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RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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

  • Transfer up to 90 credits — saves you time and money
  • Flexible start dates — six options each year
  • A tradition of nursing excellence — 40 years and counting
  • Accelerated Pathway OpportunityComplete your RN-BSN in as few as 10 months
  • International Study Experience — Expand your worldview and pursue your passion for nursing by taking a 2 week term at SHU’s Dingle, Ireland campus.
  • Ranked among the best online bachelor’s programs in Connecticut and the country by U.S. News and World Report1
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Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require (or prefer) a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. Develop the skills you need to become a well-rounded healthcare provider in any setting with SHU’s RN to BSN online program.

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What Makes Us Unique?

Nursing expertise at every level. SHU is known for its excellence in nursing education. With programs at all levels of study, from BSN to DNP, SHU has the resources, expertise, and pathways that can propel you to continued career advancement and long-term success.

The Human Journey. SHU believes in a whole-person approach to patient treatment and nurse leadership. 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.

  • Duration 10 months – 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $390
  • Credit Hours 120

Program Benefits

  • Accelerated pathway opportunity
  • Designed for working nurses
  • Learn from expert, full-time faculty
  • Complete your field work close to home
  • Hands-on, applied learning

Convenient, Flexible RN to BSN Online Plus $6,000 in Savings

As a working nurse, you’re seeking a trusted, affordable program that fits your schedule. Grounded in healing and humanity, SHU’s RN to BSN is CCNE accredited and carries a 40-year tradition of nursing education excellence. Our current tuition rates are $6,000 less than 2020 at $390 per credit hour, and we invite you to transfer current college credits to lower your program cost and duration.

In just 18 months, our flexible online RN to BSN will help you meet minimum level education requirements for most entry-level positions. And our full-time faculty nurses will support you with a holistic curriculum and local field work for hands-on learning to complete your nursing education.

Accelerated RN-BSN Opportunity

Students with an associate degree in nursing and 90 credits can earn their RN to BSN degree faster with our accelerated track option. By taking two courses at a time, you can finish your program in as few as 10 months. The accelerated track features the same CCNE-accredited curriculum and competitive tuition rate as the standard RN to BSN program. Request information to learn more.

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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 leader.


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.2

Currently, the median pay for registered nurses is $77,600 per year.3 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

RN to BSN Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes are derived from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021), Entry Level Competencies and Sub-Competencies. Upon completion of the BSN program, graduates will demonstrate the outcomes listed below:

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.

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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 Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing
  • GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
  • Résumé
  • Interview Questionnaire
  • 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.

With the traditional track can complete the online BSN in 18 months. However, we do offer an accelerated track allowing you to finish in as little as 10 months.

The online RN to BSN program is designed for full-time working nurses and is only offered part-time with one class every eight weeks. This schedule allows you to achieve a realistic balance between work, school and personal responsibilities and gives you ample opportunity to absorb information in your coursework. If you’re successful in the first two courses of your first semester, you may be allowed to take two courses at a time.

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  2. 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
  3. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from