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RN to BSN Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Register By: October 23 Classes Start: October 25

A BSN built for nurses, by nurses

  • $320/credit
  • Save time and tuition, earn credit for your RN license
  • Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, transfer in up to 45 more
  • Accelerated RN to MSN option
  • No application fee, SAT/ACT scores or enrollment caps
  • 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 to accommodate your busy life as a working nurse.

Nurses are, and will always be, the face of healthcare. But while there's a need for nursing professionals now and into the future, the role they play in healthcare today is rapidly evolving. With changing technologies, healthcare regulations and implementation of care, nurses with bachelor's degrees are needed more than ever before.

In these complex, ever-changing environments, you'll need critical competencies, including evidence-based care, health promotion, disease prevention and the use of 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


Get 45 credits for your unencumbered RN license, then transfer up to 45 more into the RN to BSN program.

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 12% through 2028 – much faster than average.2 Registered nurses also earned an average annual salary of $71,730 in 2018.2

Text: 80% Increase of BSN-prepared Nurses by 2020 superscript 2Along with this growth comes a continued demand for nurses with bachelor's-level degrees. The Institute of Medicine is urging that the number of BSN-prepared nurses increase to 80% by 2020, an initiative meant to enhance patient care and safety.3

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Nursing Degree

Courses & RN to BSN Curriculum

Our RN to BSN curriculum is built upon the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. The coursework prepares nurses for the dynamic nature of healthcare and nursing practice, with content such as evidence-based practice, informatics, leadership and systems-level coordination of care, and community and population health.

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.