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Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) is designed for registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or nursing diploma who need to earn their BSN to meet job requirements and industry demand.

Offered by the School of Nursing at the University of Louisville, this program will develop your expertise in nursing leadership and expand your ability to work with diverse global populations in a variety of settings. With a Nursing Portfolio component that saves you more than a year of classwork and $11,250 in tuition, this program provides a flexible, convenient and affordable way to build upon your previous education and expand your critical thinking so you can better serve your patients in today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.

Take your passion for helping others one step further.

100% ONLINE COURSES

Earn a degree on your own time through fully online classes and access to learning tools.

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8 WEEK TERMS

Take only one course at-a-time in order to better juggle all of life’s demands and stay on track to graduation

30 CREDITS TUITION-FREE

Complete a Professional Nursing Portfolio – save time and $11,250 in tuition.

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"The BSN program will open doors for you and help you in your nursing career. You’ll learn more critical thinking and other aspects of nursing that you may not have thought of before"


HEATHER HOOPER '18
ONLINE RN-BSN GRADUATE


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CCNE Accredited
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Best Online Colleges RN to BSN

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

How Much Will I Pay?

$375 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active duty rate

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks. Tuition and fees are subject to change at any time without prior notice.

Highlights

  • Affordable: Save time and money by completing a professional nursing portfolio (30 credit hours tuition-free).
  • Practical: Maintain a successful work-life-education balance by taking one course at a time with 8-week terms.
  • Accelerated: Complete only 31 credit hours (11 courses) to earn your degree—that’s right around 20 months to graduation.
  • Convenient: Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes and 24/7 access to resources and tools.
  • Supportive: Join a community of learners and instructors who understand your priorities.
  • Personal: Participate in customized courses with small class sizes and a schedule that fits your needs.
  • Head-Start: ADN grads can start in the program prior to obtaining the RN license.
  • Practicum: Complete the community health leadership project at a site of your choice in your local community.

Are you an RN with the University of Louisville Hospital? Connect with us to learn about tuition remission options.

UofL Hospital, James Grahm Brown Cancer Center

Why Do I Need a BSN?

As the healthcare industry grows more complex, employer demand for highly educated registered nurses increases. By 2020, 80% of nurses are expected to have a BSN degree. The online RN-BSN degree at UofL doesn’t repeat what you learned through the ADN or nursing diploma education, but supplements it with more complex, diverse and interdisciplinary coursework to make you a better-rounded healthcare provider.


Outcome

Our unique online RN to BSN curriculum is designed for nurses who want to expand their ability to work with diverse global populations and develop targeted skills in leadership and management. Jobs span across various settings where a BSN degree is required to satisfy employment, or needed as a further advancement platform, and include: registered hospital nurse, school nurse, phsycian’s office nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, nurse director, nurse case manager, public health nurse, research nurse and much more.

To learn about other nursing programs and activities at UofL, visit the School of Nursing website.


CURRENT ONLINE RN-BSN Student Resources     ALL UOFL NURSING PROGRAMS    




Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
October 1 Fall October
December 1 Spring January
February 1 Spring March
 

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning enrollment counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.


Steps to Apply

Informal Transcripts Review (pre-evaluation)

Wonder what credits may transfer from your previous program(s) in UofL's RN-BSN Online program? Get a review at uofl.me/pre-eval.

Please note that the transcripts submitted for pre-evaluation are not considered official transcripts and will not be used to determine eligibility for admission

  1. Contact the School of Nursing advising office at 502.852.5368 to let them know you plan to apply to the BSN program and to review your previous credits.
  2. Complete the undergraduate application for admission
  3. Submit application fee of $25
  4. Order official transcripts from previous institutions and have them sent directly to UofL:

    Office of Admissions, Dept AO
    2211 S. Brook St., Houchens Bldg, Rm 150
    University of Louisville
    Louisville, KY 40292


Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
  • Unrestricted RN license or eligibility to take NCLEX
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on all undergraduate work (on a scale of 4.0)

Get a head-start on your BSN: ADN grads can join the program prior to obtaining RN licensure.


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"[The RN-BSN program] made me very confident as a nurse, and I’m so excited to graduate and to say that I’m a Card!"

— Heather Hooper '18

The curriculum in the online RN-BSN program at UofL builds upon your previous knowledge and experience. The program is typically completed within five semesters, but 8-week courses and the flexible curriculum allows you to complete the degree at a faster or slower pace, depending on your individual situation. All coursework is delivered 100% online and the community health leadership practicum can be completed in student’s local community.


