100% Online RN to BSN Completion Program

Marian University’s online RN to BSN program, values-based nursing and leadership education, can help you achieve the next step in your nursing career. The program builds on your current ADN or diploma knowledge and expertise and provides continued personal and professional growth with an emphasis on evidence-based practice, healthcare systems leadership, policy, and management skills that will prepare you to meet the changing needs of healthcare communities and organizations. While licensed RNs from all 50 states may apply, please review our accreditation webpage to see if your state accepts our RN to BSN online program.

Program Details:

  • MPath 7-Week Accelerated
  • 100% online coursework
  • No lab science course required
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Full-time students may graduate in as little as 12 months
  • Complete in 3, 5 or 8 semesters with full or part-time study
  • Applicants must be licensed RNs

Through partnerships with healthcare organizations, Marian University offers tuition discounts. Ask your admission counselor if you are eligible!

RNs, take the next step in your career. Earn your BSN in only 12 months!

    The RN to BSN program is only for licensed RNs.
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    Achieve Your Goal of a BSN and Beyond

    Graduates of Marian’s RN to BSN program are committed to the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. No matter your personal motivation for earning your bachelor’s, when you graduate, you are prepared with a deep understanding of society and healthcare issues along with the experience and skills to become a leader in the ever-changing healthcare environment. If you aspire to advance beyond a BSN to an MSN, join other Marian BSN graduates in our Family Nurse Practitioner track.

    This program is right for you if:

    • You are a licensed registered nurse
    • You have an associate degree or nursing diploma
    • You want to advance your nursing education
    • You are interested in management or leadership
    • You need a bachelor’s for promotion or advancement at work
    • Your BSN is a steppingstone to an MSN

    Graduates of the Marian University nursing program are prepared to advance into managerial/leadership positions in the fast-growing healthcare industry in settings including but not limited to:

    Clinics | Emergency Rooms | Health Departments | Home Care | Hospice Programs | Hospitals | Long-term Care Facilities | Mental Health Agencies | Occupational Health Settings | Schools | Military

    RN to BSN Population Health Component

    At Marian University, online RN to BSN students complete two, 15-week, population health courses.  NUR 436 Population Health, is a 100% online course.   NUR 437 Population Health Clinical requires 90 hours of direct community clinical contact including onsite and online experiences.  These experiential requirements may be completed close to where you live as to help you balance school commitments with work and family.

    In accordance with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing  “Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice,” students must complete a clinical.  In NUR 437,  the 90 hours will consist of direct and indirect experiences.

    Clinical settings may include:

    • County health departments
    • School health departments
    • Infection control departments
    • Community-based management
    • Occupational health nursing
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    MPath Online Program Schedule: 7-Week Accelerated

    The online RN to BSN program is one of the Marian University MPath undergraduate programs offered in a 7-Week Accelerated format. With 100% online classes and 6 possible starts per year, the 7-Week Accelerated program provides a high-quality online degree with the flexibility that today’s adult learners are seeking. The flexible coursework design and ability to focus on fewer topics at once is custom made for working RNs who are ready to take their ADN or diploma to the next level.  All courses in the completion program are 7-weeks with the exception of NUR 436 Population Health and NUR 437 Population Health Clinical, which are 15-weeks in length.


    What State Do You Live In?

    The Marian Nursing Department welcomes registered nurses from across the U.S. to apply. The Board of Nursing in the shaded blue states make applying to the online RN to BSN easy!

    If your state is not shaded blue, submit your contact information and we will discuss your options and offer further guidance.

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    BSN completion students are poised to complete their degree in as little as 12 months. 100% online courses with flexible schedules and a highly respected nursing program allow you to pursue a top-of-the-line nursing degree while you continue to work as an RN.  Marian University considers each applicant’s transcript individually when determining the awarding of transfer credits.

    Total BSN Degree Credits 120
    Nursing Course Credits 27
    General Education 30
    Remaining credits will come from general electives or transfer credits

    A lab science course is not required for RN to BSN students.

    Individuals who have an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a Wisconsin Technical College can expect to complete the RN to BSN program with 39 credits (27 nursing courses and 12 general education credits).

    General Education Courses

    As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

    All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

    • Mathematical Reasoning
    • Argumentative and Research Writing
    • Introduction to Christian Theology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning

    Core Courses

    BSN completion students will take courses covering topics such as:

    • Professional nursing concepts
    • Leadership and healthcare systems
    • Management in nursing
    • Population health
    • Healthcare economics and policy

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

    Nursing, 27 cr.

    (All but 15 credits in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum must be completed before enrolling in this course)  This bridge course to baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing focuses on the concepts of professional nursing and includes the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that are essential to professional nursing practice. The challenges of returning to school as a working adult are explored along with topics pertaining to nursing history, nursing theories, safety and quality issues in health care, workforce diversity, and various health care influences on nursing practice. Outcomes for graduates of baccalaureate nursing programs, delineated in The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (AACN, 2008) are introduced and include the concepts of patient-centered care, patient safety and care quality, professional collaboration, and evidence-based nursing practice.

