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RN to BSN Program Online: Bachelor of Science Nursing

Earn your RN-BSN, on your schedule

Go from RN to BSN online and on your time, apply to Chamberlain to start the next step in your career.

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RN to BSN program offers flexible, guided learning with high student satisfaction. 100% online, no late penalties, typically 3 assignments per course, zero tests, and graduation in 1 year.
RN to BSN program offers flexible, guided learning with high student satisfaction. 100% online, no late penalties, typically 3 assignments per course, zero tests, and graduation in 1 year.

RN to BSN Admission FAQ

What is a proficiency credit?

We value your experience at Chamberlain - you’ll earn a minimum of 77 credits (known as proficiency credits) for your education and clinical experience as a registered nurse towards your RN to BSN. 

Can I transfer in additional credits?

Yes - you’ll have your transcript assessed for transfer credits that can cut down on general education courses. The median RN BSN online student entering in the 2020/21 school year, started with 89 credit hours through proficiency and transfer credit. Learn more in our RN to BSN Transfer Guide.

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

Within the RN to BSN online program, you should expect to dedicate about 18 hours per week to each 3-credit hour class. This includes activities such as online participation, reading, studying, homework assignments, and tests/quizzes. Everyone learns differently - some may be able to complete the work in less time, others may require more.

How often are RN to BSN classes 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.

Tuition FAQs

What kind of financial aid is available?

Financial aid is available in the form of federal and private loans, scholarships, grants and work study, for those who qualify. Learn more about scholarship opportunities.

How can I better understand my total costs?

We encourage you to use the Tuition page, which can provide a breakdown of costs, or request information to connect with our admissions team for personalized advising.

Do hospitals pay for RN to BSN? Can my employer, community college or nursing association provide any tuition benefits?

Speak with your employer to see if tuition reimbursement may be available. You can also explore if you’re eligible for exclusive savings for our RN to BSN online program through one of hundreds of partnerships.

How much is Chamberlain’s online RN to BSN program?

View the total program cost and a breakdown of the tuition and expenses. The per-credit-hour tuition rate will remain frozen through 2023. Program revisions may impact total tuition for readmitted students.

On average, new student tuition is less than $14,000 for the RN to BSN program option.*

*Savings vary on transcript evaluation, grant eligibility, and group-specific tuition rates

RN to BSN Curriculum FAQ

What classes are needed for the RN to BSN?

RN to BSN online courses include Foundational Concepts for the Practicing RN, Collaborative Leadership in Healthcare, Community, Public, and Population Health Nursing, Evidence-Based Practice, and more. View the curriculum for the online RN to BSN program here.

How many credits are needed for the RN to BSN?

Practice experiences are woven throughout RN to BSN online program 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.

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.

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. 

Why More Nurses Choose Chamberlain

  • Integrated Practicum
    Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program incorporates clinicals into the curriculum, so you don’t need to go to a physical site to complete them.
  • 4.0 Grading Scale
    Unlike a competency-based education program, Chamberlain evaluates students on a 4.0 GPA scale, making the transition to graduate programs more seamless. We offer an alumni discount for our graduate programs, as well as the bespoke faculty support you’ve come to know.
  • Founding Partnership with DAISY
    Chamberlain University partners with The DAISY Foundation to provide scholarships for nursing students who have demonstrated extraordinary skill and patient care. We honor their commitment to nursing and want to help them reach their educational goals.
  • Chamberlain Care®
    We nurture a culture of care at Chamberlain. Throughout our students’ academic journeys, they are supported by faculty who recognize their potential and teach them the skills, competencies and knowledge they need to be successful.

We Have Your Back

You’re never alone at Chamberlain

We understand that as a busy nurse you have professional and personal commitments, so you need an RN to BSN program that provides support resources to meet you where you are. That’s why we designed our RN to BSN program with and for working nurses, so that your education can fit your life:

  • 24/7 access to online Student Resource Center with writing tools, technology resources, English language learner resources and much more.
  • Engaged faculty with an open-door policy. Call, text or email, and faculty will get back to you within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours on the weekend.
  • Questions are always encouraged, and you can ask anytime. There are also optional live meet-and-greets with faculty, or you can set up one-on-one sessions to screenshare and review topics.

Still have questions about the online RN to BSN program? 

We know that as a working nurse you have a busy schedule and patients and colleagues who rely on you. Pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is a big step in your nursing education journey and we’re here to support you.

