Nursing, RN to BSN

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing - Associate Degree in Nursing to Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Fully Online
  • 20
  • $362.00
  • $362.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online RN to BSN degree program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the nursing practice through research opportunities, community engagement and a collaborative educational experience in the service of health. This online advancement option is designed for current registered nurses (RNs) with an Associate Degree in Nursing (AND) or Diploma in Nursing. 

As a group, nurses have enormous power to lobby for and create positive change in health care policy, practices and systems.

Students choose this program because:

  • Comprehensive curriculum at an affordable price
  • Only 20 credit hours are required
  • Courses are offered in 16-week and 8-week sessions
  • Top-notch faculty, curriculum and learning technologies are designed for student learning, progression and advancement
  • Focused training on the 360-degree patient through dynamic learning, critical thinking, independent clinical judgment and evidence-based treatment
  • Earned credit for prior nursing education and work experience
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Classroom and clinical education standards incorporate recommendations by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, The Institute of Medicine, the Carnegie Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation all leading advocates of progressive, evidenced-based health care education. 

Embedded through the curriculum:

  • Care quality, patient safety and clinical education benchmarks
  • Dynamic learning high-fidelity simulation, interactive resources, distance options, web-based learning applications, testing and reporting systems with 24/7 access
  • Interprofessional clinical training students from all UNMC health professions train together in 360-degree patient care

Career Outlook: There is a critical nursing shortage facing the U.S. By 2020, Nebraska is projected to have a shortage of 4,000 nurses. This great need requires nurses at all levels and in all care settings, including hospitals, outpatient centers, community clinics, physician offices, schools and nursing homes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurses is expected to grow by 15% which is much faster than average.

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.