The RN to BSN adult degree completion program is designed for the associate degree or diploma-prepared professional registered nurse who wishes to continue his or her education to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Coursework  builds on  prior learning and nursing experience, and provides opportunities for  individualized study.  The RN to BSN Degree Completion Program offers experiences in a variety of hospital and community settings, enhances professional nursing practice and provides a foundation for leadership roles.  The availability of a face to face or online format allows the degree completion student to choose the learning style best suited to a busy lifestyle.

Classes meet year-round in eight-week modules,  allowing busy professionals  to make steady progress toward educational goals.  Small class sizes allow for significant interaction among peers and professors.  Classes are delivered using a cohort module in a face to face or online format through  Aurora University, Woodstock and George Williams College campuses and on-site at local hospitals. 

Program overview

Requirements for Registered Nurse Students: Thirty semester hours for prior nursing education are received as block credit in the transfer evaluation. RN to BSN completion students must take the listed course requirements as part of their degree completion program.

Core Requirements: 44 semester hours
Eight semester hours from the following:
Human Biology, Microbiology, Biology of Cells, Anatomy and Physiology I and II or course equivalency (8)
MTH1100 College Algebra (meets General Education Mathematics Requirement) (4)
ENG 2010 Introduction to Research Writing (4)
Elective Course from ART, COM, ENG, HUM, MUS, THE, or SPA (4)
Elective Course from HIS (4)
Elective Course from REL, PHL, or SBS (4)
IDS2040 Global Justice (4)*

RN to BSN Requirements: 46 semester hours (30 semester hours within the major)

BIO3050 Pathophysiology (4)*
NUR3015 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (4)
NUR3030 Dimensions of Professional Practice (4)
NUR3280/Z Health Assessment, Education and Promotion (4)
NUR4060 Nursing Research/RN (4)
NUR4620 Leadership and Management/RN (6)
NUR4780 Ethical, Cultural, and Policy Considerations in Healthcare (4)
NUR4850 Nursing: A Global Community Outlook/RN (4)
MTH2320 General Statistics (4)*

Career Opportunities
When you graduate from the BSN program, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a baccalaureate-trained nurse, a highly sought position in hospitals and other care facilities. The RN to BSN completion track is designed to prepare nurses to step into leadership positions and earn positions at prestigious hospitals and care facilities.

RN to BSN Admission Requirements
Students are eligible for admission to the nursing program upon successful admission to Aurora University.  Students may apply for admission to Aurora University and submit official transcripts from all prior academic work to the Center for Adult and Graduate Studies. Students earn thirty (30) semester hours of prior nursing education in transfer as block credit as part of the transfer evaluation process.  

Application Requirements
To qualify for admission to the RN to BSN Degree Completion program, you must:

  • Be a recent graduate of an accredited School of Nursing or an RN with clinical experience within the past five years. If not, complete a certified RN refresher course.
  • Possess a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale at Aurora University or other accredited higher education institution.
  • Provide evidence of current Illinois/Wisconsin RN license with completed application.

Application Process
To apply to the RN to BSN Degree Completion program, you must:

•    Complete the online application for admission.
•    Submit official transcripts from all prior academic work.
•    Submit evidence of Illinois or Wisconsin RN license.

     Please submit all supplemental materials to:

     The Center for Adult and Graduate Studies
     Aurora University
     347 S. Gladstone Avenue
     Aurora, IL 60506-4892

The RN to BSN adult degree completion program is also offered at the Woodstock Center, at our George Williams College campus and through AU Online. AU also offers an MSN Bridge program for registered nurses who hold a bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing, which allows you to enter a graduate-level program without earning a second bachelor's degree.