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Online RN to BSN


This RN-to-BSN degree completion is designed for both diploma and associate degree registered nurses who want to earn their bachelor’s degree.

Whether seeking mastery of advanced skills or completing your bachelor’s degree, take advantage of our strong history and tradition in nursing education.

With the increasing emphasis on patient outcomes across all health care settings, the online BSN degree completion program at Saint Joseph’s College helps you build upon your nursing education. You will increase knowledge in evidence-based care, clinical decision making, ethical practice, population-based care, and health promotion and disease prevention.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The pre-baccalaureate program is also approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.

 At a Glance

  • We accept more courses in transfer than most institutions (Diploma nurses receive 30 to 90 credits, and Associate Degree nurses can receive 65 to 90 credits, based on transcript analysis.)
  • Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting.
  • No on-campus residency required.
  • Faculty with current knowledge and experience in the field of nursing will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
  • Degree completion for associate degree nurses.
  • RN to MSN Fast-Track option for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA.

For more information about your state requirements, please view our State Disclosure Information.


Students enrolled in the RN to BSN program must complete 128 semester hour credits through a combination of transfer, enrollment, and challenge examinations. Nurses with a nursing diploma will receive 30 credits in transfer for the lower-level BSN nursing courses. Thirty-two semester hours must be earned through Saint Joseph’s College. A full transcript evaluation will be done to determine all possible transfer credit.

This program has a very competitive admissions process and successful applicants must meet all prescribed requirements.

Meet Our Nursing Administration


Kimberly Mantlow, MBA, MSN, RN
Kimberly Mantlow, MBA, MSN, RNProgram Coordinator, Undergraduate Nursing/Assistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, University of Southern Maine
MBA, University of Southern Maine
BSN, Saint Joseph’s College
Terry Girouard-Jordan
Terry Girouard-JordanAssistant Professor of Nursing
MSN, Drexel University
MS, University of Southern Maine
BSN, Excelsior College
Suzanne Parkman
Suzanne ParkmanAssistant Professor
MSN, Texas Woman’s University
BSN, University of Southern Maine
ADN, Central Maine Medical Center School of Nursing


Jeanne Donlevy Arnold '83
Jeanne Donlevy Arnold '83Retired Health Care Administrator
Years of patient care experience has shaped how Arnold feels about the nursing program at the College and how she approaches healthcare administration. She is now on the College’s Board of Trustees and


Career Outcomes For BSN-Prepared Nurses

Across the country, Registered Nurses (RNs) are in high demand, constituting the largest healthcare occupation with 2.9 million jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Industry-wide, employment of RNs is expected to grow at the much-faster-than-average rate of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026. And, because the occupation is very large, 438,100 new RN jobs will result – placing it among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.

Maine offers uniquely valuable nursing career opportunities. According to WalletHub’s report on “2018’s Best & Worst States for Nurses,” Maine was rated as the best state for new nursing graduates starting their careers. States were evaluated based on opportunity and competition as well as work environment.

Not only is the demand for qualified, BSN-prepared nurses on the rise, but also the field of nursing is moving toward requiring a BSN as a qualification for nursing employment in many healthcare organizations. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals, and facilities seeking Magnet status are now evaluated on employment of BSN-prepared nurses. And, as of January 2011, 75 percent of the unit-level nurse managers must hold a BSN or higher degree. Furthermore, the Navy, Air Force and several other federal agencies will only accept BSN-prepared RNs, and public health agencies still prefer BSN-prepared RNs (or higher).

Position Yourself for Advancement in A Meaningful Career Path

If you are looking to advance in the field of nursing, the BSN is becoming a must-have credential for a variety of settings. Take the next step at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Request more information today or apply now online (for free) if you’re ready.


Please see the list below for information regarding programs available by state.

Saint Joseph’s College has approval to offer the RN to BSN program in:

District of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgia
New HampshireNew JerseyNew Mexico
New YorkNorth CarolinaOhio
OklahomaPennsylvaniaRhode Island
South CarolinaSouth DakotaTennessee