100% Online RN to BSN Coursework

Prepare for the Next Step in Your Nursing Career


RN to BSN Online Option

Prepare for the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Go from RN to BSN in Just 1 Year.

Next Start Date | October 25

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Go from RN to BSN in Just 1 Year.

Next Start Date | October 25

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Customize Your Online RN to BSN Curriculum

Learn at Your Pace: Full- or Part-Time, Fast or Slow

Though Chamberlain has the largest nursing school in the U.S., our approach is anything but one-size-fits-all. We offer a flexible RN to BSN online program option designed by RNs, for RNs. Our admission representatives can help tailor a personalized learning experience for you that includes:

100% online coursework

Courses are completed according to your schedule, as there are no mandatory login times. Students have access to the Chamberlain online library, IT Helpdesk, tutoring services and career services

Direct Care Experiential Learning

Experiential learning activities enhance RN BSN curriculum as you apply knowledge in the classroom and in your current role. You’ll expand your scope through implementing theoretical concepts in different care settings

No Courses Required Prior to Enrollment

All that's required is a current RN license approved by your state and you get 77 proficiency credits before you even begin

Caring Faculty

Responsive faculty respond to you within 24 hours on weekdays & 48 hours on weekends

Customized Curriculum Plan

Students can elect to attend full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule. Online RN to BSN courses are offered every 8 weeks

Receive 89 Proficiency Credits

The median RN-BSN student entering in the 2019/20 school year entered with 89 credit hours between CCAP, proficiency and transfer credit.

Simple Admission Process

Ready to start? Here is what you’ll need for admission

Save on RN to BSN Tuition and Expenses

What types of financial assistance are available?


Our admission representatives can help find a plan that fits your budget. With our guidance,  more than 90% of Chamberlain students receive some form of financial aid. View tuition and expense information for the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option.

Financial aid is available in the form of federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work-study to those who qualify. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that is one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator for an estimate of federal and institutional aid.



On average, new student tuition is less than $14K* for the RN to BSN program option.​ 

*Average tuition based 12 transfer or proficiency credits beyond the CCAP.​ and average institutional aid granted to currently enrolled students. Books and fees not included.

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After 20 Years as a Registered Nurse, Returning for My BSN

April Wojcik had been a registered nurse for 20 years when she decided to go back to school to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in the RN to BSN Online Option at Chamberlain.

Why More Nurses Choose Chamberlain 

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Chamberlain Honor Society, Phi Pi

The Chamberlain Honor Society, Phi Pi, is the 494th chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing. Membership in Phi Phi provides students with exclusive educational resources and career development. Membership is by invitation only, based on academic performance and integrity. RN BSN students must complete 12 credit hours at Chamberlain to qualify. With 3,588 active members, Chamberlain University’s Phi Pi Chapter is the largest chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as of the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2018).

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RN to BSN Faculty Support

Our RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option is 100% online and it is distinguished by our culture of care—Chamberlain Care®. Early assessments are emphasized along with personalized support plans, ongoing coaching and personalized attention. To this end, faculty are committed to timely interactions and being easily available when you have questions and concerns.

Join a Proudly Accredited Institution

Chamberlain has university accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and baccalaureate degree program in nursing accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).† Chamberlain continuously earns new approvals from respected agencies across the nation.

Chamberlain University confers online degrees from its Main Campus in Addison, IL.

For a complete list, check out our authorizations or view our approvals in your state.

Online RN to BSN FAQs

How often are RN BSN courses offered?

Every course listed as part of the RN to BSN online option is offered each session, except for NR-435, ECON-312N, HIST-420N*. Sessions start every eight weeks.

*NR-435 is only offered in the March and September sessions
*ECON-312N and HIST-420N are only offered in the March, July and November sessions.

Why do I have to take liberal arts and sciences courses in the RN to BSN program?

Liberal arts and sciences courses are a part of any bachelor’s degree program. They are meant to broaden and deepen your learning experience which will in turn enhance your professional practice as a nurse.

What are the class sizes?

Chamberlain RN BSN faculty-to-student ratios average 1:25 (or less) in the classroom.

Do I have to complete a clinical?

Practice experiences are woven throughout the courses and can often be accomplished on the job, at your workplace. This means you will have professional clinical experiences, but will not experience clinical rotations like you did when you went to school to become a nurse. Students who reside in the state of Tennessee will experience a more traditional clinical experience as part of their Community Health Nursing course.

What are proficiency credits?

We value your rich experience as a registered nurse. Proficiency credits are awarded for this experience, as well as your diploma or associate degree in nursing. Upon acceptance into the online RN to BSN option you will be awarded 77 proficiency credits for your nursing experience before you even begin the program – and you still have the option of transferring in additional coursework. To learn more about proficiency credits, call an admission representative at 877.751.5783 or request more information.

To learn more about proficiency credits, call an admission representative at 877.751.5783 or request more information.

I’ve never taken an online course before and I’m a little nervous. How do I prepare myself for online RN BSN classes?

Before you even start the RN to BSN program, you will have access to your courses for a Preview Week to get comfortable with the online learning environment. Your admissions representative can help you get in, do a walkthrough, show you where you can find things like your syllabus and discussion threads. This is just one of many resources, as well as the personalized support, you can expect from Chamberlain to set you up for success in online learning. Once you apply, you will also have access to Chamberlain Care Student Success Strategies, which provides information on time management, scholarly writing, using the library and more.

How long is the RN to BSN Option?

The RN to BSN Online Option is designed to be flexible, so that you can find a schedule that fits your needs. You can earn your RN to BSN in as few as three semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment. If you prefer to go at your own pace, you can also enroll part-time – or adjust your RN BSN course load for a session to best accommodate your schedule and other obligations.

What classes do you have to take for the RN to BSN program?

RN BSN courses fall into three categories: general education, including communications and quantitative reasoning; nursing courses, including community health nursing and evidence-based practice; and electives. View a sample online RN to BSN curriculum plan.

Can you earn an RN to BSN online?

Coursework for the nursing RN to BSN Option is 100% online. There are no mandatory login times – you can work on weekly assignments when your schedule allows.

Will you take the credit hours I’ve already completed?

Chamberlain welcomes transfer students and we’re committed to making the process as seamless as possible for you – we’ll even order your transcripts! Your admissions representative will do a full evaluation of your transcripts before enrollment so that you can see what courses may transfer over and what you will need to complete. RN BSN students entering in the 2016/17 school year received an average of 87 credit hours between CCAP, transfer and proficiency credits. View our full RN to BSN transfer guide.

How much time should I expect to devote to RN BSN classes?

Within the RN to BSN Online Option, you should expect to spend 8-10 hours per course, per week. Everyone learns differently – some may be able to complete the work in less time, others may require more, but this is an average based on students who have found success in the program.

How do I take exams?

Chamberlain doesn’t have exams in our nursing RN to BSN courses. In general education classes, exams aren’t proctored – you will have time to complete these around your schedule, and exams are open book.

Looking for a BSN option? Explore our 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.