Best Online BSN Programs: Students Before Profits Award 2014-2015

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The Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.  For our 2014/2015 Online Bachelor’s in Nursing award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 19% increase in the need for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree by 2022, graduates of BSN programs gain practical experience, increase job opportunities, and learn to  provide more quality of care, and increase earning potential in the rapidly growing healthcare market.

Programs listed here are degree completion, RN to BSN programs, meaning prospective students will need to already hold Registered Nurse licensure, and in most cases, a diploma or Associate’s Degree in Nursing.  Programs in this ranking requires anywhere from 120 to 132 credits for completion, and most programs will award students substantial credit (anywhere from 30 to 50 credits) in recognition of experience for havig a current RN license.  These credits will be granted in addition to the nursing coursework students complete as required by the program.

Students entering these programs who already hold an Associates’s Degree in Nursing, will likely have completed a large portion of their General Education requirements and hence, depending on the amount of credit being transfered in, some students will be able to complete these programs in as little as two full-time semesters making this an extremely cost effective and flexible way for Registered Nurses to open doors to new career options and better pay.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on cost per credit and individual programs may have additional fees.  Because students will enter the majority of these programs with substantial transfer credit, for the sake of this ranking, we have calculated tuition costs based on 60 remaining credits required for graduation.  Of course, this will vary on a case by case basis, depending on each student’s academic experience.

#1. Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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Established as a Teachers’ College by the Louisiana State Legislature for the preparation of teachers in 1884, NSUL is a public university that has been dedicated to teaching and learning for over a hundred years.  Northwestern State enrolls over 9,200 students. The NSUL campus is also home to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a state sponsored boarding school for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  U.S. News ranks NSUL #92 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #47 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Northwestern State University of Louisiana is ranked by U.S. News #99 in Best Nursing Programs and #108 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and offers an online RN to BSN program that is open to students who have an associate’s degree in nursing.  The program requires 120 credits for completion and includes 31 credits of online coursework.

Accreditation: NSUL is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $9,868

6 Year Graduation Rate: 38%

#2. Fort Hays State University

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Enrolling over 13,400 students, Fort Hays is a public University established in 1902 in Hays, Kansas.  With about 40% of its student head count being located on its well developed virtual campus, Fort Hays State University was among the leaders in most categories of the inaugural U.S. News rankings for online education.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by Fort Hays Sate University is designed for licensed RNs who have maintained a GPA of 2.5 or higher and have earned a C or above in required pre-nursing courses. The program  requires 120 credits for completion including 30 credit hours of nursing classes and one internship course.

Accreditation: Fort Hays State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $12,122

6 Year Graduation Rate: 44%

#3. Western Governors University 

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Western Governors University is a private nonprofit, online university established in 1997.  The Universities goal is to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs,” and does so by students working in coordination with faculty mentors online and through frequent phone communication, taking tests online which are proctored via webcam and other online proctoring technologies.  The university enrolls over 46,300 students.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by Western Governors University is designed for currently licensed nurses with an associates degree or diploma in nursing.  Applicants must be working in a position that requires use of nursing knowledge and expertise at the time of application and enrollment.  The program requires 120 credits for completion including courses in general education, health sciences, nursing science, and nursing theory and practice.  Western Governors University offers a generous credit transfer policy and because of Western Governors’ “competency-based approach to learning,” students will benefit from the knowledge and skills they have already developed from prior college and work experiences which will apply toward completion of the degree.

Accreditation: Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tution: $13,000

6 Year Graduation Rate: 24%

#4. Baker College 

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Established in 1911 in Flint Township, Michigan, Baker College is Michigan’s largest private, not-for-profit university with 13 locations statewide and an online campus. Enrolling over 4,900 students, the college is a four-year vocational school that aims to impart job-specific training to its students while emphasizing broad academic development.

Program Overview
U.S. News ranks Baker College #164 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.  Baker offers an online RN to BSN program designed for currently licensed RNs who wish to further their professional growth by developing knowledge, skills, and clinical experiences.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 44 credits of upper-level nursing coursework and 3 clinical experiences: Community Health Practicum, Leadership Practicum, and Nursing Seminar.

Accreditation: Baker College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $13,800

6 Year Graduation Rate: 9%

#5. Ohio University

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Ohio University was founded in 1804 and was the first higher education institution chartered by Congress in America and is the ninth oldest public university in the United States.  With its main campus located in Athens, Ohio, OU enrolls over 38,200 students across several regional campuses and through e-learning programs.  The Carnegie Foundation classifes OU as an institution with “high research activity,” while U.S. News ranks it #129 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ohio University is ranked #193 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News.  The online RN to BSN program is designed for working RNs living in Ohio, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia, who have an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing.  The program requires 120 creidts for completion including 31 credits of nursing courses and 30 credits of nursing support courses.

Accreditation: Ohio University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $14,220

6 Year Graduation Rate: 66%

#6. University of Texas—Arlington 

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Located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area, the University of Texas, Arlington is a state university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with “high research activity.”  UTA was founded in 1895 and served primarily as a millitary academy until the early 1900s.  Today UTA is the second largest institution within the Univesity of Texas system enrolling over 34,200 students, a 65% gain since 2001.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered at the University of Texas—Arlington builds upon nursing skills by providing researched based learning, leadership training and liberal arts education.  Students can apply to this program regardless of the number of general courses he or she has completed.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 35 credits of nursing coursework and clinical requirements. Students should note that Windows/PC computer access is necessary for UTA’s online learning.  Some Mac computers may function for parts of the courework, but tests especially must be proctored over a Windows based machine.

Accreditation: The University of Texas—Arlington is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additionally, the nursing programs are recognized by the Comission on Collegiate Nursing (CNURED).

Tuition: $15,420

#7. State University of New York—Delhi

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The State University of New York at Delhi, is a public university located in Delhi, New York  and is part of the University of New York system. Founded in 1913, the university offers undergraduate programs focusing on technical courses and enrolls over 3,000 students.  U.S. News ranks SUNY—Delhi #33 in Best Regional Colleges (North) and #11 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
U.S. News ranks SUNY Delhi #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The Online RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses and students who have an associate’s  degree in nursing. The program requires a total of 120 credits for completion and features a high degree of flexibility for those who are working under various restraints in time.

Accreditation: SUNY—Delhi is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Additionally, its programs in nursing are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ADNUR).

Tuition: $15,425

6 Year Graduation Rate: 45%

#8. Columbia College 

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Columbia College of Missouri is a private, nonsectarian liberal arts school located in Columbia, Missouri. Founded as Christian Female College in 1851, it was the first female college west of the Mississippi River to be chartered by a state legislature. The school changed its name to Columbia College of Missouri in 1970 after becoming fully co-educational.

Program Overview
Columbia College is ranked #69 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and offers an online RN to BSN program is designed for currently licensed RNs who have experiential knowledge and clinical competentcy and prepares the RN to assume advanced roles in nursing management, client care, and education.  The program requires 120 credits for completion.

Accreditation: Columbia College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ADNUR).

Tuition: $15,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 40%

#9. West Texas A&M University

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West Texas A&M University is a public university in Canyon, Texas and is a member of the Texas A&M University System.  The university has an enrollment of over 8,300 students. It was founded in 1910 and features over 100 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  U.S. News ranks West Texas A&M #80 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #32 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
West Texas A&M is ranked #234 by U.S. News in Best Nursing Programs and #153 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and offers an online RN to BSN that is open to students who currently have LVN or RN licensure in the state of Texas. Students enrolled in this program must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and possess a C in courses related to medicine. Prospective students must apply and be admitted to the program by the deadline dates of September 1st for the fall semester and February 1st for the spring semester.  120 credits minimum are required for completion of this program including 30 credits of in-residence online nursing courses.

Accreditation: West Texas A & M is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $14,420
Out-of-State: $16,460

6 Year Graduation Rate: 40%

#10. University of South Dakota 

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Located in Vermillion, South Dakota, USD is a public research university that is consistently rated among the top doctoral institutions in the country.  The University of South Dakota was established in 1862 making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the Dakotas.  The University of South Dakota is comprised of seven colleges and offers 205 undergraduate programs and 65 graduate programs of study, and enrolls over 10,200 students.  U.S. News ranks the University of South Dakota #190 in Best National Universities and #108 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The RN to BSN program at USD is an online program designed for currently licensed RNs with an Associate’s degree in nursing who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above in prerequisite general education requirements.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion which includes 27 credits in upper level nursing courses.

Accreditation: The University of South Dakota is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $18,780

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%

#11. Southern New Hampshire University 

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Founded in 1933 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Service, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit university located between Manchester and Hookset, New Hampshire. The state granted the college its charter in 1963, and the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1966.  SNHU enrolls over 17,500 students. Its online campus boasts over 200 regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and also has specialized accreditation for some of its degrees and programs.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program at SNHU follows a unique six-credit, 10-week structure that serves to accomodate busy practicing nursing professionals and permit sufficient time to complete course work.  The program is designed with practicing nurses in mind and is transfer-friendly to maximize prior coursework that can be applied toward earning the degree.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion and includes five upper-level nursing courses.  SNHU also offers an advanced pathway, RN to MSN option for those seeking a Master of Science in Nursing.

