RN to BSN Online

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About the Program

30 credit hours
$297 per credit hour*
Complete in as few as 14 months

Our online RN to BSN offers you a solid professional foundation to excel in your nursing career. Enrich your evidence-based knowledge to apply in your practice and prepare for roles in nursing or graduate school.

To equip you to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing health care delivery system, our program focuses on critical thinking and creative problem solving, as well as strong communication skills. Courses will address current topics including global health, evidence-based practices, and informatics to advance nursing practice.

USI's superior nursing faculty have extensive clinical and nursing experience.

Credit for Prior Learning Through Validation

Opportunities for validation of courses are available through current board certification, portfolio or USI examination. Information about validation options will be provided in the first course.

Online Courses

To complete the RN to BSN online program, you must complete 30 credits of core nursing courses and 18 credits of specified non-nursing support courses which directly support nursing practice. The number of non-nursing support courses needed will be determined by a review of your transcripts and incorporated into an individualized plan of study.

Students may transfer in credits earned at an accredited community college or 4 year university. There is no limitation of credits that may transfer into USI.

A total of 120 credits is required for the BSN degree.

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on developing the practicing nurse's skill in psychosocial and physical assessment. Emphasis on the collection of subjective and objective data, physical examinations, documentation and clinical implications of findings. The importance of culturally sensitive care and evidence-based practice are integrated into all aspects of patient assessment.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Preparation of associate or diploma nurse graduates for professional practice in diverse health care settings. Students explore theories, concepts and assumptions foundational to contemporary nursing practice, patient centered care, and baccalaureate nursing education. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in distance education and scholarly work including an understanding of the BSN program, the ability to identify and locate scholarly resources, and professional communication and writing skills. Prerequisites: ENG 201 and consent of instructor or advisor required.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students engage in the exploration of care coordination and the health care delivery system. Key concepts include collaborative care models, applying systems thinking, and policy implications in health care delivery. The course will enable students to identify, assess and evaluate health care delivery models in relation to economic, organizational and political perspectives. Prerequisite: NURS 327.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on a basic understanding of health care informatics. Elements addressed include: health care computing, information management, data acquisition, and data utilization. This course studies the use of informatics to improve patient care outcomes, the impact of standardized language on patient care outcomes, ethical issues related to informatics, and impact of informatics on professional nursing practice. Prerequisite: NURS 327.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to population-focused health and professional nursing guidelines. Course content will address the foundations of population health, clinical preventive services and health promotion, clinical practice and population health, and health systems and health policies. Students focus on individual and population-oriented prevention and health promotion efforts to provide a foundation for population focused nursing care. Students will also explore standards which guide professional practice including the Ethical Code of Nursing and the ANA Standards of Care. Prerequisite: NURS 327.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides Registered Nurses with knowledge and skills to translate current evidence into practice. Students learn the interrelationships among theory, practice, and research, the research process, and the protection of human subjects in the conduct of research. Students learn how to integrate clinical expertise with evidence to provide high quality patient centered care. Skill development to facilitate retrieval, appraisal and synthesis of evidence will support student use of high quality evidence to guide nursing practice. Development writing and presentation skills will enable the student to better collaborate with the interprofessional health care team to improve patient outcomes. USI Core 39: Embedded Experience-Writing. Prerequisites: ENG 201, NURS 327 and either HP302 or MATH 241 (will okay any statistics class).

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course emphasizes population-focused nursing practice which promotes healthy environmental conditions, lifestyle and behaviors that improve the health of a community or population. Registered nurses build on previous clinical experience with a focus on community assessment, including use of epidemiologic data to determine lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that are major determinants of population health. Emphasis is placed on primary prevention, health promotion, disease and injury prevention across the lifespan. Students collaborate with other professionals and stakeholders to identify and reach out to populations who might benefit from service, and apply evidence-based practice, including immunization, screening and counseling to prevent and manage health conditions, prevent disability and mortality. Prerequisite: NURS 327.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4 (3 online classroom and 1 clinical)

This course provides registered nurses the knowledge and skills for application and synthesis of leadership theories, principles and practices within the context of the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. Introduction to the role of nurse manager and leader is emphasized and integrated within the clinical experience. Students will analyze and apply quality improvement and safety principles and practices to discern the impact on error reduction, patient outcomes, and quality of care. Prerequisite: NURS 327.

Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course provides the RN to BSN student with a concentrated clinical experience designed to expand and synthesize nursing knowledge and evidence-based practice. Students will refine their clinical skills as a critical thinker possessing knowledge and communication skills to problem solve. Students will enhance their clinical skills while effectively using resources and integrating evidence-based practice to provide quality and cost-effective health care in varying environments. Prerequisite: NURS 367.

The number of non-nursing support courses needed will be determined by a review of your transcripts.

Credit Hours: 3

The course provides students with an introduction to assessing the magnitude, reliability, validity, and precision of associations (e.g., between exposures and disease) and making inferences about target populations using data from samples in the health professions. Topics include probability and sampling distribution, research design and analysis of variance, regression and correlation, stochastic processes, and frequency distributions.

Credit Hours: 3

The course will provide students with an ethical framework for decision-making in the context of a pluralistic society. Models and principles of ethical justification among a diversity of cultures and belief systems will be analyzed. Specific applications are made to concerns in clinical and healthcare management. Topics include the right to healthcare, community health ethics, end-of-life issues, and organizational ethics.

