Online RN to B.S. in Nursing Program

Finish Your Degree in Just One Year

Take the next step in your nursing career with the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program from Northern Illinois University. In just 11 courses and as few as 12 months, you can enhance your skills in essential areas like critical thinking, health assessment, and evidence-based practice.

This practical, CCNE-accredited program is designed for licensed RNs ready for career advancement with a bachelor's degree. You can study on a flexible schedule so you never need to choose between a shift or an assignment. You'll also complete your practicum at a health care facility in your own community. 

NIU professors have firsthand experience to help you navigate the challenges of our complex health care system. They'll prepare you to improve processes and patient outcomes in a wide range of settings as you develop skills you can immediately apply in the workplace. With this valuable credential, you can stand out as a leader who has the knowledge and skills nursing employers are looking for.

In 2018, 88% of employers stated a preference for nurses with a
bachelor's degree and 45% of positions required it.1

Program Highlights

  • Credits Required: 28
  • Cost Per Credit Hour: $348
  • Time to Completion: Full-time students can complete their degree in as few as 12 months. The maximum time to completion is five years.
  • Program Modality: All courses are delivered 100% online.
  • Accreditation: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Practicum Requirement: Practicums are leadership- or population-focused and provide opportunities to work with specific groups while building on your previous RN experience. You can complete the practicum in your local area or current place of employment. We'll also assist you with practicum placements.

By graduation, you will:

  • Set the example for nursing leadership, safety, and quality based on proven national standards.
  • Integrate evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Practice process improvement methodologies in all health care settings.
  • Provide population-focused health care.


You can apply up to 33 credits from your previous nursing education toward your bachelor's degree. You must complete 12 semester hours of nursing credit at NIU with a grade of C or better to transfer your credits.

NIU Nursing Courses (28 Hrs)

Get Your Degree and Save Money

Northern Illinois University strives to offer affordable, accessible paths to get your degree. We aim to keep costs down to give students the best opportunity to find success after graduation.

The average price of an online RN to BS in Nursing degree is $463* per credit hour. At Northern Illinois University, we charge a substantially lower rate at $348 per credit hour. 

As a result, students are put in the best possible position to continue financial stability after graduation.

Average price of an online R N to B S in Nursing: $463 per credit. Northern Illinois University: $348 per credit hour

*Comparison data is based on published 2019-2020 tuition rates from a selection of RN to BS in Nursing programs in the region.

Why NIU Online?

Our mission is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service. You can be a part of our educational community and access your coursework, instructors, and classmates from anywhere. 

We make it easy to keep up with your work responsibilities and other commitments while achieving your career goals. At NIU, your future is our focus.

Learn More

If you have questions about the online RN to B.S. in Nursing from Northern Illinois University, contact our admissions team or request more information using the form on this page.


1American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses. Retrieved July 9, 2019, from