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About the RN-BS Online Completion Track

  • Journey to 1000 Online RN-BS Graduates
    Journey to 1000 Online RN-BS Graduates

    Boise State is meeting the Institute of Medicine’s challenge to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to 80% by 2020. We are proud to announce that as of our Spring 2017 commencement, over 1000 nurses have completed their bachelor degrees in our online RN-BS program.

Marilyn O'Mallon, Associate DirectorWelcome! I am so pleased that you are taking steps to complete your bachelor’s degree at Boise State University.

At Boise State, we are proud to announce that as of Spring commencement, over 1000 registered nurses have graduated from the online RN-BS program.

Completing our Journey to 1000 is an important milestone that reflects the commitment of our faculty and staff to deliver a robust, flexible and affordable online program. We invite you to be part of this outstanding program and look forward to receiving your application!

Marilyn O’Mallon PhD, RN,
Associate Director, RN-BS, AGNP, DNP

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Did you miss the deadline to start the RN-BS Program in January? It’s not too late!

Although the official deadline has passed for spring semester, your advisor can accept a late application as long as space remains available in RN-BS courses. We can help you get a jump start on meeting a new year’s resolution to complete your bachelor’s degree!

Contact your advisor today!

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Online RN-BS At-a-Glance

Button Likning to RNBS Overview pdfThe RN-BS  is a CCNE accredited online program that supports registered nurses in earning their bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). We invite you to learn more about our program.


As one of Idaho’s premier public universities, we are pleased to offer an affordable tuition rate of $350 per credit hour with no out-of-state fees. The average total cost to complete the program is between $12 and $13,000 based upon your prior academic credits. View more cost information.


Our supportive RN-BS online program offers flexible scheduling that allows you to create a plan for completion based upon your own work, family and personal commitments. View schedule options.


Applicants currently enrolled in Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) programs may dual enroll in RN-BS courses while completing their ADN program. View dual enrollment information.


We are here to support you in completing a bachelor’s degree. We provide high-touch advising and students services. Meet your RN-BS Advisors.


Our academic program is carefully designed to enhance your nursing skills, to advance your professional career, and to positively impact your academic progression by preparing you for graduate studies.  View RN-BS curriculum.

Prerequisite Requirement

A 3-credit undergraduate statistics course is a co- or prerequisite for RN-BS online courses. You can transfer in an eligible statistics course or complete the course during your first semester. There are no other prerequisite courses. View eligible options for completing the statistics prerequisite.

RN License Requirement

Although RN-BS students must possess an RN license in order to complete the program, if you are currently enrolled in an associate degree program, you may take RN-BS pre-licensure courses and begin working toward your bachelor’s degree while concurrently enrolled in your ADN program.

Why Boise State?

Celebrating over 1000 RN's earning bachelor's degrees online at Boise State University
At Boise State, we have been advancing the education and professional skills of nurses for over 50 years and we were early innovators in offering an online program to registered nurses.  We launched our online RN-BS completion program in 2008 and based our courses on the same curriculum delivered in our on campus bachelor’s degree program.

When the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) issued a challenge to increase the number of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to 80% by 2020, we rose to the challenge and added faculty and staff to support an increased enrollment of online students. View the IOM Report.

As of May 2017, over 1000 registered nurses from all over the country have completed their bachelor’s degree through our RN-BS online program.

Alumni VoicesAlumni Testimonials

At Boise State, we pride ourselves on creating a supportive program that engages and gets to know our students – even though we rarely meet them face-to-face. If you want to know what to expect, we invite you to read the words of our alumni. View alumni testimonials.

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