Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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  • Designed for working nurses
  • ACEN accredited
  • Multiple start dates for your convenience

Program Details

Next Start Date
October 10
Est. Program Length
1–2 years
Course Length
8 weeks
Cost per Credit
Credit Hours
Credits Accepted

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $541.19 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $7.50 will apply for all students.

Transfer Credits: 44 general education credit hours, six credit hours of lower-level nursing core credits (NRSG 1142 and NRSG 2104 and 18 credit hours of required related work)

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Career Advancement is a Heartbeat Away

At East Central University, the RN to BSN online degree program successfully prepares working nurses to become lifelong learners while advancing their careers.

Designed specifically for those who currently hold their RN license, the RN to BSN online program enables nurses to provide safe, quality, patient-centered care in an environment of teamwork and collaboration. You’ll learn evidence-based practice, informatics, successful communication and other skills that will improve your effectiveness as a healthcare professional. 

Because the online RN to BSN degree takes place in a digital format, you’ll have the convenience of studying when and where it’s right for you. The program fits around the schedule needs of working nurses, making it easier than ever to gain the credential you need to professionally advance. 

Topics of Study

The RN to BSN online program is designed to help you gain the skills you need to reach the next level of your nursing career. Key topics of study include:

  • Nursing research- and evidence-based practice
  • Critical care
  • Community and public health
  • Leadership and management
  • Healthcare communication
  • Current nursing topics

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate from the RN to BSN program, you will be able to do the following:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences to provide quality, safe, individualized client-centered care, guided by altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity and social justice.
  • Value professionalism through practice excellence, lifelong learning and professional engagement.
  • Interpret knowledge from current research and evidence-based practice (EBP), quality improvement (QI) and other sources into practice to improve health-related problems and promote effective health.
  • Analyze leadership skills working within organizations or in the community when providing care or supervising care to ensure client safety.
  • Evaluate information systems and patient care technologies to improve client outcomes and create a safe care environment.
  • Develop professional nursing practice through professional communication and collaboration with colleagues and interdisciplinary professionals to advocate for all clients in delivering high quality, caring, client-centered care.
  • Support activities which impact healthcare delivery and the effective use of healthcare resources.
  • Evaluate health promotion and disease prevention at the individual, family, group, community and population levels across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.


ECU’s RN to BSN online program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (OBN) and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Information may be obtained from either of these organizations at the addresses below:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the East Central University baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Oklahoma Board of Nursing
2915 N Classen Blvd, Suite 524
Oklahoma City, OK 73106

The East Central University School of Nursing is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. Graduates of this state-approved program are eligible to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for registered nurses. Applicants for Oklahoma licensure must meet all state and federal requirements to hold an Oklahoma license to practice nursing. In addition to completing a state-approved nursing education program that meets educational requirements and successfully passing the licensure examination, requirements include submission of an application for licensure, a criminal history records search, and evidence of citizenship or qualified alien status [59 O.S. §§567.5 & 567.6]. To be granted a license, an applicant must have the legal right to be in the United States (United States Code Chapter 8, Section 1621). In addition, Oklahoma law only allows a license to be issued to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and legal permanent resident aliens.

Other qualified aliens may be issued a temporary license that is valid until the expiration of their visa status, or if there is no expiration date, for one year. Applicants who are qualified aliens must present to the Board office, in person, valid documentary evidence of:

  1. A valid, unexpired immigrant or nonimmigrant visa status for admission into the United States;
  2. A pending or approved application for asylum in the United States;
  3. Admission into the United States in refugee status;
  4. A pending or approved application for temporary protected status in the United States;
  5. Approved deferred action status; or
  6. A pending application for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident status or conditional resident status.

The Board has the authority to deny a license, recognition, or certificate; issue a license, recognition or certificate with conditions and/or an administrative penalty; or to issue and otherwise discipline a license, recognition or certificate to an individual with a history of criminal background, disciplinary action on any professional or occupational license or certification, or judicial declaration of mental incompetence [59 O.S. §567.8]. These cases are considered on an individual basis at the time application for licensure is made, with the exception of felony convictions. Potential applicants to state-approved education programs, with a criminal history, may obtain an initial determination of eligibility for licensure or certification from the Oklahoma Board of Nursing for a fee.

The initial determination of eligibility for licensure petition can be accessed at

Courses & Requirements

Our online RN to BSN degree requires a total of 128 credit hours. Students are required to have 44 credit hours of general education courses, 18 credit hours of related coursework and 66 credit hours in the nursing program. Within the nursing program, 35 credit hours are core courses and 31 credit hours are major courses.

ECU requires all students to take general education courses. For the RN to BSN, 44 credit hours are required. They may be completed at ECU Online or transferred in and used toward completion of the degree.

Students are required to take a 3-credit developmental psychology course. The following courses fulfill this requirement:

PSYCH 3463


HHFS 2463

Students must also take a 3-credit introductory statistics course. This requirement may be satisfied by one of the following courses, or an equivalent course.

