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RN to BS in Nursing Online

Complete Coursework: in as few as 12 months* Credit Hours: 32 Tuition: $9,952



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Prepare for leading roles or graduate education in nursing with the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BS in Nursing) online program.

The CCNE-accredited program is designed to prepare professional nurses to meet societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings. It also provides a foundation of legal, ethical and professional standards that will instill respect for diversity and social responsibility, along with a commitment to excellence in holistic nursing practice.

The program's relevant and evidence-based curriculum includes an emphasis on social justice and advocacy, as well as an introduction to caring for forensic populations. It is delivered in an accelerated online format to meet the needs of working nurses.

Graduates of the RN to BS in Nursing program will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences and nursing as a foundation for safe, client-centered care
  • Incorporate basic organizational and systems leadership to provide quality care and patient safety
  • Apply evidence-based practice, including current research and critical thinking in the management of client care
  • Analyze information using information technology to improve patient outcomes
  • Examine the impact of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments on nursing practice
  • Integrate principles of communication in professional practice
  • Use knowledge of health promotion and disease/injury prevention in designing population-focused care
  • Integrate professional standards of moral, ethical and legal conduct into nursing practice

Why should you earn your RN to BS in Nursing?

RN to BSN programs provide a bridge for diploma and ADN-prepared nurses who wish to develop stronger clinical reasoning and analytical skills to advance their careers. These programs build 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.

These programs are growing in importance since many professional practice settings, including academic health centers and MAGNET ® hospitals, now require or prefer a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. Enrollment in RN to BSN programs has been increasing for 13 consecutive years, which suggests that they will continue to be in high demand.


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To earn the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online, students must complete 10 courses (32 credit hours), including eight nursing core courses (24 credit hours), and two courses with a clinical practicum experience (4 credit hours each). All courses are seven weeks in length.

To see the full list of RN to BS in Nursing courses online, review courses.


Applicants for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program must submit transcripts from all previous institutions attended, reflecting a minimum GPA of at least 2.5, plus a valid nursing license in good standing. Applicants also must submit a statement of purpose totaling about 300 words.

To learn more about our RN to BS in Nursing online admission requirements, review admissions.


Tuition for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is $9,952. All program fees are included in the total cost. Tuition is the same affordable cost for students living inside or outside Massachusetts and can be paid by the course. There is a $50 application fee.

To learn more about our RN to BS in Nursing online program price, review tuition.


With six start dates each year, the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should review deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation and fees, and registering for classes and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for the RN to BS in Nursing online, review calendar.



For the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, the curriculum is comprised of 10 courses covering 32 credit hours, including 24 hours of nursing core courses and two clinical practicum courses. The nursing program course list follows below. Additional courses may be required to fulfill general education requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, if the student has not yet completed and successfully transferred those credits from an Associate program.


