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Online Bachelor’s Degree RN to BSN Programs

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Updated on: 12/07/2018
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Registered nurses (RNs) aren’t required to hold a bachelor’s degree, but it is becoming more common that employers prefer RNs with a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Salary structures reflect this preference, given that BSN graduates earn 16% more than RNs with just an associate degree, according to PayScale. Colleges have responded to the growing BSN demand with RN to BSN online programs, which allow nurses to complete their BSN in two years or less while continuing to work.

This resource page provides an overview of course content in typical RN to BSN online degrees, and guides you through considerations for picking the school that best meets your needs, plus information on financial aid resources. Keep in mind that the salary information we provide regards nurses with their BSN.

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As you look through the following list of RN to BSN online programs you should consider which school would best serve your personal career goals. Take into account each prospective school’s graduation rates, online course offerings, tuition expenses, and financial aid opportunities.

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Rank School Name Location Tuition Financial Aid Acceptance Rate Graduation Rate # of Online Programs Credit for Experience Placement Services Counseling Services University Information
1 Utica College Utica, New York$19,44697%1%44% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The online BS in Nursing (RN-BSN) at Utica College focuses on patient-centered health care and the most current nursing knowledge for today's complex health care environment. The 121-hour program can be completed in 3 years or less. Online courses include clinical pharmacology, health assessment, health policy management, and end-of-life and palliative care. Sample elective courses include biology of aging, Spanish for medical personnel, and understanding alcoholism, chemical dependency and mental health. Students attend classes by the same instructors who teach on-campus courses via the Engage learning management system, where they read course materials, ask questions, upload assignments, participate in group discussions and interact with faculty members. While the online RN-BSN doesn't require a residency, students must participate in 2 practice experience activities in their own community: a community assessment project to identify priority health needs and a clinical population education program focused on prevention of a community health problem. Participants in these experiential learning and practice experiences gain mastery of concepts such as inter-professional teams, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning/critical thinking and cultural sensitivity. Admission to the online RN-BSN program requires an associate degree in nursing and an active RN license (or licensure must be acquired within 6 months of starting the program). Career possibilities include clinical nurse manager or educator or the pursuit of graduate studies. Utica supports online students with an academic advisor, success coach, career planning and financial aid options. Utica is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the online nursing program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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2 Cox College Springfield, Missouri$9,60014%1%100% N/A No No Yes

The RN to BSN completion nursing program at Cox College is for registered nurses with a regionally accredited diploma or associate degree in nursing. Participants start with 70 credit hours and must complete another 50 through Cox for a total of 120 credit hours. Of the 50 credit hours at Cox, 21 are general education and 29 are nursing courses. The nursing courses are completed online. Students can transfer up to 9 credit hours of previous bachelor-level nursing courses from other institutions. Nursing courses include nursing informatics, management and leadership in nursing, theories and research in nursing, community and public health nursing as well as trends, issues and ethics in nursing. The online nursing classes run in 8-week blocks, and students can begin the program at the start of any block. After enrolling in the nursing program, students are recommended to take at least 1 nursing course each semester. The RN to BSN program can be taken at a pace suitable for the student, but must be completed in 5 years. To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete all specified courses with a grade of C or better and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. The school offers academic resources and financial aid. Cox College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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3 Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, Idaho$3,92033%1%53% N/A Yes Yes Yes

Brigham Young University-Idaho offers an RN to BSN degree for current registered nurses looking to take their careers to the next level. Graduates can administer, direct, manage and coordinate holistic nursing care for individuals, families and communities. The program may be taken online or on campus. Courses include pathophysiology, health/wellness in the aging adult, community nursing, nursing research, nursing leadership and advanced nursing concepts. The program also includes experiential clinical hours on various projects such as a family healthy assessment, education sessions with older adults and implementation of a virtual health fair. Online degrees at BYU-Idaho are facilitated by trained online instructors, follow the same semester calendar as on-campus classes and provide the same academic rigors of the classroom, but with more convenience in scheduling. The RN to BSN program is available in the winter, spring and fall semesters and can take either 3 or 6 consecutive semesters to complete, depending on how many credits a student takes per semester. The class progresses together through each semester, and there is frequent interaction among students and between students and the instructor. The additional university-required courses for the 120-credit bachelor's degree may be completed before, during or after the RN-BSN courses. Students can find advising, career services and student support links through the Student Development Center. BYU-Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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4 Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia$15,10588%-55% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The online RN to BSN program at Liberty University equips licensed, practicing registered nurses with the critical thinking, leadership and clinical skills necessary to advance in their current roles or to explore other areas of the nursing field. Taught by nursing professionals with real-world experience, the flexibility of this online program allows students to remain active in their job, family and community. Faculty members have practiced in various subareas, such as cardiac care, critical care, emergency medicine, med-surg, oncology, research, as nurse practitioners and in other specialty nursing fields. Courses, taught in 8-week blocks through LU's online classroom management system Blackboard, include health assessment, nursing concepts, population health, strategies for community health care, leadership in nursing and nursing management. The RN to BSN curriculum consists of 120 credits, including 43 credits of general education requirements, 12 credits of science support courses, 4 credits of electives and 61 credits of nursing courses. Registered nurses participating in the online nursing program receive 31 credits of advanced nursing credit once they are accepted into the program. Additional transfer credits may also be applied to the non-nursing courses for previous coursework. The RN to BSN program takes about 3.5 years to complete. For the most part, aside from meeting assignment deadlines specified by professors, students can complete coursework at any time, day or night, that fits their schedules. Beginning in fall 2018, electronic textbooks will be provided free for all undergraduate courses, saving a full-time student up to $2,000 per year on textbooks. Academic advising and financial aid are available. The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