The typical degree path for an RN-BSN student includes:

  1. Transfer credits (earned during ADN/nursing diploma education) from other regionally accredited institutions
  2. Compile and submit a Professional Nursing Portfolio as part of the RN-BSN program
  3. Complete the remaining required nursing courses (31 credit hours) at UofL

Online RN-BSN Degree Requirements  
RN-BSN Core Courses 31 hours
Nursing Portfolio (tuition free, savings of $11,250) 30 hours
Cardinal Core (general education), Program Requirements and Electives 59 hours*
Total Credits 120

*Varies by student’s transferable credit


Sample RN-BSN Program Plan


Fall Start


Fall

1st

2nd

381

387

355

7 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

388

383


6 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

482

382


6 credits

Fall

1st

2nd

385

488


6 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

470

/

476

6 credits


Spring Start


Spring

1st

2nd

381

387

355

7 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

482

382


6 credits

Fall

1st

2nd

388

383


6 credits

Spring

1st

2nd

470

/

476

6 credits

Summer

1st

2nd

385

488


6 credits


This is not an official plan and should only be used as a guide. Your advisor will work with you to build your actual plan of study customized to your goals and needs.


Online RN-BSN Core Courses


  • NURS 355 Portfolio (equivalent to 30 credit hours tuition-free)
  • NURS 381 Foundations for Evidence-based Professional Nursing
  • NURS 382 Nursing Research for Evidence-based Practice
  • NURS 383 Case Management for Individuals and Families
  • NURS 385 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy
  • NURS 387 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs
  • NURS 388 Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants - SBD2
  • NURS 470 Community Health Nursing
  • NURS 476 Community Leadership Practicum - completed in the student’s local community
  • NURS 482 Health Promotion for Individuals, Families and Communities
  • NURS 488 Leadership Project

Course Descriptions


NURS 355 Portfolio Equivalency
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the RN-BSN program. The student provides a comprehensive portfolio documenting prior educational, professional and life experiences in preparation and practice as a registered nurse. Note: 30 Credit hours for equivalency at no charge.


NURS 381 Foundations for Evidenced-Based Professional Nursing
Prerequisite: Acceptance into NUR BSNUD. Provides opportunity for registered nursing student to transition in the baccalaureate nursing program and explore and create components of professional evidence-based nursing care in a dynamic health care environment.


NURS 382 Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
Prerequisite: N338; N360; N381 (Foundations for Evidence- Based Professional Nursing); N380 (Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics); Math 109 or Soc 301 or Psyc 301. Focuses on research process as it relates to health and nursing practice. Emphasizes abilities to interpret research reports and apply research evidence to nursing practice.


NURS 383 Case Management of Individuals and Families
Examines the significance of concepts related to complex health problems, the importance of chronicity of health status, and multi-dimensional problems.


NURS 385 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy
This course provides an introduction to nursing leadership and an overview of health policy. Principles, theories, practices employed by successful nurse leaders will be explored.


NURS 387 Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for RNs
Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN program. This course examines pathophysiology as the body's response to pathological processes. An emphasis is placed on the student's use of knowledge of normal physiology to understand adaptive and maladaptive processes of chronic pathological conditions. The student will examine nursing management of chronic pathological conditions in selected populations using principles of pharmacotherapeutics, pharmodynamics and pharmacokentics for safe and effective pharmacological interventions.


NURS 388 Global Health: Disparities and Social Determinants
This course examines health disparities and the influence of culture, social determinants of health, and health policy that contribute to health outcomes in global populations.


NURS 470 Community Health Nursing
Prerequisite: N482, N382, N483, N383, N384, N385 or N382 N482, N383, M386, N385, N488. This course focuses on health care of populations in the community with emphasis on public health principles to promote health and prevent diseases.


NURS 476 Community Leadership Practicum
Prerequisites: For all sections that are not taught on line; all upper division courses except 471, 472, and 474. Provides student opportunities to apply knowledge and synthesize insight gained through their educational experience to perform primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions in a community setting.


NURS 482 Health Promotion for Individuals, Families, and Communities
Prerequisite: N338; N360; N381 (Foundations for Evidence-Based Professional Nursing); N380( Nursing Pharmacotherapeutics). Introduces student to nursing theorist to evaluate nursing practice in changing health care environment. Provides opportunity to expand knowledge as it relates to the significance of contemporary issues in professional nursing practice.


