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RN to BSN Online BS in Nursing Degree Program

Kristina Libby, who earned her online BSN at SNHU, working in a medical office while wearing scrubs.

Cost per credit $330

Total courses 40

Term length 8 weeks

Program Overview Why get a BSN online?

If you're a registered nurse ready to take on new challenges and roles in the nursing field, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) could be a great option for you. Designed with busy nurses in mind, the program offers an affordable and flexible pathway for earning your BSN online.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Safe nursing practice and outcomes
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Strategies to promote population health
  • Communication with teams
  • Trends in healthcare policy & regulation
  • Skills for lifelong learning
Kristina Libby, sitting on outside steps with her three children surrounding her while she holds her 2017 online nursing degree.

Courses & Curriculum Online BSN courses built for nurses, by nurses

Maybe you're a nurse looking to advance your career in leadership or clinical practice. Or maybe you enjoy working at the bedside, but want to better support your patients. In the RN to BSN online program at SNHU, you can gain the skills needed to implement evidence-based best practices and positively impact healthcare.

Plus, you'll get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license and can transfer up to 45 more credits. By transferring in the maximum 90 credits, your BSN degree may already be 75% complete when you enroll at SNHU.

Degree Courses

Online BSN degree courses

Throughout your degree courses, you'll develop critical nursing skills and competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and leveraging technology to enhance your clinical and professional development.

Courses may include:

Course ID: IHP 410
This course explores a population-based approach to understanding disease management, chronic care management, and health policy making. It explores how behavioral factors, social circumstances and environmental exposures affects a population and how to mitigate these factors using culturally relevant approaches to create a culture of wellness.
Course ID: IHP 501
In this interprofessional course, learners will explore major global health challenges and their impact on healthcare delivery systems. Topics explored include determinants of health, multiple approaches to advance health, social justice principles, and strategies to advocate for social justice. Learners will gain knowledge to apply social justice and human rights principles to address global health and wellness.
Course ID: NUR 301
In this course, students will expand their knowledge from prelicensure education and nursing experiences to better understand multiple aspects of professional nursing practice. This course will cover a variety of topics that encompass individual development within the nursing profession. Throughout the course, interprofessional communication and collaboration will be emphasized. Students will analyze elements of healthcare and their impact on nursing practice issues.
Course ID: NUR 302
In this course, students will incorporate assessment findings, cultural awareness, and the social determinants of health to develop a holistic plan of care for individuals across the lifespan. Students will build upon their own understanding of health literacy and current nursing knowledge to apply critical thinking skills to promote optimal health outcomes.
Course ID: NUR 409
In this course, students will explore a multitude of theories and strategies related to quality improvement measures in healthcare. Students will examine the issues, ethics, and liabilities that impact quality and safety. Students will have the opportunity to offer insights for improvement by identifying gaps and evaluating changes after implementation. Specific strategies will be provided to promote quality and safety in healthcare systems.
Course ID: NUR 411
In this course, students will explore the components of a research study while analyzing its application to scholarship and clinical practice. Students will use scholarly inquiry to examine the research process and identify potential solutions to a professional practice issue. At the completion of this course, students will learn how to communicate research findings to guide evidence-based practice.
Course ID: NUR 431
In this course, students will broaden their understanding of cause and effect by examining strategies, trends, and current issues within healthcare systems. Through a lens of critical thinking and self-reflection, students will develop and refine skills in communication, leadership, and holistic practice. Students will connect theoretical approaches to leadership and team dynamics to enhance interprofessional collaboration.
Course ID: NUR 499
In this course, students will integrate the spirit of inquiry with professional identity to develop their personal nursing brand. This course will focus on lifelong learning strategies, self-reflection, and self-care skills to maximize professional growth opportunities and foster resilience. They will also develop the skills to professionally communicate and advocate for themselves while leading change in the field of healthcare.
Visit the course catalog to view the full BS in Nursing curriculum.

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Attending college online at SNHU can be a life-changing experience. In fact, 93.2% of online students would recommend SNHU according to a 2023 survey with 21,000+ respondents.

