Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN Program

The goal of this 100% Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Program is to transition an Associate Degree Registered Nurse to become more competitive in the job market emphasizing evidence-based nursing practice, research, and leadership. This program consists of 60 semester credit units taken over 5 semesters and can be completed in 20 months. Each semester consists of 4 courses taken over a 16 week semester where students take 1-2 courses every 8 weeks. For a Complete breakdown of courses and application process please visit our dedicated Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Program portal by clicking here.

What is the Enrollment Process?

The pre-requisites courses are required to be completed prior to applying for admission to the program. All prerequisite courses must meet the baseline criteria of general education criteria for the California State University System (CSUs). An official transcript MUST be provided for the above pre-requisites PRIOR to admission and will only be accepted from an accredited institution that is approved by the US Department of Education.

Please Note – Students must submit official transcripts that demonstrate they have successfully completed the required pre-requisites with a “2.5 on a 4.0 scale” or better, in each course from a school that holds accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.

Fionda W., MS, RN-C
RN to BSN Faculty
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REQUIRED GENERAL EDUCATION PRE-REQUISITE COURSES SEM. UNITS
Microbiology with Lab 4
Human Anatomy with Lab 4
Human Physiology with Lab 4
English, Reading & Composition (College level) 3
Math: Intermediate or College level Algebra 3
General Psychology 3
Sociology 3
Public Speaking or Speech 3
TOTAL GENERAL ED UNITS 27
REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITE NURSING COURSES THEORY(SEM. UNITS) CLINICAL(SEM. UNITS)
Medical- Surgical Nursing; Theory and Clinical: includes Leadership/Preceptorship, community health and geriatrics 10 14.5
Obstetrics-Maternity Nursing; Theory and Clinical 1.5 1
Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing; Theory and Clinical 2 1.5
Pediatric Nursing; Theory and Clinical 1.5 1
TOTAL NURSING UNITS 15 18

There are a total of 60 units required PRIOR to admission to the RN to BSN Program. Official transcripts must be submitted for evaluation.

  1. Associates Degree – Provide sealed official transcripts demonstrating an associates’ degree in nursing (only accepted if earned from an accredited institution that is approved by the US Dept of Educations).
  2. Submit proof of a current unrestricted RN license.

What’s the job outlook for a Registered Nurse?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) currently projects that employment of registered nurses is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all other occupations. Registered nurses (RNs) constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.6 million jobs. About 60 percent of RN jobs are in hospitals; the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing Report (2011) states that one of the fastest growing area for RN jobs will be in the community including (but not limited to) home health, hospice and clinics. Additionally, as more health care organizations move towards Magnet status, many are making the BSN the entry level for RN positions.

Registered Nurse Job Duties

Registered nurses (RNs) work to promote good health and prevent illness. RNs treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patients’ medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation. RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illnesses or injuries, explain post-treatment home care needs, create and recommend diet, nutrition, and exercise programs, and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. (Adapted from Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition).

Campuses Offering the Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Program

  • Online Program

Frequently Asked RN-to-BSN Questions

Q: What are the tuition costs and is financial aid available?
Tuition varies by educational program. You may qualify for financial aid and there are other financial options available. To learn more call us directly at 1-888-775-1514
Q: How long will it take to earn my degree?
The time it takes to complete your degree depends upon several factors, including the number of credits accepted for transfer. To have a personalized evaluation please contact us at 1-888-775-1514.
Q: How do I apply for admission?
You can begin the admissions process right now by completing our online Information Request Form or by calling us at 1-888-775-1514. You will be assigned a nursing specialist to help you every step of the way.
Q: How long has Unitek been around? Is it accredited?

Unitek College is a private institution that was founded in 1991. The founder’s backgrounds include both academic and technical specialties. This provides them with a keen insight regarding what is needed to be an outstanding provider of education as well as the technical expertise to make it all work.

Unitek College and all campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a leading accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Q: Do you accept international students?
Yes. Students living abroad may be eligible to attend our online or campus courses. International students are admitted based on an individual evaluation of their transcripts. If English is a second language they must take the TOEFL exam. For more information please contact our nursing specialist at 1-888-775-1514.
Q: What type of computer do I need?
Potential students will need a laptop or desktop computer with internet access and basic Microsoft Office programs. All new students will be provided with the computer specifications they must have in order to access the online classroom upon enrollment.
Q: What kind of education and experience do faculty members have?
The faculty was selected due to their academic background and experience in the subject area for the course they are teaching. All faculty have Masters or PHDs.
Q: What happens is I have a technical problem?
Our 888 Tech Support Hotline is available 24/7. Between the hours of 10 PM to 0800 AM PST you will reach our voice mail. Tech Support will review issues and if more information is need will contact you directly the next business day. You may also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it anytime.
Q: Do I need to have a California Rn License?
No. However you need an active unrestricted RN license in the US.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Gainful Employment disclosure related to this program can be read in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Degree Program Gainful Employment Disclosure page.

If you qualify for the Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Sub & Unsub), please be aware that the federal government charges a loan fee. The Federal Direct Stafford Loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment (IBR) and income-contingent repayment (ICR) plans, and loan forgiveness benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide; and Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available to students regardless of income.

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