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Bachelor's degree

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

12 months

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Cost per Credit



Start when you're ready

Register by: Oct 19, 2022

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?

  • Business Management

  • Communications

  • Coordinating Safe Care

  • Critical Thinking and Holistic Nursing

  • Health Administration

  • Information Management and Communication

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism

  • Quality Improvement and Case Management

  • Strategic Planning

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A degree built around the skills employers want

We know what skills employers want because we did our homework.

We worked with labor market researchers to align in-demand skills with our program to ensure you have the opportunity to learn and demonstrate them in your coursework.

Look for the skills icon to see exactly which in-demand skills you’re learning in the courses you take.

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  • An Associate of Arts Degree in Nursing, Associate of Applied Arts Degree with an emphasis in Nursing, an Associate of Science Degree with an emphasis in Nursing, or an Associate of Applied Science Degree with an emphasis in Nursing from an accredited college or university.
  • Students must have a valid, unrestricted/unencumbered RN license.
  • A minimum equivalent of one year of full-time post high school clinical-based RN work experience within the past five years. (Full-time work is defined as 32 hours per week for the BSN-CB program.)


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. 

You'll learn how to:

  • Demonstrate evidence-based holistic patient-centered care that reflects knowledge of the health-illness continuum.
  • Implement appropriate health promotion and disease prevention strategies for diverse individuals, families and populations across the life span.
  • Demonstrate professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct in health care industry.
  • Apply leadership and organizational principles that promote safe health care delivery and nursing practice.
  • Incorporate strategies that influence health policy at state, national, and international levels for the provision of safe, quality patient care.
  • Integrate patient care communication and information technology systems in health care delivery to improve patient outcomes.
  • Utilize interprofessional care coordination strategies to promote quality patient care.​


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?

An BSN-CB can prepare you to be a:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • Director of Nursing (DON)
9 %

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for registered nurses occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030.

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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.

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Networking & mentorship

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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

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


Current RN license required. 

*While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projections are not specific to University of Phoenix students or graduates.