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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 health care industry. This degree is also a great stepping-stone for future graduate study.

RN to BSN Grant

If you start in Ashford’s RN to BSN program between now and October 26, 2018, you will be eligible for a grant that reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit (a $225/credit savings) for your entire BSN program. In addition, this grant also covers the Sales Tax, Technology Fees, and course materials, including standard shipping costs where applicable, required for an eligible student's program of study and purchased through Ashford University's bookstore or textbook partner.

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 health care 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 program, you will be prepared to practice using advocacy, autonomy, accountability, ethics, and respect. Upon completion of the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree program, 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 interprofessional 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.

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.)

BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Watch the video to get a summary of this 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. Finally, understand what practice experience entails in this program.

Careers in Nursing

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

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Are you currently a licensed RN?

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.