Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Online

Learn vital skills to help open doors to more careers within nursing.

Next Start Date
July 10th
Est. Program Length
1-2 years
Credit Hours
123 minimum
Course Length
7 weeks
Credits Accepted
Cost per Credit

* The RN to BSN Completion Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Alvernia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Program Overview

Nurses play an important role within our healthcare system, and the demand for highly qualified nurses continues to grow. With Alvernia University’s online RN to BSN program, you can earn the credentials you need to pursue broader responsibilities and career opportunities within nursing. Because of the program’s online format, you can earn your degree while maintaining your busy schedule and learn from faculty who are experienced in a variety of clinical practice and professional leadership roles.

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Topics of Study

While earning your RN to BSN online, you will learn vital skills that will help you advance your career. The program helps you become proficient in accessing information and evaluating and drafting clear and concise narratives. You’ll also explore historical and contemporary issues, as well as future trends, within nursing in legal, ethical, moral and political contexts. Additionally, you will study other advanced nursing topics, such as:

  • Performing a holistic assessment of patients of all ages
  • Improving quality and safety of nursing practices across different cultures
  • Using computer technology and information science to integrate with nursing to evaluate, develop and dispersing healthcare information
  • Applying holistic care of individuals and theories of health restoration for the aging population with chronic illnesses
  • Evaluating health maintenance, disease prevention and health promotion for individuals of all ages
  • Incorporating important leadership skills, including communication, time management, negotiation and collaboration
  • Using evidence-based information in nursing to improve patient and client outcomes

Our Online RN to BSN Program Is For Those:

  • Wanting to expand their career opportunities in specialized nursing fields and move into leadership roles within nursing
  • Wishing to later pursue a master of science in nursing degree
  • Desiring to later earn their graduate degree to become an advanced practice nurse (APRN), nurse educator or nurse executive

For those interested in Alvernia’s on-campus program, click here to learn more.


The online RN to BSN program includes a total of 123 credits. The Liberal Arts Core consists of 27 credits, and upper-level nursing courses make up 31 credits. General elective courses make up the remaining credits necessary for program completion. Typically, nursing students transfer in 60 credits towards the 123 credits.

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the RN to BSN Completion Program prior to passing the NCLEX; however, students are not permitted to register for clinical courses without a current and valid RN license.

To apply to Alvernia’s online RN to BSN program, you must:

  • Speak to an enrollment counselor
  • Complete an application
  • Provide evidence of High School completion/graduation. Documentation may include high school transcript, diploma, GED scores, or equivalent.*
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous college work
  • Submit a copy of DD214 from military (if applicable)
  • Submit a photocopy of current Pennsylvania registered nurse license (submit after NCLEX is completed)

*This requirement may be waived if an official college transcript is provided to validate completion of 15 credits or more from an accredited school.

Tuition & Fees

Full Program Tuition$535 per credit hour$65,805
Full Program Student Fees$50 per credit hour$6,150
Tuition with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$535 per credit hour$25,680
Fees with Maximum Transfer Credits (Up to 75)$50 per credit hour$2,400
Total with Transfer Credits$28,080

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes about one year to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of time to completion, call an enrollment counselor at (888) 536-1251 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

Alvernia offers loans, grants, scholarships, payment plans and GI Bill benefits to help make your education more affordable. Our enrollment counselors can help you determine your financial aid eligibility. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Yellow Ribbon

Alvernia University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the GI Bill, provides those who served the U.S. military on active duty with free tuition and fees, as well as a book allowance. For more information, visit our Veterans page.

Career Outcomes

After earning your nursing degree online, you can pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Informatics nurse
  • Nurse case manager
  • Critical care nurse
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