Online RN to BSN

Program Details

Next Start Date
Est. Program Length
12-18 months*
Major Credit Hours
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credits Accepted

*Est time for major completion
CCNE Accredited

Request Information

Complete the form to receive information about your chosen program.

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 CCNE-accredited* RN to BSN online program is designed to educate nurses for the needs of the future and covers a host of essential topics for advancing your education, such as:

  • Advanced Health assessment
  • Bioethics
  • Disease management
  • Health Policy
  • Health promotion
  • Nursing research
  • Pathophysiology
  • Professional communication
  • Serving 21st century populations
  • Statistical analysis

After Graduation

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 online RN to BSN is offered fully online for your convenience. Classes are asynchronous and can be taken wherever and whenever is right for you, allowing you the flexibility you need as a working adult.

The RN-BSN program at Illinois College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Vanessa Walker “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


Pamela Brown | RN-BSN

Pamela Brown

Education Background

  • BSN Nursing | Quincy University
  • M.S. Nursing | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Ph.D. Nursing | Wayne State University

Field Experience

I am a strong and longtime supporter of professional nurses, the profession of nursing, ethical nursing practice and nursing education.

I have served at varying levels of leadership at the state and national level.

I am currently the Treasurer for ANA-Illinois and serve on the ANA-Illinois Expert Panel on Workplace Safety. Past positions include Chair of the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the Illinois Coalition for Nursing Resources.

In my career, I have held positions of staff and charge nurse, middle manager, Director and most recently as President/CEO for Blessing-Reiman College of Nursing.

I have served as a longtime member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has volunteered for Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Services (SAPIS) in Adams County as well as for the Quincy Area Network Against Domestic Abuse (QUANADA).

What Else?

  • I earned a certificate for teaching the Gentle Art of Verbal Self Defense (GAVSD) and present programs on the GAVSD, professional communications and assertive communications.
  • I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

*The RN-BSN program at Illinois College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Courses and Admissions

9 Total core courses in program

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 semester hours from an applicant’s Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), 27-36 semester 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.


Admission Requirements

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
    Apply for free at
  • 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.

Curriculum ComponentCostTotal*
Tuition (36 credit hours)$375 per credit hour$13,500
Fees (6 terms)$25 per term$150
Total with Transfer Credits$13,650

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

  • Financial Aid

    Discover your financial aid options and learn more about how to fund your education.

    View Financial Aid
  • Military Students

    Illinois College Online is a proud veteran-friendly school. We offer service members and their dependents assistance through our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program and more.

    Find Out More

Career Outcomes

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 Nurse

    Charge nurses oversee all operations within a medical department or hospital unit.

    $68,403 Median Annual Salary
  • RN Supervisor

    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 Nurse

    Faculty nurses instruct and educate students in licensed practical nursing programs.

    $60,667 Median Annual Salary
  • Case Manager

    Case managers work with patients to determine personal care plans and acquire health services.

    $70,421 Median Annual Salary
  • School Nurse

    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?

  • Accelerated study.

    You can graduate from the RN to BSN program in 12 months or choose a slower pace and finish in 18-24 months.

  • Professional networking.

    Our partnerships with local hospitals make it possible for you to build connections within a vibrant nursing community.

  • Future-focused.

    Learn to respect and care for growing diverse populations as you study evidence-based, forward-thinking coursework.

Benefits of
Learning Online

Whether it’s increasing your paycheck or advancing your career, an online degree can help you go further.

View Benefits

Frequently Asked Questions