Program Overview

The online RN to BSN degree completion program from Excelsior College, designed specifically for registered nurses, provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for increased job security, professional fulfillment, and earning power. Graduates of the program are able to:

  • ​Promote holistic, patient-centered care and population health
  • ​Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice
  • ​Formulate decisions based on nursing judgement and collaboration with an interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes
  • ​Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the health care system
  • ​Incorporate professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor Completion

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)


    This is a bachelor completion program. 121 total credits are required, including transfer and major requirements.

    • Online nursing component: 60 credit hours
    • A current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
    • Successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®)
    • Official transcript showing the completion of Associate Degree nursing education or RN Diploma education


    Not authorized for students residing in the state of Washington.

    School Overview

    Excelsior College was founded in 1971 by the New York State Board of Regents, and was originally known as the Regents External Degree Program (REX). In April 1998, the Board of Regents granted the College a charter to operate as a private, nonprofit, independent institution and on January 1, 2001, Regents College changed its name to Excelsior College. Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are — academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.

    Excelsior College offers high-quality academics in a convenient, affordable online format with degrees and certificates in more than 30 disciplines in the fields of business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, public service, and technology.


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