RN-BSN: Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses

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Program Description 

The RN to BSN program provides a quality education that builds on the RN’s prior learning and nursing experience while recognizing their unique challenges when seeking a baccalaureate degree. Years of research show having a BSN degree actually leads to improved patient outcomes, including better rates for mortality and failure-to-rescue.**

Why choose the RN to BSN program?

  • $71,730 median salary*
  • $16,500 average program cost
  • 3 semesters to complete your program

*Data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017-2018 report
**Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Advantages of Saint Luke's™ College of Health Sciences at Rockhurst University

With a degree from Saint Luke’s College, you get a quality education from a proven program with over 115+ years of experience. Why wait? A BSN degree means upward mobility, greater earning potential, and increased career flexibility.

Why do students choose Saint Luke’s College?

  • Flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners
  • An innovative online RN to BSN curriculum with no campus visit required
  • Ability to transfer in up to 90 credit hours
  • No expiration on previous college credits for licensed RNs
  • Opportunity to complete any needed prerequisites while attending
  • Program completion in as little as three semesters or longer to suit your needs

Learning Outcomes 

The RN-BSN seeks to build on the strengths of the learner while supporting their developmental potential. Adult learning principles used throughout the curriculum facilitate meaningful learning that the student can use to impact their world immediately and in the long-term. The RN-BSN helps learners to transform their nursing practice by sharpening and improving critical thinking and reasoning, promoting leadership skills that enhance personal and professional possibilities, lifelong learning, developing lifelong professional relationships, and feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Three-hour clinicals completed at a site in your community
  • Trained and experienced nursing faculty with clinical and teaching experience
  • Academic advising and peer tutoring available through the Student Resource Center


  • Students will successfully graduate within their cohort time frame
  • Student receive networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Upward mobility, greater earning potential, and increased career flexibility
  • Earn, on average, 21% more income compared to RN's without a BSN degree***

***Source: Payscale