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Nursing RN-to-BSN (Online)

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Our online RN to BSN program is designed for associate's degree or diploma-prepared professionals seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing. 

Overview & Distinctions


Nurses with baccalaureate degrees are in demand. Our online RN to BSN program is designed for associate degree or diploma prepared professionals seeking a bachelor's degree in nursing.

As the healthcare environment shifts to more primary and preventive care, our program prepares bedside leaders with the knowledge and skills to implement evidence-based care with quality patient outcomes.

What You'll learn

D'Youville's BSN-completion program is fully online. As a student you'll experience a combination of coursework and clinical instruction, to enhance your knowledge in: 

  • Professional Issues in Nursing
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Clinical foundations
  • Leadership
  • Community-based nursing
  • Vulnerable populations

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Flexible 100% online program
  • No previous work experience is required for admission. 
  • Our faculty are clinical experts in their fields and recognized for their student-centered approach.
  • Earn your degree from a recognized leader in nursing - established in 1942, the D'Youville nursing program has an excellent reputation as one of the best in the region.
  • Complete your clinical experience at a facility convenient to your home or workplace. 
  • If you feel a calling to help people, D’Youville’s nursing program reflects the institution’s mission to educate professionals who contribute to the world community through leadership and service to others. Our highly-regarded graduate-level nursing programs are available for continuing your education.

Affordable Tuition

  • Save money with a 50% waiver on tuition (after financial aid is awarded)
  • If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for full tuition benefits.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)

We recognize that people come to nursing from a wide variety of life and career paths. In order to meet the rising demand for nurses, our RN to BSN degree is designed to fit the needs of busy, working professionals.

Admission Criteria

Students who wish to enroll in D'Youville's online RN-to-BSN program must hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from an accredited program or a diploma in nursing. No previous work experience is required for admission. We offer conditional admission for NCLEX candidates with an associate degree in nursing. 

Other criteria for admission to the program:

Admission Criteria
A minimum overall GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
New York State resident
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) from an accredited program with graduation date (NCLEX eligible) or a current unrestricted license as a professional nurse

*Students who have been dismissed from other nursing programs are not eligible for admission.

Application Process

Earning your bachelor's degree is a major step in advancing your nursing career. We do everything possible to make the application process simple and convenient.

  • Complete the free online application.
  • Forward official transcripts from all colleges/universities you are currently or have previously attended.
Mail all hard-copy documents to :

Undergraduate Admissions Office
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201

When Will You Hear Back?

D'Youville has a rolling admissions policy. The earlier you apply, the earlier you will be notified of a decision. Decisions are typically mailed within 4 weeks of a completed application.


Contact the School of Nursing Admissions Counselor for more information about admissions requirements.

Ontario Residents

Contact the School of Nursing Admissions Counselor for more information about admission requirements.

Technical Requirements

Online Program Technical Requirements

As a student in D'Youville's online programs, you are required to have use of an up-to-date computer and the ability to access high-speed internet. You must also have basic knowledge of Microsoft Office and know how to navigate the internet with a browser.

Computer Requirements

For network integrity and support purposes, D'Youville policy requires that all computers used on the campus network meet minimum requirements for hardware and software. Your computers should also have the following components:

  • Up-to-date computer, laptop or desktop (no older than 3 years)
  • Speakers
  • Microphone
  • Web camera capable of video web conferencing
Operating Systems and Browser Requirements

Courses at D’Youville are managed through the Canvas Learning Management System to ensure simple access to documents, grades, and other materials. Canvas supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 7 and newer (users on Windows 10 need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to submit Canvas assignments)
  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer

Canvas supports the current and first previous major releases of the following browsers:

Software Requirements

Student documents and assignments must be created and edited using Microsoft Office products. All enrolled students have access to the full Microsoft Office suite through their Office 365 accounts.

For a complete list of technical requirements, view the Canvas Technical Requirements and the Blackboard Technical Requirements.



RNs with an AAS degree are able to complete the RN to BSN program in two years of full-time study in a convenient, online program. Each semester is 15 weeks long.

The courses below are required but if you have taken them already you may be able to transfer your credits. Credit will be transferred from your associates degree following an evaluation of transfer credits. If you have already earned a bachelors degree, the core requirements are waived.

Use the Online Course Equivalency database to see whether the courses you've taken at other institutions can be counted towards a degree at D'Youville.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ENG 111 English Communications I 3
ENG 112 English Communications II 3
PSY 101 (or) PSY 203 General Psychology (or) Developmental Psychology 3
SOC 101 (or) SOC 102 Principles of Sociology (or) Social Problems 3
PHI 201 (or) RS 201 Ethics (or) Religion & Social Responsibility 3
CSC 110 Computers & Computing 3
  Course in Political Science (or) Economics 3
  Course in History 3
  Five humanities courses (in three categories): literature, fine arts, philosophy, religious studies or foreign language. 15

Nursing Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
NUR 442 RN - WIP Professional Issues 3
NUR 380 Evidence-Based Nursing 3
NUR 443 Clinical Foundation 3
NUR 461 RN Community and Population-Based Nursing 3
NUR 462 RN Vulnerable Populations 3
NUR 481 RN Leadership to Advanced Quality and Safety (Capstone) 3

Additional Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
MAT 123 Statistics 4
  Electives 9
* Students interested in graduate-level nursing pathways can opt to take two courses leading to a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Degree.



A BSN degree will provide you with additional professional options.


A bachelor's degree in nursing prepares you for entry into practice as a generalist, so you are able to work in any practice setting as a beginning practitioner. And as you progress through your career, nursing offers almost many career opportunities: there are over 75 different specialties in nursing. Some nurses practice in hospital-based specialty areas while others practice in patients' homes, clinics, universities, offices, long-term care facilities, industries and community agencies.

As a nursing professional you can also practice in the military or all over the world as a traveling nurse. Whatever career path you choose, as the healthcare system undergoes restructuring in the U.S. and the rest of the world, new opportunities are sure to emerge in case management, home health nursing, and primary care.

Post-Professional Degrees

While many of our graduates go into nursing practice, others enter advanced academic programs in order to pursue careers as family nurse practitioners or in research and teaching in both private and public organizations. These students typically pursue post-professional degrees such as:

D'Youville's highly-regarded graduate-level nursing programs are available for students who wish to continue their education. If you choose to pursue this path you can rest assured that the rigorous academic, research and clinical work you’ll complete in our entry-level nursing BSN program will provide you with a solid foundation for advanced study and practice.

Career Outlook

  • Job prospects for RNs are expected to grow 26% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. For more information about the job outlook for nurses, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.
  • Nearly 90% of D’Youville nursing graduates are currently employed in their field or attending graduate school.

For more information about careers in nursing, visit: and



Is the RN-to-BSN program accredited?

Yes. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at D'Youville is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Do I Need to Be a Registered Nurse (RN) to enroll?

No. But you must earn your New York State RN license by the end of your first enrolled semester in order to complete the program.

Can I continue to work while obtaining my degree?


Do you transfer credits?

Yes, we transfer credits earned at other schools, provided the course is accepted by the Registrar and the School of Nursing. A grade of "C" or better is required and an official transcript to be considered. 

Why should I return to school for a BSN?

The program was created to enhance your nursing practice and make you more marketable in today's competitive nursing market. As the healthcare environment shifts to more primary and preventive care throughout the community, new skills in management, more independent decision-making, and patient education are needed.

I'm an LPN in the US or an RPN in Canada. Is this the right program for me?

This is not a bridge program for LPNs or RPNs, but you are welcome to apply for our traditional undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSN) degree in Nursing.
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