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RN-BSN - Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend you begin by getting a transcript evaluation.

To do this, go to and follow the two simple steps to get your transcripts evaluated. 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 submitting an application to the RN-BSN program. You may complete all of your prerequisites, general education requirements, and electives at your local community college.

Total tuition for the Iowa RN-BSN program is $12,704 ($397.00/credit hour).

Once you have looked at our website, the RN-BSN Program Office is a great resource to answer any questions you may have or for information about program requirements. Advising sessions are provided by email, phone, or face to face. We recommend that you have a transcript evaluation completed prior to most advising sessions, as this will assure accurate answers to your questions. You may contact the RN-BSN Program Office ( at any time with questions or concerns.

To find courses that transfer to Iowa for each requirement, use our Course Equivalency Guide at This is a tool for you to search for courses that transfer from the community college to the University of Iowa.

Brief instructions on how to use the transfer tool are as follows:

Click on the above link and use the drop-down boxes

  • Transfer Institution = put in school where you want to take your courses
  • UI College = College of Liberal Arts
  • Select the curriculum area of courses = put in whatever is marked “X” need on your transcript evaluation (i.e. Literary, Visual & Performing Arts, International & Global Issues, Rhetoric, etc)
  • Hit search = the courses that appear will transfer to Iowa for that particular requirement. Repeat the process for each “need” on your transcript evaluation. Do not select any “Career & Technical” or “Career Development” courses as they do not transfer. If you have trouble, call me and I am happy to walk you through it.

Once you have competed (or are in progress with) all prerequisites and general education requirements at your local community college, you are ready to apply. Application deadlines are September 1st for Spring (January) start and March 1st for Fall (August) start.

To find our online application and more detailed information, go to

Prior to application, you must have 9 semester hours (s/h) of prerequisites and 12 s/h of general education requirements (GERs) completed.

Prior to matriculation (beginning the nursing major), you must have 5 s/h of general education electives (GEs) completed. The remaining 6 s/h of GEs must be completed before you register for the community/public health practicum.

The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) admission requirement is 3.0. Because the University of Iowa uses a cumulative GPA for admission purposes, you need to be aware that the cumulative GPA is made up of all college-level work. Therefore, any vocational-technical courses (nursing courses) you completed at a technical or community college do not directly transfer and are not figured into the cumulative GPA.

For more detailed information about our prerequisites, GER and GE requirements see our website at

The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled anytime during our program, but must be completed prior to receiving your BSN degree. For more detailed information about your foreign language requirement see our website at

We offer two plans of study; a full-time plan (3 semesters) and a part-time plan (5 semesters). For more detailed information and to look at our sample plans of study go to

Once admitted, students can be considered for scholarships and awards administered by the College of Nursing. Also, there may be clubs and professional organizations in your community that provide scholarships directly to individuals. Such scholarships may be applied to University of Iowa tuition.

Tuition reimbursement for RN-BSN students is sometimes available from your employer. If this is a benefit you are eligible for, please note that we are happy to assist you in providing verification of registration to your employer. If official verification is required, we can direct you to the Office of the Registrar for official university verification.

As a prospective student, you may or may not be familiar with the UI campus. We welcome students to the Iowa City campus and especially hope you will visit the College of Nursing building. Although many of our students do not live and work in the Iowa City area, if you find that you will be in Iowa City for personal or professional reasons and will have time to stop by the Nursing Building, we hope you'll do so. You are always welcome.

Many RN-BSN students are recognized for academic achievement while they are in the College of Nursing. The College of Nursing is pleased to sponsor one of the oldest chapters of Sigma Theta Tau in the country and each year invites highly qualified students to join this prestigious honor society. The induction ceremony for Sigma Theta Tau is a very special day for honored students and their families.

Commencement is another special day that we would not want you to miss. This very special event is on campus each May and December for nursing graduates.

We hope to welcome you soon to the College of Nursing. We are here to assist you in meeting the challenges that await you as you begin your journey in completing your BSN, and hope your journey will lead you to one of our highly ranked graduate nursing programs. Go Hawks!