Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Transform Lives for the Better

About the Online RN to BSN Program

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted just how critical healthcare professionals like you are to the well-being of our society. It also taught us that many avenues lead to impact, and if you’re in need of a change, there’s never been a better time to advance your credentials.

Whether you’re looking to go on to graduate nursing studies or upskill for a more fulfilling career, the online RN-BSN program at Athens State University will help you achieve your unique goals. Our affordable tuition, supportive faculty, and flexible online learning environment will empower you to succeed in the classroom and beyond, preparing you to become the nursing leader you’ve always known you could be.

Dedicated people like you transfer to Athens State for their online RN-BSN because we know what it takes to get you across the finish line. How will you transform lives with your nursing degree? We can’t wait to find out.

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What You’ll Learn

Our dynamic curriculum prepares you for the road ahead, no matter your next step. During your time in the online RN-BSN, you’ll learn to:

  • Develop leadership and management skills in healthcare settings

  • Provide professional, quality care as a generalist who promotes patient safety

  • Employ the elements of evidence-based practice in patient care

  • Apply healthcare informatics and emerging technologies in your practice

  • Integrate ethics and ethical practice into all aspects of nursing care

  • Discuss healthcare policy and imagine new solutions to pressing challenges

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Affordable Tuition

Cost per credit for the online bachelor’s in Nursing (RN to BSN) is just $241 plus fees.

Athens State boasts one of the most affordable tuition rates among state universities in Alabama and Tennessee.

Athens State offers a flexible tuition payment plan that works with your budget.

Support You Can Count On

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83% of Athens State alumni are employed following graduation — outperforming average national employment rates.*

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Experienced Faculty

Our nursing faculty members have robust experience in the field, allowing you to learn from people who have directly experienced the challenges you’ll face.

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Small Classes

Small class sizes — typically around 18 students — deliver a personalized learning experience.

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Our immersive nursing curriculum prepares you for a career of impact, empowering you to improve the welfare of your community and populations across the nation.

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Our online bachelor’s degrees are designed with flexibility at the forefront, so students can balance their studies with their busy lives.

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Founded in 1822, Athens State University is the oldest continuously operating institution of higher education in Alabama, with 200 years of academic excellence.

*according to a 2019-20 Alabama economic impact study by Emsi Burning Glass

How to Apply

Students seeking admission to the the on-campus, hybrid, or online B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN) program must have:

  • At least 36 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution(s) prior to term of admission
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • 15 credit hours applicable to Athens State general education requirements
  • Eligibility to return to previously attended colleges or universities

  • Current, unencumbered RN license

Have questions about the eligibility of your transfer credits? Feel free to reach out to our admissions team at or (256) 252‑3216.

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Embark on a Meaningful Career

Demand for nurses is expected to grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030. While nurses with a BSN earn $75,000 per year on average, this degree also helps prepare you for roles such as*:

Nurse Educator

Median Annual Salary: $77,440

Nurse Recruiter

Median Annual Salary: $62,290

Compliance Officer

Median Annual Salary: $71,650

Health Education Specialist

Median Annual Salary: $60,600

*salary statistics provided by the u.s. bureau of labor statistics

Our Awards

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Honorable mention in “Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Overall Value,” making us a top 20% school in the nation for overall value

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Ranked as a Top 5 online college in Alabama

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Top 5% nationwide — “Top Ranked Education for Veterans”

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