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Online RN to BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Application Deadline: May 27, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 1, 2024

Grow Your Nursing Career Opportunities with a BSN

LSU Alexandria

The need for quality nurses in the health care sector is rapidly increasing. The online RN to BSN program from LSU Alexandria not only provides students with the analytical and information-management skills to go further but also empowers students to pursue leadership opportunities in the field. The courses are designed to strengthen the leadership skills of working RNs and prepare BSN students for graduate-level studies. There is an emphasis on evidence-based, quality improvement projects combined with valuable experience working in the real-world.

*Most students require 36 hours to complete this degree. However, all credit hours from previous coursework will be evaluated to determine the number of hours needed. See the course listing below for all required courses. A total of 120 hours are required to earn a baccalaureate degree. 

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited nursing program in any state and currently hold an unencumbered RN license.

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Top Ranked

Ranked as the #2 Best Online RN to BSN Program in Louisiana by in 2023.

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Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

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Flexible for Your Schedule

LSUA's flexible format fits your busy schedule. Build a community among our online students and interact with instructors about your course content via video conference.

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LSUA ranked #3 on's list of the Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees for 2022.

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“The online RN to BSN program at LSU Alexandria recognizes students in the program are adult learners and are working professionals. The professors in the program use real-life experiences to correlate concepts to help students take a different approach in their thinking.”

Yvette Lowery DNP, MSN/Ed., FNP-c, CCRN, CEN, PCCN
Assistant Professor

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Cost Online RN to BSN

Total credit hours per program: 36* credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $325

Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $9,750

Total cost with fees: $11,700

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. Transfer credits may apply for up to 75% of degree requirements. Your academic advisor will work with you to determine if and how any prior college credits earned will apply toward your LSUA degree. For further information about the approval for transfer credits and other requirements, please visit this site.

LSU Online offers financial aid to those who qualify.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings Online RN to BSN


Courses listed here are effective for the 2022-2023 catalog.  Students graduating earlier than that can request to follow this degree plan.

General Education Requirements

English Composition Credits:
ENGL 1001 - English Composition I 3
ENGL 1002 - English Composition II 3
Total Credits: 6


Social Sciences Credits:
General Education Social Science 3
General Education Psychology 3
Total Credits: 6


Mathematics Credits:
General Education Mathematics 3
MATH 2011 - General Statistics 3
Total Credits: 6


Natural Sciences Credits:
General Education Natural Science 9
Total Credits: 9

Note: Students must take either six hours of biology and three hours of physical science or six hours of physical science (in a single discipline) and three hours of biology.


Humanities Credits:
General Education Communication Studies 3
General Education Humanities 6
Total Credits: 9


Fine Arts Credits:
General Education Fine Arts (fine arts, music, theatre) 3
Total Credits: 3

Total Credits: 39


Major Requirements

Note: Students who have completed an ASN degree with fewer than 36 nursing credits will be required to take additional courses to meet overall program hours (120).


Nursing Credits:
Credit for 1000/2000 Nursing courses 36
NURS 3000 - Professional Role Development 3
NURS 3010 - Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing 3
NURS 3020 - Health Assessment 3
NURS 3030 - Informatics 3
NURS 4005 - Pathophysiology 3
NURS 4020 - Community Nursing 4
NURS 4032 - Complex Nursing Management of the Older Adult 3
NURS 4040 - Introduction to Nursing Research 3
NURS 4050 - Leadership and Management 3
NURS 4051 - Leadership and Management Clinical Practicum 2
Total Credits: 66


Additional Requirements

Fine Arts Credits:
KINS 2010 Nutrition and Wellness, NURS 3001 - Nutrition and Health Promotion OR KINS 3010 - Nutrition in Wellness and Being 3
Free Electives 12
Total Credits: 15

Admission Requirements Online RN to BSN

To be admitted to the LSUA Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program (RN to BSN), applicants must:

  • Hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited university
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license
  • Have graduated from a nursing program accredited by a USDOE-recognized accrediting agency for nursing education
  • Be unconditionally admitted to the university and have declared RN to BSN as a major
  • Have received credit for all general education courses required by the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned a grade of at least "C" in each
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher


Transfer Students

Students transferring from another RN-BSN program must provide a Letter of Good Standing from the school of nursing. If the student is not in good standing, the student must wait three years before enrolling in the RN-BSN program. LSUA does give credit for core nursing courses.

Note: Students will receive credit for Nursing courses from their Associate Program. Non-Nursing courses will be evaluated on a course by course basis.

Career Opportunities Online RN to BSN

  • Nurse Health Coach
  • Forensic Nurse
  • Clinical Research Nurse
  • Nurse Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Quality Coordinator
  • Hospice Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Critical Care Nurse

Accreditation Online RN to BSN

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing (RN-BSN) is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Rd. NE Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; Phone (404) 975-5000;

What Will I Learn? Online RN to BSN

Students who graduate from the online RN to BSN program will be equipped with the knowledge to become highly qualified nurses and managers.

Graduates of this degree program will learn a variety of in-demand skills, including:

  • Integrating nursing leadership theories in professional practice
  • Utilizing principles of communication effectively in professional nursing practice
  • Employing an evidence-based nursing practice
  • Applying professional standards in nursing practice to offer quality care, collaboration, and advocacy
  • Using information systems to support nursing practice

Why Choose This Program? Online RN to BSN

  • Build your resume with a top-ranked degree
  • Earn a diploma identical to every LSUA graduate
  • Complete the program online within 14 months
  • Take advantage of affordable tuition and financial aid options
  • Connect with a global alumni network
  • Learn from distinguished faculty
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives.

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