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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.

Total Credits 30

Cost per Credit $590

  • 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 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 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.

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* Students with no prior transfer credits must fulfill the 120 credit hours required for a bachelor’s degree.

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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.

CAREERS AND SALARIES

“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

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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 healer.

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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:

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Tuition Details

This program costs $590 per credit and 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.

TUITION AND FEES

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.

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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.

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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.

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Sources:

  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 https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Degree-Completion-Programs.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-1.