Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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RN to BSN Program

If you are a Registered Nurse (RN) with an active license looking to earn your BSN, ECPI University's RN to BSN Online Option can help prepare you for the next step in your career.

RN to BSN students tuition is $12,000 for the core nursing courses, which are identified on the curriculum tab.

Complete the RN to BSN online option in as few as 12 months with year round, full time enrollment.

RN to BSN Overview

Advancements in healthcare have ushered in a new wave of career opportunities. At the same time, more and more providers are seeking nurses with advanced education, specifically, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN).  Recognizing this trend, the American Nurses Association has set a goal for 2020 that 80% of all nurses hold a BSN.* 

A recent report commissioned by the Institute of Medicine states that today’s patients are older, sicker, and suffering from more chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it suggests, there is a greater need for highly-educated and skilled nurses capable of critical thinking and evidence-based practice.

*Source: Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 5 October 2010.

Online Learning at its Best 

ECPI University Online has designed a program to provide working nurses the opportunity to develop the critical knowledge, skills, and perspective required to assume greater levels of responsibility in the field of nursing. Faculty and staff at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), recognize that a student’s time, energy, and career are of utmost importance. Caring faculty members are highly-accessible and web-cam technology allows for critical one-on-one attention and assessments.

MCI’s innovative online program provides convenience without compromise. Using best practices in online teaching and learning, the faculty has designed a state of the art program, designed to prepare graduates for roles in leadership and management.

Students have the choice of a full-time or part-time option.

Fulltime students attend two online classes each term, beginning with one general education and one nursing course.

  • Each term is 5 weeks long
  • Completion time for the full-time program is 45 weeks (9 terms, 2 classes per term) after all prerequisites are completed
  • Two of the nursing courses require a practical experience (45 hours for each course, a total of 90 clock hours)

Part-time students take one course at a time.

  • Each term is 5 weeks long
  • Completion time for the part-time program is 85 weeks (17 terms, 1 class per term) after all prerequisites are completed.
  • Two of the nursing courses require a practical experience (45 hours for each course, a total of 90 clock hours)

Taking the RN-BSN program at a slower pace allows students to continue their education while fulfilling their family and work responsibilities which many find quite appealing.

Online Orientation

Before nursing courses begin, students take a five-week orientation course where they learn how to be a successful online student, resources used in BSN courses, APA format and the policies of the program. 

The RN - BSN Nursing education program, Newport News, VA is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
3390 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326.
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN-BSN nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm


Program Requirements

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN program could complete in as little as 12 months with our 10 nursing courses. If students are short the 120 general education credit hours, ECPI University offers those course at a reduced rate of $250 per credit hour!*

Upper Level Program Curriculum

27 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
NUR300RN-BSN Orientation1
NUR302Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice3
NUR340Health Assessment4
NUR350Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice3
NUR430Leading and Managing for Innovation3
NUR443Community Health Nursing4
NUR443LCommunity Health Practicum1
NUR456Senior Practicum3
NUR490Nursing Capstone2

*For up to 6 general education courses

100% online coursework

Courses on your schedule with no mandatory login times and 24/7 access to the online library, Helpdesk, tutoring services & career services

Caring Faculty

Responsive faculty respond to you within 24 hours on weekdays & 48 hours on weekends

Direct Care Experiential Learning

Experiential assignments enhance the curriculum as you apply knowledge in the classroom and in your current role

Customized Curriculum Plan

You can be full-time or part-time, whichever works for your schedule. All RN to BSN courses are offered every 5 weeks.



ECPI University provides you with individualized support throughout your educational journey beginning with the admissions process. Your admissions representative will work with you to build a schedule that will work with your life and finances, whether that's one class or three. Check out the Net Price Calculator or an estimate of federal and institutional aid. 

RN to BSN Option Costs

RN to BSN Tuition – Effective Oct 2021
 10 Nursing Courses$12,000
 Arts & Sciences Courses*$250 per credit hour

* For up to 6 Arts & Sciences Courses


Costs subject to change each session and vary by individual circumstances. 
Program availability varies by state/location

View tuition and expenses information for the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option.



Admission Requirements

  • A nursing diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.
  • A minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current, active, unrestricted RN license in the U.S. from the applicant’s state of residence or from a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the NCSBN

Transfer Students

As an RN, we know you’re coming to ECPI University with valuable credits from your previous educational experiences. To maximize on your previous education, we are committed to making the transfer process seamless for you. Our RN-BSN nursing staff evaluate each applicant’s transcript to ensure students receive credit for all previous applicable credits.

Our admission representatives are available to answer your questions about admission requirements and walk you through the application process.

Program Description

BSN at Glance

  • Assess patients’ conditions
  • Administer patients’ medicines and treatments
  • Set up plans for patients’ care or contribute information to existing plans
  • Consult and collaborate with doctors and other healthcare professionals
  • Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze the results
  • Teach patients and their families how to manage illnesses or injuries & what to do at home after treatment

Nursing has long been a knowledge-based profession. Therefore, increased nursing education has become an increasingly important key to career mobility. Today, top nurses are being called upon to assess situations and prevent complications in a complex and changing healthcare system. ECPI University’s RN to BSN program can help prepare graduates reach the new levels of skill needed to succeed in areas such as: 

  • Critical thinking and clinical reasoning designed to improve patient outcomes
  • Advanced technologies and their application to patient care and practice management
  • Leadership skill and concept development needed to improve nursing practice, patient outcomes, and practice management
  • Understanding and mastering the role of communication with patients, families, and healthcare providers so as to coordinate care and advocate for vulnerable populations
  • Community health

What’s more, earning a BSN can allow nurses to pursue advanced learning opportunities that may lead to specialized practice.

Possible Career Track

What can I do with a BSN?

The duties and titles of registered nurses often depend on where they work and the patients they work with.

BSN graduates are eligible for roles in management, community health, informatics, and specialty bedside practice. Graduates can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:


Skilled nursing facilities

Community health facilities


Program Outcomes

The objective of the curriculum is to produce baccalaureate-prepared, registered professional nurse graduates who can:

  • Utilize critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and research in evidence-based decision making to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes across healthcare settings.
  • Apply contemporary leadership and management concepts and theories to innovate practice environments, problems solve and effect change.
  • Apply legal and ethical concepts, theories, and standards to professional nursing practice.
  • Communicate with patients, families, and healthcare providers to coordinate care and advocate for vulnerable populations across healthcare settings.
  • Integrate a variety of concepts related to trends and issues in contemporary nursing to foster professional role development.
  • Analyze how advanced technologies may be used in practice to improve patient care.
  • Contribute to the profession by performing as a team member, delegating effectively, and mentoring other nurses.
  • Analyze the role of healthcare policy and politics in promoting healthy populations and the nursing profession.
  • Apply theories, interventions, and health promotion and disease prevention strategies to promote physically safe and healthy environments for culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups in a variety of community settings and situations.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to roles in education, clinical practice, or informatics for professional practice and career advancement.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility to nursing practice and value learning and reflective practice.

The following is the completion rate as reported to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 period for the RN-BSN program: Students’ completion of the nursing program: 65%.

Program Guide

Campus Locations:

Newport News, VA (Online)