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RN to BSN Degree Online BS in Nursing Program

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Register By: February 26 Classes Start: February 28

A BSN built for nurses, by nurses

  • Finish in as little as one year
  • $320/credit ($960/course)
  • Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, transfer in up to 45 more
  • No application fee, SAT/ACT scores or enrollment caps
  • Accelerated RN to MSN option
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)1

RN to BSN Degree Program Overview

The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program at Southern New Hampshire University is designed with our nursing students in mind. From work schedules to family and other life events, we recognize our nurses need the flexibility that an online platform can offer.

The role that nurses play in healthcare is always evolving as nurses are asked to lead and care in all situations. With changing technologies, healthcare regulations and implementation of care, nurses with bachelor's degrees are needed more than ever before.

In these complex environments, you'll need critical skills and competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and leveraging technology to enhance your clinical and professional development. The RN to BSN online program delivers on those objectives and more – so you can change your life, without changing a shift.

Learn how to:

  • Promote safe nursing practice and quality patient outcomes
  • Use evidence-based practice to plan and evaluate outcomes of care
  • Form strategies to promote better health across patient populations
  • Communicate with teams to lead new healthcare initiatives
  • Interpret trends in healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning in the field

Transfer-friendly

Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, then transfer up to 45 more into the RN to BSN program. By transferring in the maximum 90 credits, your BSN degree may already be 75% complete when you enroll here.

Built for nurses, by nurses

Nursing professionals face a number of unpredictable daily challenges, from overtime shifts to fast-paced, on-the-job demands – we get it. That's why our curriculum was designed with nurses in mind. We aim to simplify the pathway to your degree, from offering affordable access to coursework online and on your time, to providing academic and career support when you need it. Because we believe that nurses are the heart of healthcare – and you deserve the opportunity to pursue your goals.

Laura Hilliard with the text: Laura Hillard“I'm motivated by a desire to soak in as much experience as I can in this life. Attaining an (online) BSN was seriously life-altering for my self-esteem and how I view myself. I'm incredibly proud of how hard I worked to finish a degree in two years while working full time, and earning a 4.0 in the process. It proved to me I could do anything I set my mind to, and it's given me the confidence to take on other challenges outside of work and college. – Laura Hilliard, RN to BSN ’17

Advanced Pathway Options

BSN Career Outlook

As the population ages, and nursing professionals retire, there is a growing need for qualified individuals to step up and deliver quality care. Many of these jobs will extend outside of hospitals, into the community, in long-term care facilities, outpatient centers and in patients' homes.2

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for registered nurses are expected to grow 9% through 2030.2 Registered nurses also earned a median annual salary of $71,730 in 2020.2

Kristi Dalby with the text Kristi DalbyAlong with this growth comes a continued demand for nurses with bachelor's-level degrees. The Institute of Medicine had recommended that 80% of RNs achieve their BSN by 2020, and in 2018, 57% of RNs across the country have a BSN.3 Some employers require a BSN, while others may require it to be achieved within a specific timeframe. SNHU recognizes this and offers a flexible, affordable option to nurses.

"Our online BSN program is for all nurses, from those looking to advance their career in leadership or clinical practice to nurses that want to continue at the bedside, but better support their patients armed with the ability to implement evidence-based best practices," said Kristi Dalby, DNP, RN, CNE, faculty lead at SNHU.

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Courses & RN to BSN Curriculum

"Our RN-BSN program provides working nurses with the knowledge and skills to address today’s complex problems in healthcare," said Kristi Dalby, DNP, RN, CNE, faculty lead at SNHU. "Students are exposed to a diverse group of nurses, with many opportunities to connect content to the real world in order to inform their current and future nursing practice."

At SNHU, our nursing students work on developing the awareness, knowledge and proficiency reflected in the 10 domains central to nursing practice, as outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)5. The 10 domains are:

  • Information and healthcare technologies
  • Interprofessional partnerships
  • Knowledge for nursing practice
  • Person-centered care
  • Personal, professional and leadership development
  • Population health
  • Professionalism
  • Quality and safety
  • Scholarship for nursing practice
  • Systems-based practice

Courses throughout the BSN program are taught by instructors with many years of nursing experience.

"Faculty at SNHU recognize the unique life and professional experiences that students bring into the BSN program," said Elizabeth Christman, DNP, RN, CNE, clinical faculty at SNHU. "We view students as collegial partners and value their professional expertise in the classroom as we share knowledge and learn with one another. We recognize the importance of individualized student support to encourage students’ personal and professional goal achievement as they explore professional development opportunities within their career."

There are 10 courses within the major.

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • General education courses: All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes, if not obtained in prior coursework. Through these foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
  • Technology resources: We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
  • Earn math credits for what you already know: Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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