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  • Grades
  • Instructor announcements
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To be fully accepted to the undergraduate nursing program, students must meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a conferred diploma or associate degree in nursing from a State Board of Nursing approved program that prepares students for the NCLEX-RN exam OR an accredited nursing program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on the degree-awarding transcript OR a cumulative GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 on the degree-awarding transcript with a minimum of 9 credit hours earned subsequent to the diploma or associate degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Must maintain an active unencumbered Registered Nurse license. Licensure exam must be equivalent to NCLEX-RN examination. If a student holds licenses in more than 1 state/jurisdiction, all licenses must be unencumbered.
  • Students who graduated from a nursing program and do not yet have their nursing license may be admitted if they meet all other admission requirements. However, evidence of licensure must be provided prior to the course start date of the second nursing term in the program.

If you are considering an MSN program at SNHU, please check MSN admissions criteria including GPA requirements.

If you are an RN to BSN student interested in the accelerated RN to MSN online pathway option, contact an admission counselor or your academic advisor for more information.

Graduates of an ASN program from a New Hampshire community college should contact an admission counselor at Southern New Hampshire University to learn more about our tuition benefit and admission requirements.

NOTE: SNHU nursing programs are not authorized in the state of Washington or US territories and we are not accepting students residing in Washington state or US territories into Nursing programs at this time. Currently enrolled students who move into the state of Washington or a US territory will not be able to continue in nursing courses until they move out of the state of Washington or the US territory. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Admission, and current students should contact their Advisor, for more information.

Students enrolled in SNHU nursing programs must comply with requirements of the healthcare organizations where their Clinical Practice Experiences will be completed. If the healthcare organization requires an affiliation agreement prior to conducting Clinical Practice Experiences, additional requirements may include (but are not limited to) criminal background checks and verification of licensure, drug testing, immunization records, health insurance, and medical malpractice insurance. Students are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of meeting these additional requirements.

You’ll fill out one form to verify your high school completion or GED. Then, if you’ve attended college before, you’ll submit a form for each school so we can request your transcripts for you. (Also for free!)

After reviewing your official evaluation, you can decide if SNHU is right for you! If you choose to enroll, just pick your start date and get ready for classes to begin.

Talk to an admission counselor: 888.327.SNHU |


SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which means we meet certain standards of academic quality, and have the tools and resources necessary for students to be successful. The university also carries specialized accreditations for some programs.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

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Tuition Cost & Savings College can be more affordable than you think

As a nonprofit university, SNHU offers some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country. And when you work with our Financial Services team, we'll explore ways to help you save even more on your education – and customize a payment plan that works for you.

Online undergraduate programs

Cost per credit
Cost per course
Cost for 120-credit degree*
Full- and part-time students
Active-duty military and spouses | Full- and part-time students**

*before previously earned credits are applied

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

**Note: Students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs: Course materials vary by course.

Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

$9,900 $14,850 $19,800 $24,750 $29,700
Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

If 30 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $29,700

If 45 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $24,750

If 60 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $19,800

If 75 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $14,850

If 90 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $9,900

How we estimate your tuition cost:

We look at the cost per credit multiplied by the number of credits you need to earn for a bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degrees require 120 credits. SNHU allows you to transfer in up to 90 credits, requiring a minimum of 30 credits to be taken at SNHU. This is only a tuition estimator, and doesn't account for other fees that may be associated with your program of choice.

Career Outlook What can I do with an online BSN?

With changing technologies, healthcare regulations and implementation of care, nurses with bachelor's degrees are needed more than ever before. You may find that some employers seek candidates who already have their BSNs, while others may require you to earn it within a specific timeframe after hiring. In the RN to BSN online program, you can prepare yourself to address today’s complex problems in healthcare.