    The theoretical bases for professional nursing practice are explored through analysis of selected theories and practice models, and examination of the relevance of theory to practice, research, and education in nursing. The behaviors, attitudes, and values necessary for theory-based professional nursing practice in the context of individual, family, and population health are discussed. Students apply critical thinking skills and beginning scholarship through synthesis of information found in assigned readings and the nursing literature.

    Introduction to the research process and development of the skills needed to locate reliable sources of information and evaluate the strength and relevance of available evidence. Emphasis is placed on the retrieval and appraisal of evidence to inform the delivery of care and improve patient outcomes.


    Study of nursing leadership among healthcare organizations, providers of care, reimbursement systems, and healthcare policy and regulation. Through an analysis of nursing’s impact on quality, cost, and access to care, students will discover how a professional nurse’s leadership affects patient outcomes.

    Exploration of the concepts, principles, tools, finances and strategies used in managing operations from a macrosystem view in a healthcare system. Emphasis is places on the policy making and political processes that can be used to shape the nature, quality, and safety of the healthcare practice environment, including the nurse as advocate.



    Public health concepts, levels of prevention, and epidemiological principles in diverse communities are evaluated throughout the lifespan.



    Application of public health principles and theories in the community setting with a faculty-guided clinical experience.


    Integration of professional nursing concepts and transition to the professional nurse role. Emphasis on the role of the professional nurse in improving health outcomes through the synthesis of evidence-based practice, quality and safety, leadership and management, advocacy, professionalism, and teamwork.


    Examination of the changing management roles and functions of the professional nurse in complex and diverse healthcare environment. Students will explore problem solving and ethical decision-making models as well as tools and techniques for planning, organizing, directing, controlling, reporting, and improving the productivity and performance of resources within a healthcare department. Topics include healthcare finance reimbursement, bookkeeping, accounting principles, budgeting processes (capital and operating), and cost/benefit analysis, and use of technology/informatics at a microsystem level view in a healthcare organization.

    The Marian University online RN to BSN program uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

    • Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018]
    • The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice [American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), 2008]


    Mission Statement

    The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

    Program Philosophy

    Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting.  Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

    The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

    Program Outcomes

    1. Patient-Centered Care: The graduate will partner with the patient whether individual, family, community, or population, and across the lifespan to provide compassionate and coordinated care with respect for preferences, values and needs.
    2. Informatics: The graduate will integrate information technology for the purposes of communication, workflow efficiency, knowledge management and clinical decision support creating a safe environment.
    3. Quality Improvement: The graduate participates in Quality Improvement  to optimize achievement of patient outcomes with an emphasis on safety and organizational processes.
    4. Safety: The graduate integrates and analyzes aspects of safety to provide quality patient-centered, team, and organizational care to improve patient outcomes.
    5. Evidence-Based Practice: The graduate will use clinical judgment based on the exploration and integration of evidence from interprofessional perspectives to improve patient outcomes.
    6. Teamwork and Collaboration: The graduate will effectively collaborate and communicate with interprofessional team members, inclusive of the patient and system, while advocating for quality care across the lifespan.
    7. Clinical Judgment: The graduate utilizes clinical judgment to make evidence based decisions for safe and high quality individual, family, community, or population outcomes.
    8. Professionalism: The graduate incorporates leadership and system thinking skills by following the Code of Ethics in their professional practice.

    The Bachelor of Science in nursing program in the Nursing Department consists of the traditional pre-licensure BSN program and an RN to BSN completion program.

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals

    The mission and philosophy of the Nursing Programs serve as a foundation for the development of program goals.  The baccalaureate program goals are to provide a curriculum which:

    1. Combines the foundation of liberal arts and biopsychosocial sciences with baccalaureate level nursing concepts.
    2. Fosters professional growth, professional development, clinical judgment, and a commitment to life-long learning at the baccalaureate level.
    3. Fosters compassion and respect for people from diverse cultures and the belief that each person has the right to participate in the fullness of life to the greatest extent possible.

    The RN to BSN degree completion program is specifically designed for working nurses who either desire or are required to obtain their baccalaureate degree in nursing. Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program are employed either full time or part time as fully licensed Registered Nurses with an associate’s degree or technical diploma in nursing. The goal of these students is not employment but rather promotion or advancement as a BSN prepared nurse. In many cases, the BSN is a requirement of the students’ current supervisory or managerial position.

    The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission


    Requirements for progression to the nursing major:

    • Associate degree in nursing or diploma from an accredited school of nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above
    • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license in state of residency
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions

    Marian alumni find success in a variety of areas:

    Susan Griep, BSN, serves as a Patient Care Supervisor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Tracey Marx

    Katie Hughes, D.N.P.
    Assistant Professor

    Lori Yogerst, M.S.N.
    Assistant Professor


    Apply Now

    While RNs from all 50 states may apply, please check our accreditation webpage to see if your state accepts our online RN to BSN program.

    For more information on applying, please contact:

    Adult and Online Studies