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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

Build on your existing knowledge and experience to create an evidence-based, safe, holistic nursing practice with our 100% online RN to BSN program. Plus, prepare for leadership positions and lay the foundation for graduate studies.

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Program Overview

Get to know EIU’s online RN to BSN program

The accessible Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online program at Eastern Illinois University gives you the framework of knowledge to expand your professional capabilities and advance your nursing career.

total tuition
as few as 14 months
program duration
credit hours

This CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program is taught by committed, experienced faculty who care about your education and offer you extraordinary support. We offer an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on each individual student, and work with you to determine exactly what you need to achieve with the program.

Designed in an accelerated online format to meet the needs of working nurses, our relevant curriculum builds on your experience and expands your nursing knowledge with current values, theory and research to form an evidence-based, safe, holistic nursing practice.

Coursework furthers development of sound clinical judgments based on accurate assessments. An overview of public and community health nursing practices within a context of foundational and systems theory that prepares you to meet societal healthcare needs in a variety of settings.

The program includes a pharmacogenomics course to increase your basic knowledge of human genetics and genomics—needed to enhance management of illness and disease. Nursing research prepares you to analyze current research exploring the underlying evidence in best practice.

Other courses provide an understanding of the role of the nurse leader, management and leadership in nursing practice and an introduction to the role of health policy in nursing.

A senior seminar focuses on your professional development and a critique of an evidence based protocol.

In this program, you will:

  • Further develop your clinical decision-making, evidence-based practice, and evaluative nursing skills
  • Prepare for participation as a collaborative member of the health care team, as a manager, leader and coordinator of care, and as one who participates in professional activities
  • Foster accountability and responsibility for professional development and lifelong learning
  • Advance the development of an ethical values system for an informed nursing practice
  • Develop a framework by which you can serve clients in a variety of settings with diverse needs
  • Cultivate knowledge and research to form an inquiry-based practice


Find out how and when to pay

Eastern Illinois University offers affordable tuition prices. Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Per Credit Hour Per 3-hour Course Program Tuition Program Tuition for Partner Employees of Partner Hospitals
$271.42 $814.26 $9,499.70 $8,500.00*
Per Credit Hour Program Tuition
Non-partner Healthcare Facilities $271.42 $9,499.70*
Partner Healthcare Facilities $242.85 $8,500**

Tuition is locked for 4 years or 12 semesters, allowing you to complete the program without an increase in your rate. If a student is not enrolled in that continuous time period, it does not extend the period for the locked in rate.

*Students may be required to complete additional courses outside of the nursing program, which could increase the total cost of the program. The amount of extra hours needed will be determined upon a transcript review by an advisor.

**Tuition cost of $8,500 reflects the regular rate of $9,500 minus the $1,000 Affiliate Partner Discount. The discount is available to employees of one our partner healthcare facilities. To find out if you qualify, please contact your enrollment specialist.



Milestones to guide your student journey

This RN to BSN program is delivered in an online format ideal for working nurses, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Get started at EIU—choose the date that works for you.

Session Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due
Spring 1 01/10/2022 12/19/2021 12/22/2021 01/03/2022 01/07/2022
Spring 2 03/07/2022 02/14/2022 02/17/2022 02/28/2022 03/04/2022
Summer 1 05/16/2022 04/25/2022 04/28/2022 05/09/2022 05/13/2022
Fall 1 08/22/2022 08/01/2022 08/04/2022 08/15/2022 08/19/2022
Fall 2 10/17/2022 09/26/2022 09/29/2022 10/10/2022 10/14/2022


Requirements for the RN to BSN online degree

The admission process is the first step toward changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Please review the requirements for entering the RN to BSN online program at Eastern Illinois University.

