Indiana University Northwest
School Of Nursing

School Of Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Option- Complete Nursing Courses Online in as little as 12 Months

The RN to BSN Degree Completion program is designed for the RN to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (BSN). The program offers a flexible curriculum for the education of professional nurses competent in meeting the current and future health needs of society. The curriculum prepares graduates to function as practitioners in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings, and also provides a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study. The graduate of the BSN program possesses a broad knowledge of nursing, the humanities, the biological and social sciences. The graduate applies well-developed problem-solving skills in caring for individuals, families, communities and populations.

Classes are all online with options to graduate in 12, 18 or 24 months, after general education requirements are completed. Nursing courses are delivered in condensed eight-week learning modules, designed to allow students to continue working while taking classes. Students do not have to travel to campus for class. The program builds on courses that students have already completed, so that previous general education may be counted towards credit.

Applicants must have an Associate of Science Nursing (ASN) degree or nursing diploma from a nationally accredited (NLNAC/ACEN) program. Applications may be accepted at any time of year to the IU campus closest to the student’s residence. The applicant must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet your clinical requirements, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5, comply with immunization, CPR, and other requirements, and complete a national criminal background check.

For information, contact Anne Mitchell at 219-980-6611 or

Curriculum and Career Preparation  

As a BSN student, you’ll learn current trends in health care and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to these trends through changing practice. With a comprehensive academic foundation in the sciences and humanities, you’ll be well-prepared to meet the current and future health needs of society.

Your studies will focus on the following areas:

  • Health promotion
  • Disease prevention
  • Health restoration
  • Health maintenance
  • Management of individuals/families coping with acute and chronic illness

Because this program builds on the courses you have already completed, you’ll also receive credit for many of the general education courses completed as part of your ASN or diploma program.

Advantages of the RN to BSN option  

As part of the flexibility of the program, courses are available online, so students are not required to travel to campus for class. In some cases, the general education courses may be completed through Indiana University’s distance education programs or at another college/university in your area, with credits transferred to the School of Nursing's RN to BSN option.

The program is based upon a cohort model which means that you are part of a group of RNs who will progress through the program together. This allows us to offer course work systematically in order to streamline your academic progress.

There is an option for documentation of prior learning via BSN nursing course K304.  This course allows the RN-BSN student to apply nationally recognized specialty nursing knowledge and skills to the BSN degree, through authentication of certification for course credit.  National specialty standards will be used to determine eligibility for course credit (3 credit hours).

Other advantages of this option include:

  • Take classes from the comfort of home
  • Access course information online 23-24 hours a day (the university course management system, Oncourse, generally undergoes maintenance from 5-6 a.m.)
  • Complete course assignments at times convenient for you
  • Learn where you work
  • Build academic minors or majors in other areas, such as business or psychology
  • Create your own unique capstone nursing experience
  • Develop skills for lifelong learning
Special Credit Courses  

Following successful completion of the first semester of RN-BSN courses, 35 special credits are awarded for the courses listed below. In order to receive a BSN degree, your official transcript must reflect fulfillment of all requirements, including 35 special credits. A special credit fee is set by the university and will be assessed at approximately $20/credit hour (fees are subject to change). The special credit courses will appear on your transcript with a grade of S (Satisfactory.)

Courses Being Credentialed

Credits Awarded

B230 Developmental Issues & Health


B248 Science & Tech of Nursing


B249 Science & Tech of Nursing: Practicum


H351 Alterations in Neuro-Psych. Nursing


H352 Alterations in Neuro-Psych. Nursing: Practicum


H353 Alterations in Health I


H354 Alterations in Health I: Practicum


H361 Alterations in Health II


H362 Alterations in Health II: Practicum


H363 Developing Family & Child


H364 Developing Family & Child: Practicum


S470 Restorative Health Multi-System Failures


S471 Restorative Health Multi-System Failures: Practicum


For more information about the statewide IU RN-BSN Consortium, please visit the web site at