Enter the next phase of your nursing career
Illinois’ need for exceptional nurses is as strong as ever. Illinois College supports you as you earn the degree you need to step into a new and exciting role within your field. The RN to BSN online program is designed to educate nurses for the needs of the future and covers a host of essential topics for an advancing your education, such as:
- Serving 21st century populations
- Professional communication
- Health Policy
- Advanced Health assessment
- Disease management
- Health promotion
- Statistical analysis
- Nursing research
We are particularly proud of the professional and personal support network we provide to our nursing students. Although there are no clinical rotations in the RN to BSN program, you will engage in projects to improve patient care. Students who live near our campus can take advantage of our partnerships with Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, Illinois and Memorial Medical Center and HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
These connections help you network with others in the field, gain real-world experience by contributing to improved patient care and build your reputation as you move ahead in your career. We also ensure that every IC student Graduates READY.
By the time you leave, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of professionalism, leadership, service and respect and care for diverse populations.
Finish in 12-18 Months
The online RN to BSN is offered as a fully online program for your convenience. Pursuing an online degree allows you to earn the credential you need while maintaining your commitments as a busy working adult. IC is conscious of your need to earn a degree in a rapid, flexible, affordable way.
That’s why we offer an accelerated model for the program, where you can finish in one year or take one course at a time and finish the nursing courses in 12-18 months. We know life happens, so we also offer the opportunity to skip an 8-week term and return without reapplying.
The Online RN to BSN is Designed for…
- Individuals who possess a current and active unencumbered RN license issued in the U.S.
- Current registered nurses seeking to advance their education and careers
- Working adults who want to earn their four-year degree in a flexible format designed around their schedule
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Illinois College is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
“I am a busy professional and in-person classes don’t fit my schedule. I love the flexibility I have with Illinois College’s RN-BSN program, and it is very important to me that it is affordable. This BSN degree will help me grow in my nursing career and is a stepping stone for my next degree.”
– Vanessa Walker ’20 Nurse Manager, Endoscopy & Interventional Radiology
Courses and Admissions
The path ahead
At Illinois College, our accelerated RN to BSN equips you with a range of academic and practical skills that can get you ahead in this growing field. The program is 120 hours, which includes up to 30 credit hours from an applicant’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), 27-36 credit hours of prerequisites, 18-27 hours of additional transfer courses, 12 hours of NU/CO/JS/PHI courses and 24 hours of nursing courses. Courses begin every 8 weeks.
Note: All degree candidates will hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing and, therefore, possess up to 88 credit hours to transfer into Illinois College. Depending on your total number of transfer credit hours and your individual situation regarding the prerequisites, you may only need to take the nursing program courses (36 hours) to reach the 120 total credit hours necessary for the bachelor’s degree.
Course Description Credits ENG 104 4 ENG 121* If you do not have this, you may take an equivalent course at IC. 4 BI 315 4 BI 316 4 BI 245 4 MATH 123** May be taken concurrently with nursing program courses 4 PS 101** May be taken concurrently with nursing program courses 4 SOC 101** May be taken concurrently with nursing program courses 4 ELECTIVE** May be taken concurrently with nursing program courses 4
Applicants transfer their credit hours from previous academic experience.
Students must have 30 electives, both nursing and non-nursing, including internship credit. Students may count a maximum of 16 internship credits towards a degree.
