UofL's online RN to BSN program is designed for licensed nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) who want to earn their BSN to improve patient outcomes and excel as a leader in the field of nursing.
Offered by UofL's School of Nursing, this online program provides the flexibility you need to balance working full-time with furthering your nursing education. Develop your expertise in nursing leadership, meet growing employer expectations and expand your ability to work with diverse global populations in a variety of settings—without any campus requirement or set class times. With a Professional Nursing Portfolio component that awards you 30-credit hours tuition-free (saving you more than a year of classwork and $11,250 in tuition), UofL's online RN to BSN provides a convenient and affordable way to build upon your previous education and expand your critical thinking so you can better serve your patients and move into nursing leadership roles within today’s rapidly changing healthcare environment.
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
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.
Online RN-BSN Highlights
Stepping Stone: Take the next step to becoming a leader in the field of nursing.
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. KCTCS and Ivy Tech (Sellersburg) ADN students can concurrently enroll in UofL's RN-BSN program.
Practicum: Complete the community health leadership project at a site of your choice in your local community.*
*All courses are online, however the 84-hour community leadership practicum is completed in your local community unless state nursing board restrictions apply. Please review the FAQ tab - "Are there any clinicals for the RN-BSN?" - for additional information.
As the healthcare industry grows more complex, employer demand for highly educated registered nurses increases. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) strongly believes that RNs should, at minimum, be prepared with a BSN from an accredited university due to the breadth of nursing expertise gained through the standard BSN curriculum.
UofL’s online RN-BSN degree doesn’t repeat what you learned through your ADN education, but supplements it with more complex, diverse and interdisciplinary coursework to make you a better-rounded healthcare provider.
What can I do with a BSN dgree?
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.
With a BSN, you’ll be equipped with the education credentials you need to meet employer demand for RNs with a bachelor’s, as well as pursue advanced nursing roles including: registered hospital nurse, school nurse, physician’s office nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse manager, nurse director, nurse case manager, public health nurse, research nurse and many more.
Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning enrollment counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Apply for the Online RN-BSN Program
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
Are you a UofL Health employee?
Contact your education liaison or HR representative to receive information about tuition remission options.
Contact the School of Nursing advising office at 502.852.8519 to let them know you plan to apply to the BSN program and to review your previous credits.
Unrestricted RN license or eligibility to take NCLEX
Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all undergraduate work (on a scale of 4.0)
Certified criminal background check required before clinical course. Details are available on the School of Nursing website
Get a head-start on your BSN: ADN grads can join the program prior to obtaining RN licensure.
UofL's online RN-BSN program is for students who are already licensed Registered Nurses or for ADN graduates who are eligible to sit for NCLEX. This program does not prepare students for licensure in any state.
RN-BSN Transfer Credit
Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from an accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.0 to be admitted in good standing. Complete the credit transfer pre-evaluation to get an idea of how many credits you'll be able to transfer in toward your UofL bachelor's degree, and visit our General Transfer Student page for more details.
Are you a KCTCS or Ivy Tech Transfer Student? KCTCS and Ivy Tech nursing students receive credit for the completion of their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and can begin immediately with online upper-level coursework at UofL. Some general education credits and program requirements may still be necessary to receive a bachelor’s degree from UofL. Visit our KCTCS Transfers Page or General Transfers for more information.
The curriculum in the online RN-BSN program at UofL builds upon your previous knowledge and experience. The program is typically completed within 5 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. The Community Health Leadership Practicum (NURS 476) courses includes 84 clinical hours, completed in your local community, unless state nursing board restrictions apply. Please review the FAQ tab - "Are there any clinicals for the RN-BSN?" - for additional information.
Online RN-BSN Degree Path
Transfer credits earned during ADN education or complete general education requirements online at UofL
Complete a Professional Nursing Portfolio as part of the RN-BSN program (saving you $11,250)
Complete the remaining required RN-BSN Core courses
Based on credits transfered (earned during ADN education) from other regionally accredited institutions
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
The Community Leadership Practicum (NURS 476) enables students to apply their nursing knowledge in a real-world community setting. Through this practicum, students use the insight gained from their coursework to implement primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention interventions at the community level.
This experiential learning opportunity allows students to synthesize theory and practice as they develop leadership skills and make a positive impact through community nursing. The practicum provides invaluable hands-on training to enhance students' preparation for leadership roles focused on community health and wellness.
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.
Online RN-BSN Success Team
If you're ready to take the next step in your nursing career, we're here to help. Send us a request for more information or contact us directly with any questions.
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?
Yes, the RN-BSN requires a Community Health Leadership Practicum (NURS 476) that includes 84 clinical hours, which can be completed in your local community unless restrictions apply. Please note that the Board of Nursing in certain states may restrict access to practicums. These restrictions may change without notice, thus it is important to notify your advisor in advance of any relocation while completing the online RN-BSN program. Currently, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Washington have practicum restrictions, but other locations may have or could implement similar restrictions.
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.
Where is this online nursing program located in Kentucky?
While the Online RN-BSN Program is 100% online, the School of Nursing is located in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky, where southern charm meets urban innovation, creating a vibrant tapestry of culture, culinary delights, and friendly faces that beckon you to explore. All online RN-BSN students are welcome to visit our wonderful campus at any time to meet with faculty, admissions team, career services, etc., and to participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony.
How long is this RN-BSN Online program?
The RN-BSN online program typically takes full-time students between 5 semesters, or 12-18 months, to complete.
What's the Difference Between an ADN & BSN?
An Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) is a 2-year program, while a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a 4-year program; the BSN provides additional coursework in nursing theory, research, leadership, and community health.
Are Online Nursing degrees accredited?
Yes, accredited online nursing programs must meet the same standards and curriculum requirements as traditional on-campus programs.
Are Online Nursing degrees respected?
Yes, RN-BSN degrees earned online are highly respected and valued by employers, allowing nurses to advance their careers.
How do online nursing programs work?
Online nursing programs combine online coursework, simulations, virtual lectures, and in-person supervised clinical rotations to provide flexibility while developing hands-on skills.
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ADN to BSN
Concurrent Enrollment Pathway
Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS), Ivy Tech students working toward their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) can now earn their RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing in less time by taking RN to BSN courses at the University of Louisville (UofL) —while they are still enrolled at their home KCTCS or Ivy Tech school.
Attend UofL as a non-degree seeking (continuing studies) student while completing your ADN at your home KCTCS or Ivy Tech school.