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5 University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida$4,47843%-73% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The RN to BSN program at the University of Central Florida is ideal for registered nurses seeking a flexible BSN degree. This program can be taken totally online or completed on some of the university's regional campuses. The 30-credit-hour nursing program begins 3 times a year. Completion time depends on the number of classes taken per term; part-time and full-time plans are available. Up to 29 credits may be awarded toward the BSN for prior coursework. Students interested in getting a head start on a nursing graduate degree can substitute up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework while enrolled in the RN to BSN program. Those courses would transfer toward a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice, allowing the student to complete the graduate degree in less time. Qualified applicants for the RN to BSN program must have an AA degree from a public institution in Florida or 12 UCF general education courses as well as 2 years of foreign language in high school or 2 semesters in college. Career opportunities for graduates of the RN to BSN program include ER nurse, nurse, nurse consultant, nurse leader, RN case manager or staff nurse. UCF online students have access to a wide range of student services, including advising, academic resources, a writing center, career services and financial aid. The university's main campus is located in Orlando. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, and the nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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6 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama$10,47056%1%68% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The RN to BSN program at the University of Alabama is designed so nurses can continue working full time while completing the requirements for an advanced degree. All nursing courses are taught online, and every effort is made to allow students to complete clinical activities in an area close to their home. Admitted students receive 40 hours of nursing credit for their RN licensure. Following completion of core requirements, RN to BSN students may compete the nursing courses in 3 semesters of full-time study. A new cohort of students is admitted 3 times a year (in the spring, summer and fall semesters). A part-time plan is also available. Core curriculum classes, such as English composition, computer science and history, are available online through UA or can be completed at another institution, such as a community college, and transferred to UA. RNs who have completed the entire core curriculum may complete their BSN in one year of online study. Nursing courses include nursing informatics, inquiry for evidence-based practice in nursing, role transition, community health, leadership and management roles and complex client systems. Online students have access to all the same services enjoyed by on-campus students, including academic resources, the libraries, writing center, personal tutoring, technical support, career resources and financial aid.

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7 University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming$2,97670%1%59% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The University of Wyoming offers an online RN-BSN completion program which is open to registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Students can complete the nursing major courses in 1 calendar year (fall, spring and summer), based on course availability, with no on-campus time required. Learning outcomes for participants include demonstrating evidence-based practice in the care of clients, families and communities; managing data, information and technology to guide nursing practice; using health promotion, disease prevention and risk reduction strategies in caring for clients, families and communities; and demonstrating behaviors that reflect the nursing code of ethics, professional and legal standards and the values of nursing as a care profession. Nursing courses include bridging nursing paradigms, public/community health, health disparities, health care informatics, population health, leadership in health care today, health care systems and policy and innovation in nursing practice. Students are also required to complete a capstone course in which they must synthesize program concepts through analysis of a documented public health issue. Using evidence-based resources, students must address public health competencies and analyze how the identified issue and interventions impact the health of the affected population. Resources available to distance learning students include advising, career help, financial aid, tutoring, IT assistance, a writing center and library services. The RN-BSN completion program at UW is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Higher Learning Commission.