Increase in registered nurse positions through 2032, projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).2


Median annual pay for registered nurses as of May 2023, according to the BLS.2

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

What SNHU students are saying

Kristina Libby ’17
Kristina Libby ’17

I felt like I had a personal relationship with my instructors throughout each class I took. Any questions that I had, the instructors were always there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

No. A registered nurse might have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), but they are not the same thing. RN stands for registered nurse – a title given to a nursing professional who has completed educational and licensure requirements. While these requirements vary by state, all RNs must have at least an associate degree and pass an exam known as the NCLEX-RN.

The RN to BSN program gives nurses with associate degrees the opportunity to further their education online while they continue their lives as nursing professionals.

Yes, you can earn your RN to BSN online. The RN to BSN online option is perfect for post-licensure registered nurses juggling work, family and other life obligations.

As more and more healthcare employers are demanding their nurses be BSN-holders, earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing helps qualify you for more positions. If you’ve already completed an accredited associate program in nursing, the flexibility of our online BSN program could be a great way to help advance your career without missing shifts.

Plus, you'll have access to a network of nursing experts who can help you throughout your program.

"Our students are supported from day 1," said Kristi Dalby, DNP, RN, CNE, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director at SNHU. "Online learning can feel isolating, but not at Southern New Hampshire University. The faculty and advising support is incredible."

And at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), we take credibility seriously. SNHU is accredited by the regional accreditor the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Our online BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).1

We believe that nurses shine when they're out in the world – whether it's in an emergency room, a clinic or a residential care facility. This is why we've built our curriculum to include assignments that take students into their communities through clinical practice experiences. Please note this is not the same experience that a registered nurse would have experienced in their pre-licensure program.

Our nursing program accreditor, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), defines clinical practice experiences as planned learning activities in nursing practice that allow students to understand, perform and refine professional competencies.

Some BSN programs do incorporate hands-on projects into their work. Southern New Hampshire University's (SNHU) online program is one of them.

“They have the opportunity to collaborate with a mentor to make an impact on a population in our Nursing in the Community course," said Kristi Dalby, DNP, RN, CNE, Undergraduate Nursing Program Director at SNHU. "In this course, students work with a qualified mentor to assess community needs and develop a QI proposal.”

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the Higher Education and Real World Training (HEaRT) program.

“This program provides students the opportunity to partner with other nursing and health professional students to solve real-world employer-based projects posed by healthcare industry leaders,” said Elizabeth Christman, DNP, RN, CNE, clinical faculty at SNHU.

Qualified students who participate may be able to earn prior learning assessment (PLA) credit for an undergraduate elective, or even to apply toward a graduate level course within the MSN program at SNHU.

The time it takes to complete an RN to BSN program depends on how many courses you take per term and your prior educational experience. But already having RN licensure means you’re well on your way to completing your BSN.

At Southern New Hampshire University, your unencumbered RN license alone is worth 45 credits of your BSN, and we accept up to 90 transfer credits. This means you can complete your RN to BSN program in as little as 1 year.

Salaries for nurses vary depending on several factors, including years of experience, level of education and industry.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for registered nurses in May 2023 was $86,070.2 In that same year, nurses in government ($99,840) and state, local and private hospitals ($88,430) were among the top earners. Ambulatory healthcare services ($81,230), nursing and residential care facilities ($79,280), and educational services in state, local and private sectors ($71,550) followed closely behind.2

For those looking to advance beyond a BSN, an accelerated RN to MSN online pathway option can help position you for advanced practice or leadership roles. Learn more about types of nurses.

The pace at which you can earn an MSN depends on your chosen pathway. However, Southern New Hampshire University's accelerated pathways (offered for all 5 specialty MSN tracks) are a great way to speed along the process. They allow students to take courses during their BSN that can then be used to waive credits in each of the MSN tracks. 4 of the MSN tracks (Population Healthcare, Family Nurse Practitioner, Healthcare Quality & Safety and Nurse Executive Leadership) can be reduced by 6 credits, while 1 of the MSN tracks (Nursing Education) can be reduced by 9 credits.

Sources & Citations

1 The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at (viewed April 19, 2024). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

3 American Association of Colleges and Nursing, The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education [PDF], on the internet, at (viewed Oct. 7, 2021)