School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Online Consortium

The field of nursing involves caring for individuals, families, communities, and populations. Nurses are knowledgeable care coordinators who facilitate access to resources needed to meet healthcare needs.

The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a degree completion program designed for registered nurses (RN) wanting to receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program offers a flexible curriculum that prepares you to meet society's current and future health needs, and it also lays a foundation for leadership positions and graduate study. Flexible paths of study allow you to complete nursing courses in 12 months of full-time study or 18 to 24 months of part-time study along with up to nine months of general education coursework. Each semester is split into two learning modules, which are completed in seven to eight weeks so that you may finish up to four courses every semester. Practicums or clinical experiences are embedded in didactic or lecture-based courses and can be tailored to your experience and career goals.

As a student in the program, you gain a comprehensive understanding of nursing, the humanities, and the biological and social sciences. You acquire the knowledge and skills needed to serve as a practitioner in acute and long-term care, community settings, home care, and other nontraditional settings. You learn to balance human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality healthcare outcomes. You explore the ethical and legal frameworks for the nursing profession as they relate to the privacy, security, and confidentiality of patient information.

Your IU Online BSN prepares you for such careers as:

  • Physician's office nurse 
  • Pediatric nurse 
  • Geriatric nurse 
  • Neonatal nurse 
  • Surgical nurse 
  • Obstetric and gynecological nurse 
  • Orthopedic nurse 
  • Intensive care unit (ICU) nurse 
  • Emergency Room nurse 
  • Hospice nurse 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the BSN, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Nursing credits prior to admission to RN to BSN program (33-36 credit hours) 
  • General education courses (30 credit hours) e.g., 3 credits from each of the following competencies: Written Communication; Speaking and Listening; Quantitative Reasoning; Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing; Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing; Scientific Ways of Knowing, and then 12 hours of additional general education coursework.
  • Nursing required courses (33 credit hours - nine required courses and a choice of two electives) 
  • Other courses of student's choosing (21-23 credit hours) Students can take nursing electives to fulfill this requirement.

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