RN to BSN program

Bachelor's Degree  | Russellville Campus | Online

The RN to BSN program offers registered nurses (RNs) a seamless transition from the associate degree or diploma in nursing to the baccalaureate degree. The RN to BSN program is 100% online, offers three admission cycles each year and the ability to enroll in full or part-time studies. The curriculum is current, expands upon the knowledge of the registered nurse and can be completed in one calendar year.

RN to BSN students complete two clinical courses: Professional Practicum Synthesis (NURN 4045) and Leadership and Management (NURN 4034). Professional Practicum Synthesis (NURN 4045) requires the student to complete a community-based teaching project. The teaching project is based upon the needs of a selected community. Leadership and Management (NURN 4045) requires an eight-hour leadership experience with a nurse manager.

HANDS-ON LEARNING opportunities

  • Caring for populations rather than individuals
  • Clinicals in various healthcare facilities
  • Development of the professional role to include leadership and management
  • Informatics
  • Utilizing nursing research


  • Development of leadership and management skills
  • How to care for populations and groups
  • How to read and use nursing research
  • Learn the role of informatics in nursing
  • Learn to be self-directed and think critically
  • The advanced role of the baccalaureate prepared nurse

About This Degree


Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

Payment Options:

  • Financial Aid
  • Payment Plan
  • Graduate Assistantships

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You could work as a(n):

  • Acute care
  • Advanced roles in leadership and management
  • Charge nurse
  • Community-based environments
  • Nurse leader
  • Nurse Preceptor
  • Nurse Supervisor
  • Nursing in various specialties

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Arkansas Department of Health
  • Baptist Health
  • Mercy
  • St. Vincent Health


View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • BSN to PhD or DNP (doctoral programs)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs which provide eligibility for advanced practice certifications.
  • Nursing board certifications (when a BSN is required)

Point of Pride

Study.com ranked the ATU Nursing program #1 in Arkansas and among the top 40 in the nation for Bachelor of Science Nursing Programs.

How to Apply


Faculty and staff are available and provide a supportive academic environment. Join us to advance your professional practice and improve the health of populations in your home community. 


Applicants must have:

  • A current unencumbered U.S. registered nursing license.

  • Graduated from an accredited (NLNAC, ACEN) or Arkansas State Board of Nursing approved diploma or associate degree nursing program.

  • A minimum GPA of 2.75. Courses not required for program entry are excluded from GPA.

  • All nursing pre-requisite courses completed or enrolled in at time of application. Up to six hours of general education courses may be outstanding.


  • Spring (January Start): Apply September - October 1st

  • Summer (May/June start): Apply February - March 1st

  • Fall (August start): Apply July - August 1st

Application Process

  1. Apply to and be admitted to Arkansas Tech University

    Apply to Arkansas Tech University

  2. Apply to the RN to BSN program. There is no fee to apply. Applications are accepted three times each year; however, please contact us if you miss the deadline. 

    Apply to the RN to BSN program



Questions about the Program?

Contact the program at:

Email: rntobsn@atu.edu
Phone: (479) 498 - 2832


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