Nursing Program Admission Criteria

The following criteria are used for admission to the RN to BSN online program:

  • 2.0 or greater cumulative GPA AND 2.0 or greater at last institution attended
  • Valid, unencumbered nursing license, or student must pass the NCLEX before registering for 4000-level courses
  • Official transcripts, submitted directly from all colleges/universities attended. Transcripts and other documents should be mailed to:
    Office of Admissions
    Eastern Illinois University
    600 Lincoln Avenue
    Charleston, IL 61920-3099

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Read about our RN to BSN online classes

The RN to BSN online curriculum is comprised of 11 courses (35 credit hours), which includes 32 credit hours of Nursing Core Courses and three credit hours of a senior seminar.

Full-Time Plan of Study

Part-Time Plan of Study

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You must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the development, structure, and function of professional nursing practice is provided. Role transition and professional socialization are enhanced through analysis of nursing conceptual foundations. Critical thinking, inquiry, information literacy, and communication are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students build upon basic nursing assessment skills to perform comprehensive health assessment of individuals. History taking—including risk, physical and psychosocial assessment—will be practiced. The development of sound clinical judgments based on accurate assessments will be applied.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course presents essential and foundational knowledge of genetics and the application of these principles in human health. Attention is given to the interplay of genetics in optimizing drug therapy and patient care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The role of research in nursing, the research process, design of nursing research, ethical principles, and research methodologies are examined. The use of critical thinking in evaluating and critiquing research studies, and the application of research findings to evidence-based practice, are emphasized. Prerequisite: Statistics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on theories and concepts related to management and leadership in nursing practice. Strategies for managing quality of care, safety and outcome issues, caseloads of patients, professional and support personnel, data analysis, finance and budgeting, and collaboration are addressed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A systematic overview of the structure and function of the American health care system is offered. The historical development, emerging directions, issues and major forces influencing the health care system are discussed. The role of professional nursing in health care organizations, planning and policy formation is explored.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An overview of public and community health nursing practice within a context of systems theory is provided. Community assessment and principles of epidemiology are explored. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention interventions to individuals, families, groups, aggregates and communities are emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the professional development of nurses and issues affecting contemporary nursing practice. Professional development through participation in professional organizations, planning a career trajectory, and personal change are addressed. Students synthesize program outcomes through a capstone project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This seminar asks students to employ the knowledge and approaches of their own disciplines in an interdisciplinary investigation of a single theme. It provides students with background literature on the theme, humanities methods, and theories relative to the theme. The course culminates in a student-designed public integrative learning project. A student may not take this course with an instructor of or topic in her/his major. Prerequisite: 75 hours. Course is writing intensive and outside of major.

Organizational & Professional Development (ODL) interprofessional course: options vary.

Public Health (PUBH) interdisciplinary course: options vary.

General education courses can be taken concurrently with nursing core courses. Statistics MUST be taken prior or concurrently to NUR 3703: Research in Professional Nursing. All general education requirements are offered online through EIU. Students may take a chemistry or physics course to satisfy the physical science requirement.

You may have already completed many of these courses through prior academic work, and you may receive credit for classes previously completed. An academic advisor will provide a degree plan once you have applied, submitted your official transcripts and are accepted.

BIO 2210 or 2001G (Anatomy & Physiology I / Human Physiology) 4
BIO 2220 (Anatomy & Physiology II) 4
BIO 1004G (Microbiology) 3
MAT 2250G (Statistics) 4
PSY 1879G (Introductory Psychology) 3
SOC 1838G (Introductory Sociology) 3
HSL 1800 (Human Development) 3
PHY or CHEM (choose one from CHEM 1040G, CHEM 3025G, CHEM 1310G/1315, PHY 1051G, PHY 1052G/1053G, PHY 1151G/1152G or PHY 3050) 4
CMN 1310G (Introduction to Speech Communication) 3
ENG 1001G (Composition I) 3
ENG 1002G (Composition II) 3
Foundational Courses (Writing 6, Speaking 3, Math 3)* 12
Quantitative Reasoning or Natural Sciences* 7
Citizenship/Social and Behavioral Sciences* 9
Communication/Humanities and Fine Arts* 9

*General education hours required to meet Illinois College Graduation Requirement By Transfer OR EIU Plan of Study


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