize your degree with elective courses that align to certifications recognized by Magnet®.§
  • Get the student support you need, when you need it.
  • Set your own schedule by completing your RN-to-BSN degree online; complete your required clinical practice experience at location of your choice.
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RN-to-BSN Curriculum Highlights

Purdue Global's RN-to-BSN program was created by nurses for nurses. Courses are taught by dedicated professionals who provide the leadership and guidance to foster the next generation of nursing leaders. The structured 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
  • The 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
  • A dedicated faculty of practicing professionals who have attained high levels of achievement in their respective fields
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Master of Science in Nursing Bridge Program

Shorten your path to 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. Speak with an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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CCNE Accreditation

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

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is considered a standard requirement for career advancement in the nursing field.# Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are prepared to take advantage of career advancement opportunities or to pursue graduate studies in the health care field.** A BSN-prepared nurse could pursue roles in the following areas:

  • Community education and public health
  • Nursing case management
  • Nursing management and leadership
  • Implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Patient care coordination
  • Nonhospital employment opportunities
  • Health care administration
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How Do I Get Started?

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


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October 17, 2018

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November 07, 2018

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December 05, 2018

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January 30, 2019

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March 20, 2019

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April 17, 2019

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July 31, 2019

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October 16, 2019

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November 06, 2019

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December 04, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

The RN-to-BSN program option 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 advanced start track; if you have 90 transfer credits, you will complete the standard track.

You can further customize your degree by choosing from the following electives:

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing
  • Transcultural Nursing
  • Holistic Professional Nursing Practice
  • Primary Care in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Case Management
  • Faith Community Nursing
  • Independent Study
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Advanced Start
  • Prior Degree Credits90
  • Core Credits23
  • Major Credits41
  • Elective Credits26
  • Total Credits180
  • Prior Degree Credits50
  • Core Credits23
  • Major Credits41
  • Elective Credits66
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$315.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.††

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*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.

§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.  

#Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

**The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs.

††Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.