Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from Briar Cliff University features innovative courses, highly qualified faculty, and flexible acceptance of transfer credits. Students are prepared for graduate studies and career advancement through coursework focused on topics such as:

  • Nursing Theory
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Nursing Leadership
  • ​Pathophysiology
  • ​Ethics

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    This bachelor completion program requires a minimum of 120 credits for completion, including major requirements and up to 90 credits for transfer.

    • Online curriculum: 30-34 credits
    • Must be an RN and meet Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education guideline*
    • Official transcripts

    *Iowa is a participating state in the Nurse Licensure Compact agreement.

    School Overview

    Briar Cliff University is a community committed to higher education within a liberal arts and Catholic perspective. Briar Cliff University began as a Catholic women's college in 1930, named after the hill it sits upon. It began admitting male students in 1966, and added master's and doctoral degrees in the 2000s. While the mission of the University has not changed in more than 80 years, Briar Cliff continues to grow and expand, always placing the needs of students first. In the Franciscan tradition of service, caring and openness to all, Briar Cliff emphasizes quality education for its students, combining a broad intellectual background with career development.


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