Online R.N. to B.S.N. Program

Student success is our priority.

Next Start
Fall 2024
Designed for
Current associate degree nursing students, new graduates, and registered nurses
in as few as 16 months

*Up to 32 credits may be awarded to RN to BSN students upon proof of unencumbered registered nurse licensure!

Precepted Clinical
experiences coordinated in your locale
Primarily Online
with Synchronous & Asynchronous Classes
Academic Support
personalized guidance and Individualized program plans

2024 Virtual RN to BSN Program Information Sessions

Join the GVSU Kirkhof College of Nursing for a virtual interactive program information session to learn all about how our primarily online RN to BSN program can help deepen your nursing expertise and grow your career. Led by program faculty and academic advisors, you’ll learn more about the RN to BSN program and have all of your questions answered.

Register now to save your virtual seat. You will receive an email with Zoom meeting information after completing the registration form.

Deepen your nursing expertise. Expand your nursing career.
For many associate degree-prepared Registered Nurses (RN), completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) expands their career opportunities and prepares them for graduate nursing programs.

Our RN to BSN program also features small class sizes which provide individualized, meaningful engagement with professors and fellow students to meet the needs of students working full-time. 

Who is the RN to BSN program designed for?

  • Students enrolled in associate degree in nursing programs
  • Recent graduates with an associate degree in nursing
  • Registered Nurses who have been working for any length of time 
  • Registered Nurses who are not currently employed but still have an active, unencumbered RN license 


The program strongly emphasizes concepts to grow your career and deepen your community impact in alignment with the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 Report: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity. BSN prepared nurses are equipped to respond to social determinates of health including health equity, improved quality and safety for better patient outcomes, and evidence-based nursing practice.

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Earn your degree from GVSU wherever YOU are. Our online curriculum conveniently fits in your busy schedule and we now offer degrees for students living outside of Michigan including:

  • Florida             
  • Indiana                                      
  • Maine                                      
  • Massachusetts 
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • Washington, D.C.


Applications are open for the RN to BSN program.
Submit your materials to start in the Fall 2024 semester.
If you have questions about the program or the application process, contact
Kristin Williams, Office of Student Services Director at

Concurrent Enrollment

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Are you still working toward your RN licensure? No problem.

Earn your associate's degree through a local community college then complete your B.S.N. at GVSU. Our concurrent enrollment programs can shorten the time it takes to earn your B.S.N. while enabling you to begin your career as an R.N. 

Our concurrent enrollment agreement partners include:


Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in your state of residency before beginning 400-level courses.

How to Apply

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  1. ​​​​​​Easy, one-step application! Complete your application to GVSU and KCON simultaneously
  2. Allow 2-3 weeks for processing 
  3. We will contact you for an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss your progression plan and to assist you with registering for classes.

There are many things to consider when choosing the right Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program to meet your needs. Check out our RN to BSN Decision tool, which outlines all of the different aspects to consider when choosing an RN to BSN program. 

RN to BSN Courses

Every student's academic journey is unique and is based on their prior coursework. The order of these courses, as well as the need for additional pre-requisites and general education courses, is different for each student.

The Office of Student Services (OSS) will build an individualized course plan just for you. First, explore the courses below to see some of the nursing classes featured in the RN to BSN curriculum. Then contact OSS to get started on your academic journey: [email protected].

Classes include content on research, evidence-based practice, safety and quality, professional identity, informatics, emergency preparedness, leadership, community, and population health nursing.

Year 1 nursing courses can be taken in any order:

  • NUR 311: Dimensions of Nursing Practice (2 credits)
    • This course is one of two transition courses that students in the RN to B.S.N. program take for the baccalaureate degree. It focuses on concepts that are client-oriented for the baccalaureate-prepared nurse level. Concepts to be emphasized include quality and safety, informatics, nursing roles, social, cultural, and ethical issues in nursing.
  • NUR 312: Professional Nursing Issues (2 credits)
    • This course is one of two transition courses for the RN to B.S.N. program. It expands upon knowledge gleaned in the associate degree program, exploring concepts related to professional identity and communication in nursing. Professional identity includes accountability and nursing roles. Communication includes interpersonal and professional communication.
  • NUR 265: Introduction to Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3 credits)
    • Foundation for integration of evidence-based concepts into the provision of nursing care. An introduction to the process of developing research evidence leading to the acquisition of skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for an effective consumer of research. Evidence sources are identified and explored for their contribution to evidence-based practice. 

YEAR 2 courses are offered in a specific sequence through the final three semesters: 

  • NUR 411: Community Based Nursing Care (4 credits)
    • This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in the application of the nursing process while caring for individuals and families in the community. Course concepts include development over the lifespan, group dynamics, systems, nursing roles, interdisciplinary behaviors, and professional communication. 
  • NUR 414: Collaboration for Nurses (2 credits)
    • Post licensure nurses in professional practice have foundational and shared knowledge of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) in terms of values and ethics, and the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals. This course applies the remaining principles of IPECP through the lenses of interprofessional communication and team collaboration.
  • NUR 412: Nursing Care for Populations (4 credits)
    • This course focuses on the role of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse in assessing, planning, intervening, and evaluating health care needs for populations. Concepts such as culture, social justice, and vulnerability will be examined as to their effects on population health. Genetics, health promotion, and risk reduction will be emphasized.
  • NUR 456: Transformative Nursing Leadership (4 credits)  
    • This Capstone course expands on the R.N. to B.S.N. preparation in the areas of member of the profession and coordinator of care. Through application of key concepts, this course further develops the student's professional identity, understanding of quality and health care systems, and the mechanisms for effective professional communication.


Let's talk about your academic goals today!

Contact the Office of Student Services to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor: 
[email protected]
(616) 331-7160



GVSU is a great place for students to invest in their future. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships can help you maximize your investment by working with you to determine how to most effectively meet your financial needs. 

CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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