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RN-BS Completion Track (online)

Vivian SchraderWelcome! I am so pleased that you are taking steps to complete your bachelor’s degree at Boise State University, a leading center for nurse education.

The online RN-BS Completion Track has been advancing the education and professional skills of RNs since 2008 and is known for its dedicated faculty and staff along with the program’s flexible options for working nurses.

We look forwarding to receiving your application and invite you to contact one of our friendly RN-BS Advisors to request a transcript evaluation or to schedule a phone or office appointment.

Vivian Schrader, PhD, RN, CNE
Professor and Associate Director, RN-BS, AGNP, and DNP Programs


PrintThe online RN-BS curriculum provides you with a wide range of competencies while providing an academic foundation for pursuing advanced nursing degrees. In addition, innovative lab courses allow you to engage in meaningful project-based clinicals that positively impact your community and workplace.

Our faculty are highly trained in delivering online education and provide an enriching academic experience designed to enhance your nursing practice and to prepare you for graduate studies. Our student services staff are friendly professionals dedicated to helping you through the transfer process and supporting you in completing a bachelor’s degree.


  • Part-time and full-time options are available.
  • Most courses are offered fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Projects require partnering with community members and/or a supervisor, but do not require a preceptor or completion of clinical hours.
  • Please review the RN-BS course descriptions.

UF300Transitional Foundations (must be taken 1st semester)3 credits
NURS 306E-Learning Preparation for the RN (elective)1 credit
NURS 392Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (Statistics is a prerequisite for this course. It can be taken concurrently or prior to enrollment.)3 credits
NURS 416Community and Population Health Nursing3 credits
NURS 417Community and Population Health Nursing Lab (project based clinical)3 credits
NURS 420Policy, Power and Voice3 credits
NURS 422Care Coordination and Resource Management3 credits
NURS 424Nursing Leadership and Management3 credits
NURS 425Nursing Leadership and Management Lab (project based clinical) 2 credits
NURS 428Nursing Roles in Health Aging2 credit
NURS 430Preparing for a Financially Savvy Career & Retirement1 credits
NURS 430Preparing for Graduate Education and Advanced Practice (8 weeks)2 credits
NURS 496Independent Study (elective)1-4 credits
HLTHST 280Introduction to Statistical Methods for Health Sciences (this course meets the prerequisite for NURS 392. Click here to view other options)3 credits
HLTHST 400Inter-professional Capstone1 credit


  • Boise State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing,  including the RN-BS Completion Track, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
    –Effective March 11, 2015


  • Estimated total cost for the online RN-BS is $12,160.
  • Apply for federal financial aid by completing the FAFSA. Boise State School Code: 001616.
  • Cost may vary based upon transfer credits accepted toward graduation requirements and prior learning credits.

Boise State Application Fee$50
Application Fee, supplemental RN-BS Application$20
RN-BS Course Credits (30 @ $335 per credit)$10,050
Distance Education Fees (30 credits x $15 per credit)$450
Prior Learning Credits ($20 per class x 9 classes)$180
Books ( $100 per class x 13 classes) $1,300
Background check/drug test (if required)$110
Approximate Total$12,160

Tuition and fees are subject to change.

As an RN, you can apply for Prior Learning Credits after you have passed the NCLEX and completed a minimum of 12 credits of the RN-BS curriculum.

Estimate does not include cost of the statistics prerequisite or any general education courses that may be required for graduation. Contact an RN-BS Adviser for a transcript evaluation and personalized cost analysis.

Tuition benefits for Boise State employees do not apply to self-support programs, including the RN-BS Completion Track.

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Since each associate degree program is different, the best way to understand which courses you will need to graduate is to contact us. Our RN-BS Advisors are friendly professionals who can evaluate your transcript and review requirements with you based upon your individual education and experience.


Graduation from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing requires 120 credit hours, including:

  • Completion of 30 required credits from the online RN-BS curriculum, earning a “C” or above.
  • 3-credit undergraduate statistics prerequisite course.
  • A minimum of 40 upper-division credits.
  • Fulfillment of all Foundational Studies Program (general education) core requirements.
  • Approved transfer credits.
  • Approved prior learning credits. RN-BS students can apply for prior learning credits after passing the NCLEX and completing a minimum of 12 credits of the online RN-BS curriculum. Credits for prior learning cannot count toward the 30 credit RN-BS curriculum requirements.

General Education

The type of associate degree you earn may affect whether you meet Boise State general education (core course) requirements for graduation.

Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA)
If your nursing degree is an AS or AA from a regionally accredited institution, you are “core certified” and meet general education (core course) requirements.* If your degree is from a school that is not regionally accredited, please call 208-426-1727 for more information before applying.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) or Diploma Nurse
If your nursing degree is an ADN, an AAS degree, or you are a Diploma Nurses, please email or call 208-426-1727 before applying to the RN-BS Completion Track. One of our RN-BS Advisors will review your credentials and provide you with information about any general education requirements.

ADN or AAS, plus Bachelor’s Degree
If your nursing degree is an ADN or AAS, but you previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, you are “core certified” and meet general education (core course) requirements.*

*NOTE: UF 300 and NURS 420 are RN-BS required courses that also meet the Foundational Studies requirements for graduation.


A 3-credit undergraduate statistics course is required prior to enrolling in most RN-BS courses. You are welcome to email ( or call 208-426-1727 to determine if you meet this requirement. If you need a statistics course to meet this prerequisite, there are several options available.


Online courses at Boise State require a computer capable of running any certified or compatible operating system and web browser listed by Blackboard (sorry, no tablets or smartphones). You will also need:
  • A computer capable of running any certified or compatible operating system and web browser listed by Blackboard (sorry, no tablets or phones).
  • Reliable internet connection. Broadband or a high speed network connection is preferred.
  • The ability to send and receive email, including email attachments.
  • Knowledge of how to format and submit documents using Microsoft Word and Power Point.
  • The ability to use Adobe Acrobat reader to view course materials.
  • Access to a device (camera, tablet, smart phone) that allows you to create short videos.
  • Other requirements as specified for individual courses.

New to online learning?

Enroll in NURS 306 – an elective course that introduces and prepares you for success in an online environment. Take an easy and short Self-Assessment Survey to help assess your readiness for the online RN-BS Completion Track or for more information about succeeding as an online student, visit Boise State eCampus.

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Want to learn more?

If you have any questions about which credits will transfer, about general education or graduation requirements, or regarding the application process, please don’t hesitate to email ( or call 208-426-1727 to speak with one of our supportive RN-BS Advisors.

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