RN to BSN Online Program

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2018 Regional Universities Best Value

CCNE Accredited Online Program

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education*

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2018-19 Nursing Program of Distinction

RN to BSN Online Program

Futureproof your career as a BSN-prepared nurse

Carson-Newman offers an accredited online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) that meets the same quality standards as our on-campus program. Our RN-BSN online program can be completed in as few as 14 months and is designed with the working professional nurse in mind.

To learn more, request your free program brochure or schedule an appointment for a brief chat with an enrollment advisor.


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By the Numbers


avg. job offer rate for nurses at graduation (vs 46% for new grads across all disciplines)*


job placement 4-6 months after graduation*


female online RN-BSN students at C-N


avg. age of online RN-BSN students at C-N

*2017 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Report

Fast Facts

  • 100% online (not including clinical practicum)
  • Complete the online RN-BSN in as few as 14 months
  • Learn from an experienced faculty of nurse educators
  • Accredited by:
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
    • Approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing
  • #26 in Best Value Schools – U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • #99 Best Nursing Schools: Masters – U.S. News & World Report, 2020


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*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Carson-Newman University 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).

Online RN-BSN Degree Program Highlights

  • Incorporate clinicals into your professional life. Pursue your degree while continuing to work full-time - Some clinicals may be completed at your place of employment (please call 888.293.9444 to learn more)

  • Grow as a nurse and as a professional. RN-BSN students learn to employ evidence-based practices, critical thinking, patient advocacy, professional ethics and the principles of servant leadership to improve patient outcomes, community health, and their nursing practice

  • Generous transfer policy. Your experience counts. Licensed RNs are awarded 30 hours of credit for previous education and training and may transfer up to 90 total credits (based on transfer evaluation)


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Why Choose Carson-Newman's Online RN-BSN Program

Our online programs provide unrivaled support and a simple to use interactive online learning system.

  • Convenient and flexible. Designed for busy nurses, the RN-BSN program features 100% online coursework (not including clinicals or practicum) with no mandatory login times.
  • Small class sizes. Enjoy an intimate learning environment focused on meeting your needs - we want you to succeed.
  • Personalized support. A dedicated Student Success Advisor provides guidance and creates a supportive learning environment from registration to graduation day.
  • Affordable tuition. Our online RN-BSN program is competitively priced, saving you up to $200 per credit hour when compared with nationwide competitors.
  • Free and fast transcript evaluations. We evaluate your transcripts free of charge, usually within 48 hours.

To learn more about tuition, or transfer credits, please request your free program brochure here.

Online RN to BSN Program Curriculum

Below are select courses from our program. For a complete curriculum and course descriptions, please download a free brochure:

NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours

NURS 332 – Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours
This online course is designed for RN-BSN students and provides the opportunity to build on their assessment skill and decision-making competencies related to individual patient care throughout the lifespan. This course also provides the practicing nurse with theory and skills needed to successfully conduct a comprehensive health history and physical exam on adult and elderly clients with outcomes that lead to developing a prioritized plan for client directed care.

NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 credit hours

NURS 352 - Nursing Research and Evidenced Based Practice, 4 hours

Research methods are studied and published research findings are critiqued for use in nursing practice. Students will devise a research proposal that is appropriate to their Evidence Based Practice Project.

Angela Wood, PhD

"For all of our 2017 graduates to pass [the NCLEX] on the first attempt speaks to the quality of our students, the C-N faculty and the university at large…From the beginning anatomy and physiology class to the final course in leadership, these nurses have received a quality education and it shows in the fact that all of them passed on the first attempt at licensure."

- Dr. Angela Wood, PhD, RN (Chair)

RN-BSN State Restrictions

Currently, the Carson-Newman online RN-BSN program is available in the following states:

Online RN-BSN State Restrictions

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • D.C.
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Careers and Outcomes

Highest Paid Jobs for RN-BSN Graduates: Student Excellence

An RN to BSN degree can lead to more job opportunities, including increased probability of employment in a Magnet hospital, higher starting salaries and improved personal satisfaction. For RNs who seek to earn their Family Nurse Practitioner licensure and want to earn their BSN along the way, we offer an online RN to Master of Science in Nursing - FNP.  We also offer a more traditional online Master of Science in Nursing - FNP designed for BSN-prepared RNs.


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Benefits of Earning Your RN to BSN Degree Online

Earning an RN to BSN online offers many advantages for working RNs. The online RN to BSN program format is designed to accommodate full-time working nurses, with all coursework (excluding clinicals or practicum) being offered via the web.

Online RN to BSN programs can allow Registered Nurses to unlock higher earning potential and more specialized career paths. Working at a coveted Magnet Hospital usually requires the completion of a BSN degree. Nurses who possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing typically earn higher salaries than their ADN or diploma-educated co-workers. BSN-prepared RNs with one to four years of experience earn an average of $8,337 more per year compared to those who have not completed a BSN degree program. An RN-BSN online degree is also the first step toward obtaining a Master of Science in Nursing or Post-Master’s FNP Certificate.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing recognizes that “BSN nurses are prized for their skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, and health promotion,” and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Future of Nursing has made it a goal to increase the number of nurses holding a BSN degree from 50 to 80 percent by 2020.

Driving factors behind the IOM recommendation for RN-BSN degrees include the increased complexity of care, improved patient outcomes with BSN-prepared nurses and better nursing practice competency indicated by several studies. RN-BSN online nursing programs are the ideal solution for Registered Nurses to meet this demand while also opening up more career options for themselves.

Carson-Newman’s RN-BSN online program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. With small class sizes, affordable tuition and dedicated student support, we are proud to count ourselves among Tennessee’s leading accredited RN to BSN online programs.

NURS 354 - Altered Health States, 4 credit hours

NURS 354 - Altered Health States, 4 hours

A conceptual approach and analysis of pathophysiological phenomena and human responses to altered health states in the adult and elderly client.

NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 credit hours

NURS 420 - Leadership and Management for the Registered Nurse, 6 hours

This online course is the RN-BSN capstone course that is designed for the RN-BSN student who is licensed as a registered nurse and is currently practicing nursing or has practice experience as a registered nurse. This course examines and provides a broad overview of managerial/leadership concepts, issues, roles, and functions as applied to the role of the practicing/experiencing registered nurse. $10 fee. (90 Clinical Hours)

NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 credit hours

NURS 421 - Dimensions of Professional Nursing for the Registered Nurse, 4 hours

A synthesis of current and emerging trends in professional nursing practice, education, and research with attention given to legal, ethical, and legislative issues. The implications for a professional will be explored. Also included is an introduction of online learning for nursing and C-N liberal arts. $90 fee.

NURS 417.  Multicultural Practicum. 1-3 hours, Offered as needed

Supervised practicum (at least 30 hours) within a cultural setting that is different from the student’s dominant/birth culture.  Repeatable to a maximum of 4 hours.