RN to BSN FAQs

What is the difference between an RN and BSN?

A certified Registered Nurse works with physicians and nursing staff to provide care and treatment to patients in various medical facilities. RNs can choose to specialize in a field of their choice and usually have a two-year degree.

A BSN, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing, is a four-year degree that provides additional training and education so that registered nurses can provide a greater level of diagnostic care and treatments.

Within the nursing profession, certain jobs and certain states require that a registered nurse also have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Completing the online RN to BSN program at Norwich University can increase your salary potential and enable you to take more responsibility in your nursing career.

How long is an RN to BSN program?

RN to BSN programs vary in length but are usually two-year programs. You can complete Norwich University's online RN to BSN program in 18–24 months.

What can you do with a BSN?

With your BSN online from Norwich University, you can add to your skills set and perform additional duties such as prescribing medication, making diagnoses and developing appropriate treatment plans. You can also qualify for more career advancement opportunities and increase your earning potential.

What classes are needed for the RN to BSN program?

The online RN to BSN from Norwich University requires 18 classes that focus on professional research, care models, leadership, management and participation in the policy process. You'll develop a strong science foundation with an emphasis on ethics, leadership and research.

How many credits are in the RN to BSN program?

The online RN to BSN from Norwich University requires 120 total credit hours. While you can transfer up to 90 credit hours into the program, you are required to complete all foundational, core and capstone courses at Norwich University.

Do I have to pick a concentration in the online RN to BSN?

No, the online RN to BSN program at Norwich University does not include concentrations or specializations.

Does the RN to BSN have a residency component?

While not required for completing your online bachelor's degree at Norwich University, there is an optional annual Residency Conference that provides unique educational and social engagement to culminate your time at Norwich.

What does a typical week look like as a student in the RN to BSN program?

Norwich has developed online programs that provide a gateway, not a barrier, to maximize your career potential. Get to know a few graduates — with busy schedules — and learn how they made their education fit into their lives.

What’s an online degree at Norwich University like?

In the Norwich University online RN to BSN program, you'll learn in a flexible virtual classroom that allows you to access program content and contribute to class discussions anywhere and anytime. You will also interact frequently with peers and knowledgeable program faculty.

What are the online RN to BSN faculty like?

Our program's faculty are subject matter experts in their fields and all hold master's degrees or higher. Each faculty member is dedicated to your success and here to help you reach your academic, professional and personal goals through in-depth instruction and nursing industry insights. In addition, our helpful staff members are available to answer your questions.

What type of support is available?

Upon enrollment, every Norwich student (including online students) gains access to an incredible network of people whose primary job is to help — from our student services advisers to our dedicated distance learning librarian and technical support team.