What will I learn?

The Accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) in nursing option in the School of Nursing is designed for students who have previously graduated from associate degree nursing programs and diploma nursing programs. This program is offered in a flexible, entirely online format to accommodate the needs of working registered nurses (RNs). The program format consists of eight-week courses, and can be completed in one (1) year (three (3) semesters) if most of the general education requirements are met at the time of admission. Students may also choose to pursue a slower program progression.

Bridge Process

Once a student entering the RN to BS program provides evidence of a current unencumbered RN license, the School of Nursing will complete an overall assessment of the student's work experience, and previously completed community college and university nursing coursework. The School of Nursing may then grant up to 40 or 43 proficiency credits to provide the student with advanced standing in the nursing program. These credits differ from the transfer of courses. If the student’s college/university credits are greater than five years old, the candidate will need to submit a portfolio to demonstrate proficiency in the areas in which credit is sought along with evidence of a current unencumbered RN license.

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Online/Distance (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$18,246.00 (13,69,820) per year
The given fee is for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

10 January 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a diploma/degree from a high school or university/college in the U.S or equivalent.

For international students

Records showing grades for all years of secondary/high school AND official exam results or certificate/diploma


IELTS: 6.0 (no component score under 5.5)

PTE: 50

International Deadlines Fall: July 1; Spring: November 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a nationally recognized, public institution offering high-quality, affordable education programs.

  • Affordable tuition with excellent scholarships available
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  • One of America’s safest campuses
  • Diverse and welcoming student body