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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. This academic year, the program will reach 1000 RN-BS graduates.

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 the conclusion of this academic year, we will celebrate the graduation of the first 1000 registered nurses from the online RN-BS program.

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 look forward to receiving your application!

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

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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.

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    Introduction Slide Presentation RN-BS Online Program

    Introduction Slide Presentation to the RN-BS Online 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.


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.

Prerequisites & Licensing 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.

Licensing Requirement

Five of the eleven required RN-BS courses may be taken pre-licensure. However, RN-BS students must possess a registered nursing license in order to complete the program.View eligible options for completing the statistics prerequisite.

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.

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

Choosing an Online Program

Graphic image of a computer monitor in Boise State colorsDo you know how to tell if an online degree program is accredited and how to choose a program that employers will respect?

We invite you to view an online video hosted by U.S. News Education. The discussion features experts in online education that include Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel Online; Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and education professor at University at Albany—SUNY; and Judith S. Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


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We are here to support you during the application process, course scheduling and registration, and in preparation for graduation. Meet your RN-BS Advisors

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