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College of Nursing

Online bachelor's nursing degrees

College of Nursing

Online bachelor's nursing degrees

Elevate your clinical and administrative skills as an RN

Learn how to lead and make a bigger impact on patients and care environments with our accredited online bachelor’s nursing degrees. Registered Nurses (RN) who want to raise their professional competencies can earn a bachelor’s nursing degree to build critical thinking, communication and leadership skills. 

There’s more good news. Our traditional bachelor’s courses are online and only 5 weeks long. You can also choose to enroll in a competency-based credit program and take 4 courses at once during 16-week blocks. These choices give you the flexibility to begin class and study when it best fits your busy schedule. It’s a convenient way to build your nursing skills and prepare to positively influence patients and clinical environments, no matter how busy your life. 

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Find the nursing bachelor's degree for you

120

The number of credits required to complete a bachelor’s nursing degree with UOPX

12-32

months^

The program length of a bachelor’s nursing degree with UOPX 

^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. While widely available, not all courses are available to residents of each state. Please check with an enrollment representative. 

Skills you’ll develop with core bachelor’s nursing degree courses

REGISTERED NURSE (RN) TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

  • Information Management and Communication 
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Compassion in Population Health
  • Coordinating Safe Care
  • Critical Thinking and Holistic Nursing

REGISTERED NURSE (RN) TO BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING COMPETENCY-BASED

  • Information Management and Communication 
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Compassion in Population Health
  • Coordinating Safe Care
  • Critical Thinking and Holistic Nursing 

Outlook for RNs 

BLS CATEGORY: Registered Nurses

JOB GROWTH: 6%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for registered nursing occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

JOB TITLES:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • Director of Nursing

BLS CATEGORY: Registered Nurses

JOB GROWTH: 6%

Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for registered nursing occupations is projected to be as fast as average between 2021 and 2031.

JOB TITLES:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • Director of Nursing

Bachelor’s nursing degree course requirements

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

You’ll take 11 core courses with program-specific knowledge to gain added confidence and skills to expand your competency as an RN. These core courses include topics like: professional contemporary nursing practice, theoretical development and conceptual frameworks, and health information technology for nursing. 

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Competency-Based Credit

In this self-directed, faculty-assisted program, you’ll take 11 core courses with program-specific knowledge to gain greater confidence and skills to expand your competency as an RN. If you qualify for this program, you’ll take 4 courses at a time. The courses last 16 weeks per course. Core courses include topics like: professional contemporary nursing practice, theoretical development and conceptual frameworks, and health information technology for nursing. 

Tuition and financial aid

Affordable, locked-in tuition

UNDERGRAD: Tuition cost per credit - $300 or $350, depending on program

The $350 cost per credit applies to our RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree; the $300 cost applies to the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Competency-Based degree program.

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Ways to pay — and save. Explore your options.

From grants and scholarships to federal financial aid, there are a variety of ways to pay for school and save on tuition.

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is money from the U.S. Department of Education to help you pay for your college tuition and expenses.

Transfer Credits

Our RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Competency-Based degree require an RN licensure. Ask an enrollment representative about transfer credits. 

Military or Veteran Benefits

See if you qualify to use veterans’ education benefits or tuition assistance to help pay for school.

Scholarships

Starting with your first course in our traditional online bachelor of nursing degree, every qualifying new student will be awarded one of our scholarships.

Employer Tuition Discounts

Check if your employer provides tuition assistance, benefits, or reimbursement programs toward your degree.

Credit for Prior Learning

Explore savings opportunities to earn college credit for skills you’ve gained through work and life experiences.

Student experience

Michelle D.

“I have loved the journey, and I have loved every class. I want to cry as I have finished another goal of mine. It’s been worth it all the way. This journey has changed my perspective, my personal nursing view, and my attitude. I am so thankful.” 

—Michelle D.
RN to BSN, 2021 

Over 1 million alumni have earned their degrees while balancing work, school and life. So can you. 

Manage Time with Flexible Courses

Use Robust Student Resources

How to apply for your bachelor’s nursing degree program

Once you’ve selected your degree program, choose your start date from our calendar, apply for free and register before the deadline (usually one week before the program starts). Then you’ll speak to an enrollment representative to begin class.

  • No application fee — no obligation!
  • No SAT, GMAT or essay required
  • No out-of-state tuition
Apply for your nursing degree program online

Experienced faculty

Learn from accomplished, real-world faculty members who lead in the fields they teach. Our instructors go through a careful vetting process before joining our faculty ranks. They include industry leaders who encourage, challenge, and inspire our students. And with a student-faculty ratio of 32:1 [1], you’ll get the attention you need.

[1] This is a university-wide ratio. The College of Nursing student-faculty ratio may vary.

Raelene Brooks, Ph.D., RN

Meet Our Dean: Raelene Brooks, Ph.D., RN 

Dr. Brooks is the Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Phoenix.  As a nursing researcher, she studied the long-term outcomes and weight regain in the bariatric surgery population and completed her PhD in Nursing Science at the University of San Diego.

Dr. Brooks has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and practiced extensively in the areas of: ICU, trauma, and critical care. Her publications include a focus on nursing education, critical care, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her role in a deanship span over a decade.  She has attained tenure twice during her academic career in the state of California serving as a professor in prelicensure nursing education.  She is an appointed Doris Howell Scholar and a champion for women’s health and wellness. She is an active member of several professional nursing associations including American Association of Colleges of Nursing, National League of Nursing, and Association for Critical Care Nursing.

“The healthcare of this nation is evolving at a rapid pace and there continues to be healthcare inequality,” states Brooks. “I am invested in preparing students to be innovative, inclusive, and creative decision makers. There is value in tradition. However, we cannot afford to stay confined to the traditional theory and framework in nursing education. Innovation, adaptation, and transformation in tandem with the traditional framework in nursing education will help to prepare our graduates to be contributors to the solution and meet the healthcare challenges facing our nation today and in the future.”

— Dr. Brooks

Programmatic accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. These programs are 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)
C C N E accredited

Nursing bachelor's degree FAQs

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Your RN to BSN can be completed within 12 to 32 months. With your ADN, and depending on which degree option you’re pursuing, you could complete your degree in 12 to 14 months.  

 

You can be an RN without a bachelor’s degree in nursing, but a bachelor’s degree may be required to help you qualify for positions with administrative, research, teaching and consulting responsibilities. In an online nursing degree program, you’ll take courses that help build holistic nursing, population health and information management skills.

Yes, all our courses are available 100% online. Where most colleges expect you to take several courses at once, in your traditional RN to BSN program you take one course at a time over five weeks, while the RN to BSN Competency-Based credit program requires 4 courses at a time during a 16-week period. 

You’ll learn from faculty who bring their own real-world experience and practice the same knowledge and skills they teach. What’s more? Throughout the course of your learning experience, our academic counselors and finance advisors are always there to support and guide your decisions from day 1. 

[2] 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.