Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse

Bachelor of Science in Nursing for the Registered Nurse

The UMSL College of Nursing recognizes registered nurses as busy adult learners who are licensed professionals, often with years of experience. The RN to BSN program offers registered nurses the opportunity to continue their education through flexible and convenient programs, without repeating courses and experiences commonly completed as part of a basic associate degree or diploma nursing program.

The RN to BSN program is designed to be completed in six consecutive terms (four academic semesters and two summer terms), and takes two years. Coursework is offered via the internet, on the UMSL campus, or at select off-campus locations throughout the metro area.

General education requirements are met through a strong liberal arts component including studies beyond the sciences, so students are prepared for advancement in the nursing profession. Nursing studies explore concepts of health assessment, family health, community health, research, leadership and health promotion with community-based, independent clinical activities.

Jose Hernandez"The courteousness of counselors, and the fact that I was able to transfer a lot of prerequisites for the nursing career, is what led me to choose UMSL. I transferred to UMSL from a Junior college."

- Jõse Hernandez, BSN Student

The RN to BSN Program consists of three primary options. Please contact the Office of Student Services for further information.

On Campus

Students may attend classes on UMSL's campus, one evening per week.


Students who choose the online option enjoy the convenience of attending classes via the internet. Nursing course materials, lectures, and assignments are available throughout the semester at any time, and in any place.


Students may attend classes one evening per week at an outreach site in the St. Louis area (the day of the week will depend upon the location). Courses are taught by UMSL faculty and students pay UMSL tuition and fees, even though class is attended at an outreach site. Current outreach locations include:

Admission Criteria

Sample Plan of Study

General Education Requirements

Estimated Cost

How to Apply

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