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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Online Degree

14 months*

Approximate Program Length

120

Total Credits

$350

Cost per Credit

Online & campus

Format

Start when you're ready

Register by: Jun 29, 2022

Prepare to enhance your nursing practice, faster. Courses in the RN to BSN program are 5 weeks long. Equip yourself with professional, post-licensure nursing skills while balancing the demands of work and life.

*Those transferring an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may complete their program in 14 months. At the time of official evaluation students will be awarded 87 total credits from their ADN and valid unrestricted/unencumbered RN license. RNs without an ADN transfer will be awarded 40 total credits and may complete their degree in 2.5 years.

  • Business Management for Nursing Professionals

  • Communications

  • Compassion in Population Health

  • Coordinating Safe Care

  • Critical Thinking and Holistic Nursing

  • Health Administration

  • Information Management and Communication

  • Leadership

  • Professionalism in the Nursing Field

  • 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.

Skills-aligned program

Courses

1

Course at a time

5

Weeks per course

10

Courses per year

Learning Outcomes

When you earn your BSN degree 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.

Schedule

Both the on campus and  RN to BSN online feature the same courses, and your academic advisor will help you schedule them. Please note that on campus nursing students are required to physically attend class one day a week, typically from 6-10 pm.

Program Purpose Statement

The RN to BSN program is a post-licensure education program designed for nurses with active, unencumbered RN licensure who wish to obtain a bachelor’s degree in the professional field of nursing. The program is designed to develop the professional knowledge and skills of registered nurses and prepare them as generalists who are able to apply critical thinking, professional skills and knowledge to patient outcomes and healthcare systems.

Careers & Outcomes

What can you do with a BSN?

A BSN can prepare you to be a:

  • Charge nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Director of nurse
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.

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.

Tuition

Paying for school

While education costs have risen an average of 2.6% in the U.S. every year, our Tuition Guarantee ensures you’ll pay one flat rate from the moment you enroll to the day you graduate.

Earn your degree without starting from scratch

On average, students with prior eligible college credits and relevant life experience saved $11k and 1 year on their undergraduate degree.

We’ve expanded our $1M scholarship commitment

Our scholarships aren’t just for the chosen few. We’ll help you understand which scholarships you may qualify for, worth up to $3,000.

Credit transfer made easy

Earn your degree faster, and for less, with eligible transfer credits.

Get credit for what you already know

Have previous relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit.

Your prior credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.

75%

NEED SOME HELP?

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

Student Experience

An education that fits your busy life

Balancing family, work and school

Work toward your degree without giving up what matters most. Start your degree year-round and take one class at a time.

Online learning

Enroll in online classes and attend class whenever it fits your life, day or night.

Around-the-clock support and resources

You have a support team available up to 20 hours a day, 5 days a week. And our academic counselors, who are with you every step of the way, have earned a 5-star rating from 90% of our surveyed students.

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)

Real-world faculty

25

Average years of industry experience

7

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

MSN, RN, CNE

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

Go from RN to BSN in 12 to 14 months depending on the type of program you choose. 

  • A traditional RN to BSN program is 14 months long*
  • A competency-based RN to BSN program is 12 months long

Choose your RN to BSN program

* Those transferring an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may complete their program in 14 months. At the time of official evaluation students will be awarded 87 total credits from their ADN and valid unrestricted/unencumbered RN license. RNs without an ADN transfer will be awarded 40 total credits and may complete their degree in 2.5 years.

Go from RN to BSN to pursue career enhancement in nursing. A BSN graduate has an estimated salary range between $67-92k. Salary ranges reflect the 25th and 75th percentile for nursing occupations in Arizona, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  

Learn more about RN to BSN online programs

The salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location, and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level, or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.

BSN programs prepare you for some of the following growing career opportunities in nursing:

  • Registered Nurses are experiencing 9% growth, faster than average. $61-93k - Salary ranges for registered nurses reflect the 25th-75th percentile for the occupation in Arizona, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary are experiencing 12% growth. $57-100k salary ranges for nursing instructors reflect the 25th-75th percentile for the occupation in Arizona, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

A BSN is a degree in nursing. An RN is a licensure and job title. A BSN does not prepare you to be a nurse practitioner. If you are an RN, you can pursue a BSN degree for career opportunities in your field.

A registered nurse (RN) is a nursing professional who medically treats patients and provides educational and emotional support for those individuals and their families. Depending on the specialty of the registered nurse, their specific duties will vary. 

A BSN is a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing and is a four-year program for students who seek to become a registered nurse, or those who already are a registered nurse and have an associate degree in nursing. Many RNs will enroll in BSN programs to further their education in the nursing field from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.

Learn more about RN to BSN degrees

A BSN introduces you to skills such as: 

  • Business Management
  • Communications
  • Compassion in Population Health
  • Coordinating Safe Care
  • Critical Thinking and Holistic Nursing
  • Health Administration
  • Information Management and Communication
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism
  • Quality Improvement and Case Management
  • Strategic Planning

Learn more about a BSN

An RN to BSN program can take 12 to 14 months depending on the type of program you choose. 

A traditional RN to BSN program is 14 months long*

A competency-based RN to BSN program is 12 months long

If you are currently working as an RN, you can choose RN to BSN online programs to take courses that fit a nursing program into your busy schedule. You can also use the highly rated 1-on-1 support, available 20 hours a day, 5 days a week to help you while earning your BSN.

* Those transferring an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) may complete their program in 14 months. At the time of official evaluation students will be awarded 87 total credits from their ADN and valid unrestricted/unencumbered RN license. RNs without an ADN transfer will be awarded 40 total credits and may complete their degree in 2.5 years. 

An RN is a licensure and job title. As an RN you may have many opportunities in your nursing career. If you are an RN and wish to a pursue career enhancement in nursing you can choose a BSN. 

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.