Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Post-Licensure BSN Track

Degree Awarded: 
Bachelor of Science Degree
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  • To see Jefferson College of Health Sciences Catalog, with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing section beginning on page 118, click here.

The Jefferson College of Health Sciences Post-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) degree program has been ranked as one of "30 Great Small Colleges for an RN-BSN Degree" by the website Best Master of Science in Nursing Degrees. Click here to learn more.

Earn Your BSN at Jefferson College at a Special Tuition Rate—just $350 per credit hour! Click here to learn more!

Jefferson College of Health Sciences Nursing programs prepare within a scholarly environment the next generation of professional nurses. The RN to BSN educational track is designed to provide registered nurses the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in preparation for professional leadership and career enhancement. The track provides professional nurses with the prospect to build a strong nursing practice using Research, Leadership, and Community Service. Admitted students are assigned to a faculty advisor who will help them develop a personalized plan of study based on their individual transcripts.  In our online environment, experienced educators with master and doctoral degrees create stimulating and engaging experiences using a state of the art technology.

The program builds upon previous education and experiences of registered nurses and features personalized advisement, support and convenient course scheduling. This allows RN to BSN students to continue working while they pursue their educational objectives. Most RN to BSN students shorten their plan of study by transferring prerequisite and elective courses from other accredited colleges and universities, challenging courses, and/or through prior learning assessments. Jefferson awards 54 validation credits for prior nursing education once foundational knowledge has been verified through satisfactory performance in specified upper division nursing courses. Students must complete 25% of the Program of Study at Jefferson.  Although most RN to BSN students work full-time and choose to take classes on a part-time basis, some students select to be on the fast track (full-time). All students must complete the program of study within five years of beginning upper division nursing courses.

Program Highlights

This innovative and healthcare professional-friendly program offers:

  • The opportunity to build on an Associate Nursing Degree or Diploma nursing programs
  • Small-class sizes that enhance student/faculty relationships
  • Convenient online registration, course scheduling, and testing allowing students to work while pursuing educational objectives
  • The students will not be required to visit the campus
  • State of the art commons library and exceptional learning and writing services
  • Individualized faculty advising for all nursing students
  • All courses are offered by online learning to increase flexibility
  • Approved clinical experiences arranged by the student can be completed on a flexible schedule in the student's community
  • Prior Learning Assessment credits
  • Attractive financial aid options

Student Testimonials

Evelyn Rubonogoya, 2005
“I am a proud graduate of Jefferson College. The greatest benefit I
recall is the tremendous amount of support from all faculty and staff.
The program is structured for students from all walks of life and each
one is individually nurtured to success. I worked full time while
attending the RN to BSN program,  and my boys were in grade school
at the time. I urge all nurses thinking about a BSN degree to give
Jefferson a serious consideration."

Nadia Alagic, 2016
"The RN to BSN program at Jefferson College is paced in a way that
enables me to complete it successfully while working full time. I am
taking online- learning classes, which work great for my busy and
sometimes unpredictable schedule."

Mary Via, 2016
"I am enrolled in the online RN to BSN program at Jefferson College.
This is my third semester and I have found the resources at Jefferson
available to be very beneficial. The library along with the learning and
writing center provide valuable help to students. I appreciate being
able to set my own pace to pursue this degree after many years as
a practicing nurse, as well as being employed full-time. The classes
are challenging yet not overwhelming."

Patti Shorner, 2010
“I was a diploma nurse who returned to school to obtain a BSN
after more than 25 years. I worked in a demanding full-time job
and the on-line classes were the perfect way to fit school into
my schedule. The writing center helped me improve my skills,
which also has proved helpful in my current job.”

Carl Cline, 2007
"I graduated from Jefferson in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science
in Nursing and later went on to graduate from the college with
a Master of Science in Nursing. The opportunity offered to me
through this program was the best option for me at the time. I
had graduated with an Associates Degree in 1989 and began
my career as a nurse and flight nurse. During that time I was
also busy being a Dad and raising a family of twins with my wife
Sharon. The RN to BSN program fit extremely well with my career,
schedule, family  and life. I enjoyed the working/learning
atmosphere that the program and college offered. The connection
between the student and faculty was superb and I felt like I could
call for help anytime. I would recommend the RN to BSN program
at Jefferson to anyone. I feel like I was given an opportunity to
obtain my BSN and further my education when I otherwise would
not have been able to complete this. Go Jefferson!!"

Jefferson's RN to BSN Program at a Glance

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and master's degree programs in nursing at Jefferson College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Program Delivery
Online Fast track (Full-time): 3 semesters
Online Part-time: 5 semesters

$350 per credit hour (learn more about this special rate at

Admission Requirements
Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing
Active an incumbent licensure as a Registered Nurse in any state or territory in the United States

Total Degree Credits Required: 122
Credits from Non-Nursing Courses: 35
Credits from Nursing Courses:   33
Credits from Validation:  54
(Students may acquire up to 92 credits in combined transfer, validation, and prior learning assessment credits)

General Education Course Requirements (35 credits, eligible for transfer)
Humanities/Fine Arts:
English  Grammar and Composition  I & II
Foundations of Ethics

Natural Sciences/Mathematics:
Math or Natural Science

Social/Behavioral Sciences:
Social/Behavioral Science (Psychology)
Social/Behavioral Sciences or  Humanities Elective

Interprofessional Education Courses
Introduction to Library Research

Nursing  Course Requirements (33 credits)
Pharmacology  (may challenge)
Nursing Concepts, Roles, and Issues
Informatics and Technology in Health Care
Writing in Professional Nursing
Health Assessment
Research Applications of Healthcare
Leadership & Health Policy in Nursing (with clinical)
Gerontological Nursing     
Community Health Nursing (with clinical)
RN Capstone*

Note: *Validation of  Requisite Knowledge Credits: (54 credits)

Awarded for courses taken at AD or diploma levels

Credits for Certification:

Challenge Credit:

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit: 
Available for Research, Leadership, Community, and more

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