RN to BS Track

The RN to baccalaureate program — designed exclusively for ADN and diploma RNs — is a CCNE Accredited program that has a more than 30-year history at Bemidji State University and an 80% graduation rate.

Working RNs who want to increase their opportunities in the healthcare field by completing a BS in nursing should first transfer to Bemidji State and then apply for admission to the nursing program.

BSU’s RN-BS program was recently ranked 2nd in “Best Online RN-BS Programs in Minnesota” and 23rd nationally by RegisteredNurse.org

To enroll in the RN-BS track: 

  1. Complete the BSU Undergraduate Application
  2. Once admitted to BSU, you may apply here for the RN-BS Nursing Major Program.

Designed for Working Professionals

New students will have the opportunity to join a learning community that fits their schedule and learning style. Our program offers blended and mostly online learning communities that start every fall semester.

Our blended learning communities include courses where students meet on campus three times over the course of a semester. About half of the remaining courses are completely online. This a great option for students who prefer more face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers.

Our mostly online learning communities include courses that are delivered completely online. The only exception would be NRSG 3140 Advanced Health Assessment, which would have students meet three times on campus. This is a great option for students who have busy schedules or can’t easily get to a campus site.

Blended learning communities are offered at the following sites:

Minnesota Map with RN to BS Campus Partners
BSU Nursing RN to BS Campus Partners
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College: Coon Rapids
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College: Cambridge
  • Bemidji State University: Bemidji

Mostly online learning communities are offered at the following sites:

  • Century College: White Bear Lake
  • Lake Superior College: Duluth
  • Northland Technical & Community College: East Grand Forks

Additional Program Information

  • Full-time and part-time options are available. See the Course Schedule below.
  • Registered students have access to an online orientation session.
  • Clinical/practicum experiences are selected by the students at sites convenient to them and in line with their interests.
  • 36 of the 40 upper-level credits required by the Minnesota State system for a bachelor’s degree are provided by required nursing courses; students need only take 4 additional upper-level (3000 or 4000 level) credits to meet the requirement.
  • The completion of a bachelor’s degree also requires the completion of either the liberal education requirements at BSU or the Minnesota transfer curriculum.


Nursing courses cost an average of $360 per credit (tuition and fees). To complete the 36 credits of the nursing major, a student who follows the full-time schedule will pay approximately $12,960 for tuition, fees, and books. Any liberal education or other additional credits needed to graduate would increase the total costs.

For more information about tuition and financial aid, click here.

Guided by Committed Faculty

Because our students are adult learners, the faculty/student relationship is one of collaboration among colleagues. Professors will acknowledge, value and add to your prior experience and knowledge, and you’ll learn from your peers as well as from professors.
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Quick Info

Eligibility: Students must be a graduate of an associate degree or diploma nursing program; have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher; reside in Minnesota, North Dakota, or Wisconsin; and be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse, or be within one semester of licensure (notice of RN license must be received by mid-July). The program starts a new group every fall semester (once a year).

Credits required for RN-to-BS major: 36 credits – view catalog for requirements. Additional credits to fulfill the BS degree may be required, based on outcome of transfer.

Credits required for Bachelor of Science degree: 120 credits minimum, including 40 upper-level credits overall.

More info: Graduates of our RN-BS program are eligible for Public Health Nurse registration.

Program Specifications
Applying to the Program

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