Accreditation: Southern Newhampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $19,200

6 Year Graduation Rate: 55%

#12. University of Alabama

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Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the University of Alabama is the flagship campus of the University of Alabama System and enrolls over 36,100 students. Founded in 1831 as an academy-style institution, UA was ranked first among public institutions and fourth out of all universities in in the 2012-2013 enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is currently ranked #88 in Best National Universities and #38 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overveiw
Ranked #127 in Best Nursing Programs, the University of Alabama offers a “Mobility” RN to BSN program which allows registered nurses to complete the requirements for their bachelor’s of science degree in nursing online. The program requires 120 credits for completion including 25 creidts of upper level nursing courses.  The program can be completed in as little as 3 semesters of fulltime study.

Accreditation: The University of Alabama is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and programs in nurisng are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $19,980

6 Year Graduation Rate: 67%

#13. Southeast Missouri State University

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Located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive public university offering over 200 areas of study.  SEMO was founded in 1873 as a Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region and transitioned to a comprehensive university in 1973.  The univrsity enrolls over 12,000 students.  U.S. News ranks SEMO #95 in top Regional Universities (Midwest) and #32 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ranked #193 in Best Nursing Programs and #65 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, SEMO offers an online RN to BSN program designed for licensed nurses who have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 25 credits of upper-level nursing coursework.

Accreditation: Southeast Missouri State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additionally, its nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $11,040
Out-of-State: $20,340

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%

#14. Jacksonville State University

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Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a public university located in Jacksonville, Alabama.  The university was founded as a Normal School for the preperation of teachers in the region and began operations as a comprehensive university in 1967.  JSU enrolls over 8,600 students

Program Overview
Ranked #425 in Best Nursing Programs and #194 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, Jacksonville State University offers an online RN to BSN program designed for currently licensed registered nurses who have completed an associates degree in nursing and have maintained a minimum of 2.5 GPA on all core requirement courses.  The program requires 120 credits for completion and can be completed in just one calendar year.

Accreditation: JSU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Tuition: $20,700

6 Year Graduation Rate: 31%

#15. Liberty University 

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. Enrolling well over 100,000 students, the majority of which are enrolled online, LU is the largest Evangelical Christian University in the world and the largest private nonprofit university in the nation.  Liberty University ranks #80 by U.S. News in best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Liberty University offers and online RN to BSN program designed for currently licensed registered nurses who have graduated from an NLN accredited nursing program leading to either an associate degree of hospital diploma.  The program requires a total of 120 credits for completion, which includes 30 credits of upper level nursing courses.  The program offers the opportunity to connect with other nursing students and nursing faculty through on campus intensives.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additionally, programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $21,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%

#16. University of Cincinnati

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Founded in 1819 the University of Cincinnati is a public research university and part of the University System of Ohio. Enrolling over 43,600 students, UC is the second largest university in the state of Ohio. U.S. News ranks the University of Cincinnati #129 in Best National Universities and #63 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
UC is ranked #64 in Best Nursing Programs and #87 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News.  The University of Cincinnati offers an online RN to BSN program that is both affordable and flexible for working students with unique time constraints. The program requires 120 credits for completion and can be completed in one academic year if studying full-time. Students studying part-time can complete the program in two years. In addition to online coursework, students are required to complete a clinical project in their local communities.

Accreditation:  The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $23,340

6 Year Graduation Rate: 63%

#17. Colorao Christian University

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 Located near Denver, Colorado, Colorado Christian University is a private Christian university.  Founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute, CCU has since grown to comprise three academic colleges, the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Theology, and the Bible Institute.  CCU enrolls over 5,000 students.

Program Overview
Colorado Christian University offers an online RN to BSN program designed for the working RN seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Classes are taken one at a time in five or 10 week blocks.  The program requires 120 credits for completion, 28 of which are upper division nursing courses.  CCU offers a generous transfer credit policy, allowing up to 83 credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities to transfer into the program.

Accreditation: Colorado Christian University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $23,700

6 Year Graduation Rate: 36%

#18. Stephen F. Austin State University

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Founded as a teachers’ college in 1923, Stephen F. Austin University is, at its core, a university committed to the preparation of quality educators.  The University is one of 4 independent public Universities in the state of Texas. SFASU enrolls over 13,000 students and offers some 120 areas of study through six colleges.  SFASU is ranked by U.S. News #75 in Best Regional Universities (West) and #25 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN transition program offered by Stephen F. Austin State University is designed for nurses who have completed their nursing education in either associates degree or diploma program and allows them to complete their bachelor’s online while still working.  Prospective students are required to have maintained a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite courses including transfer courses.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 30 credits of upper level nursing courses.

