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Accelerated RN to Bachelor of Science Program

Designed to accommodate the needs of the working RN, courses are offered in an accelerated, fully online, flexible format. The nursing curriculum consists of six core nursing courses, each eight weeks in length. Students are equipped with program, technology, and library resources throughout the program via an online RN/BS Program Immersion.

Delivery Method

All nursing courses are provided in a flexible, asynchronous, 100% online format.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to the University (online application, $40 fee, & official transcripts)

  • Copy of current unencumbered RN license in the state in which you practice (unless currently completing an associate or diploma program at the time of application)

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0/4.0 scale (includes all college level courses)

Transfer Policy

  • Consultation with the Accelerated RN/BS program advisor for questions regarding transfer credit is advised.

  • The SIUE Admissions office will determine the acceptance of credit and its applicability toward degree requirements

  • Once a student entering the RN/BS program provides evidence of a current unencumbered RN license, the School of Nursing will complete an overall assessment of the student's work experience, and previously completed community college and university nursing coursework. The School of Nursing may then grant up to 40 or 43 proficiency credits to provide the student with advanced standing in the nursing program. These credits differ from the transfer of courses.

  • If the student's college/university credits are greater than 5 years old, the candidate will need to submit a portfolio to demonstrate proficiency in the areas in which credit is sought along with evidence of a current unencumbered RN license.

Special Characteristics

  • Effective Fall 2019, students in this program may apply for accelerated options for the MS degrees in healthcare nursing administration or nurse educator, and the DNP in family nurse practitioner.

  • RN to BS students eligible to enter these options may replace up to 7 credits of nursing undergrad courses with nursing grad courses, reducing both the time & cost of earning the graduate degree.