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Top 30 Best Online RN to BSN Programs 2019

Healthcare Management Degree Guide - Top Online Degree ProgramsBy HMDG Staff
April 2019

The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of all RNs earn a bachelor’s degree by 2020. Of the almost 3 million nurses in the U.S. today, only about 50% currently have a BSN. In order for RNs to stay ahead of this recommendation and be competitive in the workplace, completing an RN to BSN online program may be a great choice. Online programs usually offer limited, if any, residency requirements. Thanks to the flexibility of these online programs, students can usually continue working while earning their degree. There are plenty of online nursing programs so we created this ranking of the top 30 to help you find the best program for your unique needs. Earning an online RN to BSN can open doors for career advancement or future graduate study in nursing.

We created this ranking of the top online RN to BSN programs based on information we received from College Navigator. We looked at accredited institutions offering these types of programs in an online format, with limited residency requirements to accommodate working professionals. We then applied our ranking criteria to determine the top 30 best RN to BSN online programs.

Ranking Methodology – Online RN to BSN Programs

The goal of this ranking list is to highlight the top online RN to BSN Programs. The ranking system is based upon a combination of important factors, including

  • cost of attendance s
  • student to faculty ratio
  • overall graduation rates for students who began their studies in fall 2011 as indicated by College Navigator.

Specializations, awards and achievements earned by the school or department have also been noted.

The system controlling how points are awarded is as follows:
Student to Faculty Ratio

  • 15:1 or less= 5 Points
  • 16:1 to 20:1= 3 Points
  • Greater than 20:1= 1 Point

Average Net Price

  • Less than $15,000 per year= 5 Points
  • $15,000 to $25,000 per year= 3 Points
  • Greater than $25,000 per year= 1 Points

Average Graduation Rate

  • More than 65%= 5 Points
  • 40% to 65%= 3 Points
  • Less than 40%= 1 Points

#30 – Columbia College – Columbia, Missouri

Online RN to BSN

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 27:1
Average Net Price: $23,062/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 26%
Points: 5
Columbia College features a fully online RN to BSN program designed for working RNs. This CCNE accredited program teaches skills that students can apply to their workplace immediately. Classes are each eight weeks with new classes starting six times each year. Courses cover areas such as:

  • community health nursing
  • biomedical ethics
  • statistics
  • human nutrition
  • nursing research

Most part-time students can complete their degree in two years of part-time study.

#29 – Herzing University – Madison, Wisconsin

RN to BSN completion program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Net Price: $23,072/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 23%
Points: 7
The RN to BSN completion program at Herzing University is a CCNE accredited program taught by instructors with real-world experience. Students complete 45 hours of experiential learning and create an e-portfolio to track their learning activities throughout the program. Courses are offered in convenient eight and 16-week formats with new students admitted throughout the year. Courses cover areas such as:

  • nursing leadership and management
  • community health nursing
  • nursing informatics,
  • health assessment and promotion across the life span

Students can complete the program in just 12 months with sufficient transfer credit.

#28 – Arizona State University – Scottsdale, Arizona

Online Nursing – RN to BSN Degree

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Average Net Price: $11,916/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 14%
Points: 7
Arizona State University features a 10 course online RN to BSN program. ASU is one of the top nursing schools in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. Students learn to become effective communicators and client advocates from acclaimed faculty. A variety of online instructional delivery methods are used to keep students engaged. Most students can complete their degree in just 14 to 24 months.

#27 – Pace University – New York, New York

RN to BS Degree in Nursing Online Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Net Price: $31,734/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 54%
Points: 9
The top RN to BSN online program at Pace University is a flexible program that’s great for those with a busy lifestyle. Students can complete the program in just three semesters. There are no entrance exams required for admission. The CCNE accredited program includes coursework in:

  • population health
  • leadership and management
  • health assessment clinical reasoning
  • nursing research and evidence-based practice

Graduates become a part of Pace’s dedicated alumni network of professionals.

#26 – The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 23:1
Average Net Price: $19,993/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 68%
Points: 9
The Capstone College of Nursing at The University of Alabama has a top online RN to BSN that takes just three semesters to complete. Courses cover areas like:

  • leadership and management
  • community health
  • nursing informatics
  • complex client systems

New cohorts are admitted three times a year during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. The flexible format is designed for working nurses. Clinical hours can be completed in a healthcare setting close to home.

