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RN to BSN Nursing Program

Take your RN degree to the next level within one year!


The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree
RN to BSN program prepares registered nurses for research and
theory-based professional practice roles as leaders and change
agents in the transformation of health care for rural and underserved


The RN to BSN incorporates a liberal education that supports
integration of concepts from the social, natural sciences, and the
humanities that are essential to understanding the self and others as
well as the nature of health and disease ACCN. Translating research
and evidence into practice is a cornerstone of BSN prepared practice.
The RN to BSN graduate can provide safe, quality care to individuals,
families, groups, populations, and comunities experiencing common
to complex health problems in structured and unstructured
settings. The nurse prepared at this level:

  • Applies organizational and systems leadership theories to the
    roles of designer and manager of care.
  • Applies information management and effective application of
    patient care technology at all levels of care.
  • Provides health promotion and disease prevention for groups
    and populations.
  • Initiates and leads collaboration with other providers and
    disciplines to ensure quality and safety in health care delivery
    to underserved populations.

RN to BSN is built on competencies derived from the major concepts
that the nursing faculty considers to be central to BSN practice. Those
concepts are collaboration, leadership, informatics, evidence-based
practice, population-focused care, and quality improvement.
Upon completion of the RN to BSN Program, students are expected to:

  1. Provide safe, quality, evidence-based care to populations and
    communities in structured and unstructured healthcare environments.
  2. Analyze quality improvement measures used in both structured
    and unstructured health care environments.
  3. Act as an evolving scholar, translating current evidence into
    nursing practice.
  4. Evaluate collaboration techniques used in various healthcare
  5. Apply leadership principles and theories to both the practice
    and the profession of nursing.
  6. Apply information management principles, techniques, and
    systems to manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision-making.

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A totally online program, the RN to BSN Program is designed for non-traditional RN students with an associate degree who want to continue their education in nursing and still be engaged in practicing their profession. The program allows the flexibility to work toward a degree full-time or part-time. Direct practice in a clinical setting is not a requirement in the RN to BSN Program.

Nursing course theoretical content and practicum application is relevant across all healthcare settings and nursing roles, including those unique to the needs of rural populations and communities.


Admission to the RN to BSN Program is a separate process from admission to GBC. Enrollment is limited and students are admitted only in the fall semester. Official associate degree program transcripts must be submitted. Additional materials will be required if accepted. An in-person or telephone advisory meeting with a nursing faculty is recommended at the time of application and required prior to enrollment in nursing courses. Deadline for application submission is the first week of July.

To qualify for admission, applicants must have:

  • an active RN license in the state where currently practicing by the time course work begins.
  • graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing from an ACEN accredited program and regionally accredited college.
  • a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point scale.

Transcript evaluation might be necessary and may require supporting information such as course syllabi and books.

Program Cost

Estimated Program Costs.

Tuition: Approximately $10,100 as of Fall 2019
Books: Approximately $200 per semester

Choose Your Track

GBC offers multiple track pathways that provide flexibility to accommodate your lifestyle:

  • 3-semester track
  • Traditional track
  • Part-time track

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The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Great Basin College at the Elko Campus located in Elko, Nevada is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the RN-BSN Program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

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Why Great Basin College

Great Basin College, "The Gold Standard in the Silver State", offers associate and baccalaureate level education in academic, career and technical fields. Welcoming over 4,000 students annually from all corners of the country, both online and at our various campuses and centers, GBC's presence extends across two time zones and spans more than 86,000 square miles throughout Nevada. A leader in rural higher education, GBC takes pride in developing students who are well-prepared to meet the demands of industry and who contribute to the success and prosperity of the local economy.

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