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RN-to-BSN Program
BSN Completion Program

Program Overview

You’ll maximize your career opportunities as well as have the educational foundation for career advancement with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. We can help you get there quickly and efficiently. Our RN-to-BSN program is designed for working registered nurses or students who have recently graduated with their associate's degree and are preparing to take the NCLEX-RN examination. Our program is fully online with a faculty and staff support system to help you every step of the way.


  • Registered Nurse (RN) - An active, unencumbered RN license within your state of residence. Note: Applicants without a registered nurse license may apply to the program, receive provisional admission and take up to 12 credits while preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination.
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Application Submission Deadline: You may apply to the program at any time during the last semester of your Associate degree or diploma program or after completing the program.

Transfer guides and articulation agreements

Review the transfer guides and articulation agreements from the community college or university you attended to see how your credits will transfer to Central Michigan University.

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Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Location: Online
Program Length: 1-3 years
Credit Hours: 30

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

In today’s fast-changing nursing profession, you need a bachelor’s degree to get ahead. A BSN can boost your earning power, open the door to new opportunities and build your skills as a nurse and a professional.

Our nursing completion program offers you a streamlined path to the BSN. Designed for working nurses or recent graduates with an associate's degree preparing for the NCLEX-RN examination, our program is offered entirely online. Depending on the courses you transfer into the program, you can complete the degree in a year with full-time online classes, or take classes at a slower pace — it’s entirely up to you.

Whichever path you take, you’ll learn in a community of students and faculty who share your drive for excellence and support you in becoming a leader. You’ll also graduate with the credentials you need to take the next step in a rewarding career.

Our RN-to-BSN program is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials for Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008) and the national Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Competencies.

Program Highlights

As an RN-to-BSN student at CMU, you can:

  • Complete your courses at your own pace.
  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in a year by taking courses full-time.
  • Enter the program at six different times of year: August, October, January, March, May or June.
  • Apply for scholarships designated especially for students in the health professions.

Careers & Outcomes

A BSN significantly expands your options as a nurse. Many hospitals and other health care centers now require all newly hired nurses to have a bachelor’s degree. What’s more, a bachelor’s degree can increase your earning power and open the door to higher-level jobs in public health, case management, patient education and leadership.

Career Projected Salary
Nurse Anesthetist $195,610
Nurse Practitioner $120,680
Nurse Midwife $112,830

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