Accreditation: Stephen F. Austin State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

Tuition:
In-State: $16,545
Out-of-State: $23,745

6 Year Graduation Rate: 43%

#19. Upper Iowa University 

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Located in Fayette, Iowa, Upper Iowa University is a private university enrolling more than 6,000 students the vast majority of which are enrolled through UIU’s various distance learning programs including an online program, an independent study program, and nationwide centers and international centers of study located in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. UIU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in over 40 areas of study.

Program Overview
Upper Iowa University’s RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses or those who currently hold an associates level degree in nursing and requires 120 credits for completion. The program can be completed entirely online; however, students may choose to complete a portion of their coursework on campus by choosing the hybrid option.

Accreditation: UIU is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $24,300

6 Year Graduation Rate: 40%

#20. University of Central Missouri 

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Originally established as the Warrensburg Teacher’s College in 1871, the University of Central Missouri is a 4 year public university offering 150 areas of study, including 27 areas of teacher certification.  UCM enrolls over 12,000 students. U.S. News ranks UCM #92 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #32 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
UCM’s online RN to BSN program allows RNs to enhance their ability to think critically and communicate while gaining a deeper understanding of professional nursing.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion and includes 30 credits of upper-level nursing courses.  The program can be completed in one calendar year.

Accreditation: The University of Central Missouri is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $12,780
Out-of-State: $25,560

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%

#21. Bellevue University

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Established in 1966 and based in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University is one of the largest private higher learning institutions in the state. The university’s mission has always been directed toward providing education for working adults.

Program Overview 
Bellevue University is ranked #18 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News. The online RN to BSN program emphasizes effective leadership, professional development and the social issues that affect healthcare today. The program requires 127 credits for completion, including 36 credit hours of core nursing courses.  Work experience may be applied in the 60 credit hours received for holding a valid RN license.

Accreditation: Bellevue University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,795

6 Year Graduation Rate: 39%

#22. Adventist University of Health Sciences

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Adventist University of Health Sciences is a private university associated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church that specializes in allied health and nursing educaiton.  The school was established in 1992 in Orlando Florida as the Florida HOspital College of Health Sciences and enrolls over 3,000 students in various health education programs.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN degree program offered by Adventist University of Health Sciences offers registered nurses the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for their professional advancement.  Admision to the program requires students to hold a current nursing license or be a recent graduate from an accredited associate’s degree program in nursing.  Students will need to have maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for consideration. The program consists of 72 trimester credits including 33 credits of nursing courses and 39 credits of General Education.  The degree can be completed in as few as 5 terms.

Accreditation: Adventist University of Health Sciences is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ADNUR).

Tuition: $27,000

6 Year Graduation Rate: 17%

#23. Olivet Nazarene University 

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Olivet Nazarene University is a liberal arts university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.  Located in Bourbonnais, Illinois, ONU was founded as a grammar school in 1907.  ONU enrolls over 4,600 students and is one of the larger members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.  ONU is ranked #49 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
ONU is ranked #332 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News and offers an online RN to BSN program designed for currently registered nurses who carry either a diploma or associate’s degree.  The program develops leadership skills and an understanding of the dynamic health care environment to ensure that graduates can recommend constructive change and assimilate ethical, moral, spiritual, and professional concepts into their nursing practice.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 30 credit hours of course work and extensive clinical experiences.

Accreditation: Olivet Nazarene University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additionally the programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $27,120

6 Year Graduation Rate: 57%

#24. Southwestern College

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Located in Winfield, Kansas, Southwestern College is a private, Methodist college founded in 1885.  The school’s focus on service learning has established nationally acclaimed programs in leadership, discipleship, and sustainability.  Southwestern College is ranked #83 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
Southwestern College’s department of Professional Studies offers the oppotunity for registered nurses with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing to earn their BSN online through the RN to BSN program. To be considered for this program, students must hold a current nursing license and have maintained a 2.5 GPA in all previous college course work.  The program requires 124 credits for completion of the degree which includes 30 credits of upper division nursing courses.

Accreditation: Southwestern College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $27,328

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%

#25. Jacksonville University (FL)

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Located in Jacksonville, Florida, JU is a private, nonsectarian university founded in 1934.  JU enrolls over 3,700 students and offers over 70 programs of study at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.  Jacksonville Universiy is ranked by U.S. News #73 in Best Regional Universities (South).

Program Overview
Ranked #295 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, Jacksonville University offers an online RN to BSN program designed for busy working RNs and requires 120 credits to graduate including 32 credits of upper-division nursing courses.  The program will expose students to a broad range of nursing subjects from community health, critical care, research and assessment to general education subjects.