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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course sets the groundwork for transition of the RN to baccalaureate education and professional nursing practice. Leadership, management and issues influencing nursing education and practice are emphasized. The course provides the RN with the foundation on which to build nursing expertise inherent in successful transition to the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a foundation for nursing assessment of the adult client. Interviewing techniques, health history taking, physical assessment and critical-thinking skills are developed. Normal findings and deviations from normal are explored. Changes related to age are discussed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the application of evidence-based practice in the nursing profession. It also examines the research process and how it is incorporated with clinical judgment and patient preferences to develop safe, quality patient outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on systems’ concepts as a basis for applying the nursing care of vulnerable populations, including the homeless, people of poverty, minority populations, women and children, and older adults. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are used when applying the nursing process in a variety of distributive care settings. A clinical practice experience allows students to apply practice to theory.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will be encouraged to think critically and expansively about the social world, social justice, and how they apply to healthcare. A foundational exploration of the nurse’s role related to social justice concepts, issues and policy remedies will be presented. The role of the nurse as advocate for vulnerable populations to promote social justice will be examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the basics in the application of the concepts of genetics and genomics in nursing practice. Principles of epigenetics and pharmacogenomics, and their implication for nursing practice, will be examined. The social, legal and ethical aspects of genetics and genomics testing application and its role in health maintenance and disease prevention will be explored. Students will appreciate the role of the professional nurse in recognizing and examining their own beliefs and values, knowledge of genetics referral services and resources, genetic counseling, follow-up and evaluation of these services.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides students with an understanding of health care financing, economics, politics and policies. The student will develop a solid understanding of the broader context of health care, including how patient care services are organized and financed and how reimbursement is structured.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Culturally competent healthcare is required for professional nursing practice. Culture extends beyond traditional boundaries of race and ethnicity to other marginalized populations, including subcultures within society. This course will explore challenges to providing competent care in professional nursing practice—such as those generated by language, race, ethnicity, health beliefs and practices, sexual orientation, and subculture affiliation. Additionally, specific barriers to culturally competent care, including biases and stereotypes, will be challenged in this course.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Violence occurring in the home, community and healthcare institutions has a negative effect on client health and on providers of care. Preventing and reducing the consequences of violence is an integral component of professional nursing practice. Early identification and intervention with potential and actual victims and perpetrators of violence can reduce negative health outcomes. This course explores the individual, sociocultural, environmental and systemic factors related to violence and trauma. Necessary professional forensic nursing competencies and roles will be explored. Students will learn specific forensic health assessment, violence prevention and intervention strategies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This capstone course provides students the opportunity to examine nursing trends in their practicum placement to gain insight into their clinical practice. Through weekly discussion and written reflection, students engage in critical thinking necessary for practice.

Course rotation:

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The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, along with information on required documentation.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Requirements

  • Pay $50 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended**
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 in prior coursework
  • Valid nursing license in good standing
  • Statement of purpose (about 300 words)†

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Fitchburg State University
Admissions Office
160 Pearl Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420

International Students:

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores required for natives of non-English speaking countries
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended**
  • General Foreign Credit Evaluation
  • GPA of not less than 2.5
  • Application fee ($50)
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose (300 word minimum)

**All foreign transcripts must be formally evaluated before we are able to make an admissions decision. Following are suggested organizations which provide foreign credential evaluation services:

†Waived only if the student completed MassTransfer

Students are encouraged to contact the Fitchburg State International Admissions department if additional information is needed:


US citizens with foreign education (from a non-English speaking country) will need to follow the international admission requirements (TOEFL excluded).

Students with the following visa are not eligible for the program:

TOEFL Code: 3518

IELTS Code: No code- please select Fitchburg State as recipients.


Tuition and Fees

The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online:

Tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All program fees are included in the total tuition cost.

Additional costs will apply for students who need to complete general education courses, unless an applicant has completed and successfully transfers these credits earned from an Associate degree program. A total of 120 credits – 32 nursing program credits plus an additional 88 credits (including general education credits) – is required to complete the RN to BS online degree.

Visit the student accounts website for a breakdown of tuition and fees.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BS in Nursing $311 $933 $9,952


Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Intent to Enroll Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Drop For Non Pay
Fall A 2019 September 3, 2019 August 2, 2019 August 12, 2019 August 19, 2019 August 26, 2019 August 27, 2019 August 28, 2019
Fall B 2019 October 28, 2019 September 27, 2019 October 7, 2019 October 14, 2019 October 21, 2019 October 22, 2019 October 23, 2019
Spring A 2020 January 21, 2020 December 20, 2019 December 30, 2019 January 6, 2020 January 13, 2020 January 14, 2020 January 15, 2020
Spring B 2020 March 16, 2020 February 14, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 2, 2020 March 9, 2020 March 10, 2020 March 11, 2020
Summer A 2020 May 18, 2020 April 17, 2020 April 27, 2020 May 4, 2020 May 11, 2020 May 12, 2020 May 13, 2020
Summer B 2020 July 13, 2020 June 12, 2020 June 22, 2020 July 29, 2020 July 6, 2020 July 7, 2020 July 8, 2020

*Students who need only the program Nursing courses and carry two courses per 7-week session could finish in as few as 12 months. Completion time will be longer for students who need additional credits and/or who take one course per 7-week session.

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The baccalarreate degree in nursing at Fitchburg State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).