If you’re an RN with an associate degree or diploma, you can complete your BSN degree in as few as three semesters. Our CCNE-accredited* RN to BSN program is 100% online, with convenient scheduling, a focus on core content that is readily applicable to professional settings and the opportunity to work and network with peers who share many of your professional experiences, values and goals.

Our 100% RN to BSN program flexibility, with 24/7 access to coursework and no mandatory login times. We value your expertise as an RN and provide up to 77 proficiency credits for your previous educational experience. We don’t give tests because we believe your mastery of material can be demonstrated through your coursework. We even incorporate our practicum into the coursework so you don’t have to travel. Still have questions? We’d love to tell you more about our RN to BSN program! 

* The baccalaureate degree in nursing program, master's degree in nursing program, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post graduate APRN certificate program at Chamberlain University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Can I complete my RN to BSN degree online?

Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program can be completed 100% online, designed with — and for — working nurses. Our program offers 24/7 flexibility, structure to help you keep pace and a community that will lift you up and guide you through. Our CCNE-accredited* program is the one of the largest RN to BSN program in the United States, and we’ve made sure that your life and your work do not have to be put on hold when pursuing your BSN degree. 

How long are RN to BSN programs?

Chamberlain’s RN to BSN program can be completed in as few as three semesters., However, students can control the pace of their studies, so program completion may take longer depending on each student’s needs. For example, students can pursue part-time options or even take one course at a time.

Chamberlain has designed our RN to BSN program to be customizable to your needs as a working nurse. We know that you are busy, so we created our 100% online program to fit you, your life and your schedule. In other words, we let you decide what works best for you!  

Regardless, you’ll be in good company: Chamberlain is the largest nursing school in the United States, and our community of more than 160,000 students, faculty and alumni share your calling.

What are the potential benefits of completing an RN to BSN degree? 

When you complete your online RN to BSN degree, you’ll be ready for increased responsibilities and broader opportunities, including evaluating a patient’s condition and providing medicine and treatment; creating plans for patient care and contributing to existing care plans; consulting with doctors and analyzing test results. A BSN degree can prepare you for future roles and enhance your career opportunities. Learn more about our 100% online RN to BSN program today: You’ll be in a community that shares your calling to care. 

Join a Proudly Accredited Institution

Earn your RN to BSN online from an accredited nursing school

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.


Distinguished Recognitions

National League for Nursing
Chamberlain University College of Nursing was named a Center of Excellence™ in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing for promoting the pedagogical expertise of faculty.

The DAISY Foundation
Chamberlain University is a proud partner of The DAISY Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing extraordinary nurses for their skill, kindness and compassion provided to their patients and families.

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What Is RN BSN?

If you are a registered nurse with an active RN license looking to earn your BSN, Chamberlain's online RN to BSN option can help prepare you for the next step in your education. 

What does RN to BSN mean?

RN to BSN is an academic program for registered nurses (RNs) who have a diploma or associate’s degree in nursing and would like to advance to the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) level. Not yet a registered nurse? Check out our 3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Can you do RN to BSN online?

Yes! 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.

Do hospitals pay for RN to BSN? Can my employer, community college or nursing association provide any tuition benefits?

Speak with your employer to see if tuition reimbursement may be available. You can also explore if you’re eligible for exclusive savings for our RN to BSN online program through one of hundreds of partnerships.

Featured Courses

Health Assessment for the Practicing RN

This course, for RN to BSN option students, builds upon students’ existing knowledge of nursing assessment. Students explore current and innovative techniques for assessing an individual’s physical, psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs. The use of assessment findings for clinical decision making and the creation of individualized patient teaching plans is discussed throughout the course.

Foundational Concepts for the Practicing RN

This course introduces the RN student to the knowledge, skills, attitudes, theory and roles of the professional nurse in the context of contemporary
and future professional nursing practice. This course provides the student with opportunities to demonstrate skills for success as an online RN to BSN student.

RN Information Systems in Healthcare

The focus of this course is the understanding of health information systems to ethically manage data, information, knowledge and technology to communicate effectively; provide safe and effective patient care; and utilize appropriate databases to search for evidence-based on research to enhance the quality of patient care and inform practice decisions. Development of competencies in using patient care technologies and information management systems is emphasized.

RN Evidence-Based Practice

The research process and its contributions to the professional nursing practice are explored. The skills related to asking research questions and searching for best evidence are reviewed. The skills related to reading published research findings with understanding and using best evidence as the basis for professional nursing practice are developed.

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