It’s almost impossible to reach a consensus when it comes to superlatives, such as this topic of the cheapest (least expensive) Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Degree Programs. However, we believe that these 25 offer an excellent education, as well as being cost effective for the registered nurse wishing to advance his/her education and skills in a demanding profession. Currently, only 55 percent of nurses hold degrees at the baccalaureate level and above. A low percentage considering there are 679 RN-to-BSN and 209 RN-to-MSN programs that build on the education provided in diploma and associate degree programs.

The baccalaureate degree provides more than additional knowledge; it has proven to save more lives.  In the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration, Mary Blegen and colleagues published findings from a cross-sectional study of 21 University Health System Consortium hospitals to analyze the association between RN education and patient outcomes. The researchers found that hospitals with a higher percentage of RNs with baccalaureate or higher degrees had lower congestive heart failure mortality, decubitus ulcers, failure to rescue, and postoperative deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism and shorter length of stay. More importantly, nurses prepared at the BSN level were found to have higher levels of job satisfaction which is key to nurse retention.

1. Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College (GHC) serves as a point of access to higher education in Northwest Georgia. Founded in 1970 as a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, the college is non-residential and maintains six sites in Rome, Cartersville, Marietta, Dallas and Douglasville. In 2011, the Board of Regents approved a sector change to state college, and GHC began to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degrees. A Bachelor of Science in nursing was identified as the first such degree with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene to begin Summer 2015. Other four-year programs that meet the demands of GHC’s service area will be added during the next decade. Enrollment for fall 2014 was 5,365 (36 percent men and 64 percent women) from several eastern Alabama counties and 67 counties in Georgia. The mission of Georgia Highlands College, a state college of the University System of Georgia, is to provide access to excellent educational opportunities through pre-baccalaureate associate degree transfer programs, career associate degree programs, and targeted baccalaureate degree programs that meet the economic development needs of the region.

The RN-BSN Completion Program is offered completely online so students are able to continue working while going to school. The program can be completed in as little as three consecutive semesters full-time or four or more semesters part-time. The application process is competitive and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 is required for consideration. Georgia Highlands College participates in the statewide articulation plan that streamlines getting into an accredited RN-BSN program in nursing. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate of an accredited ASN or diploma program within the last four years, or be a graduate from one of these programs for more than four years ago with documentation of 1,000 hours of clinical nursing practice in the last three years
  • Hold a current, valid RN license to practice in Georgia

Tuition: $90.87 per hour (in-state); $344/hour (out-of-state)
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission

2. Broward College

In 1957, Florida embarked on a program to create a network of two-year colleges at which Floridians could complete undergraduate education or pursue two-year technical programs leading to the workforce. On September 6, 1960, the Junior College of Broward County opened its doors to its first class – 701 students.  In 1998 the college held its first outdoor graduation ceremony on the Central Campus Library lawn. In 1999 another milestone for Broward College was reached when the first online computer registration for students was available. As Broward College forges into its second half-century of service to Broward County, it does so as one of the nation’s largest institutions of its type, with a reputation for the pursuit of excellence and service to the diverse communities it serves. Broward College now serves more than 68,000 students annually and employs a faculty and staff of more than 2,000. Currently, 68,000 students choose from 132 bachelor’s, associate’s and certificate programs and classes offered online and on-campus.

The faculty of nursing at Broward believes that nursing is a discipline in which the holistic needs of the person are met in various settings. The body of knowledge that serves as the rationale for nursing practice and is held to be of most value in the discipline of nursing include: (1) empirics, the science of nursing; (2) esthetics, the art of nursing; (3) knowing,  the component of personal knowledge in nursing; and (4) ethics, the component of moral knowledge in nursing. The length of the core nursing curriculum is approximately three semesters or between 12 to 18 months. Each BSN course will be taught in a shortened framework of eight weeks, and students will be taking two to three BSN courses at a time. Combined online and face-to-face courses are available. Subjects and topics that will be covered include:

  • Nursing Theory
  • Research for nurses
  • Nursing leadership development
  • Advanced labs for health assessments
  • Pathophysiology/Pharmacology

Tuition: $91.79/hour (same for both/except add $384.72 out-of-state fee)
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission

3. Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) Online has been at the forefront of offering the best in online learning since 1998. In 2009, FIU Online enhanced its focus to offer both online courses as a complement to on-site students as well as fully online programs. FIU now has 27 fully online programs and dozens of programs that can be completed almost entirely online. Nearly half of FIU students – over 25,000 – took online classes in the 2012 academic year, and more than 300 faculty taught online classes. FIU Online uses the latest in innovative technology to offer courses that are highly interactive, engaging and academically rigorous. Their exceptional online learning experience was ranked #3 in Student Services and Technology – Top Online Bachelor’s Programs in U.S. News & World Reports for 2012.

