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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

SON_4616_RNBSN_20-Discount_June-30-2021_Web-Page-Graphic.jpgThe 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 totally onsite format at locations throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio; in a blended format in which some courses are online and some courses are onsite; or the program can be taken entirely online. 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. 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
  • Clinical practice direct and indirect care 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


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

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), www.hlcommission.org, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/accreditation.

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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Credit Hours Online Tuition
31 Total $449 / credit hour

* Effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

rnbsn20_graphic.pngThe 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.




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. Proof of a current unencumbered RN licensure (USA).
  2. Students must have met one of the following degree or diploma requirements:

    • Associate degree with a major in Nursing with at least 60 transferable credit hours from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA)


    • Applicants from a state board of nursing approved school of nursing (diploma or proprietary school of nursing) who have passed the NCLEX-RN exam are 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.

  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

  1. Completion of 120 semester hours.
  2. Completion of the required core courses (31 semester hours) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. All individual core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Completion of 30 hours of General Education Requirements as specified in the IWU Catalog.
  6. 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.

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.