RN to BS Track

The RN to baccalaureate program — designed exclusively for ADN and diploma RNs — 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 apply to Bemidji State through the Center for Extended Learning and then apply for admission to the nursing major.

Learn more about the application process.

Designed for Working Professionals

We offer a blended format combining both on-campus and online instruction to accommodate busy nurses who have jobs and families.

  • Blended classes are offered at the following campuses:
    • NORTH
      • BSU — Bemidji
      • Lake Superior College — Duluth
      • Northland Community and Technical College — East Grand Forks — other than one blended class during the first fall semester, this cohort has all online classes.
    • METRO
      • Anoka-Ramsey Community College — Cambridge
      • Anoka-Ramsey Community College — Coon Rapids
      • Century College — White Bear Lake
  • Students come to campus three days per semester for most courses to supplement the online instruction and coursework. See the On-Campus Days Schedule below. Some classes are offered in a fully online format.
  • NEW IN FALL 2018 — Bemidji Online; this fully online cohort will have only two on-campus meetings during the whole program, which will take place at the BSU campus in Bemidji. Space is limited.
  • Full-time and part-time options are available. See the Course Schedule below.
  • Registered students have access to both an online and on-campus orientation session.
  • Clinical/practicum experiences (30 hours) 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 $333 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 $12,680 for tuition, fees, and books. The total cost for a student who follows the part-time schedule is approximately $13,320. 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.

Program Specifications
Applying to the Program