RN to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program)
Go from RN to BSN online at a remarkably low cost.
Aspen University’s online RN to BSN completion program is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who are looking to enhance their career mobility without an on-campus class requirement.
Affordability is our first principle, and we are always up-front about the cost. For the entire RN to BSN program, tuition and fees are $11,624.
Flexibility is our second principle because we know how tough it is to balance education and an already busy life. That’s why we designed interactive, flexible, and facilitated online courses that can be tailored to your schedule. Courses start every 2 weeks and are only 8 weeks long, which means that in as little as 12 months, you could add BSN to that empty space on your name badge.
CCNE accredited and awarded EEQ certification; our RN to BSN program offers a comprehensive online education that builds on initial nursing preparation with coursework to enhance professional development, prepare for a broader scope of practice, and provide a better understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence care delivery.
Learn and receive 1-on-1 support from respected nursing leaders and instructors that are specifically trained in online-first education.
Network while you learn, and once you’ve graduated, you will join a community of over 7,000 Aspen University BSN graduates who are making a positive impact in the healthcare field across the country.
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RN to BSN Courses
Our RN to BSN curriculum consists of the 10 courses outlined below. Since you’ll be learning from nurse educators with extensive experience in diverse healthcare settings, you will be able to immediately put your new knowledge into your nursing practice. Our RN to BSN program also offers students the opportunity to delve into a variety of essential healthcare topics while simultaneously gaining insight into related healthcare fields.
This undergraduate-level course acclimates students to the academic community by developing and refining the knowledge and skills needed to read and critically analyze scholarly texts, write essays of increasing complexity, and practice stages of the composing process. Students are introduced to principles of effective written communication and critical reading, with a focus on invention, drafting, revising, editing, and self-assessment of written scholarly work. While a number of citation and formatting styles exist in scholarly writing, this course focuses on application of the basic rules of the American Psychological Association (APA) style.
Issues and Trends in Professional Nursing analyzes the impact of economic, demographic and technological forces on health care delivery, and the concerns relating to ethical, legal, and social issues that influence nursing practice. A historical background gives perspective to current nursing problems, and future trends are considered in terms of their impact on roles and practice. Issues impacting professional nursing are examined within a framework set forth by the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) five core competencies on quality and healthcare. The potential transformation of nursing practice in response to societal changes will be explored as well as the new opportunities these challenges have for career development.
Concepts and Theories in Nursing provides an introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. The significance of theory for nursing as a profession is explored, thus providing students with a foundation for professional nursing practice and research. This course provides an overview of theory, theory development, important nursing theories and nursing theorists, as well as a method for critiquing theory. Students are guided to develop a foundation of reasoning skills that are necessary to integrate the components of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences into nursing practice.
This undergraduate-level course provides students with an introduction to health care informatics from an interdisciplinary perspective. Foundational concepts of health care informatics are explored, including theoretical underpinnings of health care informatics; use of information systems in a variety of health care settings; the e-patient and participatory informatics; quality, usability, and standards related to health care informatics, legal and ethical implications for practice; and emerging technologies.
N492 Community Health Nursing I provides a solid foundation in community and public health nursing concepts and interventions for individuals, families, and communities. Various roles of the nurse are explored in relation to primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention with target populations across the lifespan. The impact of political, economic, social, environmental, and cultural concerns on the health of populations is examined. Health promotion and disease prevention concepts are integrated into the multifaceted role of population-focused, community-oriented nursing practice. It is anticipated that at least 30 field experience hours will be required to complete the health promotion project. This course requires 30 hours of field experience. This course must be completed successfully before beginning N493. **Note: Field experience hours must be documented and approved appropriately prior to course completion to successfully pass the course.
This undergraduate-level course focuses on how healthcare policies, financial issues, regulations, legislative actions, businesses, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders influence healthcare in the United States and the world. Students will develop a solid understanding of the broader context of healthcare, including how patient care services are organized and financed, and how reimbursement is structured. Students will learn how healthcare policy is both developed and changed, and how that process can be influenced by healthcare professionals as well as lay and special advocacy groups. Students will be encouraged to participate in the political process and advocate for patients, families, communities, their profession, and changes in the healthcare system as needed. Advocacy for vulnerable populations with the goal of promoting social justice is discussed.
