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Online RN to BSN Program

Our fully online RN to BSN program allows licensed registered nurses with an Associate’s Degree to complete their BSN fully online while gaining valuable skills that can be immediately utilized in the workplace. 

Our program includes 16 credits of nursing courses combined with 16 credits of courses in applied workplace leadership. This program will promote career advancement by both the nursing and leadership skill sets of students. More information regarding the Applied Workforce Leadership course.

NOTE: See the RN to BSN Required Clinic Courses Permitted by State table below. You may not be able to complete required clinic coursework in your state.

There is NO FEE to apply to the RN to BSN Program: Enter code GBSN

What will you learn

Expand your nursing knowledge base to include enhanced skills in understanding and implementing evidence-based practice, nursing policy, leadership, management, population and global health. 


Finish in as little as four semesters! 

Increase your earning potential, open doors for access to graduate education and leadership positions, all while gaining skills applicable to your current work environment. 

Core Nursing Courses 16 credits  
NU 311Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice    2 credits
NU 411  Nursing Care of Populations (Theory)4 credits
NU 414Nursing Care of Populations for the Practicing Nurse (Clinical)3 credits
NU 441Leadership and Management in Nursing (Theory)  3 credits
NU 453Professional Nursing Practice (Theory)1 credits
NU 454Professional Nursing Practice (Clinical)3 credits
Optional Leadership Courses 16 credits  
LDR 100Effective Communication in the Workplace4 credits
LDR 200Ethical Leadership in the Workplace4 credits
LDR 220Assessment in the Workplace4 credits
LDR 300Leadership in Diverse Workplaces4 credits

*Pre-requisite courses will be waived with a valid RN license
*Consult an advisor for a specific plan of study to ensure you will meet all of the nursing and General Education Program requirements
*NMU accepts the Michigan Transfer Agreement as satisfying requirements of the General Education Program
*See the NMU Transfer Equivalency page to see how your credits will transfer to NMU

RN to BSN Clinic Course AllowedAbrevYes No UnknownNotes
AlabamaAL  X 
AlaskaAK  X 
ArizonaAZ  X 
ArkansasAR  X 
CaliforniaCA  X 
ColoradoCO X  
ConnecticutCT  X 
DelawareDE  X 
FloridaFL  X 
GeorgiaGA  X 
HawaiiHI  X 
IdahoID  X 
IllinoisIL X  
IndianaIN  X 
IowaIA  X 
KansasKS  X 
KentuckyKY  X 
LouisianaLA  X 
MaineME  X 
MarylandMD  X 
MassachusettsMA  X 
MinnesotaMN  X 
MississippiMS  X 
MissouriMO  X 
MontanaMT  X 
NebraskaNE  X 
NevadaNV  X 
New HampshireNH  X 
New JerseyNJ  X 
New MexicoNM  X 
New YorkNY  X 
North CarolinaNC  X 
North DakotaND  X 
OhioOH  X 
OklahomaOK  X 
OregonOR  X 
PennsylvaniaPA  X 
Rhode IslandRI  X 
South CarolinaSC  X 
South DakotaSD  X 
TennesseeTN X  
TexasTX X  
UtahUT  X 
VermontVT  X 
VirginiaVA  X 
WashingtonWA  X 
West VirginiaWV  X 
WyomingWY  X 
American SamoaAS  X 
District of ColumbiaDC  X 
GuamGU  X 
Northern Mariana IslandsMP  X 
Puerto RicoPR  X 
U.S. Virgin IslandsVI  X 

Program admission requirements

  • Complete an online application to NMU (NO fee to applyEnter code GBSN)
  • Hold an Associated Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Hold a Registered Nursing license free of any restrictions or sanctions

Graduation requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits at NMU
  • Earn a minimum total (transfer and NMU) of 120 credits
  • Complete 16 credits in required nursing courses

Financial Information


The RN to BSN online program is a year-round program.  In order to best utilize your financial aid resources, you will need to be aware of how the aid programs work. While the Federal Pell Grant program is available on a year-round basis, the Federal Direct Loans are typically awarded on an academic year schedule. With the Federal Direct Loan program, all of the annual eligibility will be identified and awarded over the Fall and Winter semesters.  Therefore, if you will need student loan assistance for the summer semester, you may consider returning a portion of your student loans from the year, so that these funds are available for the summer. 

Types of Aid and Application Process

Degree-seeking students are eligible for financial aid. Students seeking financial assistance will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and designate Northern Michigan University as a recipient. Our federal school code for the FAFSA is 002301. Additional information regarding the financial aid process can be found at the Global Campus Financial Aid home page

Student Loan Deferment

If you have been out of school and paying on your federal student loans, you may be eligible to defer these payments. You must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits in the traditional semester) in order to qualify.  NMU sends rosters of qualifying students to a federal database. If you are not automatically picked up on one of these lists and are still receiving bills once you’ve begun classes, you can discuss this with the Financial Aid Office

Overage Checks

To be eligible for an overage, your financial aid must be more than your tuition and fees and all document requirements must be completed. Overage checks are generally available on the first day of classes each semester by either signing up for direct deposit or picking the check up in person. The Student Service Center handles the distribution of overage checks. 

Other Information

You are expected to familiarize yourself with the rights and responsibilities you have as a financial aid recipient.  Correspondence from the Financial Aid Office will be sent to your NMU e-mail address.  Please be sure to check this account often.  You can view your financial aid information online at any time by going to

Contact Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office
2107 CB Hedgcock

Contact the School of Nursing

Jeanette Stebelton