#25 – South Dakota State University-Brookings, South Dakota

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Average Net Price: $18,204/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 55%
Points: 9
The top online RN to BSN program at South Dakota State University is an affordable online program that meets the needs of working nurses. This top RN to BSN online program can be completed in just three to five semesters of study and students can set their own pace for degree completion. Courses cover:

  • patient centered care concepts
  • leadership and management
  • clinical decision making

Students planning to earn a graduate nursing specialization may be interested in the RN to MSN or RN to DNP program at SDU.

#24 – Pennsylvania State University-World Campus – University Park, Pennsylvania

Online RN to BSN

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Net Price: $18,194/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 28%
Points: 9
Penn State World Campus features a flexible online RN to BSN for nurses who want to make a positive impact on the health care industry. This CCNE accredited program is available in an accelerated format. Students living near a Penn State campus also have the flexibility to take courses online and on-campus. Courses cover areas such as:

  • nursing informatics
  • nursing research
  • health concepts for adults with complex health needs
  • advanced health assessment

Clinical requirements can be completed at a setting close to home.

#23 – California University of Pennsylvania – California, Pennsylvania

RN to BSN Online Degree

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 20:1
Average Net Price: $17,755/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 52%
Points: 9
California University of Pennsylvania has an RN to BSN online degree program with a solid foundation in both science and the arts. This 100% online RN to BSN program can be completed in just three semesters for full-time students and four semesters for part-time students. This CCNE accredited program is offered in an accelerated format. Students take one 16 week course and two eight-week courses each term. New students are accepted in the fall and spring semesters.

#22 – Cox College – Springfield, Missouri

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Average Net Price: $16,711/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 18%
Points: 9
The top RN to BSN online at Cox College is an innovative program with a relevant curriculum. Courses cover areas such as:

  • professional role transition
  • management and leadership
  • trends and issues in nursing
  • public health nursing

Graduates of the Cox College RN program are eligible for a 20% tuition discount. Students are encouraged to take one course each semester and must complete the program within five years of admission to the program.

#21 – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Online RN to BSN Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $15,966/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 62%
Points: 9
The top online RN to BSN program at the University of Arkansas is an CCNE accredited program designed for working nurses. This 30 credit hour program features a curriculum that prepares BSN graduates for career advancement and mobility. Flexible degree plans make this program accessible to both full and part-time students. Students work closely with a mentor on a quality improvement project that aligns with the student’s professional interests and goals. Courses cover areas such as:

  • healthcare policy
  • research
  • leadership
  • informatics

Full-time students can complete the program in just three semesters.

#20 – University of Central Florida-Orlando, Florida

Online RN to BSN

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 30:1
Average Net Price: $15,341/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 70%
Points: 9
The University of Central Florida’s30 credit hour RN to BSN online program is considered one of the best in the country according to U.S. News and World Report. This top online program places a strong emphasis on the sciences which prepares students for success in leadership roles or graduate study. Students can earn their degree in as few as three semesters or as many as 10, depending on how many classes they take each term.

#19 – Old Dominion University – Norfolk, Virginia

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $15,213/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 54%
Points: 9
Old Dominion University features a 30 credit hour online RN to BSN program. This degree completion program is part of the College of Health Sciences School of Nursing. Required courses cover areas like:

  • clinical nursing concepts
  • nursing leadership
  • ethics
  • health assessment
  • research

Most courses don’t have a set meeting time so students can fit coursework into their schedule when it is most convenient. Graduates have been successful working in:

  • nursing management or administration
  • community health organizations
  • pharmaceutical or medical equipment sales and consultation

#18 – University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado

Nursing Bachelor of Science – RN–BSN

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $15,003/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 48%
Points: 9
The University of Northern Colorado features a top online program for Registered Nurses seeking their BSN. This 30 credit hour RN to BSN program can be completed in about 20 months (five terms). New students begin the program each fall or spring term. The program is comprised of 10 courses and students take one course at a time. All students complete 180 practicum hours that can be set up in the students own community with a clinical preceptor. While courses are completed online, all new students must come to campus for a one day orientation at the beginning of the program.