FIU Online’s RN to BSN program is specifically designed for Florida registered nurses (RNs) who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The online RN to BSN curriculum is flexible and adaptable to your schedule, with full or part-time options. Students earn their BSN with a minimum of 30 additional credits (3 full-time semesters) of upper division online coursework and an additional 30 credits earned through clinical proficiency evaluation. This brings the total credits to 120 which include the 60 lower division credits from the previously earned Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Graduates of the RN to BSN program track are eligible to apply for graduate programs with advanced nursing degrees, such as a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Tuition: $110.32 ($215.94 incl. differential & distance learning fees/in-state); $333 (tuition & fees/out-of-state)
Accreditation: The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

4. State College of Florida

On Sept. 17, 1957, the State Board of Education established Manatee Junior College as an approved college with the primary mission of providing college training for young people and adults. On Nov. 5, 1957, Dr. Samuel R. Neel, Jr. became the first president. The College began its first classes on Sept. 2, 1958, in a former senior high school with 502 students. In 1959 the first classes were held on the current southwest Manatee County campus with a full-fledged sophomore class and a large freshman class enrolled in university-parallel courses. In March 2009, the State Board of Education approved the College’s proposal to deliver a complete Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In July 2009, the College changed its name to State College of Florida (SCF), Manatee-Sarasota to reflect the institution’s new status as a four-year degree-granting state college. Presently, eight bachelor’s degree programs are available.

On March 17, 2009, the State Board of Education approved SCF’s proposal to deliver a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree to Manatee and Sarasota counties. The program started in January 2010, on both the Bradenton and Venice campuses, and provides current registered nurses (RN) with the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Their RN to BSN Online degree courses are typically offered in a 5 week format with 3 core courses offered each major semester (fall and spring) and 2 core courses offered in summer. This format allows students to focus on one subject area at a time. Some courses may last longer than 5 weeks and overlap other core course.  Students will need to complete the 45 hour Community and Public Health practicum requirement within the State of Florida. Synchronous class meetings will require students and instructors to be online at the same time.  All students must be online at that specific time in order to participate.

Tuition: $112.08/per credit (in-state); $442.08 (out-of-state)
Accreditation:  The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

5. St. Petersburg College

In the 1920s, people in St. Petersburg began to talk about the need for an institution of higher learning to provide job skills training to local residents of modest means. At the time, higher education only was available to those who could afford to travel to distant cities and stay there long enough to complete their studies. So in September 1927, with the backing of local business and political leaders, Florida’s first two-year institution of higher learning, St. Petersburg Junior College, opened in an unused wing of the then-new St. Petersburg High School. Enrollment: 102, taught by a faculty of 14. In 1931, the college, which was now in its own building overlooking Mirror Lake in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, became fully accredited and has remained so to this day.

The RN to BSN Program at St. Petersburg College affords registered nurses the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The program gives nurses a solid foundation for advancing their career or preparing for graduate nursing study. The program focuses on leadership, management, theory, research, and community and public health. Courses are delivered in either a face-to-face or online format. Students can take one or two eight-week classes at a time – up to four courses each term allowing the degree to be completed in four semesters. To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, applicants must have a clear/active, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license. (This will need to be kept current for the duration of the program.) Since 2006, 95% of their BSN graduates have found jobs in their field, as well as continuing their education or are serving in the military.

Tuition: $122.70/credit (Florida residents); $386.90 (non-residents)
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

6. South Dakota State University

The land-grant heritage of South Dakota State University (SDSU), which began with a college founded in 1881, originates from local and national legislation dating back to 1862. The Morrill Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in July of that year, embodied a revolutionary idea in higher education. As of 1923 South Dakota State College, located in Brookings, South Dakota, had an instructional program organized under five divisions: Agriculture, Engineering, General Science, Home Economics, and Pharmacy. Thirty years later, General Science was renamed the Division of Science and Applied Arts. The Nursing Division was created in 1956. The College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), PhD in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), in addition to refresher courses.