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8 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama$8,04077%1%59% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The RN Mobility: RN to BSN Plan at the University of Alabama Birmingham takes 2 semesters to complete on a full-time schedule or 3-5 semesters on a part-time schedule. The program requires a total of 125 semester hours, and courses are all offered online. One on campus requirement includes an orientation that takes place prior to the start of the program. Students must also participate in one leadership development practicum, which includes 90 clinical hours. Throughout the program, students will have access to professors via phone or the virtual classroom and have the opportunity to engage in online discussions and web-based activities with their peers. The BSN foundation courses include a variety of courses in written composition, natural sciences, humanities and behavioral sciences. The upper division nursing curriculum for the BSN include Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, Informatics and Research for Nursing Practice, Pathophysiology for Professional Nursing Practice, Community Health Nursing and other courses. To begin the application process, students must apply for undergraduate admission to the university. Once the student has gained acceptance, the next step is to apply to the School of Nursing. The admission requirements include a GPA of 2.5 or higher and a grade of C in Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Descriptive Statistics and an elective. In addition, applicants must have earned a diploma or associate degree from an accredited nursing program and have a current license as an RN. No special tuition discount is offered for online students, but tuition rates are the same for both residents and nonresidents, $505 per credit hour for undergraduate courses.

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9 South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota$7,15557%1%60% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The online RN to BSN in Nursing program at South Dakota State University (SDSU) allows diploma and associate registered nurses to complete a bachelor's degree in 3-5 semesters through a flexible online format. Students must complete a combination of prerequisite university core classes and nursing courses for a total of 120 credits while maintaining a GPA of 2.5 or higher. The nursing curriculum is intended to prepare students in all clinical areas and includes the following courses: Transition to BS; Family and Communication; Health Assessment, Clinical Decision Making and Nursing Intervention; Leadership and Management; Community Health; and Nursing Research and Theory. Students will also participate in clinical practicums in their geographic area. Students who wish to further their education can transition seamlessly into a MS or DNP program. To support distance learners, SDSU provides success videos with tips for online student success and "netiquette" guidelines for the online classroom. In addition, students have access to academic advising, the career center, the financial aid office and technical support. To qualify for admission, students must have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) with an unencumbered license and a 2.5 GPA or higher. RNs can be admitted with three or fewer prerequisite courses left to take. To apply to the program, students must apply to SDSU for general admission and complete an application for the RN–BS option through NursingCAS, which includes transcripts, a personal statement, 2 letters of reference, TOEFL or IELTS scores for ESL students and a legal questions form.

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10 University of South Florida-Main Campus Tampa, Florida$4,55969%-71% N/A Yes Yes Yes

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of South Florida is offered fully online and consists of 30 hours of coursework. Students may complete the program in 5 part-time semesters or 3 full-time semesters. Several courses include service learning practicums, which students may fulfill at their current place of employment. If a student is not currently employed or if their employer does not wish to participate in service learning, USF will help coordinate a practicum placement. In the RN to BS program, students may select a specific cluster of coursework to focus on including leadership/management, patient/staff education and/or clinical excellence. To help facilitate online learning, the College of Nursing provides technical support to students with a helpline and Canvas tutorials. The RN to BS program is designed for students who live in the state of Florida and who are currently licensed as registered nurses with a diploma or associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school. Admissions requirements include acceptance at the USF undergraduate admissions office, a GPA of 2.50 or higher on all undergraduate work and completion of the prerequisite courses English Composition I and II. To apply, students must submit a USF admissions application, transcripts from each college or university and a College of Nursing application. The College of Nursing awards scholarships to currently admitted students and accepts scholarship applications through the USF Office of University Scholarships and Financial Aid Services. Students that wish to pursue additional education will be able to transition from the RN to BS program into USF's nursing master's program.

