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Bachelor's degree

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Competency Based-CB)

12 months

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Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Register by: Sep 8, 2021

Complete in less than 12 months and for under $10,000

Prepare to enhance your nursing practice, faster. When you transfer credits from your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), you can complete your Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Competency-Based) in as little as 12 months.

Self-governed, with the assistance of your faculty practitioners and faculty mentor, this program is designed for working professionals who have an associate degree in nursing, an unencumbered RN license and one year of professional experience.

What is competency-based education?

CBE degree programs emphasize the mastery of skills and proficiency requirements for specific fields, industries and jobs. The application of that theory through projects and assignments allows students to demonstrate their understanding of the curricular components in an outcome that can yield a tangible result. You’ll take approximately four courses every 16 weeks, moving through the content with the completion of authentic assessments evaluated by your faculty practitioners.

This program gives you even more flexibility to balance school around your life. More importantly, it means every competency you master doesn’t just bring you closer to graduation — it’s another skill you can use in the workplace.

  • Apply clinical reasoning and clinical judgment using evidence-based practice

  • Manage healthcare resources

  • Apply leadership and management skills

  • Practice in community and public health settings

  • Integrate professional standards and ethical and legal conduct throughout nursing practice



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Note: This program includes additional admissions requirements:

  • An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)*
  • A valid, unrestricted/unencumbered RN license
  • One year of full-time post high school clinical-based RN work experience within the past five years

*Speak to an Enrollment Representative for additional requirement information.


Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Competency-Based).

What you'll learn

When you earn your online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Competency-Based), you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job. 

Topics covered in this degree include:

  • Evidence-based holistic patient care  
  • Professional standards and ethical and legal conduct
  • Patient care communication and healthcare information technology
  • Health promotion for diverse individuals, families and populations 
  • Health policy to influence quality patient care
  • Interprofessional care coordination strategies


Paying for school

Univeristy of Phoenix Tuition Guarantee

locked-in tuition


Cost per credit

Keep the same fixed, affordable tuition from start to finish of your degree program, even if it takes longer than you planned. That’s our promise: no matter what surprises life brings, you can count on us.

Price Comparison

Bachelors of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Price Comparison
Program UOPX Western Governors University Capella University Walden University Purdue Global University
UOPX $300 /credits x33 credits Western Governors University $3,225 /term x3 terms¹ Capella University $3,200 /term x4 terms² Walden University $2,980 /term x5 terms³ Purdue Global University $2,500 /term x7 terms⁴
UOPX $9,900 Western Governors University $9,675 Capella University $12,800 Walden University $14,900 Purdue Global University $17,500
UOPX $0.00 Western Governors University $320 /term x3 terms ($960) Capella University $50 /term x3 terms ($150) Walden University $75 /term x5 terms ($375) Purdue Global University $345 /term x7 terms ($2,415)
UOPX $9,900 Western Governors University $10,635 Capella University $12,950 Walden University $15,275 Purdue Global University $19,915


Our enrollment representatives provide personal support while you make an informed choice about going back to school. Reach us by phone at 844-937-8679 or chat with us 7 days a week.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Competency-Based) degree?

A BSN-CB can prepare you to be a:

  • Charge nurse
  • Director of nursing
12 %

Career Services for Life

Get career coaching, resumé building and interview prep, for life. While outside career advising can cost over $200 an hour, at University of Phoenix it’s built right into your degree at no added cost.

You don’t have to go it alone.

You’ll have a team of advisors invested in your success from day one — dedicated to helping you build your confidence and a personalized career plan you can stick with.

Tools and resources available 24/7/365

We're a university built for the busy. Build your resumé, prepare for an interview and plan your career — whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Networking & mentorship

Through virtual job fairs and networking with the alumni community, we've made it easy to tap into the experience and connections of your peers and colleagues at the University.

Faculty & Accreditation

Count on the quality of your education

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and this program is aligned with leading industry organizations, such as:

  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN®)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Quality & Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN)

Faculty Fast Facts


Average years of industry experience


Chief executive officers

85 %

Of surveyed students would recommend their instructors

CCNE Accredited

Faculty Spotlight

I definitely understand how difficult it is for students who have a family. I try to make my classes as “un-stressful” as possible.

Beverly Jensen

2020 Faculty of the Year


While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.