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Why choose the RN-BSN in nursing degree?

  • $71,730 median salary*
  • $16,500 average program cost
  • 3 semesters to complete your program

Are you an RN looking for upward mobility, greater earning potential, and increased career flexibility, then the RN-BSN degree is for you.

*Data provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017-2018 report

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

With a degree from Saint Luke’s College, you get a quality education from a proven program with over 115+ years of experience. Why wait? A BSN degree means upward mobility, greater earning potential, and increased career flexibility.

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Ability to transfer in up to 90 credit hours
  • No expiration on previous college credits for licensed RNs
  • Opportunity to complete any needed prerequisites while attending the College
  • Flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners
  • An innovative online curriculum with no campus visit required
  • Three-hour clinicals completed at a site in your community
  • Program completion in as little as three semesters or longer to suit your needs
  • Trained and experienced nursing faculty with clinical and teaching experience
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Academic advising and peer tutoring available through the Student Resource Center


  • Have an active, unencumbered nursing license in the state where you practice
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Completion of a maximum of 36 nursing credit hours transferred from an associate or diploma program
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation

You must return your application paperwork and attend a required orientation.

Yes, this is a flexible program with both part-time and full-time options.

The program can be completed in as little as three semesters but you can pace the program to work with your schedule.

We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships)

  • Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
  • We offer scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • Workstudy positions available
  • Personal or parent loans
  • For Saint Luke’s Health System employees you can cover the entire cost of your discounted program with your tuition reimbursement dollars 

We have a generous credit transfer policy. We will take coursework completed at a regionally accredited college. Courses, where a C or better was earned, will be accepted. Schedule a visit with an RN-BSN admission counselor to see what credits you can transfer.

Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements required to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to computer download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Minimum computer specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
  • RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
  • Wireless network card 802.11AC 
  • Headset with microphone capability required
  • Web camera required

Software Applications Required:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The college provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
  • Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader 

Degree Requirements

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, the College will confer the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing upon students who have fulfilled the following requirements:

  • Completion of the 120 hours of the required program of study for the BSN degree
  • Completion of a maximum of 36 nursing credit hours transferred from an associate or diploma program 
  • Completion of up to 54 hours of general education coursework to include statistics, ethics, and nutrition
  • Completion of the 30 semester hours of nursing coursework within three years of enrollment at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 with no grade below C counting towards graduation
  • RN-BSN students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences to receive a degree from Saint Luke’s College and to meet residency requirements
Required Courses for the RN-BSN Degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Required 30 Required
N393 Student Success Strategies 1
N401 Role Development and Professional Issues 3
N411 Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice 3
N457 Pharmacology for the RN 3
N482 Community/Public Health Theory 3
N484 Community/Public Health Clinical Project 3
N485 Assessment for the Professional Nurse 3
N487 Pathophysiology for the RN 3
N489 Informatics 3
N499 Organizational and System Leadership 3
NXXX Elective/Directed Study 2
Total Credits 30 Credits

N393 is taken the first semester of the program. N484 includes a clinical placement.

The BSN program has prerequisite requirements requiring coursework to follow a specific order. A 2-credit hour nursing elective course must also be taken prior to graduation. The nursing elective must be an approved elective as listed in the academic course catalog and it must be taken at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences. Courses are not offered every semester. An academic advisor will develop your individualized plan of study.

Program Mission

The RN-BSN provides a quality education that builds on the RN’s prior learning and nursing experience while recognizing their unique challenges when seeking a baccalaureate degree. The RN-BSN seeks to build on the strengths of the learner while supporting their developmental potential. Adult learning principles used throughout the curriculum facilitate meaningful learning that the student can use to impact their world immediately and in the long-term. The RN-BSN helps learners to transform their nursing practice by sharpening and improving critical thinking and reasoning, promoting leadership skills that enhance personal and professional possibilities, lifelong learning, developing lifelong professional relationships, and feeling a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Advanced RN-BSN Option

With the advanced RN-BSN option, undergraduate RN-BSN students seeking to enroll in one of our MSN tracks have an opportunity to complete selected master’s degree courses for credit in both the BSN and MSN programs. This opportunity allows students to potentially finish the master’s at an accelerated pace, reducing both time and cost to completion. Certain restrictions apply. See RN-BSN advisor for details.

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