Credit Hours: 3

Principles and applications in nutrition emphasize the relationships among the nutrients and how homeostasis relationships are maintained in the healthy person. Students will learn more about themselves and their health in an effort to use this knowledge to improve their health. This knowledge of nutrition will allow students to personalize information to fit their lifestyle. Special attention to nutrition for the developing human and lectures focusing on nutrition counseling will address the needs of dental hygiene students and other health professionals seeking concepts in applied nutrition.

Credit Hours: 3

This course will introduce students to interprofessional perspectives on global health in four broad modules: Globalization, Health, Systems and Policy. The course will draw from a range of academic disciplines at USI and from the Office of International Programs and International Partner universities. The applications from each module will situate the concept and practice of global health as a statement that health is a fundamental quality of liberty and equity.

WLC 155: Cultural diversity or a course that transfer in as: 

  1. BS World Language Culture requirement such as humanities or anthropology

One of the following or a class that transfers in as:

Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on understanding the mathematics required for nursing. Topics include algebraic concepts and procedures (equations, ratios, proportions, percentage problems, formulas, logarithmic calculations), geometric concepts and procedures (systems of measurements and conversions, area, volume), problem-solving techniques (modeling, dosage calculations, flow-rate calculations, angle measurements) and an introduction to statistical methods and procedures (measures of central tendency, constructing and interpreting graphs, range, standard deviation and coefficient of variation, normal distributions). This online course is open only to persons with an Associate’s Degree in nursing who have completed at least one semester of intermediate algebra and who are seeking a BS or MS degree in nursing.

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed as a foundational experience in quantitative reasoning that will employ real world applications for students to enhance their skills as problem solvers, critical thinkers, informed decision makers and intelligent consumers of quantitative information. The course addresses a diverse set of mathematical topics including logic, data analysis, probability, linear and exponential models, personal finance, geometry and graph theory.

Credit Hours: 4

Topics to be emphasized include polynomials, rational algebraic expressions, graphs, inequalities, theory of equations, and matrices. Special attention is focused on functions and the utilization of appropriate technology.


The RN to BSN Online—The Support You Can Expect

Hear how USI provides a comprehensive system to support students throughout the RN to BSN online program.


Now is the time to start earning your RN to BSN! USI provides you the convenience of an accelerated application-to-start calendar.

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
June 24, 2019 May 27, 2019 June 3, 2019 June 19, 2019
August 17, 2019 July 22, 2019 July 29, 2019 August 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 September 16, 2019 September 23, 2019 October 9, 2019
January 11, 2020 December 16, 2019 December 23, 2019 11/4/2019-1/8/2020
March 14, 2020 February 17, 2020 February 24, 2020 March 11, 2020

Advantages of a BSN Degree

Why it is so important to have a BSN degree and how it relates to Magnet hospitals

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Per Credit Hour* Per Program*
$297 $8,900 Total Cost

*Total cost of the program is for 30 credit hours of core nursing courses only. Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Board of Trustees.

Any questions regarding tuition should be directed to the Bursar's Office. If you step out of the program, returning to the program may have different tuition and fees applied.

View Billing and Payment Schedule

Bill Available Online Payment Due Date
August 10, 2018 September 25, 2018
September 10, 2018 September 25, 2018
October 10, 2018 October 25, 2018
November 12, 2018 November 25, 2018
December 10, 2018 January 25, 2019
January 10, 2019 January 25, 2019
February 11, 2019 February 25, 2019
March 11, 2019 March 25, 2019
April 10, 2019 April 25, 2019
May 10, 2019 May 25, 2019
June 10, 2019 June 25, 2019
July 10, 2019 July 25, 2019

Financial Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Your FAFSA must be received by the federal processing center by April 15th each year to be considered for state financial aid as well as federal financial aid. USI's Federal School Code is 001808. You will need an FSA ID to electronically sign your FASFA. If you do not have an FSA ID, you may create one at fsaid.ed.gov.

Once you are admitted to the program and we receive your FAFSA, you can see the financial aid you qualify for and accept or decline your Direct Student Loan through your myUSI account. For more information, visit our Student Financial Assistance page, access our Financial Aid FAQs, or contact us with any questions regarding financial resources that may be available to you.

Student Financial Aid Office

Local Phone: 812-464-1767
Toll Free Phone: 800-467-1965
Fax: 812-461-5305

Email: finaid@usi.edu

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CDT)


Advice to Incoming RN-BSN Students

How USI prepares nurses for success in taking BSN courses online


Admission Requirements

The University of Southern Indiana's online RN to BSN program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Academic Requirements

Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a regionally-accredited college or university.


Cumulative grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work. Students with a 2.0-2.29 GPA will be considered on an individual basis.

RN License

Unencumbered RN license (NO action or pending action against license)

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission to USI's online RN to BSN degree program:

  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a nationally-accredited nursing program and a regionally-accredited college or university.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale in previous academic work. Students with a 2.0-2.29 GPA will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Unencumbered RN license (NO action or pending action against license)
  • Completed USI RN-BSN Undergraduate Application
  • Must reside in an approved state
  • Employed by or have access to a health care work environment to complete course projects
  • Non-native speakers of English must provide an official report confirming a TOEFL score of 525 (paper test) or 71 (internet based), or IELTS score of 6
  • Submission of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to:
    USI Undergraduate Admissions
    8600 University Blvd.
    Evansville, IN 47712
  • Electronic transcripts may be sent to: