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Online RN to BSN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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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 coursework consists of 30 core nursing credits and focuses on quality care and case management of vulnerable populations in acute care. There is an emphasis on evidence-based, quality improvement projects combined with valuable experience working in real-world, practical group projects.

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

RN to BSN Top 100 Most Affordable

Top Ranked

Ranked as the #1 Best Online RN to BSN Program in Louisiana according to RegisteredNursing.org.

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LSUA ranked #10 on OnlineSchoolsReport.com's list of the Top 50 Most Affordable Online Colleges.

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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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“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

The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BS in Nursing program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits.

Total credit hours per program: 45 credit hours*

Cost per credit hour (with fees): $291

Total cost with fees, and the maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $3,201

Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $13,095

Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for the final program cost.

Course Listings Online RN to BSN

Core Nursing Courses Credit Hours
NURS 3000: Professional Role developmental 3
NURS 3010: Ethical Dilemmas in Nursing 3
NURS 3020: Health Assessment 3
NURS 3030: Informatics 3
NURS 4005: Pathophysiology 3
NURS 4032: Complex Management of the Older Adult 3
NURS 4040: Introduction to Nursing Research 3
NURS 4050: Leadership and Management 3
NURS 4051: Leadership & Management Clinical Practicum 3
Total Required Credit Hours 30


Additional Requirements (may have been been completed with an Associates Degree, 15 credits)

Additional Requirements Credit Hours
NURS 3001: Nutrition and Health Promotion 3
3000 Level Electives 6
General Education Courses in Natural Science 9


General Education Courses (may have been been completed with an Associates Degree, 39 credits)

General Education  Credit Hours
CMST 1061: Communication Fundamentals OR CMST 2060: Public Speaking 3
ENGL 1001: English Composition 3
ENGL 1002: English Composition II 3
FIAR 1001: Introduction To Fine Arts 3
Humanities General Education Coursework 6
MATH 1021: College Algebra 3
MATH 2011: General Statistics 3
PSYC 2070: Developmental Psychology 3
PSYC 3001: Cultural Diversity 3

Note: Course substitutions will be considered. There are often multiple ways to complete degree requirements.

Admission Requirements Online RN to BSN

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

  • Have graduated from an ACEN accredited (or equivalent professional nursing program accreditor) program in any state and currently hold an unencumbered RN license
  • Be unconditionally admitted to the university and have declared BSN as a major
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.25 or higher
  • Not be concurrently enrolled in a nursing program at another university


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; www.acenursing.org.

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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