Accreditation: Jacksonville University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $27,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 38%

#26. Western Kentucky University

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Western Kentucky University is a public university established in 1906 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. WKU enrolls more than 21,100 students and features numerous highly ranked academic programs. WKU is ranked #31 in Best Universities (South) and #12 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
WKU is ranked #166 in Best Nursing Programs and #87 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and many of its degree programs are offered online. The RN to BSN degree program is designed for students who have an associate degree in nursing as well as a 2.5 or higher GPA in college courses. The program requires 120 creidts for completion including 36 credits of nursing courses, including courses such as Nursing Research, and Concepts of Public Health Nursing.

Accreditation: WKU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ADNUR).

Tuition: $27,780

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%

#27. Excelsior College

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Founded in 1971, Excelsior College is a private nonprofit college in Albany, New York.  Excelsior College is known for being very liberal in its acceptance of transfer credit, essentially accepting any credit from regionally accredited institions if the course falls under one of Excelsior’s degree programs.  EC is also well known for its flexible, distance learning degree programs.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program at Excelsior College requires a total of 121 credits for completion of the degree including 30 credits of upper-level nursing courses.  Excelsior College was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2011-2016 by the National League for Nursing (NLN), which is the third time EC has recieved the honor.  Excelsior offers a generous transfer policy that maximizes the value of one’s previous education and professional experience.

Accreditation: Excelsior College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ADNUR).

Tuition: $28,365

6 Year Graduation Rate: Statistics not available

#28. University of Louisville

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Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the University of Louisville is a public university founded in 1798.  U of L was noted to be one of the fastest growing medical research institutions between 1999 and 2006 according to the National Institutes of Health rankings and is known for advancing several highly innovative developments in medicine.  U of L enrolls over 22,500 students and is ranked #161 in Best National Universities and #88 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The University of Louisville is ranked #64 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News and offers an online RN to BSN program designed for graduates of an associate degree or diploma nursing program the opportunity to earn their Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing without interupting their work.  Applicants must carry a current license and have maintainted a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on all undergraduate work.  The program requires 120 credits for completion including 30 credits of upper-division nursing coursework.

Accreditation: The University of Louisville is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $28,980

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%

#29. Thomas Edison State College

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Namesake of inventor Thomas Alva Edison, Thomas Edison State College was established in 1972 and is one of New Jersey’s 11 public universities and colleges. The school has been located in downtown Trenton, New Jersey since 1979.  TESC enrolls nearly 30,000 students.

Program Overview
Ranked #234 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, Thomas Edison State College offers an online RN to BSN program that requires 120 credits for completion including 48 credits in nursing coursework.  Applicants must have a current RN license for considerantion in the program.

Accreditation: Thomas Edison State College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

Tuition
In-State: $24,420
Out-of-State: $29,460

6 Year Graduation Rate: Statistics not available

#30. Ball State University

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Located in Muncie, Indiana, Ball State University is a public research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with high research activity.  Ball State was founded in 1917 as a Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region.  BSU enrolls over 21,000 students and is ranked 3173 in Best National Universities, and #97 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by Ball State University can be completed fully online with the exception of the required clinical training hours. For completion this degree program requires students to successfully complete 31 credits of core classes, 39 credits of nursing prerequisites and 20 credits of nursing courses. Full-time students can complete this program in three semesters while part-time students can finish in six.

Accreditation: Ball State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing Programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $17,040
Out-of-State: $29,940

6 Year Graduation Rate: 60%

#31. University of Massachusetts—Boston

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The University of Massachusetts Boston is the only public university in Boston. Founded in 1964, it merged with Boston State College in 1982. The university’s distance learning program is quite extensive and continues growing as part of the UMass Online System.

Program Overview
Ranked #50 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, the University of Massachusetts—Boston offers an online RN to BSN program designed for Registered Nurses who have completed an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing program or a Hospital School Program and have maintained a GPA of 2.75 or above in all college coursework.  All coursework for this program is completed online, but students must have the ability to perform an 84-hour, in-person clinical internship within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts during the fourth semester of the program.  123 overal credits are required for completion of the program which includes 30 credits of uppler level nursing courses.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts—Boston is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Additionally, programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $23,932
Out-of-State: $30,036

6 Year Graduation Rate: 44%

#32. Notre Dame College 

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Notre Dame College is a Catholic, liberal arts college established in 1922 and located in South Euclid, Ohio. The college’s population doubled the decade following 2001 after transitioning from being a women’s school to a fully coeducational institution now enrolling over 2,200 students. Notre Dame College’s online programs are taught by the school’s on-campus faculty; all possess terminal degrees and have comprehensive expertise and experience in their respective fields. NDC is ranked #59 in Best Regional Colleges (Midwest) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by Notre Dame College is designed for registered nurses that hold a nursing diploma or an Asociate of Science degree with a major in nursing. This program drawas on a core body of knowledge that includes the science and art of the nursing discipline and requires 132 credits for completion, including 35 credits of upper-division nursing courses.  This program does not require clinical or practicum hours.