Course Description Credits NS/CO 381This course focuses on strategies for successful communication within healthcare settings, especially for effectively working within and leading interprofessional teams. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor 4 NS/HS 370This course focuses on meeting the needs of the increasingly-diverse populations served by the U.S. healthcare system, with particular emphasis on Hispanic populations. Basic medical Spanish will be covered. The course will address both theoretical issues such as intercultural competency and barriers to healthcare access, as well as practical strategies for successfully working with diverse communities. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. 4 NS/PHI 214This course introduces students to matters of social justice related to health. There is a focus on fundamental ethical theories and principles relevant to modern healthcare and health disparities. Case studies are used to emphasize and put into practice ethical decision-making models and processes. 4 Course Description Credits NU 320This course addresses the skills, attributes, and role development of the successful professional nurse. Case studies examine the nurse’s role in essential political, economic, and social forces affecting healthcare. Concepts of multidimensional care, plus skills of inquiry and analysis that inform clinical reasoning, professional judgment, and lifelong learning are integrated into personal space. 4 NU 340This course focuses on the theoretical and practical skills necessary to perform comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessments of individuals, families, and groups. Gathering specific data across the lifespan and in vulnerable populations is used to address common health problems. 4 NU 360This course provides an in-depth study of human pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. The focus is on interrelationships among organ systems in deviations from homeostasis. Etiology, physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, and complications of commonly occurring diseases, their management, and preventive measures inform management of nursing care. 4 NU 410Current theories of management, ethical leadership, and change theories are examined. Students use self- assessment and reflection drawing from ethical principles and virtues, moral theorists, caring and empathy to share how complex ethical decisions are made. Case studies are used to address how leaders manage common ethical issues within healthcare. 4 NU 420This course focuses on caring for vulnerable and other populations in community settings. Central themes include promoting and protecting the health of the public using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management and control strategies related to vulnerable populations. Evidence based practice is guided by community assessments, epidemiologic data, environmental data, change, political action, and case management frameworks. 4 NU 430This course provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop skills related to nursing research. The capstone project is introduced in NU 320 or NU 360, the project confirmed in NU 410 or NU 420, and is completed during this course. Research skills include design, measurement, statistical analysis, and scientific inquiry. The philosophy about qualitative versus quantitative, versus mixed methods research is reviewed. A capstone project involves choosing a research-based project with the purpose of improving safe quality care. 4
To qualify for admission to the online RN to BSN, applicants must:
- Have a current and active unencumbered Registered Nurse license issued in the U.S.
- Have earned a 2.5 CGPA in their associate degree or diploma program
How to Apply
Candidates must submit the following:
- An online application
Transfer and first-year students can apply for free at admission.ic.edu/apply
- Official transcripts of all college work completed, and/or that has led to the applicant’s receiving a license as a RN.
At Illinois College, we feature a high-quality education at a price you can afford. See how your past academic credentials can help you make the most of your college education.
|Tuition (36 credit hours)||$375 per credit hour||$13,500|
|Fees (6 terms)||$25 per term||$150|
|Total with Transfer Credits||$13,650|
Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855.822.5202 or request more information.
* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.
When you earn your RN to BSN online, you’ll Graduate READY to begin an exciting new chapter in your career. The degree can prepare you for any number of jobs, such as the ones listed here.
Charge nurses oversee all operations within a medical department or hospital unit.
$68,403 Median Annual Salary
RN supervisors manage teams of nurses in hospitals, long-term care facilities or similar environments.$71,906 Median Annual Salary
Legal Consult Nurse
Legal consult nurses provide their medical expertise to legal contexts.$74,719 Median Annual Salary
Faculty nurses instruct and educate students in licensed practical nursing programs.$60,667 Median Annual Salary
Case managers work with patients to determine personal care plans and acquire health services.$70,421 Median Annual Salary
School nurses work in educational institutions and tend to the health needs of students.$45,733 Median Annual Salary
Public Health Nurse
Public health nurses specialize in educating the public about a variety of health issues and connecting them to appropriate resources.$56,996 Median Annual Salary
Why Illinois College?
You can graduate from the RN to BSN program in 12 months or choose a slower pace and finish in 18-24 months.
Our partnerships with local hospitals make it possible for you to build connections within a vibrant nursing community.
Learn to respect and care for growing diverse populations as you study evidence-based, forward-thinking coursework.
Whether it’s increasing your paycheck or advancing your career, an online degree can help you go further.View Benefits
Frequently Asked Questions
Students who excel in online programs have similar traits and habits that contribute to their success. They possess self-motivation and self-discipline and are willing to commit time and effort to their studies. Additionally, they choose to meet deadlines, follow through on assignments and communicate regularly with their academic support network.
Online degrees provide flexibility to earn a degree at your own pace. Completion times will vary depending on previous college credit and how much time per week you are able to dedicate to academics. Average completion time for our online degrees is 18 months.
We’re glad you’re ready to take the next step in your career! Our application is free and offered fully online for your convenience. In addition to submitting your completed application form, you will need to request and supply your official transcripts from all previously attended institutions and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. If you are applying for the RN to BSN program, you will need to supply a valid RN license.
For specific admissions requirements, visit your program page of interest.