Online RN to BSN

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 42 semester hours, including 30 semester hours within the major. Diploma and associate graduates can receive up to 40 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.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduates of licensed schools of nursing or RNs with clinical experience within the past five years*
  • Hold a current Illinois or Wisconsin license
  • Minimum transfer GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges and/or universities 

*If you do not meet these requirements, you can complete a certified RN refresher course before entering the program.


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.

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Course Details

BIO3050 Pathophysiology – 4 hours
MTH2320 Statistics – 4 hours
NUR3015 Introduction to Nursing Informatics – 4 hours
NUR3030 Dimensions of Professional Practice – 4 hours
NUR3280/Z Health Assessment, Education & Promotion/Lab – 4 hours
NUR4060 Nursing Research – 4 hours
NUR4620 Leadership and Management – 6 hours
NUR4780 Ethical, Cultural and Policy Considerations in Healthcare – 4 hours
NUR4850 Nursing: A Community Outlook – 4 hours
PSY3250 Lifespan Development – 4 hours

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.
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