Bethel University’s Flagship Nursing Degree

Advance your nursing career in a program ranked No. 7 in the nation.

At Bethel University, the RN to BSN online program equips you with the skills, knowledge, and practical training you need to take on more challenging roles in your workplace and advance in your profession.

Designed for working professionals, our online RN to BSN degree curriculum trains you in a host of areas required for the modern nurse, such as pharmacology, patient and family centered care, community-based nursing, global health, nursing informatics, and more. Our school also offers a proven record of excellence. We currently boast a 100 percent placement rate for all nursing students, and 100 percent employer program satisfaction based on employed graduates. The pass rate for our students on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is consistently above average. And we have been ranked seventh in the nation and on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs for 2017”.

Teaching in the spirit of servant leadership, our experienced faculty are known for their caring and compassion, and work hard to mentor and build ongoing relationships with our students.

Designed to fit around the needs of working nurses, the online RN to BSN program is offered fully online in an accelerated format. Our clinicals begin a full year earlier than most other programs, giving you more time to gain competence and confidence in your newly acquired skills. With accelerated seven-week classes, you can graduate the program in as little as one year.


The online RN to BSN program is fully accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 120
Cost/Credit: 465
Transfer Credits: Up to 90
Est. Completion Time: 12-20 Months
Accreditation: ACEN

Course Requirements

Bethel’s online RN to BSN program combines quality academics with Christian ethics and a pastoral tone. The program requires a total of 120 credit hours. 91 of these hours must consist of General Education and Elective courses, while the other 29 must be in Nursing courses.

  • General Education (41 Credits)

    General education courses offer an introduction to the arts and sciences within a college setting. Through this comprehensive course of study, students will gain appreciation for a broad range of subjects and build the skills necessary to succeed in higher education. 41 credit hours are required of general education courses.

  • General Electives (14 Credits)

    Electives allow students to dive deeper into a wide range of subjects, and provide the opportunity to tailor a course of study based on interests and academic goals. Students are required to earn 14 credit hours of electives.

    • Students may transfer credit from other accredited institutions, providing the courses are equivalent to the required Bethel courses and a grade of “C” or better has been earned.
    • CLEP testing is available for select courses.
  • Lower Level Nursing Courses (36 Credits)

    Lower level nursing courses are those students have already acquired from previous diploma or ADN programs, or ones they need to finish in order to complete our BSN. Students are required to have 36 credit hours of lower-level nursing credit.

    *Up to 36 nursing credits will be transferred in from the student’s diploma or associate program.
    **Students may receive credit for certification from a national organization including specialty nursing certifications, ACLS, PALS, etc.
  • Major Courses (29 Credits)

    • NUR 381^: Role Transition in Professional Nursing (3)
    • NUR 300: Nursing Informatics (3)
    • NUR 380: Health Assessment (2)
    • NUR 382: Frameworks for Nursing Practice (2)
    • NUR 383: Contemporary Issues in Nursing (2)
    • NUR 395^^: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3)
    • NUR 410: Ethics for Nursing Practice (2)
    • NUR 471^^^: Nursing Leadership and Management (5)
    • NUR 485^^^: Community and Population-Based Nursing (4)
    • NUR 487: Global Health (3)
    ^ NUR 381 is a prerequisite to all nursing courses
    ^^ NUR 395 has a co-requisite of basic probability and statistics (3 credits)
    ^^^ NUR 471 and NUR 485 require a clinical practice experience
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Admission Requirements

Undergraduate programs require:
  • Submit your official transcripts (directly from the institution to Bethel) from all undergraduate work. If you have completed less than 30 credit hours, also submit your official high school or GED transcript
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Show proficiency by either submitting your official SAT or ACT scores, completing a college-level English or math course or taking Bethel’s placement tests

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

**Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to ten semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Payment Plan

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.
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Bethel is committed to helping you make the most of your previous educational experiences. Visit our Transfer Credits page to learn more.
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Career Outcomes

Earning your BSN online can mean the opportunity to increase your earning potential and advance your career. Career information taken from

  • Charge Nurse

    Charge nurses are responsible for overseeing the operations within a medical department or hospital unit. Common duties include monitoring admissions and discharges, managing staff, planning and maintaining schedules, taking inventory, and other related tasks. The median annual salary for these individuals is $68,214.

  • Critical Care Nurse

    Critical care nurses specialize in working with patients in critical condition, such as those who have experienced major surgery or trauma. They are responsible for carefully monitoring patients, working with their families, managing medication and anesthesia, and related duties. These professionals make a median annual salary of $64,988.

  • RN Supervisor

    Critical care nurses specialize in working with patients in critical condition, such as those who have experienced major surgery or trauma. They are responsible for carefully monitoring patients, working with their families, managing medication and anesthesia, and related duties. These professionals make a median annual salary of $64,988.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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