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Online RN-BSN Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing — Program Overview

Most health care organizations prefer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to an Associate's. But if you're already a registered nurse, don't simply take the next step for job security — do it for yourself! 

Our online RN-to-BSN degree program is a great way to advance your career, maximize your earning potential and become better at what you do best: helping people. 

You already have experience in the field, so we won't bother repeating what you've already studied. Instead, our online RN-to-BSN degree program features compelling courses, tenured faculty and flexible acceptance of transfer credits.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Explore our convenient and flexible online curriculum, taken at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home, and you'll finish every session with practical, real-world knowledge that can be put into practice the very next day! Of course, the learning doesn't all take place in front of a screen. You'll also serve a clinical component, done in your geographic location and at your convenience.


You may transfer up to 90 credit hours from other institutions to go toward the 124 credit hours needed for your online BSN degree, including 30 credits that are automatically accepted from your first nursing program. Contact an advisor for more information.

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Spring Term:
Jan. 21, 2015
Fall Term:
Aug. 24, 2015


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Core Online RN-BSN Degree Courses

BIOL 340 - Pathophysiology
NURS 300 - Evidence-based Nursing Practice
NURS 310 - Theoretical Bases for Nursing Practice (RN-BSN only)
NURS 311 - Professional Writing for Nurses
NURS 320 - Health Assessment for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN only)
NURS 429 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science I
NURS 435 - Nursing Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System
NURS 455 - Community and Public Health Nursing Science II

Additional Program Requirements

Upon admission to the nursing major, students must complete a criminal background check, basic CPR certification and documentation of physical health status, including a record of immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Annual Mantoux test
  • Second MMR (if born after 1957)
  • Proof of Varicella immunity if born after 1965 (either a positive titer or proof of a series of two immunizations)

A cumulative GPA of 2.75 must be maintained for admission, progression and graduation in the online BSN program.

The online BSN requires enough electives to meet 124 credit hours, including general education requirements and a nursing elective course not listed under "Core Courses". Previously earned academic credits may be applied, and validation of prior learning occurs through a meeting with the department chairperson and alignment with Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education guidelines.