Accreditation: Notre Dame College is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $30,600

6 Year Graduation Rate: 39%

#33. University of Saint Mary

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Located in Leavenworth, Kansas, the University of Saint Mary is a private university established in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent DePaul of Leavenworth.  The school enrolls just over 1,000 students across its two Kansas State campuses and online and offers 30 undergraduate programs, eight graduate programs, and one doctoral program.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by the University of Saint Mary requires students to hold a current RN license and to have maintained a 2.5 GPA on previous college coursework.  The degree requires the successful completion of 29 credits of undergraduate-level nursing courses as well as support courses and electives for a total of 128 credits.

Accreditation: The University of Saint Mary is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $31,280

6 Year Graduation Rate: 53%

#34. Sacred Heart University

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Sacred Heart University is a Roman Catholic, nonprofit university located in Fairfield, Connecticut. Founded in 1963, Sacred Heart was the first Catholic university in the nation to be staffed by the laity.  SHU enrolls over 6,000 students and is ranked #38 in Best Regional Universities (North) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Ranked #411 in Best Nursing Programs and #127 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News, Sacred Heart University offers an online RN to BSN program that helps currently certified RNs hone their professional skills, move into more specilized roles and increase their value to employers.  The program consists of 120 credits including 57 credits in nursing coursework.

Accreditation: Sacred Heart University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $31,800

6 Year Graduation Rate: 70%

#35. University of Southern Indiana

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Located in Evansville, Indiana, the University of Southern Indiana is a public university enrolling over 10,800 students. USI was founded in 1965 and has the lowest tuition rates among the four public universities in the state. 

Program Overview Add Completion requirements
Ranked #127 in Best Nursing Programs and #112 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, the University of Southern Indiana offers an online RN to BSN program for registered nurses who have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree in nursing. Incoming students must have a current RN license and have maintained a 2.72 cumulative GPA, as well as be employed in or have connections with a health care provider.  The program requires 120 credits for completion and buildings on a foundation of biological, physical, and social sciences.

Accreditation: The University of Southern Indiana is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $13,260
Out-of-State: $31,920

6 Year Graduation Rate: 37%

#36. Northeastern University

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Northeastern University was founded in 1898 as the “Evening Institute for Younger Men” at a YMCA in Boston, Massachusetts. It is now an increasingly competitive and esteemed private research university. Northeastern University’s online school offers over 70 certificates and degree programs that adhere to the rigorous academic standards of the on-ground campus.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program at Northeastern University provides the opportunity for currently licensed RNs to earn their bachelor’s degree in as few as three semesters.  The program consists of 120 credits total including 16 credits of residency which address the topics of writing, ethics, and communication in the health professions as well as pathophysiology. 29 credits of in-depth, advanced nursing courses are required, which address the professional role and leadership skill development through the utilization of research, evidence, and informatics to inform and enhace nursing practices.

Accreditation: Northeastern University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $33,210

6 Year Graduation Rate: 83%

#37. Frostburg State University

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Frosburg State University is a public university located in Frostburg, Maryland and a member of the University System of Maryland.  The school was established in 1898 for the purpose of training teachers in the region and gained university status in 1987. FSU enrolls over 6,100 students.  U.S. News ranks Frostburg #125 in Best Regional Universities (North) and #41 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered by Frostburg State University is designed for working RNs who hold a current nursing license.  The program consists of 120 credits of coursework including 32 credits of upper-division nursing courses and prepares nurses to assume roles in leadership, complex clinical care coordination, and community/public health.

Accreditation: Frostburg State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $11,600
Out-of-State: $34,184

6 Year Graduation Rate: 47%

#38. Lamar University

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Lamar University is a public research university that was founded in 1918 in Beaumont, Texas.  Lamar enrolls over 14,200 students annually and is one of 29 public universities nationally classified as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Commission of Higher Education.

Program Overview
Ranked #65 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #295 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, LU offers an online RN to BSN program that emphasizes training students to think logically and analyze problems critically.  The program requires120 credits for completion including: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing courses, core curriculum courses, co-requisite nursing courses and 30 credit hours of online, upper-level BSN courses.

Accreditation: Lamar University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ADNUR).

