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RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Program overview

Nurture the heart of a healer.

At Sacred Heart University, we believe nursing is more than a career — it’s a calling. Develop the skills you need to become a well-rounded health care provider in any setting.

At Sacred Heart University, we believe nursing is more than a career — it’s a calling. Develop the skills you need to become a well-rounded health care provider in any setting.

Quick Facts

1.5–3

years to complete

30–120

total credit hours

$590

per credit hour

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A Tradition of Excellence

There are many reasons Sacred Heart University is ranked among the best online bachelor’s programs and the best online graduate nursing programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Since 1980, Sacred Heart has provided nursing students with a comprehensive, innovative, professional education grounded in healing and humanity — setting the benchmark for what nursing education should be.

Career Outlook: Higher Salaries for Advanced Credentials

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, many professional practice settings — including Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require or prefer a baccalaureate degree for specific nursing roles. And a BSN degree is now the minimum level of education required for most entry-level nursing positions.1

Currently, the median pay for registered nurses is $71,730 per year.2 An RN to BSN could help propel you into the upper levels of this range, as well as qualify you for more lucrative employment opportunities.

CAREERS AND SALARIES

“The most beneficial part of the program was the convenience and flexibility it allowed. Though it took commitment and discipline, I was able to work full time, and still have time to be involved with my two small children and husband.”

– Janice Rhodes, Hamden, Conn., RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

registered nurses takes blood pressure of patient

Curriculum: A Truly Holistic Education

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It features a holistic curriculum designed for working nurses and those new to nursing, paired with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

Through our signature core curriculum, you’ll journey into what it means to be human, exploring our common condition and values through the prism of literature, history, sociology, science, philosophy and religion throughout the ages.

The goal of the online RN to BSN program is not just to educate you as a nurse — it’s to prepare you to become a healer.

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Program Outcomes: Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

You’ll complete this program ready to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for the online RN to BSN program from Sacred Heart, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

This program costs $590 per credit and features a total of 30–120 credits. To save money and time, you may transfer in up to 90 credits, subject to program director approval.

Affordability and transparency are priorities at SHU. We want you to have everything you need in order to make a decision about investing in a high-quality education.

TUITION AND FEES

Faculty: Committed to Your Success

With decades of combined experience, the faculty at Sacred Heart University are not only well-grounded in the fundamental principles of nursing, they have a firm understanding of recent health care developments and state-of-the-art educational methods.

Why Learn Online?

Accommodate your busy schedule and learn when and where it’s convenient for you. As an online student, you’ll work with the same accomplished faculty, receive one-on-one support and benefit from the same opportunities as our on-campus students.

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Financial Aid

At Sacred Heart University, we strive to keep our programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid, military benefits and available scholarships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call 877-791-7181.

The online RN to BSN is a part-time, asynchronous (anytime) program.

Sacred Heart University’s online RN to BSN is an essential degree for nurses seeking advancement into leadership roles.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 88% of professional practice settings — including Magnet hospitals and academic health centers — now require or prefer a BSN for specific nursing roles.

Currently, the median pay for registered nurses is $71,730 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An RN to BSN could help propel you into the upper levels of this range, as well as qualify you for more lucrative employment opportunities.

See the RN to BSN Career Outlook page for more information.

For the online RN to BSN program, students are required to complete 120 credit hours of study, comprising 14 semester credit hours of prerequisite courses, 49 semester credit hours of other liberal arts and sciences requirements, and 57 credit hours in the nursing major.

See the Curriculum page for more information.

You can start by requesting more information right now, or calling us at 877-791-7181.

Our academic calendar offers six start dates throughout the year, and your application deadline will depend on your start date. Our admissions team is experienced in helping students gauge how classes will integrate within their schedules, so you’re certain to find a start date that meets your needs.

Request more information or call us at 877-791-7181 if you have questions.

Yes. The online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

In addition, Sacred Heart University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of six regional associations in the United States that accredit schools and colleges.

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Sources:

  1. American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2019 April). Degree Completion Programs for Registered Nurses: RN to Master’s Degree and RN to Baccalaureate Programs. Fact Sheet. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from https://www.aacnnursing.org/News-Information/Fact-Sheets/Degree-Completion-Programs.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2019 September). Registered Nurses. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved October 7, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-1.