Online RN-to-BSN Program

Applications and admissions to the RN to BSN Program are suspended until further notice.

As the healthcare industry continues to advance and patient needs become more complex, a growing number of hospitals are establishing new education standards for their nursing staffs and only hiring nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher.

The Northeastern University online RN-to-BSN program was developed for licensed registered nurses who want to advance their careers and stay competitive in the field. To be considered for admission, you must:

  • Hold an active, unrestricted RN license. If you have not yet taken your NCLEX, you may still submit an application for the program, but you must be licensed before you begin the program
  • Successfully complete the program course prerequisites listed below
  • Transfer in 83 credits from your initial nursing degree courses, plus any additional semester credits achieved at regionally accredited colleges and universities. You may still be admitted and enrolled with up to 9 of these credits outstanding, but any additional coursework toward the 83 transfer credits must be completed before you can receive your BSN.  These additional credits can be taken at Northeastern University and/or at any regionally accredited college or university.

RN-to-BSN Program Overview

The 45-credit RN-to-BSN is primarily an online program. Courses feature more than 200 specially designed learning and simulation activities delivered via a robust e-Learning platform. There is one clinical requirement, consisting of a 72-hour experience in a public health clinical setting. The program uses a preceptor model that emphasizes clinical competency while preparing the students for leadership and advancement.

Your RN license must be active in the state where you plan to complete your clinicals. Note that some states may not be approved for clinicals; your admissions counselor can help you determine if your state is approved.

The RN-to-BSN program allows you to pursue your BSN degree on either a part-time or full-time basis. The part-time option requires two years (six semesters) of study, while the full-time option can be completed in one year (three consecutive semesters).

Admissions Overview

Our RN-to-BSN program has starts in January, May and September, with early application highly recommended.  While you may apply to the program if you are waiting to take your NCLEX, you must have your RN license before your entry semester begins.

The Northeastern Application is available online and includes a $75 application fee. Please note you will need to visit our account setup page to create a username and password before completing the online application.

Eligibility Requirements

To enroll in the Online RN-to-BSN program, you are required to:

  • An active, unrestricted RN license for the state where your clinical requirement will be completed
  • An associate degree or nursing diploma* from a regionally accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisite course completion with a “C” grade or higher
  • A minimum of 83 units of credit earned. You may apply with up to nine of these credits outstanding if you complete them while in the program.

*Additional coursework may be required for students with nursing diplomas.


Prerequisite courses for the RN-to-BSN program include:

  • Health Assessment (Nursing I)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • A mathematics course level 100 or above
  • An English course level 100 or above
  • A Social Science course

RN-to-BSN Curriculum

Designed to promote educational and professional excellence through the use of problem-based learning with clinical correlations, the RN-to-BSN program comprises 16 semester hours of online residency and 29 semester hours of in-depth, advanced nursing courses.

Semester 1


ENGW 3250 Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4
NRSG 5100 Professional Development and Scientific Basis4
PLTH 2300 Communication Skills for Health Professionals4
HLTH 1510 Introduction to Healthcare Ethics4

Semester 2


NRSG 5101 Computers and Nursing Informatics3
NRSG 2312 Pathophysiology4
HLTH 5450 Healthcare Research4
NRSG 5120 Healthcare Statistics3

Semester 3


NRSG 4604 Public Health and Community Nursing3
NRSG 5605 Public Health and Community Nursing Clinical2
NRSG 5118 Healthcare Systems and Professional Role Development3
NRSG 4620 Innovations in Nursing Practice4
NRSG 4610 Managing and Leading in Healthcare3