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 take courses that fit their busy schedule and learning style. Our program features course instruction that is delivered completely online with the option for students to participate in online synchronous class meetings or watch recordings on their own schedule.

 Program Highlights

  • Full-time and part-time options are available. See the Course Schedule below.
  • Finish in less than 12 months
  • Practice experiences are selected by the students at sites convenient to them and in line with their interests.
  • Students who successfully complete NRSG 3920: Palliative Care will receive the ELNEC-Core completion certificate. The End-of-life Nursing Education Consortium project is a national education initiative to improve palliative care. The ELNEC project is administered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and City of Hope.
  • Graduates are eligible for Public Health Nurse registration.


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.
Meet our Faculty and Staff

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: 32 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.

Program Specifications
Applying to the Program



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