Our RN-to-BSN program is tailored to Registered Nurses (RN) who have obtained an associate degree in nursing or are eligible for NCLEX. This program enables RN students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for professional nurses in various healthcare settings. At Iowa State, we understand the challenges faced by working nurses, and our program is designed to help you achieve your nursing goals.

  • 100%

    Students Recommend the Program

  • 91%

    Program Completion Rate Compared to 62.5% National Program Completion

  • Two

    Semesters to Complete Nursing Curriculum Full-Time Enrollment

  • Fall

    New Cohorts Start

  • Hybrid

    On-Campus and Online Learning

How the Program is Structured

The RN-to-BSN program at Iowa State University is a distinctive blend of on-campus and online learning, designed to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals. Students attend face-to-face nursing courses on Tuesdays, while completing the rest of their coursework online. This flexible learning format supports a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for success in their nursing careers.

What You Will Learn

Throughout the program, you will acquire knowledge, skills, and experience in four essential areas: research, leadership, population health, and self-care/health promotion. The program emphasizes on providing professional, cultural, and ethically congruent care that respects the dignity and uniqueness of individuals and groups in diverse populations and locations. The learning experiences in the program will help you face new challenges with confidence and contribute to building a brighter future for yourself and the communities you serve.

Further Your Nursing Career

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree provides several career growth opportunities for nurses, including the option to pursue a graduate degree in the nursing profession. There are several specialized nursing fields that a nurse with a bachelor's degree can explore. Graduates with a BSN can work as bedside nurses in various medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, and community health centers. They can also choose to pursue careers as health policy nurses, nurse informaticists, public or community health nurses, forensic nurses, clinical research nurses, nurse health coaches, and much more!

Program Accreditation

The RN-to-BSN program at Iowa State University is accredited by: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is initial accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at: https://www.acenursing.org/acen-programs/iowa-state-university-of-science-and-technology



The baccalaureate nursing program at Iowa State University of Science and Technology located in Ames, Iowa is approved by the: Iowa Board of Nursing (IBON)

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The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares the graduate to:

  1. Synthesize theory and concepts from the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and nursing in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  2. Integrate knowledge of historical and contemporary nursing with leadership skills and principles to facilitate optimal patient and systems outcomes.
  3. Translate research findings to support evidence-based, competent, safe, and effective nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings across the lifespan.
  4. Utilize current technology effectively and efficiently to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, support decision making and accomplish goals related to the delivery of safe, quality care for diverse individuals, families, and the community.
  5. Examine how healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, influence healthcare systems, nursing practices and population health.
  6. Incorporate principles of effective communication and collaboration when working with members of the health team, recipients of care and interested groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, groups and communities.
  7. Integrate concepts of health promotion and disease management, health literacy and patient-centered care to improve population health.
  8. Engage in professional, culturally competent, and ethically congruent care that reflects dignity and uniqueness of individuals and groups in diverse populations and locations.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and model the values of advocacy, compassion, integrity, human dignity, cultural competence and social justice while embracing the concept of continuous learning.

Applications for the RN-to-BSN program are individually reviewed, and the following minimum requirements must be met to be eligible to enter the nursing major:


  • Meet ISU admission criteria for transfer students
    • Transcripts must be on file for all previous college work
  • Congruent with the Iowa Action Coalition, RN-to-BSN Task Force Recommendations
    • Achievement of minimum "C" (not C-) for all prerequisite courses
    • Prerequisite courses must be completed before beginning the RN-to-BSN program (Note: most, and in some cases, all of these are required in the ADN curriculum)
      • Prerequisite Courses:
        • Introduction to Chemistry (ISU CHEM 163 or CHEM 1T equivalent)
        • English Composition I & II (ISU ENGL 150 and ENGL 250 equivalent)
        • Statistics (ISU STAT 101 or STAT 104 equivalent)
        • Introduction to Human Nutrition (ISU FS HN 167 equivalent)
        • Introduction to Sociology (ISU SOC 134 equivalent)
    • Minimum of 2.5 college GPA for all college coursework
    • Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Iowa or a compact state if applicable
    • License must remain current and unrestricted while enrolled in the ISU RN-to-BSN program

The practicum experience is an opportunity for nursing students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a practical setting. It provides students with a chance to participate in a local or domestic immersion experience, guided and designed by nursing faculty in the RN-to-BSN program. Students are required to complete at least 45 practicum hours to gain practical experience and enhance their skills.

To access individual course descriptions, please refer to Iowa State University's course catalog. 

You may access the course catalog here: https://catalog.iastate.edu/azcourses/nursing/