Tuition
In-State: $13,080
Out-of-State: $34,800

6 Year Graduation Rate: 34%

#39. Brenau University

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Brenau University is a private, nonprofit university located in Gainesville, Georgia.  The university was founded in 1878 and currently enrolls over 2,800 students throughout multiple campuses and in online programs.  BU is ranked #43 in Best Regional Universities (South) by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Ranked #411 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, Brenau University offers an online RN to BSN “bridge” program, designed for professional growth of Registered Nurses who hold an Associate’s Degree, or Diploma in Nursing.  Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 and hold an up-to-date nursing license.  The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for graduation including 61 credits of nursing coursework.

Accreditation: Brenau University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in nursing are accredited by both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $35,640

6 Year Graduation Rate: 45%

#40. California State University—Dominguez Hills

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The University of California-Dominguez Hills is a public university located in South Bay, Los Angeles County. CSU—Domingues Hills was founded in 1960 and is part of the California State University System.  It has an enrollment of over 13,000 students.

Program Overview
The University of California-Dominguez Hills is ranked #295 in Best National Programs in Nursing and #87 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News. The RN to BSN program is open to students who have a current RN licensure and at least an associate’s degree in nursing. The university also requires that enrollees have at least a 2.0 GPA. The program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion of the degree

Accreditation: CSU—Dominguez Hills is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Programs in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $13,680
Out-of-State: $36,000

6 Year Graduation Rate: 29%

#41. Western Carolina University

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Western Carolina University is a public university founded in 1889 to educate the people of the western North Carolina mountains. WCU is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and enrolls over 10,300 students in the university’s traditional and online programs at the undergergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels.. Western Carolina University is noted as being one of the most environmentally responsible universities by the Princeton Review and is ranked #37 in Best Regional Universities (South) and #15 in Top Public Schools by U.S. News.

Program Overview
Western Carolina Universities online RN to BSN program is designed for currently licensed RNs  who wish to broaden their perspectives and enhance their leadership capabilities. The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 24 credits of online core nursing courses, 8 credits of online electives and two clinical courses.

Accreditation: Western Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $16,268
Out-of-State: $37,056

6 Year Graduation Rate: 51%

#42. Keiser University—Ft. Lauderdale

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Keiser University is a private, nonprofit university with campuses located across the state of Florida and internationally.  The main campus at Ft. Lauderdale, enrolls over 17,100 students.  The school was established in 1977 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as a career college to prepare students for jobs in the regions growing economy in the business and heathcare sector.  U.S. News ranks KU #40 in Best Regional Colleges (South).

Program Overview
Keiser University offers an online RN to BSN program is a degree completion program designed for currently licensed Registered Nurses who have graduated from either an Associate’s in Nursing Program or a diploma program.  Students must have recieved an equivalent of “C” or higher on all beginnin upper-division major courses.  The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 48 credits of nursing coursework.

Accreditation: Keiser Univerrsity is accredited by the Southern Association of colleges and Schools.  The programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc (ADNUR).

Tuition: $38,720

6 Year Graduation Rate: 68%

#43. East Carolina University

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East Carolina University is a public university located in Greenville, North Carolina. It is part of the North Carolina University System and is the third largest university in the state. It was founded in 1907 as a teacher prearation school and enrolls over 27,300 students.

Program Overview
ECU offers an online RN to BSN program designed for nurses who have an associate’s degree in nursing. The program requires students to have maintained a 2.5 GPA and a grade of C or higher in mathematics and science courses. Prospective students must also have a valid, unrestricted nursing license. 120 credits minimum are required for completion of the degree including 33 credits of upper-division nursing courses.

Accreditation: East Carolina University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, while its programs in nursing are recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc.

Tuition
In-State: $8,940
Out-of-State: $39,780

6 Year Graduation Rate: 56%

#44. University of Illinois—Chicago 

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Enrolling over 28,000 studets, the University of Illinois—Chicago is the largest university in the Chicago metropolitan area.  UIC was established in 1858 as a private health college and today operates the largest medical school in the nation.  U.S. News ranks UIC #149 in Best National Universities and #78 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
The University of Illinois—Chicago is ranked #11 in Best Nursing Program and #9 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News.  UIC’s online RN to BSN program is designed for currently licensed nurses and requires 120 credits for completion which includes 30 credits of nursing coursework and clinical expereinces and can be completed in 16 months of full-time study.  Admission in to this program requires students to have maintained a 2.75 overall GPA and 2.5 GPA in natural sciences transferable credit.

