The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is designed for a registered nurse who has earned either a diploma or an associate’s degree in nursing and wants to further their education.

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16 months

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As an RN-BSN student you will develop leadership skills and an understanding of the dynamic health care environment, ensuring that you can recommend constructive change and assimilate ethical, moral, spiritual, and professional concepts into your nursing practice. The RN-BSN program integrates your previous nursing experience and knowledge, while helping you advance your personal, professional, and educational goals.

Course Overview

  • Format: BSN courses meet online every 8 weeks (starting spring 2024) with 2 core program starts per year; general education online courses begin every 8 weeks
  • Program Length: 16 months (for core program)
  • Credit Hours: 24 credit hours (and 45 required practicum hours)

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In addition to the 24 credit hours in the core RN-BSN program, students must complete the following general education requirements in order to graduate. ONU accepts an unlimited number of transfer credits from your RN program. To earn your bachelor’s degree, you must take 30 hours of upper division credit hours at ONU and complete any of the general education requirements listed below that have not yet been completed.  Please contact us today to begin your free transcript evaluation.

  • Christianity – 6 hours.
    • Courses: THEO 110: Introduction to Christianity or BLIT 210: Christian Scriptures AND CMIN 310: Christian Living
  • Stewardship – 3 hours.
    • Courses: FACS 126: Nutrition
  • Mathematics – 3 hours.
    • Courses: MATH 120: Statistics (required prior to NRSG 395)
  • Natural Sciences – 6 hours total. ***usually transferred in from ADN***Biological Science: BIO 356: Microbiology (& lab)
    • Courses: Physical Science: CHEM 101: Chemistry (& lab) ***usually met in the ADN program***
  • Social Science – 6 hours
    • Courses: HIS 200: Western Civilization (required, unless taken a History course at another college), SOCY 120: Introduction to Sociology
  • Humanities – 3 hours
    • Courses: ART 110: Humanities Through the Arts
  • Literature – 3 hours
    • Courses: LIT 105: Literature Appreciation
  • Writing – 6 hours
    • Courses: ENGL 109: College Writing I and ENGL 210: College Writing II (both required prior to NRSG 301)
  • Communication – 3 hours.
    • Courses: COMM 105: Fundamentals of Communication

A licensed registered nurse with a diploma or an Associate’s Degree in Nursing who wants to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

This program is for currently registered nurses. The RN-BSN program is designed for individuals who desire to further their nursing education beyond an associates degree or RN License. If you do not yet have an RN license, our traditional BSN program may work for you!

If you are currently a registered nurse with an associate’s degree program, enrolling in the Olivet RN-BSN program is the next step for your nursing career advancement. Bachelor of Science in Nursing also gets you one step closer to a master’s degree or doctorate in nursing if you plan on becoming an advanced nurse practitioner.

YES! The RN-BSN coursework is completed entirely online.  The 45 practicum hours are completed with an approved, self-selected preceptor in the area in which you reside.

The RN-BSN coursework includes readings, discussion board posts, papers, and projects (such as health education presentation, physical exam, etc.).  There are NO EXAMS in the RN-BSN coursework.

To be admitted into Olivet Nazarene University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing program, an applicant must meet these prerequisites:

Submit a completed Olivet Nazarene University application form. An associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution or a diploma from a school for registered nursing education. If you have any questions our admissions team is ready and available to answer your questions at 877.965.4838.

Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
Submit a copy of your current RN license.
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 from all institutions previously attended.

Core Program: 16 months

RNs with a BSN are qualified to work in several different types of healthcare settings including:

Skilled nursing facilities
General or Specialty Hospitals
Psychiatric Hospitals
Physicians’ offices

Start today by completing an application for Olivet’s Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program!  An admissions counselor will be in touch with you to help you all along the way! Once the application is complete and you request transcripts from schools previously attended, we will review your transcript, and connect you with a member of our student accounts team. Most students complete the admissions process in a couple of weeks. Courses start several times a year. You will be in class before you know it! https://www.olivet.edu/apply

BSN Annual Salaries
According to the The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports that RN nurses earn an average annual salary of $53,205 while RN-BSN nurses earn a much higher average annual salary of $78,222.

BSN vs RN Wage (Monthly)
The Illinois Department of Employment Security states on average RN nurses earn an average monthly salary of $4,433 while RN-BSN nurse make an average monthly salary closer to $6,518.

BSN vs RN Wage (Hourly)
Illinois Department of Employment Security reports that an RN earns an average hourly wage of $25.58 while RN-BSN nurses earn an average hourly wage of $37.61.

According to the the Illinois Department of Employment Security Average Annual Salary for an RN-BSN will vary depending on the workplace:

Specialty hospitals – $72,290
General hospitals – $75,280
Psychiatric hospitals – $71,290
Home Health Services – $70,230
Doctor’s office – $66, 890
Skilled Nursing facilities – $65, 710
Outpatient Care Centers – $75, 680

The following are educational goals for the Olivet Nazarene University nursing program:

  • Transform students personally, professionally and spiritually to serve God and humanity.
  • Provide online education utilizing inter-professional experiences, evidence-based research and biblical principles within the curriculum.
  • Foster a stimulating atmosphere through the exploration of cultural, ethical, moral, professional and spiritual concepts.
  • Develop and strengthen students’ professional knowledge, skills and leadership abilities within their nursing practice.
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