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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Enhance your credentials when you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for registered nurses from Ashford University. This program is perfect for you if you’re a registered nurse who possesses an associate’s degree or nursing diploma and you want to broaden your professional skills and expand your career options for an assortment of nursing practice and leadership roles in the healthcare industry. This degree is also a great stepping-stone for future graduate study in nursing.

What is a BSN Degree in Nursing?
BSN stands for bachelor of science in nursing, a degree program that provides registered nurses the education they need to stand out from the competition. By enrolling in a BSN degree program as an RN, you will receive the latest knowledge and skills needed to care for patients in an ever-changing nursing field. Additionally, a BSN can provide nurses with educational experience to take on more responsibilities and pursue management level roles that often require this in-depth training.

ccne sealThe baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Ashford University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.


RN to BSN Grant
If you enroll in Ashford’s RN to BSN program, you will be eligible for a grant that reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $350 per credit (a $160/credit savings) for your entire BSN program.

The RN to BSN Grant may not be combined with any other Ashford University grants, scholarships, or discounts. If you are eligible for the Ashford Military Grant or Full Tuition Grant, you are not eligible for the RN to BSN Grant. For full details, please review the official terms and conditions of the grant.

NCLEX-RN® Exam Credit
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Ashford University may be eligible to receive up to 20 non-traditional elective credits through Prior Learning Assessment for completing the NCLEX-RN® exam. Students should wait until all previous post-secondary coursework has been reviewed and then contact their Academic Advisor to determine if there is a need for the exam to be reviewed for college credit. To request the credit to be applied, students must complete the Application for NCLEX-RN Exam Credit, provide a copy of their current RN license, write a 1-3 page essay, and submit all documents to [email protected].

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What you will learn

In the rapidly changing healthcare field, the need for highly prepared and educated nurses is at a premium. Your online RN to BSN degree program will focus on developing your technology skills along with the personal skills required to meet the needs of the patient population. Your courses will be taught by faculty with real-world knowledge, who are proficient in their area of nursing practice, and who have demonstrated scholarship. You will apply knowledge gained to client/family/community concepts across the continuum through critical thinking, research, nursing skills, and theory. As a graduate of the BSN degree, you will be prepared to practice using advocacy, autonomy, accountability, ethics, and respect. Upon completion of the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), you will be able to:

  • Apply nursing leadership concepts and skills to promote quality care and patient safety across a variety of healthcare settings
  • Apply (a) current evidence and (b) critical thinking and (c) assessment skills to professional nursing practice
  • Use technological and informatics systems related to health care to promote quality patient care
  • Synthesize local and federal policies that affect health, health care delivery, and health care management
  • Use inter-professional communication and collaborative skills to communicate with and educate peers, health care professionals, patients and their families, and the community
  • Assess health and wellness beliefs and practices to promote health and disease prevention among individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations
  • Articulate the value of pursuing practice excellence, through lifelong learning and engagement, to grow professionally 
  • Integrate holistic nursing knowledge, values, skills, and attitudes into practice across the lifespan and continuum of healthcare environments

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Your Courses in Nursing

Seize the opportunity to broaden your experience in the field of nursing. Your RN to BSN courses will foster your personal development – building self-confidence, ethical values, integrity – while cultivating your professional knowledge of technologies and modalities to effectively communicate with patients and their families. Coursework and Practice Experiences cover a wide range of content--from patient care quality and safety to leadership, community health, ethics, and technology. In your Practice Experiences, you will acquire knowledge and skills by interacting with healthcare professionals and engaging in rich learning simulations. You will also focus on developing and refining interprofessional, leadership, and assessment in intervention skills.

Introductory Courses
To help students acclimate to the online classroom, you may be required to complete Introductory Course requirements. Learn more about Introductory Courses.

Major Course Requirements (42 credits, all courses are 3 credits.)

Emphases for Nursing

An emphasis provides you with additional opportunities to broaden and enrich your education that is distinct from and enhances your major. It may be taken as a way to expand career options, to prepare for graduate study, or simply to explore in greater depth an area different from your major. An emphasis consists of three (3), three (3) credit courses. Choose from the following emphases:

Cognitive Studies

Environmental Management & Sustainability

Public Administration

Public Relations

Web & Mobile App Technology

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing Online

Watch the video to get a summary of this BSN degree program, including the coursework and what roles you may qualify for upon graduation. Learn the three key goals make up the foundation of the RN to BSN degree program including professional role preparation, care skill development, and technology skill enhancement.

Careers in Nursing

The bachelor of science in nursing (RN to BSN) degree provides the associate’s degree or diploma-prepared registered nurse (RN) an opportunity to enhance and advance their professional nursing career. Take a look at your potential career options below.

Nursing Careers

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This program requires you to be a current licensed registered nurse. Please check out other programs to reach your education goals such as the BA in Health and Wellness.

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