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RN to BSN Online

Complete Coursework in as little as 12 months Credit Hours: 28* Tuition: $8,120 plus fees, based on cost per credit hour for start dates on and after August 18, 2014.


Open new doors in your nursing career with Columbus State's online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online degree program. One of the top programs of its kind in the country, this program also has one of the nation's highest placement rates.

What you'll gain:

  • Instruction from highly qualified faculty members with a variety of nursing backgrounds
  • A well-respected nursing degree from a top 150 Best Online Bachelor's Program (U.S. News & World Report).
  • A focus on the evidence-based practice process

Another benefit: all our faculty members are experienced nurses who give you the specialized expertise and valuable real-world insight to advance to new levels in your nursing practice. This CCNE-accredited program has full approval from the Georgia Board of Nursing and complies with the Georgia Board of Nursing Articulation Plan.

Online Courses

The course work for the RN to BSN online degree program is accelerated, and is based on 7-week terms to provide flexibility for the student and to help shorten average time to completion. This program includes instruction in the collaboration, communication, critical thinking and evidence-based, clinical practice applications required of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse, as well as a senior project focused on the application of evidence-based principles related to a clinical topic. To see the full list of courses for this online nursing degree program, View courses


Tuition for the RN to BSN online degree program is very competitive, and the tuition cost is the same for both Georgia and non-Georgia residents. To help make the program tuition costs more manageable, enrolled students can pay by the course while progressing through their online program. Related fees can also be paid per 7-week term, or per semester, as applicable. Financial aid may also be available for those students who qualify. To learn more about tuition costs for this online RN to BSN program, View tuition


To apply to the RN to BSN online degree program, you must be admitted to Columbus State University and have submitted all related, required documents for your application, have a valid RN license and have earned a minimum nursing grade point average of 2.5. To learn more about all the admission requirements for this RN to BSN online degree program, View admissions


The academic calendar for the RN to BSN online degree program is arranged to offer maximum start date flexibility for online students, allowing for two starts per fall or spring semester. Additional flexibility is built in with a document deadline that extends beyond the application deadline, to allow for receipt of a completed application. To see our calendar, including upcoming start dates and important deadlines for this RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, View calendar

Online Courses

For the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online program, students must complete the following course work, which includes a senior project.

*Total program includes core and nursing prerequisite courses 63 hours, and nursing 60 hours, however 32 credits are awarded on successful completion of NURS 3191 and completing 6.67 credits of nursing courses.

Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Synthesis of concepts, principles, theories and roles foundational to professional nursing practice including health promotion, prevention and wellness, with particular consideration given to older adults, are central to the course. Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and role transition are included. This course will build on previously mastered nursing concepts with an emphasis on updates in pharmacology, standards of practice, and informatics.
Prerequisite: Admission to RN-BSN Program. First of two professional development courses describing nursing concepts with an emphasis on roles, delegation, standards, communication, professional writing, quality improvement and critical thinking.
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN program. This course provides an overview of the pathophysiology of selected conditions focusing on the etiology, pathogenesis, physiological changes and clinical manifestations of common health problems. Genetic and cultural influences on health will also be addressed. Emphasis is upon both the physiological changes that contribute to disease production, physiological changes that occur as a result of disease and the body's compensation for these changes, as well as the application of this knowledge to the assessment of patients with commonly occurring disease and injury processes.
Prerequisite: Admission into the RN-BSN Program and STAT 1127, "C" or better. Focuses on the evidence-based practice process to enable students to become informed consumers of research and capable of applying evidence, professional experience, and patient preferences in their practices. This course includes research design, appraisal of selected nursing studies, identification and search of PICOT questions. Students will also be involved in developing practice guidelines for dissemination.
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. This course is designed to assist in refining history taking, psychosocial assessment, and physical assessment skills that are necessary for assessing the health of clients throughout the life span, including eliciting a health history, conducting a basic physical examination, and integrating basic techniques of health assessment into patient care in varied settings. The focus of the course is on basic interviewing and physical assessment techniques, recognition of normal findings, and differentiating normal from the most common abnormal findings.
Prerequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. Specialized topics from nursing taught by means of lecture, discussion, special seminar, guided independent study, directed experience in the field of nursing, online learning activities, clinical investigation and/or other methods as appropriate. May be repeated once with different topic for credit.
Prerequisite: NURS 3192, grade of "C" or better. Second of two professional development courses with a focus on leadership theories and styles, economic and social issues, change theories, power and politics, and career development.
Prequisite: Admission to the RN-BSN Program. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. Various roles in population health nursing are examined through the application of theories and concepts from nursing and public health sciences in assessing health status and preventing and controlling disease in families, aggregates, and communities as clients. The course will provide an overview of global health issues that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity, and culture. The use of epidemiological and community assessment techniques to examine populations at risk, health promotion, protection, maintenance and levels of disease prevention with special emphasis on ethnically diverse and vulnerable populations are incorporated. Major local, state, and national health issues are considered including mental health and substance abuse and related co-morbidities; re-emergence of infectious and communicable diseases; environmental and occupational health hazards; bioterrorism; emergency preparedness, and disaster response.
Prerequisite: NURS 3195, NURS 4192, NURS 3194, NURS 3293, and NURS 4292 with grades of "C" or better. This course is designed for registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. A senior project will focus on evidence-based principles and theoretical frameworks to guide the discovery, synthesis, and dissemination of information related to a selected clinical topic.


