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Choose an accredited online BSN program.

You touch patients’ lives every day with your care and compassion. Continue your journey to nursing excellence with Walden’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited RN to BSN online completion program. A BSN prepares registered nurses with additional skills in leadership, case management, and health promotion as outlined in the Future of Nursing movement’s Campaign for Action1.

Accredited Program

Develop skills and credentials that set you apart with our CCNE-accredited program, aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials.

Immediately Apply Skills

Take nursing courses from day one and apply what you learn immediately on the job. Walden’s program includes nursing courses as soon as you begin.

Exceptional Faculty

Benefit from practical coursework developed by leading healthcare experts and taught by faculty with the highest academic credentials and real-world nursing expertise.

Interactive Simulations

Gain practical experience and practice health assessment skills through Digital Clinical Experiences™ by Shadow Health—a realistic, interactive simulation.

Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Learning Path

Two Ways to Learn

Choose from two degree completion options.

The course-based format may be a good option for you if you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule.

Tempo Competency-Based LearningTempo Competency-Based Learning is an alternative way to earn your Walden degree. It’s different from our standard course-based learning because you can work at a pace that makes sense for you, and progress once you’ve shown you understand a subject. With Tempo Learning®, you have the flexibility of online learning, plus the ability to personalize and control the length, cost, and pacing of your program. See below which specializations are offered in Tempo Competency-Based Learning in addition to our standard course-based learning.

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
tempo competency-based learning
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM)

Earn up to 25 master’s-level credit hours by taking graduate-level courses as an undergraduate. This allows you to complete both degrees in less time than earning each degree separately. Learn more about Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM).


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Course-Based: Receive a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations:

To be considered for admission to this bachelor’s program, you must have an associate degree or diploma in nursing and a valid RN license. If you choose the competency-based option, you also must transfer 90 quarter credits from prior coursework.

General Admission Requirements: All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. More information for international applicants.

Position Yourself for Career Growth

A BSN can lay a strong foundation for your future, preparing you for more responsibilities, higher earnings, and advanced degrees. Exchange valuable perspectives and insights with other RNs as you continue to hone your leadership and practical skills. Implement what you learn immediately to improve the health of your community and the reputation of your healthcare environment.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be prepared to:

  • Apply leadership and informatics concepts in decision-making to promote patient safety and quality care.
  • Use evidence based on the sciences, humanities, and research to guide nursing practice across the health-illness continuum in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Evaluate the implications of policy on issues of access, equity, affordability, and social justice in healthcare delivery, including the health of vulnerable populations and healthcare disparities.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills to improve patient outcomes.
  • Implement individual and population-focused interventions to promote health and to prevent and manage disease and injuries.
  • Exhibit accountability for personal and professional behaviors in accordance with standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct with a commitment to continuous professional development.
  • Provide patient-centered nursing care based on a comprehensive and focused health assessment across the life span using sound clinical judgment as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate approaches.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Gain a Career Edge

As the population ages and baby boomers retire, nurses are more in demand than ever before. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of registered nurses will grow by 7% through 2029—much faster than the national average.2

In nursing, education matters. With an influx of graduates entering the field, a BSN can give you a competitive edge. According to a 2018 AACN survey, 88.4% of employers at hospitals and healthcare settings said they strongly prefer to hire nurses with a bachelor’s degree.3

What Can I Do With a BSN?

A BSN may qualify you for more nursing jobs or even help you advance into a leadership role. A bachelor’s in nursing also serves as a bridge to an advanced degree, whether you intend to pursue your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or go all the way to a doctorate.

Registered nurses who hold a BSN are prepared to pursue a variety of roles in inpatient and outpatient settings, including the ones below.

  • Insurance companies
  • Magnet hospitals
  • Healthcare foundations
  • Community organizations
  • Federal agencies
  • Military healthcare organizations
  • Nursing organizations
  • Minority nurse advocacy groups

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this BSN program.

Increase Your Earning Potential

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree can potentially lead to higher earnings. According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a BSN holder is $85,187.4


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