Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

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More healthcare employers than ever now require their nurses to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). If you plan to become a leader in your organization or work in specialized areas such as acute care or mental health, now is the time to earn the BSN you need to succeed.

The RN to BSN online degree program from Maryville University will prepare RNs like you to pursue positions that nurses with an associate degree typically can’t, including management roles. Our expert faculty and innovative curriculum will help you develop the clinical, research, and leadership skills necessary to move your career forward toward higher earning potential and greater professional fulfillment.

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Designed for associate degree- and diploma-holding registered nurses

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100% online coursework

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Six start dates per year

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Eligible transfer credits accepted

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Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Why Earn Your RN to BSN Degree Online?

As a busy nurse, you need an RN to BSN program that can work with your schedule. Maryville University’s online RN to BSN degree is ideal for midlevel professionals ready to advance their careers, offering flexible schedules and easy credit transfers to put you on track to complete your online RN to BSN degree sooner.

Our 100% online programs employ leading education technologies that are simple to navigate, supported by personalized attention, and foster meaningful connections with faculty members and fellow students.

  • Apply with no application fee.
  • Faculty experts work with your schedule.
  • Stay up and running with 24/7 technical support.
  • Start when it’s convenient for you — fall, spring, or summer.

Choose quality, convenience, and affordability — 100% online

No entrance exams required. ACT/SAT scores are not needed to apply.

100% online coursework. Complete your RN to BSN online — no campus visits required.

Apply approved transfer credits. Graduate with your BSN in as few as three semesters, depending on credits transferred.


Join a respected university. Maryville University ranks among Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges.”

Apply for financial aid. Discover a wide range of opportunities to help offset the cost of your education.

What Can You Do Once You Complete Your Online RN to BSN?

Completing your RN to BSN online can help you qualify for a wider range of nursing jobs, with higher salaries and more advanced roles in management, education, and advocacy. It also lays the groundwork for graduate studies.

Want to advance your career further? Set your sights on earning a master’s degree and becoming an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). APRNs work in a variety of roles that feature many of the duties a physician might handle, but at the hands-on care level typical of nursing. Becoming a nurse practitioner (NP) is one of the most popular career paths for advanced-practice nurses.

Careers with a BSN

With your accredited online RN to BSN degree, you can pursue nursing roles such as:

  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Registered Nurse Supervisor

BSN-qualified nurses work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools and universities
  • Research labs
  • Community services
  • Federal agencies
  • Home healthcare settings
  • Private practices
  • Telehealth applications

What Is the Median BSN Nursing Salary?

With your online RN to BSN degree, you may be able to qualify for leadership roles and earn salaries such as the following:

Nursing Manager


Nurse Educator


Director of Nursing


Clinical Nurse Manager


Registered Nurse Supervisor


Nursing Informatics Specialist


*Median salaries according to

What’s the Market Outlook for Registered Nurses with a BSN?

Today’s nurses care for patients in settings reaching far beyond hospitals and take on new responsibilities as teachers, rehabilitators, and even primary care providers. Maryville’s RN to BSN online program can help prepare you to meet today’s diverse patient needs.

Here are just a few of the reasons why now is a great time to earn your BSN:

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The demand for nurses is high.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of registered nurses to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029, faster than the national average for all occupations. Drivers of this projected growth include the needs of an aging population, increased demand for nurses in long-term care facilities and outpatient care centers, and the need to educate and care for patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity.

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More employers require BSNs.

The National Academy of Medicine has called for more nurses to hold BSN degrees. Meeting the complex needs of older adults presents significant challenges, and employers are recognizing that BSN-qualified nurses are better prepared to meet these demands.

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Nurses help alleviate the shortage of primary care providers.

As areas of the U.S. face shortages of primary care providers, BSN-qualified nurses help meet this demand. In the words of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP): “As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on disease prevention and health management, NPs bring a comprehensive perspective and personal touch to healthcare.”

Why Choose Maryville for Your Online RN to BSN?

Maryville’s online bachelor’s in nursing program delivers the personal attention and support you need to plan, pursue, and achieve your nursing goals. Our faculty members are dedicated to monitoring industry trends and adapting our curricula to provide a practical focus that prepares you for the future.

For nearly 150 years, we have continually offered a high-quality education experience through the Maryville Approach ― a methodology that embraces innovation, a student-first focus, and a commitment to helping you accomplish your personal and professional goals.

As a student in Maryville’s RN to BSN online program, you will:

  • Access rigorous online courses through our advanced, user-friendly learning platform.
  • Enroll in relevant nursing courses informed by input from healthcare employers.
  • Connect with expert faculty who are passionate about mentoring and invested in you.
  • Collaborate with diverse nursing students through online discussions and coursework.
  • Lay the foundation for further advancement by preparing for a graduate nursing program such as a Master of Science in Nursing
  • Graduate from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

We’re distinguished by our dedication to your success

Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Forbes America's Top Colleges
Kiplinger Best College Values
CCNE Accredited

The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Maryville University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Our students are finding success at Maryville – and so can you.

“I feel like Maryville is really helping to prepare me for my career path and to become a successful nurse. I’m receiving all the knowledge I need, and I’m also learning how to apply it in a clinical setting.”

— Joe Balassi, online RN to BSN student

Faculty Spotlight

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Meet Dr. Boniface Stegman

Coordinator, Online RN-BSN and Community Paramedic Programs and Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Boniface Stegman is an experienced clinical leader with decades of expertise in emergency nursing as a staff RN, in addition to pre-hospital and hospital staff education and direction.

Her education is as follows:

  • Ph.D.: Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (University of Missouri – St. Louis)
  • MS: Nurse Educator (University of Missouri – St. Louis)
  • BS: Nursing (Maryville University)
  • AA: Nursing (St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley)
  • AA: Life Science (St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley)
  • Certificate: EMT-Paramedic (St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley)
  • Certificate: EMT (St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley)

Dr. Stegman began her professional career as a paramedic in North St. Louis County in the late 1970s. This led to her pursuing a nursing career in 1982. From the early 1980s though the mid-2000s, Dr. Stegman held notable nursing education and director positions.

She joined Maryville University as a nursing faculty member in 2010. She currently teaches online nursing leadership, nursing informatics, nursing research, and more.  She also fulfills the roles and responsibilities of community paramedic, community assessment, and chronic disease management.

In addition to her extensive professional experience, Dr. Stegman regularly presents her nursing education insights in breakout workshops, sessions, and conferences. She has also held longtime executive leadership committee memberships.

RN to BSN Online Curriculum

Maryville’s RN to BSN online degree curriculum offers a wide range of courses designed to help RNs advance to leadership roles. Students complete a total of 89 credit hours; nurses with associate degrees can apply approved transfer credits to satisfy some or all general education courses.

Our continually updated courses connect you with expert faculty members to collaborate on research and allow you to demonstrate your knowledge through the completion of a public health capstone project. Graduates can emerge with advanced skills to assess patient health, present research, and direct nursing teams with confidence.

  • General Education Courses (64 credits) — Strengthen your critical thinking and creative analysis skills with courses in the liberal arts, psychology, and math.
  • Nursing Courses (25 credits) — Develop your professional nursing skills with a deep approach to healthcare leadership, family assessment, nursing informatics, and genetics.

Professional licensure and certification regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for the state in which they intend to practice to verify specific licensure requirements which includes ensuring the program of interest meets the licensure requirements prior to enrolling. Students may visit the professional licensure page or reach out to our team of enrollment advisors for guidance.

Where Can Your Nursing Career Go from Here?

If you hold an RN license, completing your undergraduate degree in nursing is a great way to increase your competitiveness for top nursing jobs. And that’s just the start of how Maryville University can help you grow your career.

As you continue to gain experience and consider additional education, Maryville University can connect you to high-quality master’s and doctoral programs offering multiple specializations to fit your interests and goals.

When you’re ready to take your nursing career further, Maryville can help you get there:

Master of Science in Nursing, with five concentration options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Completing your RN to BSN online gives you an edge in a job market where employers increasingly require nursing candidates to hold BSNs. A BSN degree helps you qualify for a wider range of nursing jobs with higher salaries and more advanced roles in management, education, and advocacy. In addition, a BSN lays the groundwork for graduate studies.

Want to further advance your nursing career? Our BSN prepares you for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Earning these degrees can help you attain advanced nursing roles such as nurse practitioner (NP).

Apply to the online RN to BSN completion program at Maryville University.