RN to BSN Online Program

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If you are a registered nurse with an associate degree or diploma in nursing and want to advance your career in nursing, our RN to BSN online completion program is designed for you. The RN to BSN online program builds upon the existing skills of the registered nurse and can lead to increased responsibilities in the workplace, the opportunity to pursue supervisory roles and the potential for a higher salary. Madison's RN to BSN online program is one of the most affordable in the country and offers you a range of convenient payment options without the financial burden of a student loan. For those who are eligible, the program is approved for VA educational benefits as well. With 24/7 access to our online courses, you have the flexibility to start the program whenever you want and can plan your coursework around your life and work schedules.


In addition to Ashworth College’s accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, the baccalaureate degree program in Nursing (RN-BSN) at Ashworth College's Madison School of Healthcare is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Visit our accreditation page for more information.

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Semester 1

OR111 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

NS310 - Professional Issues in Nursing 

This course provides a transition for professional nurses as they begin their studies to achieve a baccalaureate of science in nursing degree. The course addresses qualities that professional nurses need to be leaders in the complex and ever-changing global health care environment. Topics include role transition, nursing history, ethical and legal issues, nursing theory, professional roles of the nurse, cultural considerations, violence in society, and advanced practice roles.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective  

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NS330 - Cultural Issues in Nursing  

This course focuses on culture and its impact on health care delivery at the individual, community, and system levels. This course is designed to raise awareness, to inspire action, and to open discussion of cultural issues affecting professional nursing practice.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective  

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Semester 2

NS350 - Health Promotion 

The course explores the concepts of health promotion and the application of health promotion concepts to nursing practice to enable the client to control and improve health outcomes. While focusing on the methodology critical to developing a plan of care for clients, students will learn the rationale and techniques for utilizing specific assessment tools, analysis of assessment data, selection of lifespan appropriate interventions, implementation of interventions, and measurement of resulting outcomes. Content will be focused on cultural diversity, disparity in health care and social determinants that impact the client's plan of care and resulting approaches for promoting a healthier society. The use of technology and health promotion research will be explored and applied to nursing practice.
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective  

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NS370 - Population-Based Nursing  

This course focuses on an analysis of the nursing role as it relates to population-based health. The course addresses nursing theories, public health ethics, and nursing advocacy. Topics include the importance of health promotion and prevention across the lifespan, vulnerable populations, global health considerations, and the role of nursing in disaster settings.
Credit Hours: 3

MA260 - Statistical Analysis I  

This is an introduction to the foundations of statistical analysis, including distributions, measures of location and dispersion, probability, the normal probability distribution, sampling and testing methods, and decision analysis.
Credit Hours: 3

NS390 - Pathophysiology 

This course provides a study of variations in physiologic functioning and alterations in physiologic response of body systems. The course addresses physiologic changes that will help identify alterations in body systems and their relationship to the patient's state of health. Topics include altered cell functioning, genetic disorders, risk factors, health promotion, and disease prevention.
Credit Hours: 3


Program Details

The RN to BSN program focuses on developing the professional nurse to be a leader in providing high-quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care in a complex health care system. Building on the RN's skills and experience, the program integrates professional development, community/population health, critical thinking, quality improvement, safety, and interprofessional leadership skills, all of which are highly in demand in the growing healthcare industry. Our program can put you on the right track to a rewarding career in nursing and also provides a solid foundation should you wish to continue your studies and pursue your Master's degree or MSN.

Your Online RN to BSN Program Includes:

  • Textbooks and/or comprehensive online resources
  • Online course materials and assessments
  • Experienced, knowledgeable faculty
  • Personalized guidance from a seasoned registered nurse (your personal advisor)
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Academic, professional, and technical support via phone, email, or online
  • Access to a Learning Resource Center and Library via Proquest
  • Ability to interact with peer students, faculty and staff via Madison’s Online Community
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal

The online classes inspired me to be able work at my own pace. When I had a question about a subject I was having a hard time with, or needed more instruction on how to do it, they were there to support me every time.

— Debbie Hayden, Recent Graduate


Madison School of Healthcare is committed to helping all students graduate in an affordable program. That's why we have created one of the most affordable RN to BSN programs available, with tuition as low as $ (1) and payment plans starting at $250 per month to fit a variety of financial situations.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) Tuition Breakdown

We have created one of the most affordable online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) programs in the country with tuition as low as $.

