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Academic Programs - RN-BSN


As part of the college’s effort to prepare the next generation of nursing leaders, UI’s online RN-BSN program provides access to baccalaureate education for nurses throughout the state. Nurses who graduate from this program acquire vital knowledge and skills that help enhance their ability to provide quality care to diverse patient populations that have increasingly complex health care needs.

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Tuition total for the RN-BSN program is $12,704.00

As an extra bonus, we are offering free tuition for your first nursing course if you are admitted to the RN-BSN program in 2017 or Spring 2018. Get started now and take advantage of this free tuition!

Request a Transcript Evaluation

  1. Send an email to the RN-BSN Office (nursing-rn-bsn@uiowa.edu) with the following information:
    1. Name (including maiden name if applicable)
    2. Mailing Address
    3. What month/year did you (or do you plan to) receive your nursing degree from the community college
    4. What year did you graduate high school
    5. Did you take a foreign language in high school
    6. If yes, what language and how many years (i.e. Spanish II, French III)
    7. List all colleges/universities you have attended
  2. Send a separate transcript from each college/university you have attended. The transcripts can be unofficial and may be mailed (RN-BSN Office, 37 CNB, Iowa City, IA 52242), faxed (319-384-4423), or sent electronically (nursing-rn-bsn@uiowa.edu). For the purpose of a transcript evaluation, we do not need official transcripts.
  3. When your transcript evaluation is completed, it will be sent to you electronically. The evaluation will show what courses you need to complete (prerequisites, general education requirements, and electives) prior to applying to our program. You may complete all these courses at your local community college. Once you have completed your courses at your local community college, you are ready to apply to the RN-BSN program!


Our program is online. There is one practicum/clinical course (community and public health) and one project course (PRIV Leadership) that have face-to-face components. We will place you in sites close to your residing address (within 100 miles). Often times, you can complete the leadership course in your place of employment. The community and public health practicum course must be completed in the state of Iowa and you must have a valid Iowa nursing license. This program is for associate degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their nursing skills and professional potential by earning the BSN. The BSN serves as the base for graduate study in nursing and opens many professional opportunities.

As a leader in nursing education, the University of Iowa is committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the state of Iowa. We support the national goal of a nursing workforce of 80 percent BSN-prepared nurses by 2020. 

Please click on the links to the left for more detailed information about our program. We hope this information is helpful and look forward to assisting you to move forward with your educational and career goals.

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