The school’s online RN-BSN is available to associate and diploma nursing graduates. Once admitted to SDSU, RN’s can begin coursework any semester. General education core and nursing pre-requisite courses are offered each semester. Completion of a pre-admission transcript evaluation provides each RN with a list of all requirements completed and ready for transfer to SDSU, as well as any requirements to be completed prior to admission to the RN-BSN program. Their curriculum is designed with the working RN in mind which could be why Affordable Colleges Online has called SDSU one of the: Best Online Nursing Schools for 2015. Also, their baccalaureate, master’s and DNP programs at South Dakota State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $145/credit hour (SD resident); $173/hour (Minnesota resident); $217/hour (non-resident)
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

7. New Mexico Highlands University

Nestled against the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a chain of the Southern Rockies, is the historic city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, the home to New Mexico Highlands University, a state-supported institution offering bachelor and master degrees in a variety of disciplines. The school opened in 1898 under the guidance of a young educator and anthropologist, Dr. Edgar Lee Hewett, who was to take a prominent place in New Mexico history as founder of both the Museum of New Mexico and the Institute of American Archaeology in Santa Fe. From a charter class of 92 students and six faculty members, the institution quickly progressed and, in 1899, the name was changed from New Mexico Normal at Las Vegas to New Mexico Normal University. In 194, the school was renamed New Mexico Highlands University, a name derived from is beautiful Northern New Mexico terrain.Today, Highlands is known for its multi-ethnic student body, small classes, research activities, student and faculty achievements, and opportunities for students to combine study with real-world experience.

Their accredited online RN to BSN Program at Highlands University is designed for registered nurses to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program was designed exclusively for any registered nurse currently working in the nursing profession seeking to further their education. The first class was admitted in the spring of 2008 and produced its first graduating class in December of 2009. Since the program first opened its doors, the New Mexico Highlands RN-BSN program has earned accreditation with highly respected Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The program has already had several graduating classes and has had half of its program graduates continue their education in pursuit of graduate degrees in nursing.  The RN-BSN program is available only to students with a valid license to practice as a registered nurse and who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing. Applicants must be graduates of an approved Associate Degree or Diploma program in nursing from the United States.

Tuition: $176.86  (in-state); $290.79 (out-of-state)
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

8. Western Governors University

Western Governors University is a nonprofit online university founded and supported by 19 U.S. governors. At no other time in the history of higher education have the governors of several states joined together to create a university. The idea for WGU was born in 1995 at a bipartisan meeting of the Western Governors Association (hence their “western” name). Going into the meeting, the chair of the association—Utah governor Mike Leavitt—had the foresight to realize that distance learning technologies had the power to tackle one of the western states’ most pressing problems: rapid population growth confronted by limited public funds for educational services. WGU has flourished into a national university, serving more than 55,000 students from all 50 states, yet remains non-bureaucratic and innovative. It continues to receive praise for its academic model and to enhance its reputation with employers for the emphasis on graduating highly competent professionals.

WGU believes that their online RN to BSN program will enhance personal status, boost one’s salary, and increase job security. For ease of understanding, WGU has assigned competency units to each of its courses; a competency unit is equivalent to a semester credit hour of learning. WGU terms are six months in length. During a typical term, students will be expected to complete at least 12 to 13 competency units. Grades are assigned on a Pass/Not Pass basis; a “Pass” at WGU is equivalent to a letter grade of “B” or better. Students will become an expert in all areas of study required by the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) program also requires the successful completion of a field experience. The program requires a minimum of 90 hours of mentor-guided clinical experience in a qualified community health services setting, such as a public health department or clinic. At WGU, tuition is charged at a flat rate each term and covers all coursework completed in that time. The more courses completed each term, the more affordable the degree becomes.

Tuition: $3,250 (flat rate each 6 month term)
Accreditation: The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

9. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Founded in 1928 as Fort Smith Junior College, the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith (UAFS) is the sixth largest university in Arkansas and one of 11 campuses in the University of Arkansas System. The UAFS School of Nursing is proud to be an integral part of a city with a century-long tradition of organized health care. Sparks Regional Medical Center was founded as St. John’s Hospital in 1887 and established the first school of nursing in Arkansas in 1898. Mercy Fort Smith, formerly known as St. Edward Mercy Medical Center and St. Edward Mercy, opened in 1905 with its nursing school originating in 1906. In 1928, Fort Smith High School began to offer junior college classes; UAFS has grown from that beginning. The three institutions came together in the 1960’s when Westark Junior College  offered credit courses for the students in the hospital nursing schools.