Columbus State online tuition is the same—both in-state and out-of-state, and is conveniently payable by course.

Program Per Credit Hour Fees
RN to BSN $290

$132.50 institution fee per 7-week term

$39.50 tech fee per 7-week term

$33.50 Activity Fee per 7 week term

$34 per course instructional fee

$149.50 Tk20 fee—see below

$40 application fee


Students must purchase a Tk20 account when accepted into the program. A Tk20 account can be purchased for $149.50 through the CSU bookstore. Purchase Tk20

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Here's a checklist of what you'll need to begin the admissions process for your Columbus State RN to BSN. You must have:

  • Been admitted to Columbus State University
  • A valid, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you plan to complete your clinicals
  • Earned a minimum nursing grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale
  • Submitted a completed application including all requirements outlined in the application, including submission of all official transcripts
  • Completed sufficient core and pre-requisite courses. For more information, contact Nursing Advising at or 706-507-8581. We will accept students missing all core; however, when they join us, they cannot carry more than 15 hours of core into the program. If they have more than 15 hours outstanding, they focus on core until they reach the 15-hour window. This is addressed in the mandatory advising appointment.
  • NOT been excluded from another RN-BSN program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic dishonesty, disruptive behavior or course failure (If student attended another nursing program they must submit a letter from the school's Director or Dean of Nursing indicating their eligibility to return)
  • Click here to review RN-BSN degree requirements

Out of State Students

If you live outside the state of Georgia, state regulations may limit your distance education options. To find out whether Columbus State University is authorized to deliver specific programs in your state, please email your inquiry to This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state approval of online offerings. Other types of questions should be sent to the academic department offering the online course.

Columbus State University's programs leading to all levels of licensure, endorsement, and professional certification are designed to satisfy the requirements of their respective Georgia boards governing licensure. CSU does NOT guarantee that these programs will necessarily satisfy the criteria of professional boards in other states or territories. Programs effected by state licensing requirements may include, but are not limited to, programs in Nursing, Leadership, and Education. Students from outside of Georgia who are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of intended practice prior to beginning a course of study.

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The academic calendar for the RN to BSN online program offers the flexibility and convenience of multiple start dates per year, as well as other important dates for students.

Semester Start Date Application Deadline Deadline for Receipt of All Documents Needed for Admission Registration Deadline Tuition/Fees Deadline
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 27, 2018 June 12, 2018 June 13, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 June 30, 2018 July 15, 2018 August 19, 2018 August 20, 2018
Fall 2 Semester 2018 October 11, 2018 September 11, 2018 August 28, 2018 October 10, 2018 October 11, 2018*

*This tuition/fees deadline applies only to students who were NOT enrolled in the previous session

Additional Important Dates

Semester Start Date Schedule Adjustment Period (DROP ONLY) Last Day to Withdraw without Academic Penalty Last Day of Classes
Spring 2 Semester 2018 March 13, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 27, 2018 May 7, 2018
Summer 1 Semester 2018 June 13, 2018 June 13, 2018 June 27, 2018 July 31, 2018
Fall 1 Semester 2018 August 20, 2018 August 20, 2018 September 3, 2018 October 9, 2018
Fall 2 Semester 2018 October 11, 2018 October 11, 2018 October 24, 2018 December 10, 2018
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Top Reasons to Enroll:

  • CSU's School of Nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and all nursing programs are approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing
  • CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, education specialist and doctoral degrees
  • Instruction from highly accomplished faculty—the same faculty who teach on campus
  • 100% online—flexible and convenient
  • Multiple start dates—start when you’re ready
  • Ranked 29th among the nation's best online nursing degrees by Affordable Colleges Online, 2015
ACO Best In-State Online College 2016