Elevate your nursing career with an online RN to BSN degree

Unlock your full potential as a nurse and become a force for healing with the RN to BSN program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Fully accredited and taught by expert faculty mentors, our RN to BSN program equips you with the latest knowledge, strongest leadership skills and unwavering confidence to become the kind of nurse you’ve always dreamed of being.

UMSL’s bachelor’s degree in nursing is designed for RNs with an associate degree or diploma in nursing who want to take their education — and career opportunities — to the next level. You’ll learn to embrace new technology, bridge cultural gaps and deliver exceptional care in a constantly evolving health-care system.

Our flexible, part-time bachelor’s degree in nursing is offered 100% online, so you can earn your BSN for RNs while continuing to work. The program can be completed in five consecutive semesters in as little as two years.

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Why earn your BSN for RNs at UMSL?

A bachelor’s degree in nursing from UMSL equips you with the critical skills, compassion and knowledge needed to excel in your nursing career:

  • Learn from leaders in nursing education. Collaborate with experienced nursing faculty at the forefront of the profession to benefit from their expertise, research and innovation.
  • Accelerate your nursing degree online. Our RN to BSN program builds upon your existing skills, allowing you to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing faster — usually in about 15–24 months.
  • Enjoy comprehensive student services. At UMSL we empower every RN to BSN student to thrive through personalized support services and a diverse and inclusive community.
  • Gain hands-on experience. With more than 100 clinical partners across acute, primary and community care, you’ll gain invaluable experience in a variety of health-care settings.

What can you do with an RN to BSN degree?

The National Academy of Medicine’s Future of Nursing calls for more nurses with advanced education and skills to manage increasingly complex patient needs, and studies show that patients under BSN-prepared nurses experience better health outcomes.

With our online bachelor’s degree in nursing, you’ll unlock in-demand nursing opportunities that put you in control of your future. Courses like Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing and Ethics and Values in Population Health will prepare you for today’s diverse health-care settings, including:

  • Acute care: Help save lives in fast-paced hospital environments.
  • Community health: Provide essential care to families in their neighborhoods.
  • Mental and behavioral health: Help patients navigate mental health challenges.
  • Veterans affairs: Serve heroes and their families at VA hospitals and clinics.
  • Private practice and corporate health: Deliver personalized care in private offices or corporate wellness settings.
  • Residential care and schools: Support residents and students in a variety of settings.
    In addition, many RN to BSN graduates pursue advanced degrees like our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) to become leaders, educators and researchers in the field.

Employment of Nurses is projected to grow up to 6% to 2032, with a median annual salary of $86,070, according to wage and employment data from the Nurse.org and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Insurance Company Nurse
  • Legal Consultancy Nurse
  • Nurse Case Manager
  • Physician’s Office Nurse
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
  • Research Nurse
  • School Nurse


Program of Study

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the UMSL state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as a nursing major:

  • Minority Student Nurses Association
  • Student Nurses Association
  • Triton Health Educators
  • Student Government Association
  • Students of the University of Missouri

Clinical experience

The College of Nursing is proud to prepare nurses as clinicians, scientists and educators and facilitate professional advancement through our innovative programs. Students gain hands-on experience in a variety of clinical settings throughout the region, including BJC, Mercy, SSM and St. Luke’s, as well as Delmar Gardens and Shriner’s Hospital for Children, giving students access to leading specialists, cutting-edge technology and best practices in acute care, primary care and community care.

Prior to these clinical experiences, students train at UMSL’s Nursing Learning Resource and Simulation Center, which replicates actual health-care settings and includes computerized human models, fully operational hospital beds, suction, oxygen, ventilators, a baby warmer and more.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.