Degree Overview

You are a Registered Nurse who is ready to take the next step in your career. At St. Ambrose, we commit to help you reach your goal.

Our fully online RN to BSN (RN-BSN) program is a bachelor’s completion program designed for working nurses and prepares you for career advancement in a variety of healthcare settings. Our faculty are real-world professionals with nursing specialty expertise who have mentored and prepared nurses for diverse and fulfilling healthcare careers.

Our curriculum is grounded in the liberal arts and taught by experienced faculty. You’ll learn relevant healthcare concepts in small classes that are designed with your success in mind. Our program is fully online and offers eight-week courses, half the time as traditional classes. You can advance your nursing knowledge on a flexible schedule and balance coursework with your life. You can even earn your bachelor’s degree in as few as 15 months.

Degree Details

  • Next Start Date:8/19/19
  • Est. Program Length*:15 months
  • Course Length:8 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit Hour:$386

Who is This Degree For?

  • Working nurses who want to advance their careers by completing an RN to BSN program online.
  • Licensed RNs who have graduated from community college or nursing programs.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at St. Ambrose University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Core Course Requirements

  • NURS 326 Applied Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 361 Introduction to Theoretical Concepts
  • NURS 376 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology
  • NURS 411 Concepts of Population Health
  • NURS 441 Evidence Based Practice
  • NURS 461 Concepts of Applied Nursing Care
  • NURS 466 Concepts of Chronicity and Palliative Care
  • NURS 476 Leadership and Contemporary Issues
  • NURS 486 Professional Nursing Capstone
  • PHIL 310 Biomedical Ethics or THEO 319 Bioethics & Healthcare
  • Choose one: PHIL/THEO (100 or 200 level)

Career Outcomes

Nursing Demand and Earning Potential

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the nursing field to grow by 15 percent by 2026, one of the fastest-growing fields in the nation. And with that, it will be more important for nurses to be well-educated and well-compensated. Payscale data from 2014 showed that while the median wage of an RN without a bachelor’s degree was around $39,000, the median for a nurse with a BSN was around $69,000.

Where Grads Work

Ambrose alumni can be found working in healthcare facilities near and far. Approximately half of nursing graduates practice in the region, in institutions such as Genesis Health System and the University of Iowa. Other grads have travelled as far as Alaska, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. Employers of our graduates include Mayo Clinic Health System, Baylor University and Rush University Medical Center.

Continue Your Education

Completing your online RN-BSN is just the start. With the well-rounded nursing education you’ll receive at St. Ambrose, you can feel confident in continuing your studies with an MSN or DNP, both of which can prepare you for advanced roles such as nurse educator, nurse administrator or nurse practitioner.

Why St. Ambrose?

  • Outcomes-based Education

    St. Ambrose University is focused on results: 90% of our 2016-17 undergraduates were employed in their field, attending graduate school, or contributing to their communities as volunteers within six months of graduating. Alumni of our graduate programs are leading worldwide corporations, hospitals, security firms, hospitals, non-profit organizations and more.

  • Outstanding Faculty

    You will learn from leading educators, practitioners, and researchers who support your educational and professional goals. Our faculty are focused on teaching first and are readily available to answer questions or help you dive deeper into a topic.

  • Affordability

    Our competitive tuition means you will get a deep and relevant education at an affordable price.

  • Core Values

    Ambrosians share a commitment to academic excellence, liberal arts, social justice, and service. Our students, alumni and faculty are actively contributing to their communities, professions, and the world. Join us, grow, and make an impact of your own.

Benefits of Learning Online

  • Flexible Schedule

    With our fully online format, you can balance your education around your busy life. Take advantage of a structure that puts your needs first.

  • Community

    Enjoy completing your studies in a community of peers from diverse backgrounds.

  • Become an Ambrosian

    Earn a St. Ambrose University online degree from anywhere in the world.

  • Experienced Faculty

    Our faculty have real-world experience and a passion for teaching. Make a connection and use it to help propel your career.

  • Competitive Tuition

    We offer competitive tuition and financial aid for our online programs.