Online Nursing Degree
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 75% of the degree total - includes 39 credits for RN licensure
Next Start Date
Jan 16, 2023

Liberty University’s RN to BSN Online Degree is a Leader in Online Nursing Programs

CCNE Accredited

Like you, Liberty University is dedicated to pursuing excellence in everything we do. That’s why our RN to BSN degree is one of the leading online nursing programs providing licensed, practicing registered nurses the opportunity to finish their education 100% online. Our online RN to BSN degree’s curriculum builds on your knowledge and experience to help you grow in critical thinking, leadership, and clinical skills.

Whether you are seeking to advance in your current role or explore other areas like community health nursing, our online nursing program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and training you need to excel.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Industry Needs

  • An estimated 3.3 million RN positions will be available in the United States by 2030, which is a 9% increase from 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).*
  • Studies and data provided by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) show nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree are connected with lower patient mortality rates, fewer medication errors, and more positive outcomes.**
  • The AACN has officially recognized a BSN as the minimum education requirement for professional nursing practice.^
  • The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has revealed that 56% of RNs hold a bachelor’s degree or higher in combination with their nursing licenses.^^

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Registered Nurses (viewed online Jan. 6, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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  • With a BSN, you may see an average salary increase of $15,000 per year over your RN counterparts who do not have a bachelor’s degree.*
  • At Liberty, you can take advantage of affordable tuition. All bachelor’s programs have had tuition frozen for the past 7 years — and counting.
  • A BSN could give you additional career opportunities in fields like education, case management, informatics, or clinical supervision.
  • You may be interested in pursuing your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP). A BSN is the first step to higher education in your nursing academics.

*Nurse Journal: Social Community for Nurses Worldwide, at BSN Degree vs. RN differences (viewed on Jan. 6, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

How long does it take to get a BSN degree?

Though the time it takes you to complete an online BSN nursing degree depends on how many courses you are able to successfully take per semester, Liberty’s RN to BSN online program can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. Our online RN program is one that blends flexibility, affordability, and convenience – allowing you to pursue your studies at a pace that best fits your life.

How much is an RN to BSN online?

An important question you may be asking as you’re considering an RN to BSN program online is how much will it cost? While some online nursing programs may cost more than others, we believe the benefits available at Liberty can be worth your investment. Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing has a reduced tuition rate of $330 per credit hour.

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  • Liberty University has frozen tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 7 years — and counting!
  • With your online RN to BSN, you’ll receive a reduced tuition rate of $330 per credit hour for part- or full-time attendance!
  • If you are a service member, veteran, or military spouse, you may be eligible for the military tuition discount, which is $250 per credit hour for undergraduate students.
  • If you are a veteran serving as a First Responder, you may be eligible for an additional discount (less than $565 per course).


  • With your RN license, you’ll transfer a minimum of 39 credits to give you a jump start on your program. This translates into a smaller financial investment to the overall cost of your degree.
  • Because of transfer potential and our 100% online format, you can complete your online RN to BSN degree in as little as 2.5 years!
  • RN to BSN courses are offered in a flexible 8-week format, with 8 different start dates throughout the year, and no set login times to allow for maximum accessibility while you continue working and receiving clinical experiences while pursuing your degree.

Licensure requirements may vary and are subject to change without notice. View your state’s requirements here: licensure/certification requirements.

Why Choose a Liberty RN to BSN Degree?

With an RN license, you will receive a minimum of 39 hours of transfer credit to help you complete our industry-leading RN to BSN degree. Our online nursing programs are taught by nursing professionals with real-world clinical experiences in leadership settings. Our RN to BSN degree is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active with your job, family, and community without the worry of having to take courses on campus.

Is an online nursing degree credible at Liberty?

CCNE Accredited

As you’re considering pursuing an online nursing program, you’re probably wondering if it is worth your time and effort. What is it, you ask, that will make your degree credible and valuable?

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Earning your degree from us means that you’re receiving your education from a school that is well-respected and recognized among employers and other higher education institutions.

Additionally, Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). You can rest assured knowing that your degree has met the rigorous accreditation standards needed to provide you with a top-of-the-line RN to BSN curriculum.

In addition to our regional and programmatic accreditation, you’ll be learning from expert nursing professionals. Each of our faculty members has on-the-job experience in their respective fields. That means by partnering with us, you’ll learn from men and women who have worked hands-on in the medical field as professional nurses. They can bring their experiential knowledge to the virtual classroom throughout your studies.

Furthermore, this degree program offers you something that not all nursing programs do: a 100% online structure. As an RN, you’ll have real-world experience heading into our nursing bachelor degree online – meaning that you won’t have to worry about completing practicums. One course in this RN to BSN online requires community-based clinical observation hours, but you will be able to remain committed to your job, family, and community as you pursue your BSN degree at Liberty.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Liberty University School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

What Will You Learn in the RN to BSN Degree Online Program?