This RN-BSN Online Completion Track at the Carolyn McKelvey Moore School of Nursing prepares highly competent practitioners of nursing for professional careers in a dynamic healthcare environment. It provides educational mobility for associate degree and diploma prepared nurses and the foundation for graduate education in nursing. This flexible track makes possible the opportunity for registered nurses to receive credit for previous nursing education and experience. Their nursing curriculum is structured and organized around The Competency Outcomes and Performance Assessment Model (COPA). The COPA model emphasizes practice-based outcomes, practice-focus learning, and structured, objective assessment of performance competencies. The COPA Model is implemented throughout the curriculum using the concepts of critical thinking (assessment and intervention), research (knowledge integration), communication (human caring and relationship skills), health promotion (teaching), leadership and management, and professional development.

Tuition: $194/per credit (in-state); $435 (out-of-state)
Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

10. Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University (FHSU), located in the heart of Kansas, is a true world leader in distance education, offering over 40 online degrees specifically designed for adult learners. Students can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree at their Virtual College. Historically, the school was founded in 1902 as the western branch of the Kansas Normal School. The school’s mission was to serve early settlers’ needs for educational facilities. The first classes were held on the grounds of the abandoned Fort Hays military post just southwest of Hays. The first building of the current campus, Picken Hall, was completed in 1904, and the University moved to its present location in Hays. Today, FHSU serves over 5,000 students on campus and another 8,100 students in greater Kansas and around the world through its award-winning Virtual College. The school’s online bachelor’s, graduate business and graduate education degrees have all been ranked “Best Online Programs 2014” by U.S.News & World Report.

If you are already licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States, you can obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completely online through Fort Hays State University. The school advocates that graduating with a BSN degree opens doors to more career options and additional management responsibilities. The BSN also prepares you for graduate nursing study. The RN-to-BSN degree program is designed to be flexible enough to meet your busy schedule as a working professional. FHSU is a leader in nursing education and offers a program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is a national, autonomous accreditation agency, officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs.

Tuition: $194.14 per credit hour
Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

11. Vincennes University

Founded in 1801 by William Henry Harrison and incorporated as Vincennes University (VU) on November 29, 1806, VU is one of only two U.S. colleges founded by a President of the United States. VU is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year and 4-year academic programs of study in the state of Indiana. VU is Indiana’s first college and is one of the oldest in America. Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. The school provides over 200 majors offering one-year certificates, two-year associate degrees, two-year transfer programs and select baccalaureate degrees.

The RN to BSN Completion Program curriculum is guided by the American Associate of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies. The BSN Program has a hybrid format, providing quality education either on campus or in an online format.    For those wishing to utilize the online format, students will be required to come to campus one day each semester. Students work with their clinical instructor to select his/her clinical experiences in various settings.   This format allows students a more flexible schedule so that they can continue their education while employed. Registered Nurses who have completed an Associate Degree or diploma from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, formerly NLNAC) may apply for admission to the RN to BSN program.

Tuition: $196.14 (in-state); $234.36 (out-of-state)
Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

12. Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University, located in Youngstown, Ohio, traces its beginnings to a commercial law course offered by the Young Men’s Christian Association in 1908. The YMCA had offered high school level and vocational courses since 1888, but wanted to meet the college-level needs of area residents in a society undergoing rapid industrialization and urbanization. The “Y” offered courses on law, business and engineering, and in 1910, even instituted a School of Law that granted no degree, but prepared students to take the bar exam. In 1916, the YMCA incorporated all of its educational work under the Youngstown Association School. Youngstown State University now consists of the School of Graduate Studies and Research and six undergraduate colleges.  Degrees offered range from the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s to a doctorate in educational leadership and the Doctor of Physical Therapy. The Office of Distance Education at Youngstown State University offers accredited online degree programs for both bachelor’s and master’s students in convenient formats.

