Program of Study

Degree requirements

  • 34-37 credits awarded for nursing courses taken in your prior degree
  • 50 credit hours of general education requirements
  • 36 credit hours of required nursing courses, including Capstone practicum hours and three elective courses 

Curriculum delivery

  • Each semester is split into two sessions. Sessions can be completed in 6-8 weeks (sometimes summer sessions are only 6 weeks), so you may finish up to four courses every semester.
  • Courses are taught online using web-based or video technologies and may include synchronous or asynchronous sessions.
  • Capstone practicum can be completed in your local area. The IU School of Nursing will help you find preceptors for your practicum.


Ivy Tech and Vincennes University students

If you are enrolled in the ASN programs at Ivy Tech or Vincennes University, you can transfer directly to IU as a junior nursing student as part of our TSAP (Transfer Single Articulation Pathways) RN to BSN track, once you are accepted to IU.

To be eligible for the TSAP RN to BSN track, you must complete your ASN degree in the spring semester and plan to enter our RN to BSN program in the following fall semester. If you have been out of your ASN program for more than a semester, you are not eligible to apply.

When you enroll at IU, you must be a full time student taking 12-15 credit hours per semester (including general education requirements, if needed). The following general education courses are required for the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option and may be completed at either IU or Ivy Tech: Introduction to Sociology (SOC-S100), Basic Human Physiology (PHSL-P215), Microorganisms in Nature (BIOL-M200), and Microbiology lab (BIOL-M215). 

The application deadline is June 1. Learn more about TSAP  

Program of study

You can complete your bachelor's in nursing in one-to-three years, depending upon when you complete your general education requirements. 

With full-time study, you can complete your degreen in 12 months (3 semesters, 12 credits each). With part-time study, you can complete your degree in 18 months (4 semesters, 9 credits each) or 24 months (6 semesters, 6 credits each).

  • Courses are 8 weeks during the academic year; 6 weeks in the summer.
  • Courses are available year round.
  • Whether you attend full-time or part-time, you must take B331 first and R470 last. All other courses may be taken in any order.
  • You must take 3 nursing elective courses as part of your program of study.

Review our course descriptions.