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Onsite and Online RN to BSN Program

“A Bachelor's degree prepares a nurse to be a leader — whether it’s in a hospital setting, or a non-profit or they could work in public health.”

- Ruth Eby


About the Program

The Post-licensure (RNBSN) program is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Indiana Wesleyan University RNBSN program is available in a blended format in which some courses are online and some courses are onsite at locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio; in a totally onsite format with courses offered at IWU Education Centers throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio; or the program can be taken entirely online. Students join together in cohort groups and take all of their nursing major core classes together. Ordinarily, the courses are taken one-at-a-time in sequence, allowing the major to be completed in about 15 months. However, fast-track options are available. The program is designed specifically for adult learners who prefer guided independent study, practical professional application, and a collegial relationship with faculty and other students. Students are admitted 7 times a year. A global travel course option may be available during the program.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

At the completion of the baccalaureate nursing programs, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Apply leadership skills to professional nursing practice.
  • Integrate nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice while providing culturally competent care.
  • Employ effective communication and inter-professional collaboration for the improvement of client outcomes.
  • Demonstrate spiritual values and professional ethics from a Christian worldview when providing nursing care.

Exceptional and Practical

  • Faculty comprised of practicing professionals
  • Practice experiences take place in the student's home or community
  • Graduates will be qualified to apply to the Division of Graduate Studies in Nursing; admission is selective
  • Cohorts no larger than 20 students are conducive to adult learning and provide a student support system

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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.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org, 312-263-0456. IWU is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, www.cccu.org, 202-546-8713.

The degree programs offered through the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 202-887-6791. IWU is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
31 Total $447 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, eBooks, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.

Payment Process

Deposit: Once you are accepted, your program representative will contact you in regards to payment of the required $100.00 deposit. This deposit reserves your place on the class roster. Payment can be made by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express. Service fee may apply.

Payment Options: Your program representative will work closely with you to choose a payment option that best fits your needs. Your options may include Federal financial aid, company reimbursement tuition deferral, company direct-bill, self-pay, military benefits, etc.

Financial Aid

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

For information about financial aid, call 800-621-8667, ext. 2516, visit our financial aid website, or email IWUfinaid@indwes.edu.


Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.

Preview Your Classes


Topics in Nursing: 2 Courses; 2 credit hours each


* Completion of NUR 320 is required to continue in the program. Student orientation takes place during the first sessions.

Prior to starting NUR 495, completion of all previous core courses, a Criminal Background Check, Drug Testing, and Immunizations Tracking is required. In addition, facility specific contractual requirements must be completed prior to starting the Capstone Project.


Below are the lists of requirements for the RNBSN program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

Admission Requirements

  1. Must have met one of the following degree or diploma requirements:
    • An associate degree with a major in Nursing with at least 60 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. ~OR~
    • A diploma from a state Board of Nursing-accredited hospital school of nursing. A maximum of 40 credit hours may be transferred. ~OR~
    • An associate degree with a major in Nursing or equivalent degree from a proprietary college with national accreditation. A maximum of 40 credit hours of supporting science and nursing courses may be transferred*.
  2. Proof of current unencumbered RN licensure (USA).
  3. Official transcripts from all previous college or university studies at regionally accredited colleges or universities.
  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 from all previous college studies. 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 School of Nursing.

*Through the diploma or nationally accredited proprietary school credit evaluation process, credit hours awarded (a maximum of 40 credit hours) may be counted toward the 60 required for admission to the core curriculum.

Progression through the Core Courses

  1. Students must complete each individual core course with a grade of "C" or higher.
  2. Post-licensure students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  3. If a student withdraws from Indiana Wesleyan University, the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they resume enrollment will apply.
  4. The integrity of the degree program demands that the core requirements be met at Indiana Wesleyan University. No waivers are allowed for courses taken at other colleges/universities.
  5. Students must complete all core nursing courses in order to enroll in the Capstone Course, NUR 495, Baccalaureate Capstone: Synthesis and Evaluation.
  6. Final class dates as established by the core calendar will be the final date for completion of the core curriculum.
  7. A criminal history background check, drug testing, and immunization tracking must be completed as required by the facility where the student chooses to do the capstone project prior to starting the NUR 495 Capstone Course.

Graduation Requirements

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, which must include 30 credits in General Education Requirements. In addition to the regular core curriculum (major), a 30-credit general education core is required of all bachelor students enrolled in adult and graduate programs. This 30-credit general education core includes:
  • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies
  • 3 credit hours in Biblical Studies or Philosophy or Religion
  • 6 credit hours in English Written Communication
  • 3 credit hours in English Oral Communication
  • 6 credit hours in Social or Behavioral Science
  • 3 credit hours in Mathematics
  • 3 credit hours in Natural Science
  • 3 credit hours in Arts and Humanities
    (Bachelor core courses that fall into general education categories may not be used to fulfill both the core requirement and the general education requirement.)

Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts courses are offered through Indiana Wesleyan University and are available at many sites throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, as well as online. The remaining credits may be earned through classes, CLEP, or Portfolio. Additional requirements include:
  • Completion of the major core curriculum (31 semester credit hours)
  • Minimum grade-point average of 2.75 in the major and overall
  • Payment of all tuition and fees

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

Services Available

The following services are available ONLY after the application process is complete.

  • Consultation with an Academic Advisor
  • Determination of credits for prior learning
  • CLEP or DANTES testing for credits
  • Determination of transfer credits


Practice experiences are an essential component of the RNBSN nursing program, culminating 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.


The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Application Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-licensure program, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.

  1. Application 
    Online Application
  2. Transcripts

    Official transcripts are required from each undergraduate regionally-accredited and nationally-accredited proprietary institution attended. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution(s). Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official.

  3. TOEFL Scores

    Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see  www.toefl.org.

Start Dates

Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added.


At Indiana Wesleyan University, the Post-licensure (RNBSN) program is designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to baccalaureate education for Registered Nurses. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the profession; many of them maintain current practices at the bedside, conduct research, and regularly contribute to scholarly literature. Your learning experience in the program will prepare you to implement innovative, evidence-based best practices as a Registered Nurse.

Learn more about our faculty by visiting the School of Nursing.