Youngstown State University grants a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree upon successful completion of the RN-BSN Completion Program offered by the Department of Nursing within the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. The BSN program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This program is designed for RN’s who obtained their basic nursing education in a diploma or associate degree program. The online RN-BSN Completion Program provides timely coursework, faculty-led discussions and connections to clinical practice. The current online curriculum may be found at this link.

Tuition: $197.50/credit hour or $8,087.28 per academic year in-state; $14,087.28/year (out-of-state)
Accreditation:  The North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission

13. Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University was founded in 1873 when a group of prominent businessmen and politicians successfully lobbied the State of Missouri to designate Cape Girardeauas the home of the Third District Normal School. Originally known as Southeast Missouri State Normal School, the first classes were originally taught at the nearby Lorimier School until April 1875 when the first normal school building was completed. A normal school is a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers. The College also moved away from its focus on only training teachers and began to offer courses of study in business, nursing, and the liberal arts. Due to this expansion of curriculum and student body population, the college officially became Southeast Missouri State University in 1972. In Fall 2012, the University had a record enrollment of over 11,000, making it the 8th largest university by enrollment in the state of Missouri and the 6th largest public university.

The RN-BSN Online option offered by Southeast Missouri State University allows a registered nurse who has either an associate degree or diploma in nursing, to gain advanced placement in the BSN Nursing Major. The department recognizes prior knowledge and experience to promote advanced learning without repetition of nursing education and practice. Both nursing theory and university studies requirements can be completed totally online. The online RN to BSN program allows students to earn a BSN at home or anywhere where there is computer access. Field experiences are integrated through a variety of course assignments that require the RN to select an experience in a community or health care setting with a mentor of their choice. Features of their online program are:

  • 100% Online with no campus visits
  • Accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Only 6 nursing courses (25 credit hours) required in addition to unmet University Studies and support course requirements
  • Field experiences in your region

Tuition: $199.30 per credit hour (in & out-of-state)
Accreditation: The North Central Association

14. Southern Arkansas University

Established in 1909, Southern Arkansas University (SAU) has built on its foundation tied to the region’s agricultural past and continues to grow while expanding its tradition of success into more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges. The University is committed to providing the best tools, programs, services and opportunities with qualified professors dedicated to helping their students reach their educational goals and professional future. Even as new programs are added, SAU maintains a quality 16-to-1 student-teacher ratio that allows students to get personalized attention. Their School of Graduate Studies shapes advanced course work to improve opportunities and further careers. The next step in higher learning, the School of Graduate Studies offers many master’s degrees that can be completed entirely online or can be custom fit with a combination of in-class experience and online convenience.

Registered nurses with an associates degree can advance their careers by obtaining the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree online. The purpose of the RN-BSN Online Completion Program  is to prepare the graduate for entry into professional practice as a generalist who cares for persons as individuals, members of family/groups, and as communities in both structured and unstructured health care settings. The B.S.N. program consists of four academic semesters and includes 58 hours of general education courses, 39 hours from an A.D.N. (Associate degree) program, and 28 hours of advanced nursing courses. Students previously enrolled in another RN to BSN Completion nursing program must forward a letter requesting transfer and attach copies of all unofficial college transcripts.

Tuition: $217/per hour (in-state); $336/hour (out-of-state)
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

15. Ohio University

In 1786, 11 men gathered at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern in Boston to propose development of the area north of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains known then as the Ohio Country. Led by Manasseh Cutler and Rufus Putnam, the Ohio Company petitioned Congress to take action on the proposed settlement. In 1803, Ohio became a state and on February 18, 1804, the Ohio General Assembly passed an act establishing “The Ohio University.” The University opened in 1808 with one building, three students, and one professor, Jacob Lindley. Today, there are 17,000+ undergraduates located in Athens, Ohio. The school has 950 full-time faculty with an 18:1 faculty to student ratio.

The RN to BSN online curriculum builds on previous nursing education. In order to complete their bachelor’s degree in nursing, students are required to complete: 9 nursing courses totaling 31 credit hours; general education course requirements; specific support courses; and total required hours of 120 with a 2.0 grade point average for graduation. The required support courses varies from 5 weeks up to 14 weeks in length, depending on the course. For some students, many of these hours may have already been completed in her/his previous education, and they can be transferred to Ohio University; some will be earned while taking nursing courses and support courses. Thirty credit hours of the 120 total must be completed with Ohio University, referred to as residency hours. For further information about the RN to BSN courses, visit Ohio University’s BSN catalog page for College Partners.

