Iowa's RN-BSN degree program is designed for currently licensed nurses who want to expand their nursing knowledge and experience by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

The RN-BSN program is delivered online, with limited face-to-face meetings for the community health practicum experience and leadership project. Students must complete the practicum experience in Iowa and may be required to drive up to 100 miles to a regional practicum setting.

Why Study at Iowa

Iowa’s College of Nursing is one of the premier institutions in the country for nursing education. It has a national reputation for excellence and its programs consistently win high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Many College of Nursing faculty have advanced degrees in areas outside of nursing, such as sociology and psychology, which attests to the importance of a strong liberal arts foundation in preparing nurses for the future.

Course Work

The RN-BSN program of study requires 32 s.h. of credit. Courses focus on professionalism and patient safety, improvement of health systems, community and public health, leadership, research, and professional engagement. 

Students may choose either a part-time (3 semesters) or full-time (5 semesters) plan of study. Review the RN-BSN plans of study in the UI General Catalog for more information. 

To learn more about course requirements and graduating with honors, visit RN-BSN Program in the UI General Catalog

Admission Requirements

RN-BSN students must hold a valid Iowa RN license and an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing. 

Applicants must be enrolled in or have completed prerequisite course work at the time of application to the RN-BSN program and must complete additional elective course work before entering the program. These requirements may be completed at a community college.

To learn more and see if you are ready for application and admission to the RN-BSN program, see RN-BSN Prerequisite Information at            

Getting a transcript evaluation before submitting an application to our program is strongly recommended. To request a transcript evaluation, go to 

Admission Requirements Tabs

Student Opportunities

As a College of Nursing student, you’ll be eligible for membership in a variety of Nursing Student Organizations. Sigma Theta Tau International, a nursing honor society, has a chapter on campus.

The University of Iowa Association of Nursing Students (UIANS), the college's undergraduate student professional organization, meets bimonthly and offers students the opportunity to develop leadership, management, and professional skills.

The Minority Student Nurse Association participates and engages in opportunities to advance underrepresented students and nurses in professional practice.

University of Iowa Men in Nursing welcomes all students in the college.

Faculty, Facilities, and Resources

Nursing faculty are internationally recognized researchers who study the effectiveness of nursing interventions and outcomes. The college is well known for its research in geriatrics, health of school-age children, genetics, and informatics, as well as clinical studies of skin integrity and pain management. 

The College of Nursing is an integral part of Iowa's health sciences campus, sharing in and contributing to world-class teaching, research, and patient care.


Iowa’s RN-BSN program provides broad preparation in clinical, scientific, community health, and patient-education skills, and promises outstanding career opportunities.

The BSN serves as the initial starting point for graduate study in nursing. Iowa graduates are well prepared to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), or a research doctorate (PhD). 


The College of Nursing offers numerous scholarships to admitted students. Visit the College of Nursing website for a complete list of nursing scholarships. Some scholarships require application before October 1, others before March 1.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid also are great resources for students seeking scholarships.

Application Process

Application Process Tabs

Review the college's website for details about how to apply to the RN-BSN Program.


Online/Off-campus Program(s)
RN-BSN for currently registered nurses