#17 – University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Lafayette, Louisiana

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 24:1
Average Net Price: $12,502/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 44%
Points: 9
The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program online at the University of Louisiana Lafayette gives students the clinical reasoning and leadership skills needed to advance their career. Students can complete the program in just 12 months while working full-time. This CCNE accredited program is one of the most affordable on our list. Core courses cover areas like:

  • nursing in a disaster
  • community health nursing and diverse populations
  • health and physical assessment
  • trends in genetics and genomics

#16 – Florida International University – Miami, Florida

Online Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 27:1
Average Net Price: $12,219/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 57%
Points: 9
The online RN to BSN program at the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University is a flexible three semester program. Courses can be taken in any order and new students are admitted each semester. This CCNE accredited program includes courses in:

  • health assessment and promotion
  • professional nursing leadership
  • community health

Graduates gain a strong foundation in evidence-based nursing practices.

#15 – Sam Houston State University – Huntsville, Texas

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 21:1
Average Net Price: $11,742/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 51%
Points: 9
The online RN to BSN from Sam Houston State University is a nationally recognized program designed for working nurses. This 100% online program offers full and part-time options. Courses cover areas such as:

  • legal and ethical issues in nursing
  • informatics
  • rural health nursing
  • nursing genetics and genomics

Graduates are prepared for leadership positions or to continue on to graduate study.

#14 – Northeastern State University – Tahlequah, Oklahoma

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Average Net Price: $8,833/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 32%
Points: 9
Northeastern State University features one of the most affordable online RN to BSN programs in our ranking. This 30 credit hour program costs less than $10,000 and can be completed in about 10 months. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Courses cover areas such as:

  • community health
  • family nursing
  • leadership
  • research

Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings including:

  • hospitals
  • community clinics,
  • long term care facilities.

#13 – California State University—Dominguez Hills – Carson, California

Bachelor of Science in Nursing [RN to BSN] (Online)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 25:1
Average Net Price: $4,957/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 43%
Points: 9
The online bachelor of science in nursing (RN to BSN) at California State University is a flexible program with minimal on-campus residency requirements. Courses cover areas such as:

  • community based nursing
  • health promotion and teaching
  • gerontological nursing practice
  • health care informatics

Most courses are offered in a flexible online format and students only need to come to campus for a two day lab focused on health assessment skills. Part-time students can earn their degree in three years, taking courses year round.

#12 – Sacred Heart University – Fairfield, Connecticut

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Average Net Price: $40,177/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 72%
Points: 11
The online RN to BSN program at Sacred Heart University was ranked the best in the state by the Hospital Newspaper, New England Edition. This top RN to BSN online program is designed to help nurses further develop the “heart of a healer” through its signature core curriculum entitled “The Human Journey.” Coursework covers areas such as:

  • bioethics
  • clinical leadership development
  • information technology
  • qualitative and quantitative care measures.

#11 – Utica College – Utica, New York

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Average Net Price: $21,166/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 49%
Points: 11
Utica College has a strong reputation for quality nursing education, with over one-third of online RN to BSN students coming from referrals. This patient focused program covers a variety of topics including:

  • end of life and palliative care
  • leadership and informatics
  • pathophysiology
  • clinical pharmacology

There are no residency requirements. Students can complete the program online with clinicals in their own community. Most students can complete the program in three years or less, balancing home and work responsibilities while earning their degree.

#10 – University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Net Price: $21,050/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 69%
Points: 11
The top online RN to BSN program offered by the University of Cincinnati is a flexible program with full-time and part-time options. The program is comprised of nine nursing courses, each seven weeks long, and a 14-week capstone course. There are six start dates each year so students can begin the program when it’s most convenient. Courses cover areas such as:

  • health issues of vulnerable and marginalized populations
  • informatics
  • leadership and management
  • gerontological nursing practice

This accredited program gives students a solid foundation for graduate study.

#9 – Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Average Net Price: $18,042/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 83%
Points: 11
The College of Nursing at The Ohio State University has a top online RN to BSN program recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News and World Report for 2019. Online RN to BSN students pay no textbook fees and pay in-state tuition rates regardless of where they live. This CCNE accredited program is open to both full and part-time students. Coursework covers:

  • contemporary issues for RNs
  • health care informatics
  • cultural competence in healthcare
  • community health nursing

Full-time students can complete their degree in one year while part-time students can finish in 15 months.

#8 – University of North Carolina-Wilmington – Wilmington, North Carolina

Online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $16,831/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 72%
Points: 11
The RN to BSN online top program at the University of North Carolina is a contemporary program focused on:

  • professional nursing practice
  • gerontological nursing
  • community health
  • leadership

New students are admitted six times each year. The flexible online format makes this program ideal for working professionals. Graduates have the foundation needed for career advancement in administration, research, or teaching. Students can earn their degree in just 12 months.

#7 – Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff, Arizona

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Average Net Price: $14,901/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 55%
Points: 11
Northern Arizona University School of Nursing has an online RN to BSN available to graduates from a state or nationally accredited associate or diploma program. This CCNE accredited program includes coursework in:

  • nursing informatics
  • healthcare policy
  • nursing leadership
  • public health
  • palliative care

Graduates may pursue career opportunities in public health nursing, school nursing, nursing leadership, and teaching.

#6 – State University of New York (SUNY)-Delhi, New York

Nursing: Online (RN-to-BSN)

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Net Price: $14,753/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 44%
Points: 11
SUNY Delhi has an online RN to BSN program with a flexible schedule designed for working nurses. Both full and part-time students are welcome. The state-of-the-art curriculum is taught by faculty with the highest degrees in their field. Courses are delivered in an easy-to use online learning platform. Practicum experiences can be completed in the student’s own community. Students can also take additional online liberal arts classes that align with their personal and professional interests.

#5 – University of North Florida – Jacksonville, Florida

RN to BSN Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $13,524/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 57%
Points: 11
The RN to BSN online program at the University of North Florida gives students a foundational experience in community nursing practice. Faculty are experienced in their clinical fields and share their knowledge with their students. Courses include:

  • community nursing practice
  • family and community assessment
  • ethical and legal concepts in nursing
  • leadership and management

The University of North Florida is considered one of the best regional colleges in the country according to U.S. News and World Report.

#4 – Fort Hays State University – Hays, Kansas

Online RN to BSN Program

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Average Net Price: $12,196/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 44%
Points: 11
Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing has an online RN to BSN program that can be completed in just three semesters. Students can begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester. Clinical experiences can usually be completed in the student’s own community. Courses cover:

  • health promotion
  • legal and ethical issues
  • trends facing healthcare
  • leadership

All students complete a quality improvement practicum experience.

#3 – University of South Florida – Tampa, Florida

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 22:1
Average Net Price: $11,766/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 71%
Points: 11
The College of Nursing at the University of South Florida is a one-of-a-kind nursing program for the modern nurse. Students can focus on:

  • leadership/management
  • patient/staff education
  • clinical experience

This online program can be completed in just three semesters of full-time study or five semesters of part-time study. Courses cover:

  • healthcare leadership and management
  • information technology
  • nursing as a profession

Elective courses are taken from the student’s area of focus. Clinical requirements are completed at a location close to the student.

#2 – University of Wyoming – Laramie, Wyoming

Online RN-BSN

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Average Net Price: $13,441/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 58%
Points: 13
The University of Wyoming features an online RN to BSN program through the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. This CCNE accredited program includes coursework in:

  • public/community health
  • health disparities
  • population health
  • healthcare systems and policy

There are no on-campus residency requirements making this a great choice for working nursing professionals. Students can earn their degree in just one year of study.

#1 – Appalachian State University – Boone, North Carolina

Nursing (RN-BSN) Online

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Student to Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Average Net Price: $10,473/year
Overall Graduation Rate: 73%
Points: 13
Our top online RN to BSN program is offered by Appalachian State University. This part-time program boasts affordable tuition and a 100% online curriculum. This CCNE accredited program prepares students for career advancement or graduate study in nursing. Students can complete the program in one year. Non-traditional clinicals include class projects and research, eliminating the need to travel to campus. Major courses cover areas such as:

  • nursing leadership and management
  • nursing care of communities
  • concepts of professional nursing
  • nursing informatics