Tuition: $240 per credit hour (Ohio residents); $243 (non-residents)
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

16. Baker College

The beginnings of Baker College trace back to the turn of the 20th century, with the founding of Muskegon College by Woodbridge Ferris in 1888—who later became Governor of Michigan and then a U.S. Senator. Just two decades later, Eldon E. Baker—an educator who built a highly successful business college in Winfield, Kansas—moved to Flint and founded Baker Business University. Today, the school is known as Baker College, the largest not-for-profit, independent college in Michigan, with over 28,000 students in more than 150 programs, taught at nine on-ground campuses, multiple extensions campuses, and online. In 2012, Baker College was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to grant a Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Baker’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Post-Licensure program offers a curriculum created by nurses and employers for licensed Registered Nurses, giving students the opportunity to continue their professional growth by further developing your knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences. In addition to classwork, the curriculum includes three clinical experiences: Community Health Practicum, Leadership Practicum, and Nursing Seminar.   The curriculum is designed to assist students to become critical thinkers with clinical reasoning skills who also understand the moral, ethical, cultural, and global dimensions of the issues they confront in an ever-evolving healthcare system. Applicants require an unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States (US), District of Columbia or US territories; or an unencumbered license as a RN in Canada.

Tuition: $240/credit hour
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

17. University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama (UNA) traces its roots to 1830 and LaGrange College, the first state-chartered college in Alabama. The school relocated to its current location in Florence from its original site in Franklin County in 1854. The institution would later become the first state-supported teachers college in the South and one of the first coeducational institutions in the nation. UNA is home to about 7,000 students, of whom about 55 percent are women and 45 percent are men. Most UNA students – about 70 percent – are enrolled full-time, and most – also about 70 percent – are Alabama residents. UNA has more than 50,000 alumni throughout Alabama, the Southeast region and the world.

Students enrolled full-time in the RN to BSN online program are able to complete professional coursework in one year. RN’s are admitted with advanced standing and provision is made for 30 credit hours of prior nursing courses. Also, general educational requirements may be completed concurrently with professional coursework. Clinical requirements are arranged in the student’s own community. The online degree program is completely web-based. Total credit hours for graduation must equal 128 or above. The school’s nursing program has been a leader in education since 1973 and it is fully approved by the Alabama State Board of Nursing. Their BSN and MSN programs of the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $244 per credit hour
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

18. Delta State University

The campaign to locate Delta State in Cleveland, Mississippi, began several years before the doors opened for the first summer session in 1925. There is evidence that the subject was brought up for discussion as early as 1910. In 1928, the first graduating class consisted of thirteen students. A tradition was established that the first degree was to be awarded on the basis of scholarship. Miss Mollie Bedwell of Cleveland, holds the distinction of receiving the first degree (a Master of Science) ever granted by Delta State Teachers College. Today, Delta State University is a public institution providing a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate curriculum to over 4,000 students representing all of the states and more than 20 countries. Dozens of degree programs on the undergraduate level provide educational opportunities in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and in the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. Graduate programs on the master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral levels provide advanced training in a broad range of disciplines.

The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing combines study in the liberal arts, life sciences and behavioral sciences with the study of nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. Students applying to this program are Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma prepared registered nurses (RN) with a current RN license. Graduates of this program will be prepared to obtain or maintain a management position and/or seek advanced study. Here is an overview of the RN to BSN online program:

  • Students enroll in the program during the fall term
  • Complete nursing courses in 2 semesters
  • Flexible and part-time course scheduling available
  • Clinical experiences: Students contract for individual clinical sites and BSN clinical preceptor(s)
  • Student advisement available online
  • Optional on-campus orientation each semester
  • Applications accepted year round

Tuition: $251/hour
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

19. Northwestern Oklahoma State University

In 1895, only two years after the opening of the Cherokee Outlet, the first bill to establish a normal school at Alva was introduced in the territorial legislature. The first effort was defeated; however, the next legislature passed a bill establishing the Northwestern Territorial Normal School at Alva, the second such school in Oklahoma Territory. In 1941, a constitutional amendment established the present Oklahoma State System of Higher Education and provided for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. On August 16, 1974, the name of Northwestern State College was changed to Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU). A nursing program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree was established in the fall of 1981. The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) and is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing.

NWOSU’s RN-to-BSN online program has been rated #4 for its affordability and quality of education. Their program is 100% online with no campus visits or traditional clinical hours required. Applicants must provide evidence of academic achievement with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in all nursing courses and a 2.5 GPA overall. Also, applicants must be a graduate of an ACEN (formerly NLN or NLNAC) approved Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program. Accepted students will be immersed in an innovative program preparing graduates for bedside positions in ICU, Neonatal, and other specialty areas. The school believes in the importance of the BSN degree which will prepare graduates for roles in research utilization, professional issues, leadership and community nursing. To remain in the nursing program, students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and achieve a “C” or better in all nursing and science courses.

Tuition: $251.75 per credit hour (resident of OK); $466.75 (non-resident)
Accreditation: The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

20. University of Texas-Arlington

In 1895, Arlington College was established at the urging of Edward Emmett Rankin, an Arlington civic leader, to improve the availability of quality education in the recently founded rural town. Col. James M. Carlisle arrived in 1902 and converted the campus into a private academy “for the literary, military, and manual training of boys,” as its charter stated. Its name continued to change since 1895 (8 name changes in total), and in 1959 after over a decade of effort, Arlington State finally became a four-year institution. In 1967, the institution received its current name (UT of Texas-Arlington) by act of the state legislature. Today, the University offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs to more than 48,000 on-campus and online students. The UT Arlington Fort Worth Center in downtown Fort Worth offers graduate programs catered to working professionals.

UT Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers an RN to BSN degree that builds upon the students’ nursing skills by providing research-based learning, leadership training and liberal arts. The school believes that earning the BSN prepares nurses to offer patients a higher level of knowledge and expertise. The degree can also be used for those who wish to advance into management or director positions in a healthcare system. Students will be able to start the RN to BSN program regardless of the number of general courses they have completed. When creating an individual course map, a UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation academic advisor will take into consideration various conditions. The online RN to BSN program has been designed to include all the courses students need to graduate with a BSN, including general courses, formerly known as prerequisite courses.

Tuition: $257 per hour
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

21. Southwestern Oklahoma State University

The University was established by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1901 as the Southwestern Normal School. The Normal School was authorized to offer two years of training and four years of preparatory work for students who were not qualified for college admission. The first classes met in 1903. In 1941, it became Southwestern Institute of Technology when the college added a School of Pharmacy, degree work in the arts and sciences, and trade schools to its original function as a teacher-training institution. The Oklahoma State Legislature in 1949 again changed the name, this time to Southwestern State College, without altering the broad scope of its purposes and education objectives. In 1974, the Oklahoma State Legislature again changed the name of the institution to Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU).

The SWOSU Nursing program was established in 1976 under the Department of Biological Sciences. The program was the first rural baccalaureate nursing program in Oklahoma. Their RN-to-BSN is an online completion program designed for those who already hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from ACEN accredited nursing programs or those enrolled in their last semester of an Associate’s Degree program. All RN students must meet University admission requirements. The BSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education course work. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession. The RN student may receive advance standing articulation hours of up to 31 hours credit. To verify that your program is ACEN accredited, please visit their website at http://www.acenursing.net. Applicants who do not reside in Oklahoma should first contact Nursing at 580.774.3261 to determine eligibility to apply.

Tuition: $257 per hour
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

22. University of North Georgia

On January 10, 2012, the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents recommended the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University with Gainesvilkle State College. The former was founded in 1873 in Dahlonega, Georgia and the latter was established in 1964. The consolidation became official on January 8, 2013, creating the University of North Georgia (UNG), with four campuses across northeast Georgia. From associate degrees to graduate-level programs, UNG provides an array of opportunities to help develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. One of only six federally designated senior military colleges in the nation, the university carries the distinction of The Military College of Georgia and its nationally recognized Army ROTC program attracts students from across the state, region and nation.

The RN to BSN program is for current RNs who desire to further their career with a BSN.  The RN to BSN nursing program offers high quality, accessible undergraduate education for registered nurses pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).  Graduates are prepared for professional nursing practice in primary, secondary and tertiary settings as well as to care for individuals, families, and communities as clients.  The program can be taken all online, face to face, or a combination of the two.  The RN to BSN Program is approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).  The BSN Program combines required core curriculum and nursing courses which comprise a minimum of 58 hours beyond the associate degree.  The curriculum may be completed part time or full time, but must be completed within 4 years of completing the required course: NURS 3110 (The Transformation to Professional Nursing).

