Best Online BSN Degree Programs

If you have current RN licensure, it's possible to obtain an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a top-ranked school. Read on to learn which schools offer a BSN online, including information on accreditation and curriculum. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Online BSN Degrees

Nursing instruction and the nursing profession are detailed. At one time, many schools did not offer a complete Bachelor of Science in Nursing online. However, a growing number of nursing schools have begun to make the RN-to-BSN program available online. This program allows people with some nursing education and current RN (registered nurse) licensure to earn a BSN. U.S. News and World Report ranked the following nursing programs among the best in the country.

Important Facts About Online BSN Programs

Prerequisites In addition to current RN licensure, schools may require a minimum GPA, letters of recommendation and completion of specific prerequisite courses
Key Skills Understanding the link between healthcare policy and nursing practice; recognizing the importance of patient safety; providing holistic care that incorporates physical, spiritual and cultural concerns
Possible Careers Aside from becoming a registered nurse, opportunities may be available in healthcare recruiting, nursing administration or pharmaceutical sales (additional experience may be required)
Continuing Education RNs usually need to complete continuing education coursework or activities for regular license renewal
Median Salary (2018) $71,730 (for all registered nurses)
Job Growth (2016-2026) 15% (for all registered nurses)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Arizona State University

Arizona State University's College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers a 100% online RN-to-BSN program. Students can earn this degree in as little as 15 months. Core courses provide study in health and wellness promotion, community and public health nursing, nursing management, nursing theory and evidence-based practice in patient care. A capstone course allows students to draw from their understanding of nursing roles, standards of practice and ethical code to develop an analysis of nursing practices.

University of Maryland - Baltimore

The RN-to-BSN program at the University of Maryland - Baltimore, is a 31-credit, 2-semester program of classes in research, nursing technology and community health. Another 59 required credits in microbiology, psychology, sociology, statistics, chemistry, anatomy and nutrition must be transferred from any accredited institution. Online students complete the program by working with an instructor in their geographic area. They must hold RN licensure in Maryland or licensure from a compact state. The University of Maryland's program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Oregon Health and Science University

The Oregon Health and Science University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The RN-to-BSN program requires previous instruction in topics like microbiology and nutrition. You'll gain this by completing an ADN program (associate's degree in nursing) or other education leading to RN licensure. OHSU's program covers chronic illness, epidemiology and nursing leadership. Most courses are available online. Because of clinical requirements, the program is open only to residents of Oregon or border counties in Washington.

Other School Options

  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Emory University
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • Yale University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of California - Los Angeles

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