NURS 488 Leadership Project
Prerequisite: NURS 381, NURS 382, NURS 383, NURS 386, NURS 387, and NURS 482. Corequisite: NURS 385. This course provides the opportunity to apply concepts in nursing leadership and health policy in a selected setting. The roles of nurse advocate and change agent are stressed in this project.


Upon enrollment into the program, you will be tasked with compiling a Nursing Portfolio that demonstrates your training and abilities in one package. These documents include but are not limited to your professional resume, academic transcripts, community service hours, professional goals, continuing education hours and other accomplishments.

The completed portfolio awards you 30 credit hours tuition-free, which translates to $11,250 in savings and over a year of coursework in time.

You’ll also be equipped with a powerful resource for future job interviews, clinical agency advancement and more.

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    • Why should I choose UofL?

      The UofL School of Nursing offers an RN-BSN program in an academic health sciences center. Students benefit from the focused curriculum and personal attention of the faculty in a large, metropolitan university setting. Our 100% online courses are taught by well-prepared nursing faculty who are engaged in nursing practice, scholarship, and community service, but also committed to quality distance learning programming.

    • Is the online RN-BSN program at UofL accredited?

      The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

    • What are the benefits of online learning?

      Online learning at UofL provides learning that is independent of time and location. Rather than gathering in a classroom, students and instructors use technology to interact. Classes follow the same semester calendar as traditional classes, however students only need a computer and Internet access to complete their coursework. Our program structure allows registered nurses to maintain their professional engagements while earning their BSN online.

    • Is online learning right for me?

      The online program offers both flexibility and convenience; however, students must be disciplined to complete course assignments within identified time frames as defined in the course syllabi.

    • Are there any helpful tips for online learning success?

      Check your school email every day. In order to be in compliance with FERPA regulations, instructors, advisors and the university communicate with students via their school email account. Check Blackboard at least every two days.

    • What are the technology requirements for the online program?

      Access to a computer and the Internet are required. MAC or PC format is acceptable. Advanced computer skills are not a requirement to complete the program. For details go to http://louisville.edu/online/Student-Resources/tech. The program uses Blackboard for course access and assignments, with support provided seven days a week by the UofL Help Desk.

    • When can I start?

      As an added benefit of 8-week terms, the RN-BSN program offers multiple start options each semester. Currently, students can begin the program in August, October, January and March. If you are a new ADN graduate but are not yet licensed, you may start the program. You are required to obtain your RN license by the end of the first semester in order to progress.

    • I am on active duty. Can I take online classes at UofL?

      Yes! You can take online classes from anywhere in the world, provided you have consistent Internet access. Our faculty and staff are very supportive of those who serve the country here in U.S. or around the world and work hard to provide all needed learning resources so you can succeed.

    • What academic resources are available for online students?

      UofL offers several services for online students including:

      • A Virtual Writing Center to assist with writing assignments
      • Virtual tutoring services available for all undergraduate students
      • Library services, including the “Ask a Librarian” feature from the library website
      • IT support available from morning through the evening
    • Is there a length of time before my credits expire?

      For licensed RNs, there is no expiration date for previously earned credits.

    • Can I transfer credit from another school?

      The RN-BSN online program’s admission requirements include an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. You must submit transcripts from all undergraduate institutions you attended. Upon review, some or all credit may be applied to your degree program. You can also find transfer equivalency resources online at: louisville.edu/admissions/apply/transfer.

    • How does the portfolio course, and the $11,250 in tuition savings, work?

      The portfolio course is worth 30 college credit hours at no charge. Credits count towards completion of your BSN. The portfolio is an electronic record of professional documents related to your nursing education, practice, and accomplishments. While assembling the portfolio is required for the program, it will be useful documentation for promotions, job applications and other professional activities. Your RN-BSN Program Director will assist you in developing your Portfolio.

    • Are there any clinicals for the RN-BSN?

      Students enrolled in the RN-BSN online program will complete a community leadership practicum; which can be completed at a location of choice in your local area.

    • What do students pay for?

      Students pay for books and pay tuition for the 31 core RN-BSN credit hours and any required Cardinal Core (general education), program, or elective courses. There are no additional course fees.

    • Additional questions?

      Please submit an Information Request Form to connect with us and obtain more details about our program. An enrollment counselor will contact you promptly to provide assistance.