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11 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona$8,69882%1%54% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
12 Troy University Troy, Alabama$7,22457%1%39% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
13 Bemidji State University Bemidji, Minnesota$7,36047%1%47% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
14 Appalachian State University Boone, North Carolina$4,15936%1%71% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
15 Sam Houston State University Huntsville, Texas$5,17225%1%56% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
16 Bethel University McKenzie, Tennessee$9,30577%1%38% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
17 Morehead State University Morehead, Kentucky$8,49667%1%49% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
18 University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, Missouri$6,44666%1%55% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
19 Ohio University-Main Campus Athens, Ohio$11,29882%1%69% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
20 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Odessa, Texas$4,31278%1%37% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
21 University of Florida Gainesville, Florida$4,47729%-88% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
22 Midwestern State University Wichita Falls, Texas$5,21664%1%50% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
23 James Madison University Harrisonburg, Virginia$5,89620%1%83% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
24 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas$5,25640%1%47% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
25 Park University Parkville, Missouri$11,73049%1%27% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
26 California State University-Chico Chico, California$5,47242%1%63% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
27 Ohio State University-Main Campus Columbus, Ohio$9,16880%1%85% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
28 Washington State University Pullman, Washington$9,32472%1%70% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
29 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, Missouri$5,97977%1%55% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
30 Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri$6,15054%1%57% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
31 California University of Pennsylvania California, Pennsylvania$7,23814%1%58% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
32 University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio$8,05292%1%47% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
33 Murray State University Murray, Kentucky$7,29671%1%53% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
34 Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts$97029%1%64% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
35 University of North Georgia Dahlonega, Georgia$3,6489%1%55% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
36 Lincoln Memorial University Harrogate, Tennessee$20,520100%1%40% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
37 Weber State University Ogden, Utah$4,61158%-50% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
38 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina$3,89368%-59% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
39 University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Mississippi$7,54968%1%51% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
40 University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota$15,990100%1%59% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
41 Illinois State University Normal, Illinois$9,82749%1%73% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
42 Davenport University Grand Rapids, Michigan$15,93693%1%41% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
43 Wichita State University Wichita, Kansas$6,38574%1%50% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
44 Mayville State University Mayville, North Dakota$5,05372%1%43% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
45 Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona$9,68485%1%66% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
46 Fort Hays State University Hays, Kansas$3,78973%1%44% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
47 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus Cincinnati, Ohio$9,32258%1%72% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
48 Dickinson State University Dickinson, North Dakota$5,13854%1%34% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
49 California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, California$5,47238%-63% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website
50 University of Tennessee at Martin Martin, Tennessee$7,68058%1%50% N/A Yes Yes Yes School website

How Much Can You Make in a BSN Career?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), occupations for registered nurses are projected to increase 15% through 2026, well above the national job growth average. Commensurate with this demand, RNs with a BSN usually earn significantly higher salaries than those without a BSN. Within certain specialities, such as critical care or intensive care nursing, RNs may need additional certification, for which a BSN provides a solid foundation.

Job Growth 2016-2026: +15%
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Registered nurses provide direct patient care and education. They coordinate patient care services and offer emotional support to patients and families. They work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools, and the military.

Job Growth 2016-2026: N/A
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As accomplished RNs, clinical educators work with others to build expertise and proficiency in clinical knowledge and skills, often in a specialized field. They may work with clinicians in training, public health workers, and even insurance personnel. Most clinical educators served as nurses for more than 10 years.

Job Growth 2016-2026: N/A
Job Description

Working primarily in hospitals and clinics, nursing managers supervise staff to ensure high quality patient care. They interview and hire other nurses, and schedule nurses to ensure sufficient coverage during all shifts. Nursing managers often collaborate with physicians.

Job Growth 2016-2026: N/A
Job Description

Public health nurses work to educate individuals, families, and groups on healthy practices. They work with a variety of public institutions, including state and local government health agencies and schools. These nurses provide little to no day-to-day patient care, but they may work directly with patients to administer immunizations at public immunization clinics.

Job Growth 2016-2026: N/A
Job Description

Also called intensive care nurses, critical care nurses provide direct care to patients with life threatening conditions resulting from trauma, organ failure, or invasive surgery. They may specialize in different fields, such as trauma care, oncology, or cardiology. Critical care nurses must stay calm in stressful situations.

Sources: BLS 2018, PayScale

RN salaries vary by occupation, state, and region, since their salaries often reflect local demand and cost of living. Competence, experience, and additional credentials, such as critical care certification, may also affect earning potential. Likewise, certain institutions pay more than others. Still, location affects salary levels more than any other factor. States and cities with the highest populations generally pay the highest salaries for BSN nurses. The following list shows the salaries and job growth data for RNs in all states.

What Courses Can be Taken for an Online RN to BSN Degree?

Each college designs its RN to BSN online program according to what the institution thinks professional nurses need to know by graduation. Though every program is unique, most offer a few common courses. The following list includes course content that is common in most RN to BSN programs.

Nursing Informatics

Integrating nursing, computer, and information science, this course analyzes a nurses role in gathering, managing, analyzing, and communicating patient information to improve patient care.

Nursing Health Assessment

This course builds on RNs’ knowledge and skills in gathering, synthesizing, and analyzing patient health history and physical assessment. Students also learn to adapt assessment practices to account for patient ages and cultural distinctives.

Nursing Leadership

Incorporating key concepts of leadership and management, this course equips nurses with knowledge on the principles and practices relating to group dynamics, conflict resolution, leadership, and organizational effectiveness. Students also examine the legal, ethical, and political implications of leadership.

Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice

In this course, students learn key elements of the research process, and how to soundly interpret, evaluate, and apply published research findings. The course enables nurses to take a more active role in their own professional development.

Healthcare Quality and Safety

Addressing the risks to healthcare quality and safety, this course analyzes models and concepts that promote excellence and safety in patient care. Discussion extends beyond the role of the nurse, to that of the patient care team.

How to Choose the Best Online RN to BSN Program

Prospective RN to BSN students must consider both objective and subjective factors when selecting a program, since each student has unique needs and goals. Objective factors may include school reputation, accreditation, course offerings, internship requirements, and faculty quality. While subjective preferences might include time and financial constraints and preferences regarding school culture and philosophy. Consider the following questions in your decision process.

Is it important that a nursing program is accredited?

Professionally respected nursing schools hold proper accreditation and regularly place graduates in desirable hospitals, clinics, and related institutions. Your nursing program should hold accreditation from either the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Research which institutions hire graduates from each of your prospective nursing colleges to ensure graduates compete well for the kinds of jobs that interest you.

What professional expertise can faculty bring to a program?

When seeking a quality RN to BSN degree online, research the faculty members’ educational and professional background, such as how much experience they have in the field and how many years they have been teaching. You want to learn from those who have distinguished themselves in the nursing profession and can effectively train others to do the same.

To what degree will coursework prepare me for my professional interests?

If you have a specific career direction in mind, look for schools with course offerings that specifically prepare you for those professional pursuits. Larger schools tend to offer a wider variety of elective courses. Some small schools, however, may build their course offerings around a specific specialty. Smaller schools may afford students more opportunities to interact with faculty, even in online settings.

Should I research internship requirements ahead of time?

Yes, carefully review each institution’s internship or practicum requirements. Internships can provide an excellent transition for students to integrate their classroom learning into a professional practice. Students should check for internships that offers flexibility, challenge, and professional support. You also want to select a school that provides its students with career placement services.

Will an online program accommodate my time and financial constraints?

Given that an RN to BSN online degree serves the needs of practicing RNs, you want to select a program that fits well with your schedule and lifestyle. Research the program to see if it allows you to accelerate your education, or study-part time to accommodate your professional and family responsibilities. Also, check if the school offers financial aid options to fit your financial constraints.

Scholarships & Financial Aid for RN to BSN Programs

Given the high and growing demand for nursing professionals, many organizations offer financial assistance in the form of scholarships and grants. Check with your selected college and local community foundations, churches, and businesses for nursing scholarships. Some national scholarships, such as those listed below, provide support with more latitude for geographical areas of service. For more information on how to fund your online RN to BSN degree, review information from your prospective school’s financial aid office.

Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

Sponsored by B4 Brands in honor of Barbara Rhomberg, this scholarship supports nontraditional, full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in nursing. The one-time $1,000 award goes to someone with at least a three-year gap between high school graduation and enrollment in a BSN program. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay describing their passion for the nursing career. They must describe their nontraditional path. Applicants must also submit two letters of recommendation, including one from their current supervisor.

Elizabeth B. Moore Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship

Sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association in honor of Elizabeth B. Moore, this renewable $5,000 scholarship supports the education of an undergraduate student who demonstrates interest and merit in emergency nursing. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. Applicants do not need to be members of the Emergency Nurses Association, but they must include a letter of recommendation from a current member. Applications are due by April 30 of each year, and recipients are notified by August 1.

ENA Foundation Endowed Undergraduate Scholarship

Also sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association, this scholarship supports the education of practicing emergency nurses pursuing higher education, such as a RN to BSN. The ENA awards five of these $3,000 scholarships each year. As with all ENA scholarships, applications are due by April 30 of each year, and recipients are notified by August 1.

Gallagher Student Health Careers Scholarship

Sponsored by Arthur J. Gallagher and Company, the Student Health Careers Scholarship assists students in the third or fourth year of their first four-year degree, which is ideal for RN to BSN students. The program awards six scholarships, at $7,500 each, to applicants who demonstrate a strong dedication to a healthcare career, academic excellence, and community services, and who demonstrate financial need. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay along with two recommendation letters.

NURSE Corps Scholarship Program

The United States Health Resources and Services Administration awards this generous financial support package to successful applicants who commit to work in a critical shortage facility for two to four years after graduation. Successful applicants receive financial support for all tuition, eligible fees, and other reasonable costs including books, clinical supplies, and uniforms. HRSA also pays a monthly stipend of $1,363 for the current year. This extensive document explains the scholarship program in greater detail.