Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN – BSN)

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. 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.

For those who are interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and Master of Science in Nursing degree in a continuous program, click here to learn more.

Course Overview

  • Format: BSN classes meet online with program starts four times per year; General Education courses start every 6 weeks 
  • Program Length: 15 months (for core program), 12 month fast track option also available
  • Credit Hours: 30 credit hours (and 60 required practicum hours)

Tuition Options

Nursing Course Catalog




Recognized by, the School of Nursing sets high standards for students and offers numerous programs. 
Commonly Asked Questions
What classes are required in addition to the core nursing courses?

In addition to the 30 credit hours in the core RN-BSN program, students must complete the following general education requirements in order to graduate. The following requirements are effective beginning 7/1/2020

Christianity – 6 hours.  

  • Courses: BIB 215: Understanding the Bible (required), THE 300: Faith & Contemporary Issues or THE 310: Christianity & Culture
  • Students transferring in less than 45 hours are required to take BIB 105: Introduction to Christianity also.
Stewardship – 2-3 hours.
  • Courses: FAC 126: Nutrition
Mathematics – 3 hours.
  • Courses: MTH 120: Statistics (required prior to NRSG 395)
Natural Sciences – 6 hours total. ***usually transferred in from ADN***
  • Biological Science: BIO 356: Microbiology (& lab)
  • Physical Science: GEO 121: Physical Geology (& lab) or CHM 101: Chemistry (& lab)
Social Science – 6 hours.
  • Courses: HIS 210: Western Civilization (required, unless taken a History course at another college), SOC 120: Introduction to Sociology
Humanities – 6 hours total; 3 hours from two different areas
  • Fine Arts: FIN 105: Fine Arts 
  • Literature: ENG 204: World Literature or ENG 301: Thematic Studies in Literature
Intercultural Understanding – 3 hours. (met in the RNBSN core) Writing – 6 hours.
  • Courses: ENG 109: Principles of Academic Writing, ENG 200: APA College Research & Writing II
Speaking – 3 hours.
  • Courses: COM 105: Oral Communication
Who is the typical candidate for the RN-BSN Program?

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

I don’t have an RN license. Can I do the RN-BSN program?

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, the Accelerated BSN degree may be a good fit for you!

I currently have an RN license. Is the BSN the right program for me?

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.

I live outside of Illinois. Can I do the RN-BSN program?

YES! The RN-BSN coursework is completed entirely online.  The 60 practicum hours are completed with an approved, self-selected preceptor in the area in which you reside.

What kind of coursework can I expect?

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.


What are the Bachelor of Science in Nursing admission requirements?

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 a current R.N. license.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 from all institutions previously attended.
How long does the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree take?

Core Program: 15 months
Fast Track Option: 12 months

Where can I work as a registered nurse who has earned a BSN?

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
How and when do I get started?

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!

How much more can I earn as a BSN Nurse?

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
What will I learn in the Olivet Online BSN program?

The following are educational goals for the Olivet College nursing program: 

  • Foster an environment that supports learners from diverse academic, individual and practice backgrounds to promote academic and professional excellence. 
  • Prepare students to apply a broad understanding of the liberal arts to nursing practice.
  • Prepare students in the application of professional practice and nursing leadership skills.
  • Prepare students for evidenced-based/research-driven practice.
  • Prepare students for the role of patient advocate for diverse populations and a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Provide students with knowledge of patient care technologies that are critical to the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Prepare students to provide nursing care to populations within their community as well as county, state, country and world.
  • Assure students understand effective nurse-patient and inter-professional relationships.

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