Our students’ career goals vary, and that is why our online nursing programs are such a great fit. Our faculty members have practiced in cardiac care, critical care, emergency medicine, med-surg, oncology, research, as nurse practitioners, and in just about every specialty the field of nursing touches in a clinical and administrative setting. Their vast years of experience and our rigorous curriculum can help you use your own experiences to grow in practice and leadership. 

By transferring your RN license into Liberty’s BSN, the majority of your industry-standard nursing courses can be satisfied. Your remaining nursing courses focus on field leadership, research, and health strategies essential to your success as a nurse. These courses can also be helpful for you if you later decide to pursue nurse management positions or an advanced nursing degree down the road. 

This RN to BSN online degree is designed to build on the experience you have gained as an RN. In our degree, you will study microbiology, chemistry for health sciences professionals, statistics, biomedical ethics, general psychology, and developmental psychology. In addition, this RN to BSN degree covers advanced nursing communication and strategies for community health care. 

Your RN license has equipped you with a knowledge of medical terminology, the fundamentals of nursing, strategies for adult health care, pharmacology, and the childbearing family. This RN to BSN degree adds to that by covering advanced nursing communication, and strategies for community health care. 

Our online RN to BSN program also explores post-licensure population health, leadership in nursing, nursing management, and the advanced concepts of nursing practice. Upon successful completion of our BSN nursing degree, you can feel confident and prepared to pursue positions of added responsibility in a profession that encapsulates your calling – caring for the health of people like you.  

It is important to note that transferring your RN license into our BSN degree can satisfy many of the credit hour requirements aforementioned and listed on the degree completion plan, which is linked below. For more information on which courses your RN license may satisfy, please contact Academic Advising at 800-424-9595

What is a BSN?

BSN stands for Bachelor of Science in Nursing – which is an undergraduate degree program for current registered nurses (RN’s). A BSN builds on the prior education and experience earned by RN’s to make students more qualified, prepared, confident, and credentialed nursing professionals.

RN to BSN Degree Featured Courses

  • NURS 211 – Post-Licensure Health Assessment
  • NURS 325 – Nursing Concepts
  • NURS 446 – Post-Licensure Population Health
  • NURS 491 – Nursing Management

Course guides available upon request

Degree Information
Military Benefits
Admission Requirements

Liberty’s RN to BSN Online Degree Program Highlights

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank among’s top 3 online schools in America. Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.

  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing has a reduced tuition rate of $330 per credit hour for part- or full-time!

  • To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for all undergraduate courses at no cost to you. As a full-time student, this could save you an estimated $800-2,000 per year on textbooks!

  • With an RN license, you will receive a minimum of 39 hours of transfer credits with no challenge tests so you can finish your degree faster.
  • You can complete the BSN degree in as little as 2.5 years!
  • You can have networking opportunities with other RNs in the program from around the country.

BSN Degree Information

  • This program falls under the School of Nursing.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
  • View the Undergraduate Nursing Course Guides (login required).
  • View the School of Nursing Non-discrimination Statement.
  • Credit is given for RN licensure, and no challenge tests are required. 
  • Students should seek programs of study approved by their state. For more information, visit our State Approval Disclosure notifications page for Liberty University nursing programs.
  • For students who would like an on-campus experience, the below courses are occasionally offered in an optional, intensive format during the fall and spring semesters. For more information about our online nursing program intensives, please contact
    • NURS 325 – Nursing Concepts
    • NURS 492 – Advanced Concepts in Nursing Practice
  • A background check and RN licensure verification will be completed while enrolled in Advanced Nursing Communication, the required first nursing course in our online nursing program. There is a fee of $39.95 (additional charges may apply) associated with this requirement.

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Admission Requirements for Our Online RN to BSN Degree 

Applicants must have a 2.0 or above cumulative GPA for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

At this time, our RN to BSN degree is limited in certain states. Please view the licensure/certification requirements for your state. International students can contact the School of Nursing for questions about admission to their specific degree of interest.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official transcript request form**
  • Proof of RN license
  • High School Self-Certification form and official high school transcripts within first 12 credit hours

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first. 

Military Benefits for Our Online RN to BSN Degree Program

 Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts — $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $565 per course)
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)
  • Potential college credit for military training

Potential Career Options with Your BSN Degree

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS),* careers in nursing are expected to grow 9% through 2030.* BLS reports that registered nurses with a BSN degree will generally have better career prospects than nurses without a BSN degree. Registered nurses seeking advancement in their careers should consider completing our online nursing program since a BSN degree is required for most promotions in the nursing profession.

Here are some of the career options that may be available to you after completing our online RN to BSN degree:

  • Critical care nurse
  • Genetics nurse
  • Geriatric nurse
  • Hospital nursing
  • Long-term care agencies
  • Nurse manager
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nursing research
  • Public health nurse
  • Staff nursing

Choosing to earn your online BSN degree at Liberty is a decision that can open up many windows of opportunity throughout your career as a nurse. We don’t shortchange you when you pursue an online BSN – we empower you. Partner with us, earn a valuable credential, gain marketable skills, and take your career to new heights.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Occupational Outlook Handbook: Registered Nurses (viewed online Jan. 6, 2022). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.