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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

Prepare to grow as a nurse when you complete the RN to BSN online program at Emporia State University. Featuring online coursework, this ACEN-accredited RN to BSN track within the BSN program teaches you to integrate factual and theoretical knowledge to achieve a higher level of problem-solving while readying you for additional leadership responsibilities and to meet the needs of diverse patient populations. Plus, this affordable program will give you the credentials to warrant an increase in earning potential.

RN to BSN Online is not currently accepting students.


Reveal your professional aptitude when you complete the RN to BSN online program at Emporia State. This program is designed to prepare you for additional nursing leadership roles, to elevate your skills at analyzing research findings that influence evidence-based practice, and to boost your problem-solving and critical-thinking competencies.

$9,150 Total Tuition

As few as 12 months Duration

30 Credit Hours

After studying the flexible, yet rigorous, and diverse RN to BSN online curriculum, you'll be ready for nurse manager positions as well as a nursing career in public health, research, and quality improvement. You'll also prepare for more autonomous roles such as a travel, school, and flight nurse positions.

Core courses include Nursing Research and Information Management; Leadership and Management; Public, Population, Disaster, and Global Health Nursing; and more.

After completing this RN to BSN online track, you will be able to:

  • Synthesize empirical and theoretical knowledge from nursing and the arts, sciences, and humanities to demonstrate higher order problem-solving
  • Demonstrate professional nursing values within the framework of legal, ethical, and professional standards; and provide care and professional nursing to promote health, reduce risk, and manage illness and disease
  • Demonstrate therapeutic nursing interventions necessary to deliver professional nursing care

This online RN to BSN degree track prepares you for roles such as:

  • Travel Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Flight Nurse
  • School Nurse
  • Correctional Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Nursing Research Assistant

ACEN Accredited
The RN to BSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as NLNAC. For more information about the program contact: ACEN, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: (404) 975-5000.


Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree track is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

$305 Per Credit Hour

$915 Per 3 Credit Hour Course

$9,150 Total Tuition

Tuition includes Assessment Testing Fee and is subject to change on an annual basis.



The RN to BSN track is delivered in an online format ideal for working nurses, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day of Classes
Fall 2022, Session I August 22, 2022 August 08, 2022 August 11, 2022 August 15, 2022 August 18, 2022 October 07, 2022
Fall 2022, Session II October 17, 2022 October 03, 2022 October 06, 2022 October 10, 2022 October 13, 2022 December 08, 2022
Spring 2023, Session I January 17, 2023 January 03, 2023 January 06, 2023 January 10, 2023 January 13, 2023 March 06, 2023
Spring 2023, Session II March 20, 2023 March 06, 2023 March 09, 2023 March 13, 2023 March 16, 2023 May 05, 2023


To apply for the RN to BSN online at Emporia State, you must have an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent) and a current RN license.

RN to BSN Online Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree (ASN or ADN) from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

Official transcripts from all institutions attended can be submitted via a secure electronic service offered by the issuing institution to [email protected] or by selecting Emporia State University on the transcript request form, mailed (or overnighted) to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

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Emporia State University
Graduate School
Room 313 Plumb Hall
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801

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The RN to BSN online curriculum is comprised of 8 courses (30 credit hours). We've made the process seamless by recognizing your prior education, providing 30 hours for coursework leading to NCLEX licensure, and considering all general education complete for those with an ASN or ADN. This means you can complete the RN to BSN program more quickly.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This theory course builds on prior knowledge acquired in an associate degree or diploma program and requires the student to self-reflect on previous and future nursing roles. Essential components of professional nursing are discussed, including the concepts of nursing, person, adaptation, health, and environment. The course also reviews the historical evolution of the nursing profession and the development of its body of knowledge. Content specific to therapeutic nursing interventions and leadership abilities is emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 5

This course will address specific topics that are currently relevant to the nursing profession for the practicing registered nurse completing their BSN. The topic, including associated issues, will be reviewed for the impact on the nursing profession and the roles of the registered nurse with a BSN degree.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students in this RN-BSN course draw from the knowledge, skills, and attitudes learned from their current practice to enhance critical thinking and clinical judgement as a BSN-prepared nurse. Information is synthesized to make critical decisions that impact the delivery of nursing care with clients. The use of higher order problem-solving in making evidence-based decisions is emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Content for this course is based on best practices and research specific to the older adult. The focus of the course is on analysis and synthesis of evidence-based practice guidelines specific to the nursing care of the older adult and their family.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a theory base for the RN to BSN which enables nurses to meet the spiritual and palliative care needs for individuals, families, aggregates, and communities through the life span. Best practices related to palliative and spiritual care are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This theory course focuses on the use of information management to facilitate evidence-based practice in nursing. Emphasis is given to developing the RN to BSN student's knowledge, skills, and attitudes to critique evidence and translate research findings into nursing practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Concepts essential to public, population, disaster, and global health nursing are discussed in this theory course for the RN to BSN. Application, analysis, and synthesis is established for the content through a population-based project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Evidence-based best practices related to leadership and management for the RN to BSN student are discussed in this theory course. The role of the nursing leader and the operational challenges of nursing leadership in today's healthcare environment are examined. Application of leadership and managerial principles are implemented through an individualized internship for the RN to BSN.


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