Skip to content

What can we help you find?

Frequently Asked Questions View all FAQs


Connect with us any way you choose.

Request Information

Interested in a particular program? Let us know! We’d be happy to reach out and send you additional information.

Get Started

Live Chat

Have time for a quick chat? Our admissions team is here to instantly answer your questions.

Apply Now

Ready to apply? We make the application process easy, streamlined, and stress-free.

Apply Now

Resources View all Resources

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

A CCNE-accredited RN to BSN online program that prepares you to become a healer.

  • Finish your RN to BSN in as few as 18 months
  • Transfer up to 90 credits — saves you time and money
  • 100% online coursework — complete your clinical locally
  • curriculum designed for working nurses
  • Flexible start dates — six options each year
  • Ranked among the best online bachelor’s programs in Connecticut and the country by U.S. News and World Report.
  • A tradition of nursing excellence — 40 years and counting

Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require (or prefer) a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. At Sacred Heart University, we believe nursing is more than a career — it’s a calling. Develop the skills you need to become a well-rounded healthcare provider in any setting with Sacred Heart’s RN to BSN online program.

What Makes Us Unique?

Nursing expertise at every level. Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to DNP, Sacred Heart has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and longterm success.

The Human Journey. Sacred Heart believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. We call it The Human Journey. In the RN to BSN online program, you’ll explore what it means to be a human being through literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, and more.

Learn More Today

Complete the form to learn more about this program.

  • Duration 1.5 years
  • Cost per Credit $390
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Advance your career in a rewarding and in demand field
  • Nurse-friendly, asynchronous course format
  • Learn from expert nursing faculty
  • Experience hands-on, applied learning

A Tradition of Excellence

There are many reasons Sacred Heart University is ranked among the best online bachelor’s programs and the best online graduate nursing programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Since 1980, Sacred Heart has provided nursing students with a comprehensive, innovative, professional education grounded in healing and humanity — setting the benchmark for what nursing education should be.

Career Outlook: Higher Salaries for Advanced Credentials

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, many professional practice settings — including Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require or prefer a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. And a BSN degree is now the minimum level of education required for most entry-level nursing positions.1

Currently, the median pay for registered nurses is $71,730 per year.2 An RN to BSN could help propel you into the upper levels of this range, as well as qualify you for more lucrative employment opportunities.


“The most beneficial part of the program was the convenience and flexibility it allowed. Though it took commitment and discipline, I was able to work full time, and still have time to be involved with my two small children and husband.”

– Janice Rhodes, Hamden, Conn., RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

registered nurses takes blood pressure of patient

Curriculum: A Truly Holistic Education

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It features a holistic curriculum designed for working nurses and those new to nursing, paired with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

Through our signature core curriculum, you’ll journey into what it means to be human, exploring our common condition and values through the prism of literature, history, sociology, science, philosophy and religion throughout the ages.

The goal of the online RN to BSN program is not just to educate you as a nurse — it’s to prepare you to become a healer.


Program Outcomes: Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

You’ll complete this program ready to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for the online RN to BSN program from Sacred Heart, you’ll need:


Tuition Details

In response to the critical need for BSN-trained nurses, we’ve deepened our commitment to providing greater access to quality nursing education — the online RN-BSN now costs just $390 per credit hour. Compared to our tuition rates in 2020, this is a $200 per-credit-hour savings.

The program features a total of 30–120 credits. To save money and time, you may transfer in up to 90 credits, subject to program director approval.

Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.

See New Tuition Rates

Faculty: Committed to Your Success

With decades of combined experience, the faculty at Sacred Heart University are not only well-grounded in the fundamental principles of nursing, they have a firm understanding of recent health care developments and state-of-the-art educational methods.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.


Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

There are a total of 72 clinical hours that must be completed during the RN to BSN program.

You may transfer up to 90 credits, meaning you only need 30 credits to complete the BSN degree.

To be considered for admission, candidates must have the following:

  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Associates’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Résumé
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Background check
  • Prerequisite courses in Social and Behavioral Science, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, and Statistics for Decision Making

You have up to five years to complete the program.

You can complete the online BSN in 18 months.

Visit our FAQ page


  1. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2019 April). Degree Completion Programs for Registered Nurses: RN to Master’s Degree and RN to Baccalaureate Programs. Fact Sheet. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from