Charlotte completed the RN to BSN and aspires to go further with her nursing career.

Earn your BSN at Carlow University

Are you a busy registered nurse (RN) looking for a competitive edge? Each year, more and more employers are requiring nurses to obtain their BSN degree (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). At Carlow, we offer an RN to BSN completely online. Our program provides an excellent base for lifelong learning, professional employment, and graduate school.

Up to 13 credits of graduate coursework can be taken as part of the RN to BSN program. Those credits are also priced at the undergraduate credit rate of $495. This allows students to save up to $10,000 off an MSN degree!

It's time to advance your professional career and earn a BSN degree from Carlow University.  In our highly flexible program, you will be able to balance school, work, and other life commitments while earning an impactful degree. A nationwide goal is to have 80% of the nursing workforce be BSN-trained by 2020. Employers will look to hire and promote nurses with their BSNs, so now is a great time to take your nursing career one step further.

If you are a recent graduate or are soon to be a graduate of a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing Registered Nursing Program, and are planning to take the NCLEX-RN Exam, you are eligible to apply to the RN-BSN Program at Carlow. As a student in the RN-BSN Program, you can begin taking nursing elective support courses, as you prepare to take and successfully pass NCLEX.
Ready to move up in the nursing world? Apply now!  

RN to BSN highlights

  • Receive 30 credits for your RN license*
  • Complete your BSN in as few as 11 months
  • Take classes online - explore our course offerings in our catalog
  • Carlow accepts up to 90 transfer credits—a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Carlow
*This program is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Limited clinical practicum is required, as the program relies heavily on the experience gained during completion of the RN licensure.
*A current unencumbered registered nurse licensure is required to complete clinical practicum coursework. Note: (If a student plans to relocate out of the state or commonwealth of practice, while enrolled in the program, the student must immediately inform the RN-BSN Program Director, to discuss the impact on completion of clinical coursework).

RN to BSN admissions requirements

A current, active, valid, unrestricted nursing license as a registered nurse in the state or commonwealth of active practice is required. Candidates must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program. The RN to BSN major requires 120 credits for graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for the RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general education, support, and liberal arts, including university core curriculum requirements.

Manjit Bhullar, RN, BSN student

Meet Manjit Bhullar, RN, BSN '14 and read his story. 

Partnerships for students in Fall 2020

Nurses working for the following Healthcare Systems can receive a 10% tuition reduction if they enroll in the RN to BSN nursing program for Fall 2020:

Joint admissions

In partnership with the local community colleges and UPMC Schools of Nursing, Carlow offers a joint admissions RN-BSN program - learn more.