RN to BSN 

The RN to BSN Program

The School of Nursing offers a program for licensed Registered Nurses who want to earn their BSN degree. The RN to BSN is offered 100% online.

 The School of Nursing has been providing distance education since 1993 both locally and globally. The faculty are skilled in delivering quality courses using online technology including video lectures, asynchronous discussion groups and real time face to face discussions between faculty and students.

The innovative program provides the preparation necessary for continued graduate education success. The curriculum is created to further develop students’ scholarly writing skills, leadership skills, research knowledge, and use of evidence based practice to provide a growth experience for the actively practicing registered nurse.

Students have access to all campus resources including an online library with retrievable full text articles. Courses are provided Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions providing year round learning opportunities.

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The School of Nursing awards a BSN degree after completion of 120 credits of prescribed coursework. A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required of all previously attended Colleges

  • 59 transferable non nursing credits
  • 31 credits of baccalaureate level nursing (includes an 84 hour practicum)
  • 30 credits awarded for your current RN licensure

IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Delaware is required to comply with state and federal laws regarding the delivery of distance education.  Please see the University’s State Authorization page for more information.

Deadlines for submitting application materials for the RN-BSN program:
For Fall admission, the deadline is May 1.
For Spring admission, the deadline is Nov 1.

International Student Application Requirement

You must submit your academic credentials for evaluation to one of the following organizations. We must receive ORIGINAL Credential Evaluations or files directly from the organization completing the evaluation on your behalf:

A Detail Report credential evaluation by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) is required. See link below for more information on the process. http://www1.udel.edu/registrar/transfer/intl.html#step1

Other required documentation may include

  • Official transcript (and certified literal English translation when necessary)
  • Official course syllabi or descriptions used by the institution (with certified literal English translations when necessary)

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Deferred tuition payment option is available for up to 30 days after grades are received. Click here for information on Nursing Deferred Tuition.

RN to BSN Prerequisites

*Prerequisites Must Be Completed Before Applying*

Science Prerequisites (23 cr) Non-Nursing Prerequisites (36 cr)
Biology English 110
Microbiology English Composition
Anatomy and Physiology Psychology
Chemistry Life Span Development
Nutrition Statistics 200
* UD Breadth Requirements
* Free Electives


RN to BSN Curriculum
Science Prerequisites (23 cr) Non-Nursing Prerequisites (36 cr)
Biology English 110
Microbiology English Composition
Anatomy and Physiology Psychology
Chemistry Life Span Development
Nutrition Statistics 200
* UD Breadth Requirements
* Free Electives


Nursing Courses (31 cr  / 120 total)
NURS 320  Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing
NURS 312 Pathophysiology
NURS 325 Critical Issues in Health Care
NURS 350 Wellness and Health Assessment
NURS 362 Research Concepts in Health Care
NURS 411 Topics in Healthcare Delivery
NURS 414 Topics in Healthcare Delivery (multicultural req.)
NURS 435 Leadership and Management in Health Organizations
NURS 442 Community Health Nursing
NURS 443 BRN Role Practicum (84 clinical hours)
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I transfer credits for courses taken at other accredited institutions of higher education?
A: The University accepts baccalaureate credits from institutions that are fully accredited by the appropriate accrediting association. Credits completed with a grade of “C” or higher, must be applicable to a degree program offered by the University. Please see the link below for the online UD Transfer Matrix. Non-matriculated students can use this online tool to verify transfer ability of community college courses. If your course or school is not listed, please contact the School of Nursing at (302) 831-1253 for transfer credit advisement. Note: Transfer students are required to complete their last 30 credits through the University of Delaware. UD Transfer Credit Equivalency Search Website

Q: Can I obtain credit for life/work experience?
A: Yes. The University of Delaware allows 30 credits for all currently licensed RNs (in lieu of transferring individual nursing courses from previous schooling). UD does not allow college credits for nursing certifications.

Q:Does UD accept CLEP exam credits from other institutions?
A: No.

Q:What is the tuition for UD online?
A: A current fee schedule for courses (worksite and non-site individual rates) is available on the UD Online web site. Fees are subject to change.

Q:Is financial aid available for this program?
A: Yes. Please visit the Scholarships and Financial Aid Office.

Q:Do I need to come to campus for classes ?
A: Not for the nursing courses. All nursing courses are completely online.