Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN – B.S.)

About the Program

There’s a high demand for nurses who have bachelor’s degrees. If you have your associate degree in nursing, our accredited, online program can help you advance your education — and your career — at your own pace. You'll be able to complete your B.S. in nursing degree in a way that works with your busy schedule. In addition, you’ll have the support of one of our dedicated advisors. They’ll work with you from admission to graduation, helping ensure you meet all the degree requirements.

Program Mode of Delivery

This program is delivered 100% online.


You are required to complete 120 hours of coursework, but great news - transfer credits are accepted , helping you keep your education costs down. 

Transferring Nursing Credits

You can apply 33 credits from your previous nursing education toward your B.S. degree. Only 28 credits in coursework must be taken at NIU (view course list); the rest may be taken through community college. (You must complete 12 semester hours of nursing credit at NIU with a grade of C or better in order to transfer the credits).

Transferring General Education Credits

You may transfer up to 66 hours of theory coursework and an additional four hours of physical education credit from a community college to apply toward pre-nursing and general education requirements. An unlimited number of hours may be transferred from a four-year institution.

Information about specific course requirements can be found in the NIU course catalog.

Applying to the Program

You're eligible for this program if you:
  • Have been admitted to NIU as a regular degree-seeking student.
  • Meet one of the following criteria:
    • Graduated from an associate degree or diploma nursing program within the past five years.
    • Practiced as a registered nurse within the past five years.
    • Satisfactorily completed an approved refresher course within the past five years.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA.
  • Hold an active and unencumbered RN license (or pass NCLEX during your first semester at NIU).

You'll apply as a transfer student. Start your application now.

After you apply, the academic department would like you to submit a copy of your active RN license. 


See the Nursing website for a full list of faculty.

Why NIU Online?

We know you have responsibilities and commitments. It's just easier if you're able to take classes where you are without the commute. The good news is that with NIU, you're not alone. Your classmates and instructors are available via the same technology that helps deliver your classes. In our classrooms or in your living room, we want you to succeed academically because your future is our focus.

More Information

Program Type: Online bachelor's degree completion
College: College of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing
Tuition per Credit: $377.04 (Learn more about tuition and fees)

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For applicants residing in the U.S.

Term Deadline
Fall  August 1
Spring  December 1
Summer  May 15


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