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Earn your BSN at Carlow University 

Are you a busy RN looking for a competitive edge? Each year, more and more employers are requiring nurses to obtain their BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing). At Carlow, we offer an RN-to-BSN program completely online  (in addition to all in-class, or a hybrid of online and in-class). Our program provides an excellent base for lifelong learning, professional employment, and graduate school.

It’s time to advance your professional career and earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Carlow University.  In our highly flexible program, you will be able to stay at your job while earning this increasingly important degree.The year 2020 is quickly approaching as the target year to increase BSNs in the workforce to 80% strong. Employers prefer to hire and promote RNs with a BSN or other advanced nursing degree.

  • Receive 30 credits for your RN license
  • Complete your BSN in as few as 11 months
  • Apply for free online
  • Take classes online or at the Greensburg, Cranberry and main Oakland campuses
  • Carlow accepts up to 88 transfer credits -- a minimum of 32 credits must be completed at Carlow
  • A joint admission RN-BSN program is available with the local community colleges

A license in the state where the nurse is currently practicing is required.  This program is designed for registered nurses seeking a BS in nursing degree. Limited clinical practicum is required, as the program relies heavily on the experience gained during completion of the RN licensure.

Joint Admissions

In partnership with the local community colleges (CCAC, BCCC, and WCCC), Carlow offers a joint admissions RN-BSN program. For more information on the joint admission program, view the webpage or contact Wendy Phillips.

Partnerships For Students Beginning in Fall 2018

The following Healthcare Systems can receive a 10% tuition reduction if they enroll in the RN to BSN nursing program for Fall 2018:

RN to BSN Course Information

Course Requirements: 120 credits
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Online or in-class at Oakland, Cranberry and Greenburg

Notable Courses 


Come out of the hospital and into the community! NU 450 provides Registered Nurses with the opportunity to identify, discuss, and evaluate current issues related to community based nursing and public health practice. Students will work with individuals, clients and community groups toward the achievement of mutually agreed upon health-related goals.


Make a difference in the delivery of quality and safe care practice. NU 435 is a culmination of the learned experiences of the student in the RN-BSN nursing program. The focus of this course encompasses Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are goal directed.

Note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.

RN-BSN Program Requirements:

A current, active, valid, unrestricted nursing license as a Registered Nurse in the state or commonwealth of active practice is required. Candidates must be a graduate of an accredited nursing program. The RN-BSN major requires 120 credits for graduation. Of this total, 30 credits are advanced standing for the RN license, 24 credits are in the nursing major, and 66 credits are in general education, support, and liberal arts, including university core curriculum requirements.