RN to BS in Nursing

Bachelor of Science
School of Nursing and Health Sciences

The Westminster College RN-to-BS in Nursing program is designed to help you build onto your communication skills, critical thinking and evidence-based research. Since opportunities for registered nurses with bachelor's degrees are expanding, we aim to prepare our students to be creative, problem-solver nurses with the ability to adapt to dynamic working environments. Our close-knit community cultivates friendships with faculty, other nursing professionals and local healthcare leaders giving you a broad base of connections to advance your career.

Key Benefits

The RN-to-BS program at Westminster offers both the convenience of online learning and the rich rewards of face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers. An accessible, multi-media learning environment allows you to learn where and when it's convenient for you.

  • Online: Learn when and where you choose. Meet in-person or virtually with your community of learners twice the first semester (after orientation), twice the second semester, and once the final semester.

  • Relevant: Build upon your nursing experience to improve your work environment.

  • Mentored: Work one-on-one with dedicated, experienced faculty mentors.

  • Connected: Engage with peers and faculty as you build relationships.

  • Accredited: Receive a regionally accredited education.

  • Flexible: Choose between our RN-to-BS, Associate RN-to-Nurse Practitioner, and Associate RN-to-Nurse Anesthetist tracks to meet your career goals.

How Long it Takes

Start fall, spring, or summer and finish your degree in as few as 3 semesters.

Accreditation Employers Trust

Westminster College's RN-to-BS in Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Other RN to BS in Nursing Programs

RN-to-Nurse Practitioner Track

We also offer an Associate RN-to-Nurse Practitioner fast track. With this new track, our students now have the option to progress from an AS-prepared nurse to a nurse practitioner. Prior to starting the RN-to-BS program, the student will interview with the NP faculty, and if accepted into the NP program, the student will complete the RN-to-BS program, graduate from Westminster with a BS in Nursing and then progresses to the NP program.

RN-to-Nurse Anesthetist Track

With this new track, our students now have the option to progress from an AS-prepared nurse to a nurse anesthetist. Prior to starting the RN-to-BS program, the student will interview with the MSNA program director, and if accepted into the MSNA program, the student starts and completes the RN-to-BS program, graduates from Westminster with a BS in Nursing and then progresses to the MSNA program.

About the Program

What You'll Learn

Through this program you will develop: 

  • The skills and confidence to lead in a variety of healthcare environments.
  • Knowledge for evidence-based practice. You will be able to locate and evaluate evidence needed to provide for the best possible patient outcomes.
  • Expertise in using patient care technologies, information systems, and communications devices.
  • Extensive knowledge of healthcare policy, finance, and regulation. You'll gain a deep understanding of policy and regulation development, healthcare reimbursement, and patient advocacy—giving you the ability to stay ahead of the curve as the healthcare world changes.
  • Proficiency in effective communication and collaboration to improve patient outcomes.
  • Expertise in health promotion, disease, and injury prevention.

Career Opportunities

Student Success

Westminster nurses are the first to be hired because employers know that our graduates have the skills and competencies to lead teams and organizations.

Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

You want a college experience where you matter—a school that will serve as a launchpad for a meaningful life. At Westminster, we are committed to making this experience more affordable to all motivated and talented students, regardless of family financial standing. You will be no exception.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Tuition and Fees (2016–2017)

Full-Time Annual Tuition (12–16 credits)

$32,104 ($16,052 per semester)

Room and Board*

$8,190 ($4,095 per semester)

*Room and board above is an estimate based on a double occupancy room with a purple meal plan.

Total Fees

$40,294 ($20,147 per semester)

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$26,631 (merit scholarship,work-study, grants and loan funds)

Average Remaining Tuition, Room, and Board

$13,663 ($6,831.50 per semester)


Merit scholarships and additional grants and scholarships are available.

Check out the Simmons Scholarship for up to $2,000

We’ll Help You Invest in Your Future

We automatically consider all accepted freshmen applicants for institutional scholarship and grant programs, with no separate scholarship applications. In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs you can qualify for. At the end of the day, we want to help make your future happen.

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