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Online RN to BSN Degree

Nursing is one of the nation’s fastest-growing professions — and the backbone of today’s ever-changing healthcare system. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of new employment opportunities for BSN-prepared nurses is projected to jump 15% by 2026 — the largest increase of any occupation in the U.S. 

With your RN to BSN online degree from Benedictine University, you’re equipped to meet the demands of this field and advance your nursing career. 

Quick, Convenient, Affordable 

Complete your BSN in as little as 12 months.* 34 total credit hours. 100% online. For only $415 per credit hour. 

Earn a high-quality education that’s designed to fit the busy schedule of a working RN. You can complete the RN to BSN online program in as little as 12 months for $415 per credit hour. In addition, the program is flexible and convenient because you can complete coursework whenever and wherever works for you while allowing you to avoid commuting challenges. 

Plus, it is possible to complete both your BSN and MSN in approximately 36 months. Success in the online RN to BSN program may allow you to waive up to six credits in our Master of Science in Nursing program, saving you even more time and money. 

View the RN-BSN degree webinar or register for an upcoming session to learn more about program details.

CCNE Accredited Nursing Program  

CCNE AccreditedAs a CCNE accredited program, our curriculum challenges you with coursework that applies your learning to real-world situations. You will complete activities that are relevant to the life of the RN working in partnership with a variety of stakeholders to enhance healthcare outcomes. You will advance as a professional and as a leader while gaining insights on fostering personal health and well-being. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Benedictine University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 


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Benedictine Hallmarks 

Benedictine University’s RN to BSN curriculum integrates the Benedictine Hallmarks into coursework. 

These hallmarks come to life in each course through class discussions, assignments, activities or personal reflection, and provide you with a solid foundation from which to lead and provide evidence-based, person-centered care that promotes health equity. 

Learn more about our Benedictine Hallmarks at our Center for Mission and Identity

Real-World Coursework Led by Understanding Instructors 

As you earn your BSN online, you will work with supportive instructor-mentors who understand the life of a busy nurse and will lead you to the next step in your nursing career. Like you, these instructors earned their degrees while balancing a full-time nursing job with personal life needs and family commitments. 

They're experienced in establishing inclusive online communities of learners, teach in their areas of specialty, and are leaders who will facilitate conversations of nursing experiences and development of relevant insights. Your instructors are readily available virtually to foster your success. 

Why Earn a BSN Online? 

According to the Institute of Medicine and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a nursing workforce with a higher percentage of BSN-prepared nurses creates enhanced patient outcomes.  

The Institute of Medicine's recommendation that 80% of RNs have a BSN by 2020 fell short of being achieved; the profession is challenged to keep advancing. According to a 2021 AACN Survey of schools of nursing, 40% of hospital and other healthcare settings required new hires have a BSN and more than 77% of employers preferred new graduates with a BSN. 
Through Benedictine's online RN to BSN program, you won’t just meet the needs of the growing healthcare field. You will build on your current knowledge and experiences, using real-life situations and application of evidence-based practice. Whether you have been working as a nurse for years or you’re just entering the field, our program enhances the personal and professional development of the practicing nurse. 

The need for nurses is expected to grow 9% between 2020 and 2030.1 Nurses with a BSN are top choices for these roles and more. With your BSN, you will be able to pursue many new career opportunities, including case management, quality improvement, supervision, informatics, occupational health or public health, and you will be ready to advance your education even further with an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Outcomes

After completing Benedictine University’s RN to BSN online program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate theories and concepts from the arts and humanities and the natural and social sciences in professional practice.  
  • Incorporate critical thinking, decision making, and clinical reasoning skills in providing quality care to individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  • Translate research findings to foster delivery of evidence-based nursing practice.  
  • Utilize information and/or technology to deliver quality patient care in a variety of settings.  
  • Use leadership skills and knowledge of the healthcare, financial, and regulatory systems to advance high quality, safe professional practice.
  • Demonstrate effective inter-professional communication and collaboration to provide quality, person-centered care.
  • Examine principles of prevention and health promotion to improve equitable health outcomes for individuals, families, groups, and communities.  
  • Integrate Benedictine and professional values into one’s professional practice.
  • Cultivate a professional nursing identity that embraces the values of the profession including advancement as a leader and lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrate evolving competence in professional role within a dynamic, diverse, global society.

Our program's clinical components complement coursework and exposes nurses to new experiences and roles. 

Learn more about the curriculum on our Course Descriptions page

Why Choose Benedictine’s RN to BSN?

Throughout our RN to BSN program, you will address contemporary trends, values, and issues in healthcare. You will advance your knowledge and skillset through meaningful practice experiences and embrace career-long learning.

Whether you have been working as a nurse for years or recently became licensed, our program enhances the personal and professional transformation of the RN.

Interested in becoming a nurse educator or nurse executive leader? Once you earn your BSN from Benedictine University, you may be able to start our Master of Science in Nursing program and waive two foundation-level courses in that program: NRHL 5501 Health Promotion and Professional Collaboration and NRHL 5505 Healthcare Policy and Advocacy.

This is a savings of one full semester of time (4 months) and 6 credits of tuition on your way to an MSN. Note that waiver criteria must be met and confirmed upon advisement.

In addition to the online program, Benedictine also offers the RN to BSN program at several community college sites in the Chicago area.

Learn more about our online RN to BSN by calling (866) 295-3104 or request more information using the form on this page.

*With continuous, full-time enrollment.