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A bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) is fast becoming the preferred degree for registered nurses (RNs) at top hospitals across the U.S. In fact, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that many major hospitals have already established “BSN-preferred” hiring policies for new hires. Thanks to the popularity of this degree path, aspiring nurses hoping to land a position at a top hospital won’t have to look far for an accredited program. Even better is, some schools offer programs online, allowing students to continue working while earning their degree.

Schools with accredited online BSN programs include University of Florida College of Nursing (accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, CCNE), Capella University (CCNE), and Excelsior College (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, ACEN), to name a few.

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A traditional BSN program typically takes four years to complete and prepares graduates to enter the field of nursing through a blend of theoretical classroom study and ample hands-on clinical experience. Many programs require 120 credit hours or more to graduate and include courses such as pathophysiology, pharmacology for nursing, healthcare policy, and community health nursing. The number of clinical hours required will depend on the program. Some programs require several clinical experiences totaling 45 hours or 90 hours, with each experience worth three to four credits. Students will complete these experiences in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health agencies, clinics and homes.

If you want to get your foot in the door at the best hospitals in the U.S., enroll in a BSN program at an accredited school. We’ve compiled below a list of accredited schools with an online bachelor of science in nursing to help you get started.

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Online BSN programs

American National University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Public University System
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ashford University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baker College Online
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Brookline College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California Southern University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Capella University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Technical University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Excelsior College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Grand Canyon University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Granite State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Grantham University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harrison College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Independence University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Keiser University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Empire State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Unitek College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland University College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Walden University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Type Programs offered
American National University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
American Public University System Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Ashford University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Baker College Online Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Brookline College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bryant & Stratton College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
California Southern University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Capella University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Chamberlain College of Nursing Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Colorado Technical University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Excelsior College Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Galen College of Nursing Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Grand Canyon University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Granite State College Public
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Grantham University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harrison College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Herzing University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Independence University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Keiser University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
National American University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Pima Medical Institute Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Purdue University Global Public
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Rasmussen College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
South University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
SUNY Empire State College Public
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Unitek College Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland University College Public
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Phoenix Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Walden University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Coast University Private for-profit
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Western Governors University Private not-for-profit (no religious affiliation)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion