Online Nursing, RN to BSN | University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nursing, RN to BSN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    20
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $340.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $538.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center

Get the same diploma as on campus students

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
  • 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 judgement 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.


Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Rebecca L. Keating-Lefler, Ph.D., RN
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Keating-Lefler’s clinical specialty is in women’s health and high risk obstetrics with her rsearch focus being single, low-income mothers. As Assistant Professor of Nursing, her teaching efforts include health policy and issues, health care outcomes and graduate nursing research.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Associate's degree or nursing diploma

  2. 2.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Completed coursework

    Required prerequisite courses totaling 58 credit hours with passing grades and an associate's degree in nursing or a nursing diploma

  4. A license/certificate required

    Current registered nurse

  5. A written personal statement

    A 500 word personal statement answering specific questions

  6. 2 letters of recommendation

    Letters from a faculty member (preferred) and/or an employer

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) CO, GA, LA, NY, MD, MA, MN, TN and WA, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Session
March 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
NRSG 351WHealth Promotion3

Course Number: NRSG 351W

This course will focus on health promotion across the life course utilizing epidemiological principles. Students will identify interventions to support health promotion for individuals, families and/or selected age groups. Students will use patient profile concepts, professional nursing and health care concepts to analyze health promotion goals with individuals, families and/or selected age groups. This course is designed to build on previous education and experience of the registered nurse.

NRSG 386WEvidence Based Nursing Practice and Research2

Course Number: NRSG 386W

This course provides an introduction to the language and skills of evidence based nursing practice and research. Students will focus on the practical skills required to identify and appraise best evidence to support nursing practice. Students will be exposed to all components of the research process. Issues related to implementation and integration of best evidence in practice will be included.

NRSG 426WNursing Interventions and Healthcare Outcomes4

Course Number: NRSG 426W

This course is designed for the student to describe use of assessment strategies to detect patient health needs, apply chronic care model to enhance patient and family self-management of a chronic illness, discuss process used to propose changes in nursing interventions for patients and their families, and identify selected patient healthcare outcomes. This course is designed to build on the previous education and experience of the registered nurse. Concepts the students will use include: Evidenced-Based Practice and Research, Healthcare Delivery, Healthcare Infrastructure, Clinical Judgment, and Problem-solving. Emphasis is placed on the students demonstrating critical thinking in written form. Prerequisites: NRSG 386W – Evidence-Based Nursing Practice and Research

NRSG 443WPopulation Centered Care4

Course Number: NRSG 443W

The course, Population Centered Care, is a concept synthesis course in which students use nursing concepts previously introduced and apply them to vulnerable and at risk populations in a variety of clinical and community settings. Opportunities to practice comprehensive, public health nursing roles and functions are provided in structured and unstructured diverse healthcare environments. Health disparities, cultural diversity, social justice and health laws and policies related to population vulnerability throughout the life course are emphasized. Major concepts include care coordination as demonstrated by nurse case management, safety through emergency preparedness and environmental health, and informatics and technology inclusive of epidemiology. Multiple approaches, such as inter-professional and community partnerships, case studies, clinical experiences, population data assessment and analysis and evidence-based practice are expected learning experiences. Prerequisites: NRSG 351W

NRSG 451WLeadership in Healthcare Delivery I4

Course Number: NRSG 451W

This course is designed to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. This course explores the complex health care system’s internal forces that affect the delivery of care. Specific consideration will be given to professional role development, interprofessional collaboration, delegation, resource management, legal issues, ethical concerns, quality, safety, evidence based practice, and workplace issues for current and projected healthcare needs. Skills in problem solving, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, decision making, and organizational leadership are emphasized.

NRSG 452WLeadership in Healthcare Delivery II3

Course Number: NRSG 452W

This course is designed to develop leadership, management, and professionalism expected of a nurse with a bachelor’s level education. The focus of this course is on personal and professional practice and role development in relation to the complex healthcare system’s external forces with specific consideration of environmental, social, political and economic factors that influence health care policy and the organization and operation of healthcare systems. Advocacy and critical assessment and evaluation of needs on the personal, client, community, and global level are examined with needs for new health policy determined. Selected exemplars are examined to help students analyze issues, compare and contrast multiple viewpoints, and formulate appropriate responses to health care policy. Legislative processes on the state and national level are examined, followed, and evaluated.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $340.00
  • Fees: $30.00
  • Total: $370.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1020.00
  • Fees: $90.00
  • Total: $1110.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $538.00
  • Fees: $30.00
  • Total: $568.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1614.00
  • Fees: $90.00
  • Total: $1704.00
Note: In addition to the fee outlined above, students are assessed: Course Fee - $20.00: NRSG 351W, 426W, 443W, and 451W. Technology Fee- $100: each semester. University Program Fee - $5: each semester. Semester Fee - $62.50: each semester.

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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.

  • Flexibility

    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.

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