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RN to BS in Nursing

Stand Out in the Nursing Field

With the increasingly changing healthcare industry, you know the need for distinguished and skilled nurses has never been more prevalent. Norwich University’s online RN to BS in Nursing degree program addresses the specific learning needs to deepen your nursing knowledge, leadership skills and evidence-based practice to better serve your patients, the community and career.*

Experience a learning environment with the flexibility needed for working nurses like you. Work around your busy schedule with Norwich’s 100% online classroom and several start dates per year. Build on your degree – Norwich allows you to fast-track to Norwich’s Master of Science in Nursing program upon completing the BS in Nursing program.

Whether you want to enhance your skills, prepare for a master’s degree, or expand into a different healthcare field, your Norwich degree can provide you with the necessary means to help improve skills in diagnosing and evaluating nursing interventions and positively impact patient outcomes.

*Norwich’s RN to BS in Nursing is designed for nurses holding an unencumbered RN license issued in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of States Boards of Nursing.

You, at Norwich

Our approach to integrated curricula allows you to take courses in a wide range of subjects, as well as the opportunity to explore a specific topic of study in depth.

Transfer up to 90 semester credits and complete your degree in fewer than two years.

Several start dates per year offer you the ability to enroll when it fits your schedule.

Relevant electives, including Strategic Communications or Business and Professional Writing.

Accreditation & Recognition

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The RN to BS degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Norwich University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Next Bachelor's Session Start Dates: 

SUMMER B: June 24, 2024

FALL A: August 26, 2024

FALL B: October 21, 2024

Program & Details

At a Glance

  • Hold an unencumbered RN license 
    An associate degree in nursing 
    GPA of at least 2.75
    Multiple start dates per year



Contact Admissions

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT    
Extended hours available by appointment

Call: 1-866-684-7237    

Transfer Credits

We can evaluate your prior learning to help you maximize the number of transfer credits you bring into the RN to BS in Nursing program.
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International Admissions

Norwich University welcomes students from all countries who want to study through our online programs. You must complete all steps in the admissions process.
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Norwich Alumni Benefits

Reconnect with Norwich to complete your master's degree. As a part of our alumni community, you are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship and other benefits.
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Non-Discrimination Statement

Norwich University, in compliance with Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, or physical handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Prior college courses, completed with a grade of C or better, from regionally or nationally accredited institutions of higher learning, or the equivalent from a foreign institution, as evaluated by a NACES approved agency.
    • ACE-reviewed military or professional training for which college credits are recommended.*
    • Other military or professional training reviewed by Norwich University for which college credit has been assessed, or is stipulated in a MOU.
    • Credit recommended based on scores on standardized tests such as CLEP.
    • High school diploma or equivalent GED.
  • If English is not your first language, proof of English language proficiency is required. This can be demonstrated in one of three ways:
    • TOEFL - a minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (Internet-based test) on the TOEFL is required unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements.**
    • IELTS – a minimum composite score of 6.5 is required.**
    • Successful completion of an associate’s degree from an accredited U.S. higher education institution.

*Prospective students who have completed military or professional training that has not been ACE reviewed may petition to Chair of Continuing Studies to have their training reviewed and assessed for transfer credit.

Please Note: All eligibility requirements are expected to be met unless noted in specific articulation agreements or memoranda of understanding (MOUs).


  • If you are a residential undergraduate student at Norwich University, you may enroll in CGCS courses only with written permission of the Dean of the College of Graduate of Continuing Studies, your undergraduate advisor, and your major undergraduate department chair and/or dean via the petition to enroll at CGCS form on the registrar's webpage.

Admissions Process

To apply, you must submit the following no less than four weeks prior to your desired start date:

  • Application form
  • Resume is required if applying for transfer credit.
  • Official military training transcripts (Joint Services Transcript/CCAF), sent to the address below.
  • Official transcripts of all courses taken at regionally accredited colleges, sent to the address below.
  • If entering with no military or college credit, applicants must show proof of high school completion via diploma or GED.

Transcript Links

Mail transcripts to:
Norwich University
College of Graduate and Continuing Studies
P.O. Box 367
Northfield, VT 05663

For electronic delivery, we accept transcripts delivered from Parchment, National Clearing House, and other services if sent to cgcsamt@norwich.edu via password protection.

To contact an admissions advisor:

Call: 1-866-684-7237
Email: learn@norwich.edu

The RN to BS in Nursing program coursework will delve into professional research, care models, leadership, management, and participation in the policy process. Whether you want to sharpen your skills, advance in your current career, or prepare to continue into a master’s program, Norwich’s flexible virtual classroom allows you to access program content and contribute to class discussions on your own schedule each week, anywhere, anytime.

During Norwich's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, you will complete the outlined core and capstone courses. The Norwich RN to BS in Nursing program consists of 120 total credits (including transfer credits).

To view additional program details such as course offerings, requirements, and curriculum maps for the RN to BS in Nursing program, visit the Norwich University Course Catalog using this link.


Norwich University Online's Bachelor's programs are an investment in your future that we can help you manage from a financial perspective. There are many ways to get financial assistance and many strategies that can help you achieve your goals. Whatever your individual situation, we can guide you through the financial planning process.

Tuition at a Glance
Credit Hours: 30-120
Credits per Term: 3-12
Cost Per Credit Hour: $375
Additional fees & discounts may apply.

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Paying for your Education

Quick Info



Courses completed entirely online



Transfer up to 90 credits



Average time to program completion

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Join professionals from around the globe and learn from experienced faculty as you complete your degree and open up new professional and personal possibilities for yourself.

Careers & Outcomes

Norwich University’s online RN to BS in Nursing program is specifically crafted to help launch the next phase of your career as quickly and effectively as possible. With a growing need for qualified nurses around the country, online programs like this prepare you to rise to the challenge, meet the needs of your patients, and elevate your career to the next level.

Nursing Leaders are in Demand

It’s no doubt that the nursing field is rapidly growing and in need of well qualified nurses. According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings for registered nurses will increase by 15% -- faster than the average job increase. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing can position you to be a highly coveted nurse leader.

Career Outcomes

The RN to BS in Nursing program can open new opportunities for growth in your career. Nursing professionals who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing are eligible for 88% of nursing positions, compared to 55% for those who hold an RN with an Associate Degree in Nursing or diploma. BSN graduates also can expand their healthcare options to positions in nursing education, research, health systems, community, and more.

Examples of Career Paths:

  • Case Management Nurse
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Hospice Nurse
  • ICU Nurse
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Nursing Director
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Obstetric and Gynecological Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Registered Nurse at a hospital
  • Surgical Nurse