Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)

Take the next step in your nursing journey. 

Are you a registered nurse looking to advance your career? Our RN to BSN program offers a post-licensure pathway to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). A BSN equips you with the essential skills needed to confidently provide patient care in various healthcare settings while preparing you to address future challenges in the industry. With our online BSN program, you can improve your skill set and gain a solid foundation to advance in the medical field

Time to finish
3-5 semesters
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Why Study Nursing at Mary Baldwin?

Finishing a nursing bachelor’s degree is essential for career advancement. Our graduates emerge as highly competent practitioners and medical leaders. At Mary Baldwin, you’ll gain knowledge and skills in nursing leadership and management, community health practices, nursing across the lifespan, and systems change. Plus, our online format offers you the flexibility you need without causing career or life disruptions. 

  • Complete in three to five semesters, depending on your pace
  • Enjoy the convenience of online learning
  • Affordable tuition of $10k for 30 nursing credits
  • Engage with dedicated faculty in small classes

Reasons to pursue a BSN in nursing

  1. Higher salaries: According to the 2020 National Nursing Workforce Survey, nurses with a bachelor’s degree routinely made more per year than those with an associates degree.
  2. Higher employment rates: Employers prefer nurses with a BSN, and many hospitals and healthcare facilities now require a BSN.
  3. Graduate school preparation: Do you want to go even further with your career? Graduate programs in nursing enable you to specialize and extend your knowledge and skills into care in different settings. 
  4. Higher levels of professional autonomy: With a BSN, you can take on a broader range of responsibilities, including managing new health technologies, home healthcare decision-making, discernment for post-op and preventive care, and coordinating a comprehensive plan of care for the length of a patient’s admission.
  5. Improved outcomes for patients: Hospitals that employ a higher percentage of BSNs show better outcomes for their patients. Our BSN program will level up your skills and support you in your ability to provide expert care. 

Having compassion for each patient that goes beyond their physical needs is a lifelong goal of mine as a nurse.

Sarah Kauffman ’20RN to BSN graduate

Virtual Information Sessions

Discover the future of healthcare education from the comfort of your own space! We invite you to join our upcoming Virtual Information Sessions hosted via Zoom, where the possibilities are limitless, and the knowledge is at your fingertips.

  • February 6, 2024
  • March 5, 2024
  • April 2, 22024
  • May 7, 2024
  • Juny 4, 2024
  • July 9, 2024 
  • August 6, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 8, 2024
  • November 5, 2024
  • December 3, 2024

(All events are held at 7:00 p.m. est.)

Our Faculty

The faculty of the RN to BSN program bring a variety of clinical and academic experiences to the program. Many of the faculty teach across all programs within the Mary Baldwin School of Nursing. 

Courses and Curriculum 

Expand your knowledge through courses like Community Health Nursing and Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Nursing: Uniting our World. 

RN to BSN Curriculum

  • NUR 302 Professional Nursing Leadership and Management – 3 credits
  • NUR 303 Nursing Informatics – 3 credits
  • NUR 304 Contemporary Issues in Professional Nursing Practice – 3 credits
  • NUR 305 Research in Nursing – 3 credits
  • NUR 403 Community Health Practicum – 1 credit
  • NUR 404 Nursing Across the Lifespan – 3 credits
  • NUR 405 Pathophysiology – 3 credits
  • NUR 407 Cultural Nursing: Uniting Our World – 3 credits
  • NUR 408 Using Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing – 3 credits
  • NUR 413 Community Health Nursing and Emergency Preparedness – 5 credits
  • HSCI 321 Applying Statistical Concepts in Health Sciences Research (Or other approved statistics course 200-level or above) – can be taken at any time during the RN-BSN program or transferred in

Total credit hours: 30*

The community health course and practicum allows the student the opportunity to examine areas of community health practice, serving the community of interest. 

The evidence-based practice course allows the culmination of knowledge gained through the progression of the program and completion of courses. Formation of an evidence-based project, focusing on a defined practice issue, demonstrates the ability to propose a practice change improvement which will impact healthcare outcomes. 

Unique student support

The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.


Nurses often do not limit themselves to the degree they have when they enter the nursing field. According to the Pathways to BSN: A look at Virginia’s Registered Nurse Workforce Report, over half of nurses who started with a diploma have obtained higher degrees during their career.

Cost & Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

This program has a special tuition rate: 30 credits, $10,000.