N493 Community Health Nursing II builds upon the foundation provided in N492 Community Health Nursing I. From a theoretical and scientific framework, the concepts of epidemiology and disease transmission, comprehensive assessment of risk factors and health problems, program planning and intervention, environmental health, and collaboration with the interdisciplinary team are explored. The clinical component focuses on developing and evaluating health promotion programs, family assessment, community assessment, and community-based home care within the context of the community. The nursing process is applied with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. This course requires 80 hours of field experience.**Note: Field experience hours must be documented and approved appropriately prior to course completion to successfully pass the course.
Essentials of Nursing Research introduces the steps of the research process and the role of research in the practice of professional nursing. The methods and analytical tools required to critically evaluate nursing research literature are emphasized. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are highlighted. The focus of this course is on accessing and analyzing current nursing research literature to enable the professional nurse to apply research to current practice and issues. The skills of using technology to locate research information are developed, and the essential role of databases is explored. An understanding of ethical research practices is explored. This course prepares students to be critical consumers of evidence based research, and serves as a foundation for graduate-level nursing research courses.
Health Assessment focuses on the complete health assessment, the nursing process, and its relationship to the prevention and early detection of disease in diverse patients across the life span. The process of health assessment is introduced, including: interviewing, history-taking, and physical assessment. Health assessment occurs within the context of the family and community and incorporates cultural and developmental variations and needs of the patient. Normal findings and cultural and age variations are emphasized. Incorporated throughout the course is the importance of communication and collaboration with patients and health care professionals. This course prepares the professional nurse to apply the concepts, knowledge and skills necessary to complete a health assessment for patients in all age groups, emphasizing the major elements, sequence and methodology of health assessment. This course also serves as a foundation for a graduate-level health assessment course.
N496 Nursing Leadership and Management provides broad and comprehensive coverage of leadership and management theories and processes that are critical to the creation of a work environment that is efficient, cost-effective, and committed to quality nursing care. The emphasis is on understanding the key skills employed by highly successful nurse leaders/managers such as critical thinking, effective communication, conflict resolution, successful delegation, team building, controlling resources, quality improvement, stress management, utilization of information technology, and leading change. Students are engaged with opportunities to participate in learning activities that integrate knowledge about the activities, roles, and responsibilities of nurse managers/leaders and enable students to practice conceptual, technical, and interpersonal management and leadership skills. This course prepares the student for an entry position into the professional nurse manager role and serves as a foundation for graduate-level leadership and management courses. It is anticipated that at least 10 field experience hours are included in this course.This course requires 10 hours of field experience. This course satisfies the proctored exam requirement for this program.**Note: Field experience hours must be documented and approved appropriately prior to course completion to successfully pass the course.
The total cost of your degree program will vary, depending upon transfer credits awarded, fees incurred and the cost of textbooks.
Our Monthly Payment Plan Makes Us Different.
Paying for your BSN shouldn’t be complicated. Our Monthly Payment Plan makes it easy for working nurses to finance their RN to BSN program by paying $295 per month.
The monthly payment plan is a private education loan with a 0% fixed rate of interest (0% APR) and no down payment. Each month you’ll make one payment of $295 for 40 months.
We're here to help. Contact an advisor to discuss your financial options.
Other Ways to Cut the Cost of Your BSN
Students who have served, or are currently serving in the United States Military and their legal spouses are eligible to receive a Military Affiliation Discount from Aspen University.
Aspen University is currently approved by the U.S. Department of Education to offer federal student aid for all of our degree programs except the Master of Public Health program and the Education Specialist degree programs.
Aspen University maintains employee tuition discount partnerships with a large and growing number of organizations. Tell your advisor where you work and ask them to check for you prior to enrolling.
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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).
Aspen University’s RN to BSN program has been awarded EEQ certification.
Essential Employability Qualities Certification (EEQ CERT) is granted by The Quality Assurance Commons after a rigorous process of external and independent review. EEQ Certified programs foster a distinctive set of attributes in their graduates and completers. These qualities are intended to prepare students to make important contributions in their workplaces. The eight Essential Employability Qualities are communication, thinking and problem solving, inquiry, collaboration, adaptability, principles and ethics, responsibility and professionalism, and learning. Programs participating in EEQ CERT are scored on five categories that represent a comprehensive and integrated framework for employability – Student EEQ Preparation, Career Support Services, Employer Engagement, Student and Alumni Engagement, and Public Information.
“It was a no-brainer. Everyone at Aspen was so responsive. They have a great financial plan where I paid $250 per month, and they are fully accredited.”Carol G.RN, BSN
Application – A completed application.
Official Transcripts – Official transcripts for all previous college credit earned.
Minimum GPA Requirement – Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or ASN) or diploma in nursing, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater from the ADN/ASN/diploma granting institution.
Nursing Experience – A minimum of one year of nursing experience completed within the past five years.
Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
Registered Nurse Licensure – Current, unrestricted licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, a US territory, or Canada. Registered nurses licensed outside of these areas are not eligible.
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With an aging population and the retirement of the baby boomer generation; nurses are more crucial than ever before.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing employment is projected to surge by 6% by 2030.
The American Association of Colleges in Nursing (AACN) reported that 82.4% of employers have a “strong preference” for nurses with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2020 alone.
In addition to your Bachelor’s degree, further education through an MSN program can provide you with valuable specialization and can enhance your career prospects. Programs like Aspen’s MSN in nursing informatics, nurse education, and nursing leadership and management are great options for nurses seeking to add depth to their skills and experience.
Average Registered Nurse Annual Salary
Salary can vary widely depending on location and can be up to $124,000 in higher-earning locations.
RN to BSN Frequently Asked Questions
What is an RN to BSN completion program?
Aspen University’s convenient & affordable RN to BSN program is the perfect way for registered nurses who already possess an associate degree (ADN) or diploma in nursing and a valid license to take their career to the next level.
Would I receive credit for having an RN license?
Your current, unrestricted RN license is worth 60 credits for the RN to BSN program. The degree requires a minimum of 120 credits; with at least 30 of the credits completed at Aspen University.
Is a BSN an RN?
No, an RN might have a BSN, but they are not the same thing. RN stands for “Registered Nurse” – a title given to a nursing professional who has completed educational and licensure requirements. While these requirements vary by state, all RNs must have at least an Associate Degree and pass an exam known as the NCLEX-RN.
The RN to BSN program provides nurses who hold an associate degree with the opportunity to advance their education online, all while continuing in their professional role as a nurse.
Can you get your RN to BSN online?
Yes, Aspen’s RN to BSN program has 100% online coursework and no mandatory login times, which means you can work towards your BSN on your schedule.
How long is the RN to BSN program?
The RN to BSN program can be completed in as little as 12 months.
Why do hospitals prefer BSN nurses?
The Future of Nursing report by the National Academy of Medicine in 2011 recommended increasing the percentage of nursing with a baccalaureate degree to 80% by 2020 as they cited a significant association between the educational level of RNs and outcomes for patients in the acute care setting, including mortality rates. A growing number of hospitals that have been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program favor BSN for employment.
Is Aspen’s RN to BSN online nursing degree legit?
Yes! The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Aspen University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacnnursing.org/CCNE).
Is there an application fee?
Our online application is free. Considering the RN to BSN program at Aspen? Apply! The online application is straightforward, and we are here to help at every step.
Tuition and Fees:
Cost per Credit:
Additional Diploma (per request)
Assessment Fee* (if applicable)
Proctored Examination (per exam)
Embedded Proctored Assessment (per course)
Technology Fee (per course)
Transcript (per request)
Wire Transfer (per request)
Tuition Deferment (if applicable, per course)
Graduation (one time)
Textbook estimates are calculated using $50 per credit hour for courses that require a textbook purchase.
* The Assessment Fee is a course specific fee for students enrolling in N495, N511, N518.