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RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Option

Information Session: Transform Your Practice With an RN to BSN










Program Description

Registered nurses can advance to the Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) at North Dakota State University. The NDSU RN-BSN program is offered primarily online. On-campus immersions will occur once per semester and all other courses are online. The program is designed to recognize the educational and professional experiences that registered nurses possess and build upon that knowledge to transform their practice.

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Completion of the BSN degree will provide the ability to:

NDSU’s BSN program can be completed in five semesters. Courses are offered in eight-week blocks. 

View RN to BSN brochure (pdf)

Sample Plan of Study

Core Courses

Additional Courses

* Lower division general education courses will be waived for students who earned an AA or AS degree.

Total Credits: 120
At least 60 credits must be earned from a 4-year institution.

Curriculum Sequence

  First Year Second Year
Fall 326 426
  356 446
  336 446L
Spring 346 456
  386 462
  388 462L
Summer 366  


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the experiential credits listed in the sample plan of study?

Experiential credits are awarded to all incoming RNs in the program.  These credits are based on a students' prior learning and NCLEX success. A benefit of choosing NDSU to complete your BSN degree is that 12 experiential learning credits are awarded at no additional cost to the student and can be applied to upper level general education requirements.

Can I work full time while enrolled in the RN to BSN program?

Yes. The courses will be offered in eight week blocks so that you will focus on one nursing course at a time.  You will work closely with your advisor to create a reasonable plan of study.

How many general education courses do I need to take?

Each student's transcripts will be evaluated carefully since every student will bring different educational backgrounds with them to NDSU. Learn more about course requirements for earning a bachelor's degree. Your academic advisor will be available to assist you with your plan of study. 

What about clinicals?

There are two required clinical experiences: one with Population Focused Nursing Care and one with Leadership.  Clinical experiences can be arranged to be completed in your home town.  Your faculty will guide you to create meaningful relationships with clinical agencies and with expert preceptors. 

What will the course assignments be like?

Assignments will be more focused on writing rather than standardized testing.  We are inspired to develop creative and relevant assignments that expand your thinking and understanding. 

What NDSU services are available since I am an online student?

It is important that you receive the same support as any other NDSU student.  Services available include, but are not limited to: Library access and Health Sciences Librarian, IT, Center for Writing, Personalized Academic Advising, Registration and Records services, NDSU Student Nurses' Association, and Sigma Theta Tau XI Kappa.


Admission Requirements

Apply for admission to NDSU 
Apply for admission to the RN to BSN program **


**(You must be admitted to NDSU before you apply for the RN to BSN program.)

Requirements for admission to the nursing major at NDSU in the curricular sequence for the RN:


Contact Information

NDSU Department of Nursing
Phone: 701-231-7886
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/nursing/rn_to_bsn_track/

NDSU Office of Admission
Phone: 1-800-488-6378
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/