Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN Program

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing & Health Sciences offers a RN to BSN program for registered nurses in a convenient online format.


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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN program is for registered nurses looking for enhanced career opportunities, promotions, and continuing education. The program is designed to promote participative learning through individual and group activities that enhance critical thinking, effective communication, and professional growth. Adult learning theory is the basis for course design and includes projects that are applicable to current practice.

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Program Format


This program is conveniently offered in online and blended, accelerated formats that meet working students’ needs, allowing you to maintain a full-time job while earning your bachelor’s degree. All courses are six weeks in length and the program can be completed in as little as 16 months. All nursing courses require participation in a collaborative learning community (CLC).

Online: In the online program, all courses are presented in an online, accelerated format.

Blended: In the blended program, all core courses are presented in an online, accelerated format, and nursing courses are offered in a blended, accelerated format which offers online and face-to-face instruction one evening per week. The blended format is offered on campus and at off-site locations with a minimum enrollment requirement.

Cardinal Stritch University has a nursing partnership with all 16 Wisconsin Technical Colleges, which guarantees the transfer of every credit from their Associate of Science in Nursing programs. Through this newly created partnership, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Stritch after earning an ADN degree at any of the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

Semesters to Join the Program

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Courses are Available

  • Online
  • Hybrid/Blended

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

We will review the courses in your academic record for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit. Credit can be awarded for AP scores of three and above. Both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) International Baccalaureate exams are recognized, with SL exams requiring a higher passing score to earn credit. Additional credit may be earned for those who complete the IB Diploma. 

Download our Credit Acquisition Guide to find out more about CLEP, DSST and Stritch Challenge Exams. We also have a significant number of articulation agreements established with partner institutions. 

Application Requirements

  • An associate of science or a diploma in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.33 on a 4.0 scale in all respiratory therapy and non-respiratory therapy course work
  • Licensure to practice as a registered nurse prior to NUR 420 Population Focused Health
  • Admissions Application: Complete our online admissions application

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