RN to BSN admission process

The online RN to BSN program allows working registered nurses to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

Learn practical skills you can start applying at work right away. Courses are designed to complement technical skills and enhance complex critical reasoning, decision making and collaboration.

View a sample study plan 

To apply for the RN to BSN program, follow these directions:

  1. Apply or re-apply to Columbia College via the online undergraduate application
    • This is how Admissions verifies you graduated and have your RN license.
    • By selecting the proper location, including online and evening, you help ensure you are charged proper tuition.
  2. Wait for confirmation that the location you applied to has processed your request.
  3. You will be assigned a new academic advisor based on your location.
  4. With your advisor, select your first RN to BSN classes.

RN to BSN online admissions criteria include:

  • Completion of the online undergraduate application 
  • Completed associate degree in nursing
  • Successful completion of National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

The baccalaureate degree in nursing for Traditional and RN-BSN programs at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Baccalaureate Accreditation

Initial Accreditation Date:

February 8, 2016

Most Recent Accreditation Date:

April 7, 2021

Accreditation Term Expires:

December 31, 2024

Last On-Site Evaluation:

April 2021

Next On-Site Evaluation:

Spring 2024


Earn your online BSN while still working

Having a BSN increases leadership opportunities and earning potential. Take classes entirely online without putting your career on hold. Apply today to start reaping the benefits of a BSN sooner.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Columbia College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org ).

Alabama Disclaimer: "Nursing: State approval of a program to offer Alabama licensed nurses opportunities for advanced degrees does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as an advanced practice nurse in Alabama. Applicants for approval in Alabama are required to meet the Alabama requirements for national certification, graduation from a specific-type program for the advanced practice approval, and completion of the appropriate application. Any program offering a pre-licensure track to Alabama students shall meet the requirements of the Alabama regulations for pre-licensure programs or the graduates may not be eligible to take the national licensure examination required by the Alabama Board of Nursing to enter practice.

RN to BSN Disclaimer: The RN to BSN degree program is not available to residents in the District of Columbia and in the States of Idaho, Minnesota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington.