Nursing Postcard

Nursing is one of the most in demand careers and this program allows RN students to earn their B.S. degree faster. This program allows students to advance their nursing skills on their own time while earning a B.S. degree.

Why BSU nursing badges

  • 100% online coursework
  • Designed for the working RN with no mandatory course times.
  • Go from RN to B.S. nursing in as little as one year.
  • Program tuition is less than $11,000.
  • Earn your B.S. in Nursing in as few as 32 credits.
  • Start Fall, Spring or Summer semester.
  • Flexible, take one or two classes at a time or go full-time.
  • Thousands of dollars in scholarships available.
  • No prerequisites, only your RN license.
  • Become a Public Health Nurse (PHN).
  • Small class sizes. You get to know your faculty on a first-name basis.
  • Practice experiments close to home.
  • Earn ELNEC Certificate while perusing your B.S. in Nursing.
  • Niganawenimaanaanig Indigenous Nursing Program

Your Next Steps

  1. Apply to BSU
  2. Fill out the RN to BS-Nursing application
  3. Apply for Financial Aid (if necessary)
  4. Contact the Nursing Student Services Coordinator to register for classes

RN-BS Schedule of Courses Fall Start

Applications accepted until August 1st, 2022

RN-BS Schedule of Courses Spring Start

Applications accepted  until December 1st, 2022

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bemidji State’s RN to B.S. courses are 100% online, and there are no required campus visits.

However, students are expected to complete a community health practicum. Some courses might also include assignments that require travel (i.e. site visits, patient assessments, etc).

We offer two options. Students can either complete the RN to B.S. program part-time (over 5 semesters) or full-time (over 3 semesters).

Most classes are only offered once a year, so choosing a track early and following its schedule will help you stay on track for graduation. If you have other non-nursing requirements, you will want to discuss them with your advisor.

Students have six years to finish the program from the time they start.

No, but if a student decides to take a semester or longer away from school, it’s recommended they stay in touch with their advisers about their plans.

Use the tuition calculator to get the most up-to-date cost estimate. Bemidji State University offers banded tuition, which means that full-time students pay the same tuition cost when they take between 12-18 credits.

(Note: The tuition calculator does not include the cost of books or an additional tuition charge of $35 per credit for any nursing (NRSG) course.)

Yes, the Department of Nursing at BSU awards over $20,000 to nursing students each year. The scholarship application is online and managed through the University Foundation. The application typically opens in November and closes in February. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year, so if a student plans to graduate that spring or summer, they would not be eligible.

Yes! — even if you don’t expect to receive financial aid. You never know what you might qualify for.

Having a FAFSA on file helps the scholarship committee make better decisions around awarding scholarships to students, especially those with a demonstrated financial need.

Yes, you could apply and be accepted provisionally. Once you were able to provide proof of your unencumbered RN license then you would be officially accepted. The most common example is a student who finishes their ADN in the spring with an intention to start our program in the fall.

No, but you will need to finish those requirements prior to graduation. Most students will integrate these courses into their existing nursing program, but sometimes, students will finish their nursing major and then take a semester or two to finish those requirements.

Non-nursing liberal education credits can be taken at any Minnstate Institution. But upper-level (3000/4000) courses can only be offered through a university and will need to be completed at BSU.

No, we don’t require students to complete a statistics course. However, many nursing graduate programs include that as a pre-requisite, so discuss any future education plans with your adviser.

Although most of the work in this program is online and asynchronous, there is a community health practicum requirement as well as occasional assignments that would require site visits or possibly a field trip. Given these assignments, the department needs to ensure that student are cleared for nursing practice.