Nursing (RN-to-BS)

RN-BS students in the BSU Nursing lab

Our accredited program for registered nurses allows students to complete a bachelor of science in nursing through a combination of online, on-campus, and community experiences.

Students may enroll in either a full- or part-time schedule, and meet on-campus just three times during each semester. On-campus sites include Bemidji, Duluth, Cambridge, Coon Rapids, White Bear Lake, East Grand Forks, and new fully online* option. The program starts a new group every fall semester (once a year).

Practicum learning opportunities include a wide variety of experiences, including a community health service learning project. These experiences are arranged between the faculty and the student which means RN-BS students are able to complete much of their clinical learning experiences as close to home as possible.

RN-BS Flyer
2018 RN-BS Flyer

*The “Bemidji Online” cohort meets twice in Bemidji the first semester of the program (Fall 2018), but is otherwise a completely online program option.

Click here to complete your RN-BS program application for Fall 2018.


Quick Info

Eligibility: Students must be a graduate of a state-approved associate degree or diploma nursing program, have a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be licensed to practice as a registered nurse, or be within one semester of licensure (notice of RN license must be sent to BSU Extended Learning by mid-July). Each meeting site is limited to 30 students. The program starts a new group every fall semester (once a year).

Applications for Fall 2018 are being accepted now.

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.

Delivery options: Blended delivery, mostly online courses with some on-campus meetings. Meeting site choices include:

  • Bemidji State University – Bemidji
  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College – Coon Rapids and Cambridge
  • Century College – White Bear Lake
  • Lake Superior College – Duluth
  • Northland Community and Technical College – East Grand Forks

More info: Check out the FAQ document here. Graduates of our RN-BS program are eligible for Public Health Nurse registration. Learn more at the Nursing Department web site.

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