Degree Awarded:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Length of Program:
Full-time: 4 semesters
Part-time: 6 semesters

Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admissions - Fall, Spring, Summer
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Degree Overview

The Clarkson College online Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program has a tremendous reputation for its level of academic excellence, proficiency in online education, customizable and accelerated study options and small student-to-faculty ratio. The curriculum includes a series of core and nursing courses related to evidence-based practice, leadership and population health, which provides students with advanced knowledge to prepare them to be leaders in the nursing field.

With the goal of preparing well-educated and highly skilled advanced practice nurses, the program is designed to align with the core competencies outlined by the Institute of Medicine. Application to real-world scenarios is emphasized through coursework and faculty-led class discussions, so you may begin applying what you learn as it’s taught in the classroom.

Upon successful completion of the RN to BSN program, your enhanced knowledge can lead to advanced opportunities in the nursing field, as well as serve as a pathway toward a career as a nurse practitioner or nursing instructor, administrator or researcher.

If you have considered pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, Clarkson College also offers an online RN to MSN option that allows you to apply credit earned at the Bachelor degree-level toward your Master’s degree.

Admissions Requirements 

Applicants must first meet all basic admissions criteria for Clarkson College to have your file reviewed by the committee:

  • 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA for math and science courses.

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How we prepare
the best

  • Start dates for every semester
  • Nationally accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • Theory coursework 100% online
  • Degree attainable in less than a year
  • Flexible course scheduling with part- and full-time options available
  • Practicum hours may be completed in or near your hometown
  • Portfolio option to earn credit for your experience in community health, nursing leadership or research

Required Courses for RN to BSN

General Education Courses

(9 semester hours ) **Note: Upon successful completion of NS 205 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices, the student will receive three hours of earned semester hours and three hours of validation credit for a total of 6 semester credit hours.

Courses Semester Hours
NS 205 (NRS 205) - Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices 3
ST 310 (MAT 310) - Statistics 3
IPE 301 - Interprofessional Education 0
Total Semester Hours 6
Core Courses

(9 semester hours) Must be taken at Clarkson College

Courses Semester Hours
◊ IC Core (ICC Core) - Intercultural Communication 3
HU Core (HUM Core) - Humanities 3
EA Core (EEA Core) - Ethics, Empathy, and Advocacy 3
Total Semester Hours 9
Major Courses

(19 semester hours) RN to BSN students with two or more years of work experience and expertise in leadership, population health or evidence-based nursing may portfolio for validation credit in one of the following nursing courses (NS 352, NS 475 or NS 481).

Courses Semester Hours
NS 349 (NRS 349) - Pathways for Success 1
NS 356 (NRS 356) - Concepts of Professional Practice for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 357 (NRS 357) - Physical Assessment 3
NS 352 (NRS 352) - Evidence-Based Inquiry in Healthcare for the RN to BSN/MSN Student 2
NS 475 (NRS 475) - Principles of Leadership and Management for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 481 (NRS 481) - Population Health for the RN to BSN/MSN 3
NS 482 (NRS 482) - Capstone/Practicum for the RN to BSN/MSN 4
Total Semester Hours 19

Total Semester Hours in Program 121

Note: NS 205 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology: Current Practices (three semester hours) must be taken at Clarkson College and prior to taking 400 level nursing theory and clinical courses.

Nursing courses are offered through online education. Clinical applications may be completed at the student’s workplace with faculty approval and if clinical competencies can be met.

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2024-25 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Find out more information about costs, tuition, and fees.


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RN to BSN Tuition & Fees

Cost per Semester
$5,460 - Full-time (12 hrs)
$2,751 - Part-time (6 hrs)

RN to BSN - Undergraduate Nursing Courses$335 / credit-hour
Undergraduate Courses$632 / credit-hour
Graduate Courses$697 / credit-hour
Fees - Included in cost per semester
Enrollment Fee for first time students $150/ each
Degree Specific Fees - Not included in cost per semester
Interprofessional education – IPE Course Fee IPE 301 $140/ student
IDI Cultural Assessment Fee $40/ student
ATI Testing Fees - (NS 125, NS 233, NS 254, NS 340, NS 342, NS355, NS359, NS 467, NS 468) $415/ class

Career Overview

Median Salary

$63,568, 2019

Job Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. 
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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