BSEC 2603


MATH 2213


PSYCH 3833

Students must take all of the following courses.

BIOL 2184
BIOL 3634
BIOL 2344
NRSG 1142
NRSG 2104
NRSG 3118
NRSG 3192
NRSG 3218
NRSG 3392
NRSG 4165
NRSG 4214

**ASE credits. After the student passes with a grade of C or higher and completes the Advanced Standing Application, 29 ASE credits will be recorded on the student’s recorded. See Costs & Financial Aid section for fee information.

***Accepted as lower-division transfer credit upon acceptance to the program; 6 hours.

NRSG 3223
NRSG 3333
NRSG 3893
NRSG 4633
NRSG 4644
NRSG 4654
NRSG 4665
NRSG 4673
NRSG 4683

*Course must be taken first.

Admission Requirements

To be accepted into ECU Online’s RN to BSN program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have graduated from a nationally accredited associate degree or diploma program
  • Have a minimum 2.0 grade-point average
  • Have earned a passing score on the NCLEX and have an unrestricted RN license from any state for the entirety of the program

Students who have completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from an Oklahoma two-year college will be considered as having met all general education requirements. This does NOT mean specific courses in the major or minor requirements are met with the completion of the associate degree.

How to Apply

To apply, you must submit the following materials: 

  • Complete online application
  • Official transcripts of all completed work from an accredited nursing program

Have a question about this program or the admission process? Request a digital brochure and get connected to one of our knowledgeable enrollment counselors. 

Costs & Financial Aid

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total
Tuition 60 credit hours (29 credit hours from ASE) $306.84 a credit hour* (ASE credits $145) $11,966**

*Price reflects tuition for Oklahoma residents. Non-resident tuition is $618.84 per credit hour. There is a non-resident tuition waiver available if certain requirements are met. Speak to an enrollment counselor for more information. An additional semester fee of $89 will apply for all students and possible charges for course related fees. Tuition and fees are subject to change. Advanced Standing credits are assessed by the Registry Office at a fee of $5.00 per credit hour. For 29 hours of coursework, the fee is $145.00.

**Cost will vary depending on transfer credits. Credit savings are subject to review from total 128 credit hour completion program. The full 128 credit hour cost of the program without transfer credits totals $30,377.16. Transfer students must have completed at least 24 credit hours.

Fees and tuition subject to change.

Financial Aid

At ECU Online, we strive to ensure your education is as affordable as possible. Learn more about your options for financing your education by visiting our Financial Aid page.

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Military Benefits

East Central University is a proud military-friendly school. Discover how your status as a U.S. military veteran or active-duty service member can help you earn your degree by visiting our Military & Veterans page.

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Native American Students

Eligible Native American students can find financial aid programs, heritage scholarships, grants, and academic support services to help ensure their success at ECU.

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Are You the First in Your Family to Go to College?

At ECU, we recognize that “going first” can be difficult. We provide the extra financial support, scholarships, resources, services, and skills you need to succeed.

View our First-Generation College Students page

Transfer Students

If you’ve taken college-level courses elsewhere, you could save time and money earning your degree by transferring credits to ECU and may qualify for scholarships.

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Career Outlook

The RN to BSN online program provides you with the training you need to go further in your career. Here are a few examples of the opportunities available to you.

ICU Nurse

Intensive care nurses are responsible for helping people who are in critical condition, such as those with major injuries or those suffering from serious illness. These professionals closely monitor their patients and assess their needs, develop care plans, complete paperwork, and related duties. They must have excellent attention to detail and substantial nursing experience.

Average annual salary: $62,582

RN Supervisor

RN supervisors oversee other registered nurses in healthcare environments. They may be responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, scheduling shifts, providing appropriate staff for patients. While this is primarily an administrative role, supervisors may still be required to provide direct care.

Average annual salary: $72,046

Pediatric Nurse

Pediatric nurses specialize in providing patient care to infants and children. They may be responsible for assessing and diagnosing issues, providing medical interventions, advocating for the child when required and other related tasks. These professionals must have a considerable amount of experience working with children.

Average annual salary: $59,144

Nurse Case Manager

Nurse case managers may work in hospitals, nursing homes or other care facilities to help individuals decide what kind of care they might need. These professionals are responsible for assessing patient needs, determining patient eligibility for certain programs, conducting admission and discharge plans and other related tasks. Although some direct care may be needed, this is primarily an administrative job.

Average annual salary: $70,486

All information cited from PayScale.

Program FAQs

While RN licensure allows you to work as a nurse, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) opens up a world of career possibilities beyond simple patient care. The BSN provides an advanced credential in the field that can lead to increased wages, advanced job titles and opportunities to make a more meaningful impact on your place of employment. 

Accreditation is crucial to ensuring that education programs meet certain professional and legal standards. When a school is accredited, the quality of its instruction has been verified by an outside organization and deemed to be sufficiently high enough to train professionals successfully. Accreditation allows you to be considered a verified member of your profession. The RN to BSN offered at ECU is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and is ACEN accredited.

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