RN to BSN Online

The online RN to BSN adult degree completion program at Aurora University is designed for associate-degree or diploma-prepared registered nurses who seek a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The coursework is built upon your prior learning and graduates of the program are prepared to step into leadership positions in the profession.

Program Requirements

Most students complete 48 semester hours, including 33 semester hours within the major. Diploma and associate graduates can receive up to 30 semester hours of credit for having an RN license. In total, 123 semester hours are required for the BSN. Students may use a combination of transfer credit from a regionally accredited institution and AU courses to complete the degree requirements. The program includes courses in research, management and leadership as part of the nursing core classes. Students are required to complete a one-day residency on the Aurora University campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should be graduates of a licensed school of nursing or be an RN with clinical experience within the past five years. Applicants must hold a current Illinois or Wisconsin license and have a minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. If you do not meet these requirements, you can complete a certified RN refresher course before entering the program. Students are required to submit all transcripts from previously attended institutions.


The U.S. Department of Labor projects that the demand for registered nurses will increase by 22 percent in the next decade. The RN to BSN program will prepare you to be at the forefront of this growing field and equip you with the skills needed to pursue high level managerial positions in health care.

Course Details

IDS3810 Professional Ethics (4 hours)
BIO3050 Pathophysiology (3 hours)
MTH1100 College Algebra (3 hours)
MTH2320 Statistics (3 hours)
NUR3015 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4 hours)
NUR3030WI Dimensions of Professional Practice (4 hours)
NUR3280 Health Assessment, Education & Promotion (5 hours)
NUR3280Z Health Assessment Lab (0 hours)
NUR4060 Nursing Research (4 hours)
NUR4620 Leadership and Management (7 hours)
NUR4780 Ethical, Cultural and Policy Considerations in Healthcare (4 hours)
NUR4850 Nursing: A Community Outlook (5 hours)
PSY3250 Lifespan Development (4 hours)

Required Residency

Students enrolled in the online RN to BSN adult degree completion program are required to complete a one-day residency concurrently or at the completion of NUR 4620 Leadership and Management. During the on-campus residency, students participate in poster display and presentation of their capstone project. The presentation is an assessment and evaluation of the student’s critical thinking, scholarly inquiry and writing/presentation skills. Students also will participate in a forum centered on discussion of course material as a community of learners, allowing for face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers.

Fees associated with the residency requirement are not included in the tuition cost of the nursing courses. Additional costs for lodging and meals are the responsibility of the students. Students may wish to utilize on-campus accommodations.

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