Tuition: $259/credit hour (in and out-of-state)
Accreditation: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

23. Minot State University

Located in north central North Dakota, Minot State University (MSU) is a place where east meets west. Nestled on the northern edge of the Mouse River Valley, the campus stands at the heart of the “Magic City.” The city of Minot – nicknamed the “Magic City” for its phenomenal growth during the early 1900s – is a regional center for commerce, culture, healthcare, agribusiness and industry. Today, MSU is committed to meeting the needs of today’s learner. Deciding to pursue a degree or return to finish a degree is a life changing decision. An online degree program provides a flexible opportunity to fulfill your educational goals. MSU offers 9 undergraduate degrees, 7 graduate degrees, 3 undergraduate certificates, and 1 graduate certificate entirely online. They are a regionally accredited institution that has been offering online degrees for 18 years. The Minot State University Department of Nursing Program has full approval of the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

The Minot State University BSN Completion Program is for the registered nurse (RN) who wishes to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. A total of 122 credits are needed to complete the BSN degree. These credits must meet both Minot State University and the Department of Nursing requirements. The BSN Completion Program is available in a flexible and convenient online format with one designated clinical course. Clinical experiences are generally arranged to be completed in your local area under the direction of qualified faculty and clinical mentor. Full time enrollment generally allows the RN to complete the curriculum in a minimum of 15 – 18 months. The time needed to complete the program is determined by how much of the required course work is completed at the time of admission. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing prepares one for nursing practice opportunities in varied nursing roles, including evolving clinical situations.

Tuition: $261.01 per credit (fees included)
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

24. American Public University

Founded as American Military University (AMU) in 1991 by retired Marine Corps officer James P. Etter, the establishment of AMU broke new ground by offering career-relevant education for a mobile population of military learners with unique needs. AMU has since grown to serve a diverse population of more than 100,000 military, public service, and corporate professionals through American Military University. In 2002, AMU was reorganized into American Public University System (APUS). American Public University (APU) was founded to provide access to the same quality, affordable, and relevant education to a broader audience of motivated working adults with an emphasis on public service disciplines. Today, APU is one of the leading providers of online education, frequently recognized by the prestigious Online Learning Consortium (OLC) for best practices in online education. APUS is the nation’s largest provider of higher education to the U.S. Armed Forces and has been nationally recognized for excellence in online education by the Online Learning Consortium.

The Online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at their university is designed to facilitate the immediate and lifelong professional development needs of Registered Nurses who earned an associate degree in nursing and have a current, active and unencumbered license. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the curriculum reflects current nursing practice and the Institute of Medicine recommendations for nursing education. The program focuses on the development of the professional nursing role in three primary areas: Practitioner, Scientist and Leader. Students work with faculty to implement and evaluate a professional development plan to improve critical thinking, clinical reasoning, oral and written communication comprehension of published research, and knowledgeable, skillful participation in organizational, community, and global health issues. This program builds a strong foundation for graduate study.

Tuition: $270 per credit (includes books & fees); $250 for military-affiliated
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission 

25. State University of New York-Delhi

Founded in 1913, State University of New York (SUNY) Delhi has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, reaching a record enrollment of over 3,600 students.  Delhi is carving a unique niche in higher education by offering baccalaureate degrees that build on successful associate degree programs, baccalaureate completion programs on community college campuses and online degree programs tied to state and national employment needs. SUNY Delhi is located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains; the campus is approximately 3.5 hours from New York City and less than 2 hours from the state capital of Albany. The nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (ACEN).

The RN to BSN program at SUNY Delhi provides educational mobility for registered nurses who are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The curriculum is designed with the working registered nurse in mind and offers versatility and flexibility as the program is 100% online. Precepted practicum experiences for select courses are completed in the student’s hometown area. The RN to BSN program is 61 credits. Combined with associate degree transfer credits, a total of 120 credits is required to earn a BSN at SUNY Delhi. Students typically transfer in between 60 and 80 credits, however, the length of the program varies depending on the number of appropriate courses transferred in from previous college coursework. All students accepted into SUNY Delhi’s RN to BSN program will be required to create a profile and complete a background check at the time of acceptance.

Tuition: $270 per credit hour
Accreditation: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education