How to progress in your nursing career
This degree program builds on your knowledge, skills and experience as a registered nurse. It is an academic bridge from the coursework you completed in an associate or diploma nursing program to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
The United States is experiencing a continued and growing need for registered nurses. Research also shows that Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)-prepared nurses contribute to better patient outcomes, fewer hospital readmission rates and lower mortality rates, leading to a recommendation from the Institute of Medicine that 80% of nurses earn a BSN by 2020.
To apply for this program, you must be a registered nurse with an unrestricted license in the United States. As a student in the fully online RN-BSN program at Trine University, you'll receive a quality, innovative educational experience to prepare you to deliver safe, culturally and contextually relevant, evidence-based care in a variety of environments. You will learn to positively impact individuals, groups and communities through scholarship, leadership and service.
The RN to BSN program consists of 12 core nursing courses, including a capstone project that demonstrates your mastery and synthesis of the learning outcomes. Each course provides exceptional application-based knowledge that incorporates professional nursing standards relevant to contemporary nursing practice.
Registered nurses who earn a BSN benefit through career advancement, leadership opportunities and in many cases higher wages. An increasing number of hospitals are requiring nurses to have a BSN for employment - earning your BSN will give you a competitive advantage! As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for supervisory, manager, director or executive-level positions in hospital/acute care, long-term care, physician office practice, home health and hospice, pharmaceutical industry, medical insurance, government healthcare agencies, veteran’s administration and the military.
- Earned diploma or associate degree in nursing from a state-approved, regionally or nationally accredited college or university.
- A current unrestricted RN license in the state where you plan to complete your practicum requirements. If you're licensed in more than one state, all must be unencumbered.
The following RN-to-BSN core courses must be taken through TrineOnline:
NRS 303 Professional Nursing Role 3 cr
NRS 313 Transcultural Nursing 3 cr
NRS 323 Complementary and Alt Therapies 3 cr
NRS 333 Nursing Ethics 3 cr
NRS 343 Nursing Informatics 3 cr
NRS 353 Health Promotion over Lifespan 3 cr
NRS 414 Community-Public Health Nursing 4 cr
NRS 423 Biostatistics and Epidemiology 3 cr
NRS 433 Foundations in Research 3 cr
NRS 443 Global Health 3 cr
NRS 453 Nursing Leadership & Management 3 cr
NRS 484 Professional Capstone Project 4 cr
In addition to the NRS core, the following courses must be taken through TrineOnline prior to or with the first NRS course:
UE 111 Online Learning Orientation 1 cr
HUM 203 Humanities Seminar 3 cr
For a complete description of the above requirements, please go to the Course Catalog.
TrineOnline is an entirely online format, which allows you to complete your degree in the comfort of your home. With new classes starting every eight weeks, you can complete your degree in as little as a year, or at a slower pace if you want.
We offer an affordable education for active duty military students working on their undergraduate degree. Please see our Cost and Investment page for more information.
Information about tuition can be found at Cost and Investment.
In addition to the tuition fees for the RN to BSN program, there is a $131 charge per year for the following screenings through CastleBranch Corporation:
- Background check $58
- Urinalysis drug screen $38
- Medical document tracker $35