Online RN-BSN

Today’s healthcare environment is changing. So is the role of nurses.

You already have the nursing skills and experience. Now it’s time to advance your education and grow as a nurse leader. Duquesne University’s 100% online RN-BSN program is designed for you to continue working and gain career momentum — simultaneously.

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Study 100% online

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3 start dates per year

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Accelerated track to MSN

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Transfer credits accepted

Why earn your BSN online?

As an RN, your schedule is packed. Long hours, shift work and personal obligations can make it difficult to maintain a structured calendar. This is why online learning is an ideal choice.

Duquesne’s online BSN gives you the freedom and flexibility to study when and where it’s most convenient. Best of all, as a practicing nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your past educational experiences to the curriculum in our program. As more career opportunities become available for BSN-prepared nurses, the chance to earn a higher salary increases as well. Continuing your education by earning your BSN is an investment in your career and lifetime earning potential.

The smart choice — an online RN to BSN.

  • 100% online coursework. Study online with no residency requirements.
  • One-on-one faculty mentorship. You’ll be assigned a dedicated faculty mentor to help guide you through the program, from enrollment through graduation.
  • Collaborative assignments. You’ll have the opportunity to connect and network with other BSN students from around the country.
  • Study at a respected school. Duquesne is ranked among the top 100 schools of nursing by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Tuition assistance. Many employers offer tuition assistance to RNs who earn their BSN because they know their education will result in a higher quality of patient care.

“One of the things that attracted me to the online program is that it’s on your time and you have to have self-discipline. If you do have that, then it’s a really good program that’s flexible with your schedule.”

— Thomas Collins, RN-BSN Program, 2016

Why choose Duquesne for your online BSN?

We know nursing leadership because we are nursing leaders. We’ve been teaching nurses for more than 80 years and are proud to be the founders of Pennsylvania’s first BSN program in 1937. Our faculty, academic advisors, and alumni know what it takes to succeed in today’s competitive landscape. As leaders in the nursing field, we are uniquely positioned to help expand your nursing expertise.

As an RN, you already have nursing experience to bring to the table. You’ll use that expertise throughout your journey toward your BSN. For the most efficient path to earning your BSN, Duquesne offers each of our RN-BSN students a customized degree plan that takes full advantage of the education you’ve already completed.

Duquesne’s RN-BSN doesn’t stop at granting you a BSN degree. Students in our online program have the chance to take master’s-level courses, so you can get a jump start on your MSN. You’ll be continuing your commitment to your own professional development, while also improving the quality of patient care and opening new doors of opportunity for your nursing career.

We’re consistently recognized for academic excellence:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Badge
NLN - National League for Nursing
Military Friendly Top 10 School

Our faculty drive excellence in nursing practice.

Meet Dr. Cindy Walters.

Cindy Walters

“Anything of value takes time and effort. If you decide to earn your BSN, we will do everything in our power to help you succeed.”

— Dr. Cindy Walters, Clinical Professor of Nursing

She’s more than a professor of nursing at Duquesne University. She’s also an alumnus, having earned her BSN, MSN and DNP from the Duquesne School of Nursing.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing

  • DNP, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2012
  • MSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2004
  • BSN, Nursing, Duquesne University, 2003

Dr. Cynthia Walters has a diverse nursing background that includes forensic nursing, community health nursing, occupational health and holistic nursing. She is board-certified as an Advanced Holistic Nurse through the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC), and she integrates holistic healthcare modalities and cultural applications into Duquesne’s undergraduate nursing curriculum.

After joining Duquesne’s School of Nursing as a part-time clinical instructor in 2004, Dr. Walters became a full-time faculty member in 2008. Today, her scholarship focuses on holistic nursing and community health and wellness. In one of her recent projects, Dr. Walters formed a partnership with the Allegheny County Housing Authority and Sudden Infant Death Services of Pennsylvania. Her aim was to help educate individuals and communities about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Through this work, Dr. Walters demonstrated safe-sleep environments to caregivers of infants in multiple housing projects in the Pittsburgh area and ultimately presented her work at the Cribs for Kids Second National Conference.

She developed an interactive, online SIDS training module for nursing students and continues to promote SIDS awareness to all her nursing students. As a result, she and a colleague won the Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for implementing SIDS into a web-based teaching module called “The Virtual Clinic.”

Dr. Walters stands out as an experienced nursing leader and teacher:

  • Member, American Holistic Nursing Association
  • Member, International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Member, Pennsylvania State Nurses Association
  • Member, Duquesne University School of Nursing Alumni Association

Online RN to BSN Curriculum

Our RN to BSN is designed based on the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Synergy Model for Patient Care, which emphasizes prioritizing skills and competencies aligned with the needs and characteristics of patients, clinical units and systems. Consistent with this model, you’ll focus on learning how to deliver the services that can best address your patients’ needs.

Our RN-BSN program is structured for registered nurses who have already earned a diploma in nursing or an associate degree in nursing, and is uniquely customizable to your background. By having your RN license, you automatically earn 60 of the required 120 credits in our program. For students who hold an RN license and have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, you only need to complete the required RN-BSN courses (30 credit hours) to earn your BSN. Every nursing student has a unique educational experience — and your program curriculum plan is customized to your specific background.

If you have plans to further your nursing education past the BSN level, our curriculum offers an opportunity for you to complete three master’s courses as a part of your bachelor’s-level curriculum.

Note: 120 credits required — 60 are awarded for an RN license, up to 30 are awarded for additional approved 4-year college coursework, 30 minimum required. Curriculum is subject to change.

Online RN-BSN Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

To qualify for our online RN-BSN program, you must:

  • Hold an associate degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0
  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license

Admission Process

  • A completed undergraduate application
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript(s)

Discover your next nursing challenge.

Earning your BSN is a good way to make yourself competitive for the next step in your nursing career. But to elevate your skills to the highest level, you’ll need to plan beyond your BSN.

While you earn your BSN at Duquesne, you’ll have the opportunity to take three graduate-level (MSN) courses and get a head start on the next step in your academic journey.

And when you’re ready to go even further, we offer a number of great online graduate degree options:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with three in-demand specializations
  • Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) program with three options from which to choose
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program