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Advance your nursing career

Enhance your professional skills through SRU's accredited online program

Nursing RN-BSN

Offered by: Nursing

The online RN to BSN program at Slippery Rock University is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses who desire to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In the program, students develop critical thinking skills for clinical decision-making, learn to collaborate in interprofessional teams, shift focus from care of individuals within a community to the health of a community, refine professional communication, and develop leadership skills.

The program is an asynchronous online program that allows students 24/7 access to course materials. Classes are primarily offered in 8-week sessions, providing flexibility in managing academic and work schedule demands--an ideal component for the working professional. Individual scheduling options also enable students to complete the program in as little as one year.*

*Program length varies according to number of transfer credits and individual course progression.

Why earn your BSN at SRU?

The RN to BSN program at SRU was one of the first regionally accredited nursing programs to transition to the online format. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and SRU is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Accreditation ensures that students receive a high-quality education that provides them with the resources needed to enhance nursing knowledge and prepares students for professional advancement. The program is one of the most affordable RN to BSN programs in the nation.  

The experienced, doctorally-prepared faculty are certified in Distance Education and committed to providing an exceptional online learning environment that supports student success.  All faculty in the RN to BSN program began their careers as graduates of Associate Degree or Diploma nursing programs which gives them a personal understanding of the unique educational needs of working professionals.  

Learn about SRU’s 3 + 1 RN to BSN partnerships with many PA community colleges and our traditional articulation agreements here.

What Will You Learn?

In the RN to BSN program, you'll learn about:

  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Diversity needs in the healthcare environment
  • Using healthcare information systems to support clinical decision-making
  • Partnered decision-making with patients, families, and other providers


The Department of Nursing at SRU offers a variety of scholarships to students enrolled in the RN to BSN program. Scholarships provide funding that does not have to be repaid, making the program even more affordable. Students are eligible to apply for scholarships even if receiving employer tuition reimbursement. Scholarship details and application requirements are provided to enrolled students every Spring semester.


Tuition deferment is available for those students receiving tuition reimbursement from their employers. Tuition payment can be deferred until coursework is completed and payment is provided by the employer.

What careers can you pursue after completing the RN to BSN program?

As a graduate of the SRU Nursing: RN to BSN program, you'll have opportunities to advance your career in areas like:

  • Acute Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Resource Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • Long-term Care
  • Nurse Management
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Travel Nursing

Apply Today!

Ready to apply to Slippery Rock University's online RN to BSN program? Application requirements include:

  • an RN associate or diploma degree in Nursing
  • an active, unencumbered RN license (applicants who have not yet taken the State Board exam may be eligible for conditional admission)
  • a 2.0 or higher RN program GPA
  • good academic standing at the most recent institution attended

Interested in learning more before applying? Request more information!