Accreditation: UIC is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The nursing programs are accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $37,020
Out-of-State: $41,100

6 Year Graduation Rate: 57%

#45. University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

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Part of the University of Wisconsin System, UW—Oskosh is the third largest university in Wisconsin enrolling over 13,400 students.  Founded in 1871 as Oshkosh State Normal School for the preparation of teachers in the region, the school became a comprehensive university in 1964.  U.S. News ranks UW—Oshkosh #69 in Best Regional Universities (Midwest) and #19 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ranked #127 in Best Nursing Programs, the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh offers several bachelor’s of science degree options in nursing including an online RN to BSN and an accelerated Bachelor’s to BSN program which is the only one of its kind in the country and allows individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree to earn BSN in 12 months.  The requirements for completion vary between these programs, but will require a minimum of 120 credits for graduation including at least 30 credits of upper level nursing courses.

Accreditation: The University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the programs offered through the College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $41,500

6 Year Graduation Rate: 54%

#46. Chatham University

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Chatham University is a private coeducational university, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was, until recently, an all-women’s college, but voted on May 1, 2014 to allow both genders to enroll in its bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. It has an enrollment of over 2,300 students and was founded in 1869.  U.S. News ranks Chatham University #56 in Best Regional Universities (North).

Program Overview
Chatham University is ranked by U.S. News #357 in Best Nursing Programs and #112 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. It’s online RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses who are interested in furthering their professional studies and careers. The program requires 120 creidts for completion and allows students to participate in the virtual chapter of Nursing Honor Society if they meet this organization’s qualifications.

Accreditation: Chatham University is regionally accredited by the Middle States commision on Higher Education and the programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $41,974

6 Year Graduation Rate: 50%

#47. Northern Arizona University 

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Northern Arizona University is a public research university located in Flagstaff, Arizona. It was founded in 1899 as for the preparation of teachers in the region.  Currently, the university enrolls over 26,000 students and has 36 satellite campuses.  The Carnegie Foundation classifies Northern Arizona University as an institution with “high research activity.”

Program Overview
U.S. News ranks Northern Arizona University #127 in Best Nursing Programs and #97 in Best ONline Bachelor’s Programs.  NAU offers an online RN to BSN program designed for registered nurses or students who have earned an associates degree in nursing.  The program requires 120 credits for completion, including 30 credits of professional nursing coursework and clinical experiences in the student’s community.

Accreditation: Northern Arizona University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $16,935
Out-of-State: $45,908

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%

#48. Old Dominion University 

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Old Dominion University is public research university founded in 1930.  ODU offers 70 bachelors degrees, 60 masters and 35 doctoral degrees in various fields and enrolls over 24,400 students.  Old Dominion is a leader in technology mediated distance learning and one of the largest providers of online learning in the nation through TELETECHNET, the schools distance learning platform where bachelors and masters degree programs are delivered through video streaming, satellite, 2-say web conferencing, and other online technologies.

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program at Old Dominion University requires a total of 120 credit credits for completion, including 39 credit hours from ODU. Nursing students can choose between the asynchronous and synchronous learning environments. The synchronous learning environment includes live, regularly scheduled online classes while the asynchronous program allows students to view lectures and engage in discussion forums at their convience.

Accreditation: Old Dominion University is regionally accredited throught the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.  Programs in nursing are recognized by the Comission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition
In-State: $17,940
Out-of-State: $50,280

6 Year Graduation Rate: 51%

#49. Marian University

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Founded in 1936 by the Sisters of Saint Agnes, Marian University is a private, Roman Catholic liberal arts university, located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.  The university has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students.  MU is rated #86 by U.S. News in Best Regional Universities (Midwest).

Program Overview
The online RN to BSN program offered at Marian University is designed for currently licensed RNs in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, or Michigan. The program requires 120 credits for completion which includes 34 credits of upper-level nursing coursework.

Accreditation: Marian University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  Additionally, programs in nursing are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition: $51,020

6 Year Graduation Rate: 49%

#50. University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is the largest in university in the state of Delaware, enrolling over 21,800 students at its main campus located in Newark and satelite campuses located across the state. The school was founded in 1743 by Presbyterian minister, Francis Alison as a “Free School,” and is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the nation.  U.S. News ranks UD # 76 in Best National Universities and #30 in Top Public Schools.

Program Overview
Ranked #127 in Best Nursing Programs by U.S. News, the University of Delaware offers an online RN to BSN program designed to build on basic nursing knowledge to enhace to enhance nursing practice in an increasingly complex society.  The program requires 120 credits for completion including 34 credits of upper-division nursing coursework.  Candidates must have maintained a 2.5 GPA on all undergraduate coursework and hold a current nursing license to be considered.

Accreditation: The University of Delaware is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Nursing programs are recognized by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CNURED).

Tuition:
In-State: $21,800
Out-of-State: $58,500

6 Year Graduation Rate: 82%