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Nursing (RN-BSN) Tuition

Total Number of Courses Tuition
11 Nursing Courses $
9 General Education & Elective Courses $
Total TuitioneBooks included
(as low as $ depending on transfer credits)
Cost Per Credit Hour
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Competitor Cost Per Credit Hour Range $325 – $590

Students enrolling with an associates degree from an accredited institution can transfer up to 30 additional credits.

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Career Outlook

The market for BSN nursing careers continues to grow. According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 59% of new BSN graduates have job offers upon graduation and, at 4 to 6 months after graduation, 89% of new BSN graduates were working in the nursing field. (2) The AACN also reports that close to 79% of nurse employers strongly prefer BSN graduates. (3) With the knowledge and responsibilities a BSN provides, graduates are able to demand higher salaries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing careers are experiencing rapid growth. The BLS reports that the median annual wage for registered nurses was $67,490 in May, 2015. (4)

BY YEAR 2020
The Institute of Medicine calls for the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees to increase from 50% to 80% by 2020. (5)


How do I make an appointment with a Nursing Advisor to discuss the program?

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, phone number and email address, along with the best dates and times to contact you and one of our Nursing Advisors will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about the program.

How does Madison’s online RN to BSN nursing program work?

Madison is the healthcare school of Ashworth College, which has a long history of delivering Distance Education offerings. All of Madison’s Nursing RN to BSN Program courses will be offered online. The courses are asynchronous, meaning you will not be required to log in on certain days or at certain times each week. You will have access to all online course materials from any location via Madison’s student portal. In order to access these materials, you must have access to the internet and a computer that meets the college’s technology requirements. One-on-one support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.

Do I need to be licensed as a Registered Nurse to participate in the RN to BSN program?

Yes. Although you do not need your RN license to apply to the program or take required general education courses, you will need to have a valid, unencumbered license by the time you begin the second class within the RN to BSN curriculum. You will not be allowed to enroll in any RN to BSN courses without providing a copy of your RN license to the Madison School of Healthcare.

What are the requirements for graduation and how long does it take to complete the RN to BSN course of study?

120 credit hours are required for graduation. Most students transfer to Madison’s program with 60 credit hours. The RN to BSN Program is a self-paced program offered in a 5-course semester format. The full 60 credit hour program can be completed in four semesters.

Will I be awarded credit for my prior nursing education?

Yes. The RN to BSN Program accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions of higher learning. Be sure to send all official transcripts from all colleges, universities and LPN programs attended so that Madison may evaluate all potential credit and award you the maximum amount possible. Note that at least 30 credits must be taken through the Madison School of Healthcare or Ashworth College.

Will I be able to work while enrolled in the program?

Yes. The program is tailored to be flexible for those with full- or part-time jobs and family commitments.

How much will the program cost?

The program cost will depend on the number of credits a student is eligible to transfer from previous studies to Madison’s program. The program is 120 semester hours or 40 courses.  All students with an ADN degree will transfer at least 60 credits or 20 courses. Each course in Madison’s program costs $500.

Is there an additional cost for textbooks and/or course materials?

No. All textbooks and online learning materials are included in the price of the program.

Is the RN to BSN online completion program accredited?

The overall program goals for the Nursing (RN-BSN) program were developed based on the established accreditation standards set forth by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008). The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing (RN-BSN) at Ashworth College's Madison School of Healthcare is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

RN to BSN Admission Requirements

  • Nursing diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution recognized by the Department of Education
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
  • Active, unencumbered nursing license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the student's state of residence

Degree Completion Requirements

The RN to BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credits. In most cases, enrolled students receive 60 credits for a completed associate degree or diploma in nursing. Additionally, students can transfer in up to 30 credits of bachelor's level coursework and complete the remaining 30 credits with Ashworth to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

State Requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. Check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

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Get your degree and expand your horizons in the medical field as a RN-BSN graduate. Call 1-800-600-6253 or enroll online today.

(1) Transfer Credits: Depending on your transfer credits. Career Outlook Sources: (2) "New AACN Data Confirm that Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses Are More Likely to Secure Jobs", aacn.nche.edu; (3) "Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses", aacn.nche.edu; (4) Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics (May 19, 2015); (5) Institute of Medicine. (2010) The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Johnson, J. (1988).