• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The RN-to-BSN online option from MU emphasizes critical thinking and practice skills necessary for clinical management of patients within a constantly changing health care environment. If you are a registered nurse seeking a bachelor of science in nursing, this may be the degree for you. 

Program structure and topics 

This program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.Your plan of study will include N4970 Nursing in Communities (4 credit hours, offered in summer), which has a 90-hour clinical. You may complete this clinical including using a local community agency. 

Course work covers: 

  • Communication and computer skills
  • Health assessment and pathophysiology 
  • Nursing ethics and law 
  • Nursing issues, leadership and management 
  • Nursing theory and research  

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. An unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the United States or provide evidence of eligibility sit to sit for the NCLEX exam during the first semester of enrollment.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your associates nursing program.
  3. Minimum GPA of 2.0 for courses taken at MU.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 65 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 210.
  5. The School may give special consideration to students who do not meet the above criteria but who have demonstrated unusual motivation toward a nursing career and whose backgrounds demonstrate substantial economic or cultural diversity. Students who are currently enrolled in an associate degree program are also eligible to take specific RN-BSN courses. For more information contact the Sinclair School of Nursing.
NOTE: Individuals residing in LA, OR, WA, AL, NC, NY, MA or MD are not able to enroll in this program.

To apply to this program:

All students begin their programs with the summer semester. Deadline to apply is Mar. 1.

Application Deadlines

March 1


  • NURSE 3080Communication and Computer Skills2 Credits

    Introduces RN students to MU and MU Sinclair School of Nursing. Provides education in essential competencies needed for success in the RN-BSN Option including writing skills, computer literacy, library and Internet research. Prerequisites: clinical major.

  • NURSE 3180Role Transitions3 Credits

    Explores returning-to-school issues important to adult learners. Links previous basic nursing courses with baccalaureate courses and begins building new knowledge on prior nursing education. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 3080.

  • NURSE 4200Nursing Ethics and Law3 Credits

    This course examines and explores legal and ethical principles and applications as they pertain to clinical nursing practice and healthcare. The information in this course is applied in concurrent and subsequent program courses and provides a foundation for ethical and legal professional nursing practice. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 3270 or NURSE 3080.

  • NURSE 4380Health Assessment and Pathophysiology 4 Credits

    Examines biologic basis for selected commonly occurring diseases throughout the life-span. Study and performance of health assessments with application of findings to adults and children. Prerequisites: NURSE 4950.

  • NURSE 4400Nursing Leadership and Management 2 Credits

    Examines leadership, management, and organizational theories in relation to resource management and effective delivery of nursing to sets of clients. Analyzes societal and political issues and trends related to nursing and contemporary health care. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: NURSE 3080, NURSE 3180, or NURSE 3670. Prerequisites or Corequisites: NURSE 3180.

  • NURSE 4930WEvidence-Based Nursing Practice - Writing Intensive 5 Credits

    Concepts of evidence-based nursing practice are applied to clinical nursing questions, emphasizing use of research findings in practice settings to generate best nursing practices and optimal patient care outcomes. Prerequisites: NURSE 4950.

  • NURSE 4950WNursing Theory and Research - Writing Intensive 3 Credits

    Addresses nursing research as means of acquiring and refining knowledge. Research utilization to impact nursing addressed. Examines development and utilization of nursing theory, primarily Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory. Prerequisites or Corequisite: NURSE 3080.

  • NURSE 4970Nursing in Communities (4 credit hours, includes 90 hours of preceptor assisted practicum)4 Credits

    Examines roles and functions of nurses within community with emphasis on application of community/public health concepts and design and implementation of nursing systems of care for individuals, families, and populations. Prerequisites: NURSE 4930.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $299.00
  • Fees: $198.03
  • Total: $497.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $897.00
  • Fees: $594.09
  • Total: $1491.09
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $382.40
  • Fees: $198.03
  • Total: $580.43
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1147.20
  • Fees: $594.09
  • Total: $1741.29
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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