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Bachelor's in Nursing (Post-Licensure RN to BSN)

Ready to take your professional nursing practice to the next level? IWU’s Online RN to BSN nursing program is designed to make the most of your practical nursing expertise with a credential you can earn 100% online in just over a year. Take advantage of this top-ranked online RN to BSN program and amplify your aspirations for serving patient care.

Why Pursue My RN to BSN Degree Online at IWU?

From evidence-based practice curriculum to offering nursing RN to BSN programs fully online, the IWU School of Nursing has been at the forefront of healthcare education for more than 40 years. Today, we are proud to offer a faculty of industry experts, a faith perspective for hope and healing, and the support you need to pursue better outcomes for your primary care career and your patients. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling nursing career.  One more thing: your tuition rates are locked in the moment you start. You will experience no tuition hikes for the duration of your program.

What Will I Learn in a Nursing RN to BSN Program?

The nursing bachelor’s program explores the essentials of nursing practice—from evidence-based nursing and research to nursing ethics and interprofessional collaboration. Course studies explore nursing management and leadership, with specialized focus in strategic planning, fiscal responsibility and project management. A Capstone projects lets students apply learning to a real-world area of interest, such as public health or nursing case management, among others. 

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

31 Credit Hours


$455/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

Financial AidTuition Info

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Online RN to BSN Nursing Program

Coursework for your RN to BSN degree online program covers how to:

  • Apply leadership skills to your professional nursing practice
  • Integrate nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice
  • Provide culturally competent care
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively to improve patient outcomes

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Staff Nurse
  • Nurse Manager

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements
  • Proof of high school graduation or GED certification.
  • Original transcripts from all previous college or university study at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Associate degree with a major in Nursing.
  • Prior completion of at least 60 transferable credit hours is required before the student is eligible to start a bachelor core program.
  • A maximum of 40 hours of credit may be earned through the assessed learning process toward the required 60 credits.
  • Applicants from a state board of nursing approved school of nursing (diploma or proprietary school of nursing) who have passed the NCLEX‐RN exam may be eligible to apply for credit through the evaluation process. A maximum of 40 credit hours awarded may be counted toward the required 60. This applies only to students applying to the Nursing program.
  • Proof of current unencumbered RN licensure;
  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 from all previous study. If an applicant's GPA is below 2.0, the student may be admitted on a probationary basis, as established by the guidelines of the college.
  • Conditional Acceptance: Students currently enrolled in an associate degree in nursing program (i.e. AAS or ADN) at a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may be conditionally accepted when they can show:
    • Prior completion of at least 12 transferable credit hours
    • Evidence of acceptance into an associate level nursing program. Full, unconditional admission to the RNBSN Program will be granted when the student meets the criteria for RNBSN Program admission.
  • Completion of 120 semester hours.
  • Completion of the required core courses with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • All individual core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of 30 hours of General Education Requirements as specified.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


*Bachelor core courses that fall into general education categories may not be used to fulfill both the core requirement and the general education requirement.

*The remaining credits may be earned through classes, CLEP, or Portfolio. 

*The costs of the remaining credits required to graduate are not included in the costs listed for the core curriculum.

Program Requirements
  • Students must complete each individual core course with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • To progress in the major, RNBSN students must have obtained a core GPA of 2.75 by the end of the third course.
  • Students must have an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multi-state licenses, all must be unencumbered. Students may be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status in not maintained.
  • A criminal history background check, drug testing, and immunization tracking will be conducted at the student’s expense. Practice sites may have additional requirements, e.g., health physical, which will be conducted at the student's expense. Instructions for the criminal background check, drug screening, and immunization tracking will be sent to students by the Division of Post-licensure Nursing. Progression in the program will depend on compliance with and/or the results of these checks.
  • RNBSN students may complete the core nursing courses by following the recommended fast-track schedule.  It is not recommended that students take more than two core courses at a time.  Students who wish to take more than two core courses should contact their academic advisor to determine the potential impact of such a decision.
  • Students who take longer than six years to complete the program must petition to continue in the program.
  • Students must complete all core courses before taking NUR-492 (Capstone Course).


Practice Experiences

Practice experiences are an essential component of the RNBSN nursing program, culminating in the capstone course. In the capstone course, students are provided the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the RNBSN program by assuming a leadership role in coordinating and managing a capstone project. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where any practice experiences are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

NOTE: Students must meet all practice facility requirements.

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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ( IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). 

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