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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online RN to BSN)

Advance your nursing career and develop your professional practice.

Tackle the increasingly complex health care environment and meet the demand for highly skilled nurses with Utica College’s online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN). The CCNE-accredited program builds on UC’s more than 25-year history of educating nurses to provide the best possible care to each patient.

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  • Duration 20 months
  • Cost per Credit $395
  • Credit Hours 31-61

Program Benefits

  • CCNE accredited
  • Small class sizes
  • 100% online instruction
  • No residency

Earn Your Bachelor’s in Nursing Online and Finish Your Degree Fast

Now’s the time to build on your RN: The American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice both recognize the Bachelor of Science in Nursing as the minimum education required for professional practice. Plus, states like New York have passed BSN in 10 laws, requiring nurses to earn their BSN within 10 years of initial RN licensure.

With no residency required, the 100% online RN to BSN is geared toward professional working nurses and offers small class sizes and qualified faculty who are committed to mentorship. With up to 90 transfer credits accepted, you could complete your program in as few as five semesters (20 months).

Our RN to BSN alumni are confident that you’ll get the most out of your experience at Utica – they’ve referred more than one-third of our current students! They know you’ll benefit from a quality program that focuses on nursing leadership and critical thinking skills, all delivered through a convenient and flexible online platform.

Qualify for Leadership Roles in Nursing

We equip [students] with the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to grow in every way [and] that translates into advancement of their nursing practice.
– Annette Becker, Program Director

Take on roles that demand critical thinking, quick decision-making, thoughtful communication, and leadership with our online BSN nursing program. You’ll also be prepared for continuing education should you choose to pursue a graduate degree in nursing.

The average salary for BSN-prepared nurses is $79,000.1 That’s $12,000 more than the $67,000 average for nurses with an Associate Degree in Nursing.2 A BSN places you on career paths such as:

  • Clinical Nurse Manager ($83,427/year median salary)1
  • Nursing Manager ($85,369/year median salary)1
  • Nursing Director ($90,204/year median salary)1

Plus, many of the most in-demand nursing specialties — including informatics, management, oncology, and perioperative — now require a BSN.3 Tap into more opportunities, more earning potential, and more ways to provide the best care to your patients.

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In our online RN to BSN program, you’ll focus on patient-centered health care and gain the most up-to-date nursing knowledge available about our ever-changing health care environment. You’ll also round out your learning by choosing from a selection of liberal arts courses that have been tailored to the needs of the nursing profession.

This CCNE-accredited nursing curriculum is aligned with the Baccalaureate Essentials determined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Through hands-on experiential learning, you’ll master concepts essential for modern nursing, including:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Health informatics
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Interprofessional Education (IPE)
  • Practice across the life span

Plus, our bachelor’s in nursing online curriculum has been carefully built to fit your life, so you can continue your practice as a registered nurse while you learn.

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Admission Requirements

To apply to our online RN to BSN program, you need an ADN from a regionally accredited college, a Diploma Nursing Program (DNP), or 57 credits from a four-year college and an RN license. Your RN license should be active now or within six months of your enrollment.

Your application to the online BSN nursing program requires:

Take the first step toward advancing your nursing career and providing even better care to your patients.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

You can expect to take 31–61 credits depending on the total number of transfer credits approved. The program costs $395 per credit hour for a total estimated tuition ranging from $12,245–$24,095. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable and offers many avenues for financial aid.

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Faculty Spotlight: Learn from Expert Advisors and Mentors

Our faculty are recognized for their clinical expertise and knowledge of professional nursing. Your instructors will help you reach your academic goals and support you every step of the way, via email, phone, and our online learning platform.

This program meets Utica’s commitment to advising and mentoring. You’ll be in touch with nursing experts in a variety of specialties who can help you reach your next step.

Ellen Smith, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Ellen Smith, Ph.D., MPH, joined Utica College (UC) as a faculty member in 2006, teaching both online and on-campus courses. She has a passion for teaching the next generation of nurses from all different backgrounds.

Smith has extensive experience as a home health care nurse, supervisor, and case manager. She has also been a research coordinator for oncology clinical trials. Smith is an active member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the National League for Nursing (NLN). She lives with her family and three dogs in Clinton, N.Y., and gets outside every chance she gets.

Honors and Distinctions

  • B.S. completed at St. Olaf College
  • MPH completed at University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education completed at Syracuse University
  • Active member of AACN, APHA, and NLN
Civita Allard

Civita Allard, M.S., RN, CNE

Associate Professor, Nursing

Civita Allard, M.S., RN, CNE, joined the Utica College faculty team in 2006. She teaches both online and on-campus RN-BSN programs and is actively involved in course development and revision.

As a retired Navy Nurse Corps Captain and current CEO of Quality Training Solutions Corp, Allard brings a strong, diverse, international background in medical-surgical nursing and leadership management, as well as nursing education—specifically NCLEX preparation.

Allard is passionate about empowering nurses and assisting students in preparing for the NCLEX and other certification examinations. In fact, her NCLEX preparation training has gained attention from hospital administrators across the globe. Most notably, Allard developed nurse training programs at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, helping improve the overall standard of care for the hospital.

Honors and Distinctions M.S. in Nursing Education; Clinical Specialist from Russell Sage College

  • M.S. in Nursing Education; Clinical Specialist from Russell Sage College

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online BSN degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

In the state of New York, all registered nurses are required by law to earn a baccalaureate degree within 10 years of their initial RN licensure. The law was passed due to the increasing complexity of our health care system and the important role nurses play in patient care delivery. Earning your online RN to BSN from Utica College ensures you meet this requirement and puts you on the path to success.

Registered nurses in the state of New York are required by law to earn their bachelor’s degree within 10 years of their initial license. Plus, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that nurses with additional education deliver higher quality patient care and improved outcomes.4 Utica’s online RN to BSN is the credential you need to meet your career goals.

Yes. This is a completer program that requires an active RN license or a license that will be active within six months of your enrollment, as well as an associate’s degree in nursing.

This 31–61-credit program costs $395 per credit hour, for an estimated total of $12,245–$24,095 depending on transfer credits and RN license status. Note that 30 of your credits are automatically deducted when you enroll with an active RN license.

Also note that this estimate doesn’t include fees or potential additional costs such as textbooks, transfer evaluations, immunizations and other expenses.

Learn more on the online RN to BSN Tuition page.

It’s up to you! We’ve designed our program to fit into the lives of students as they maintain full-time employment. As such, a typical course load is one class every eight weeks in each 16-week semester. This is considered full-time for financial aid purposes.

This CCNE-accredited, 100-percent-online curriculum includes courses that build your skills in evidence-based practice, informatics, cultural sensitivity, pharmacology, pathophysiology, communication, and nursing leadership and management.

The curriculum also includes an extensive list of liberal arts electives for you to choose from, on topics such as elderly care, treatment of chemical dependence, public health at the local level, and more.

Learn more on our RN to BSN curriculum page.


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