Online RN to BSN

  • Overview

    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 and master's program at Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 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
    • We have a fast track MSN External Icon option for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA

    State Authorization for Distance Education Nursing Programs

    The United States Department of Education (USDOE) published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)-October 29, 2010; page 116-117 http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-26531.pdf) that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.

    Saint Joseph's College and the Department of Nursing have been and continue to make a good faith effort in pursuing state Board of Nursing authorizations. Additional information will be posted to this web site as more information becomes available. Due to the complexity of rules and regulations of some state boards of nursing, Saint Joseph's College is unable to accept new applications for admission to most of our distance education programs from students residing in: Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, West Virginia. We are actively seeking full approval in New York. However, in New Yorkwe are able to accept students to the RN/BSN, MSN/ADM, and the MSN/EDU programs only. Some state boards of nursing require individual application and approval for clinical placements within their state, and those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Michigan, and Wyoming. We regret the lack of opportunity to provide individuals with nursing education in those states and it is therefore our primary goal to meet the rules and regulations necessary to obtain approval in the future.

  • Curriculum

    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.

  • Some of our faculty
    • Kimberly Clement, MBA, MSN, RN

      Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs/Assistant Professor of Nursing

      MSN, University of Southern Maine
      MBA, University of Southern Maine
      BSN, Saint Joseph's College

      Learn more about Kimberly

    • Terry Girouard-Jordan

      Assistant Professor of Nursing

      MSN, Drexel University
      MS, University of Southern Maine

      BSN, Excelsior College

      Learn more about Terry

    Kimberly Clement, MBA, MSN, RN

    Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs/Assistant Professor of Nursing

    MSN, University of Southern Maine
    MBA, University of Southern Maine
    BSN, Saint Joseph's College

    Learn more about Kimberly

    Terry Girouard-Jordan

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    MSN, Drexel University
    MS, University of Southern Maine

    BSN, Excelsior College

    Learn more about Terry

  • Student Stories
    • Kim Gourley

      “My education at Saint Joseph's College has been everything I hoped and more. Thank you!”

      Registered Nurse

      Ellsworth, Maine

    • Joshua Sheehan

      "Saint Joseph's College is changing my life!"

      Education Coordinator

      Phoenix, Arizona

    • Veronica Paolantonio

      It has not been easy going back to school, being a single Mom and helping my child with school. Everyone has been very understanding and they always work with me.

      Clinical Leader Orthopedics

      Wakefield, Rhode Island

  • Career Moves

    BSN prepared nurses are now required by those facilities seeking Magnet status. As of January 2011, 75 percent of the unit level nurse managers must hold a BSN or higher degree. The Navy, Air Force, and several other federal agencies will only accept BSN prepared RNs, and public health agencies still prefer BSN (or higher) prepared RNs.

    Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals.

    Employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average and, because the occupation is very large, 581,500 new jobs will result, among the largest number of new jobs for any occupation.

  • State Information

    Saint Joseph's College and the Department of Nursing have been, and continue to make, a good faith effort in pursuing and maintaining state Board of Nursing authorizations.  However, due to the complexity of rules and regulations by the various State Boards of Nursing, the Nursing Department at Saint Joseph's College is not able to offer education opportunities in all states. 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:

    Alabama *Alaska *Arkansas
    CaliforniaColoradoConnecticut
    District of ColumbiaFlorida Georgia
    Hawaii Idaho Illinois
    Indiana Iowa Kansas
    Kentucky Maine Maryland
    Massachusetts Michigan Mississippi
    Missouri NebraskaNew Hampshire
    New Jersey New Mexico New York
    North Carolina Ohio Oklahoma
    PennsylvaniaRhode Island South Carolina
    South Dakota Tennessee Texas
    UtahVermont Virginia
    WashingtonWisconsin Wyoming *

    * Requires approval from State Board of Nursing for clinical placements.

    At this time we regret that Saint Joseph's College Department of nursing is not able to accept RN to BSN students in the following states: 

    Arizona Delaware Louisiana
    Minnesota Montana Nevada
    North Dakota Oregon West Virginia