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Location: Online
Start Term: Summer

As a registered nurse, you work directly with patients, providing expert care, support and compassion. This program allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree by building on your associate’s degree in nursing, so you have access to a broader range of nursing practice opportunities.

After an initial on-campus orientation, this program is offered entirely online, allowing you to work full-time while completing all of your professional nursing coursework remotely. This flexible and adaptable curriculum provides you invaluable health concepts essential to today’s nursing profession, such as health assessment and promotion, professional role development, and healthcare technology. When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to advance your career and succeed in a rapidly changing healthcare environment.  

Learn more about the RN to BSN program. 

  • An associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • RN licensure in the state in which you intend to perform your clinical hours
  • A minimum of one year of full-time work as an RN by the start of the completion program


Additionally, the following prerequisite courses must be completed. Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General or Medical Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Human Growth & Development (3 credits)
  • Algebra & Trigonometry, Computer Science, or Physics (6 credits)
  • Introductory courses in Behavioral & Social Sciences (6 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science elective (6 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)
  • Behavioral Science Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)
  • English Composition I & II (must include Intro. to Literature) (6 credits)

Prerequisite courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

Some prerequisite courses are available through our School of Professional Studies. These 16 weeks courses are self-paced, flexible and online. Find the full list of courses offered here.   

Application Requirements

For consideration for admission, the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Completed MCPHS Application
  • Official college transcripts from every college attended
  • 1 professional letter of recommendation
  • Photocopy of current RN license
  • Resume (may be included within application or as a separate document)

Once all supporting documents are received, your application will be complete and ready for review by the Admission Committee. Application materials can be mailed to the address below:

Online Programs
MCPHS University
Admission Office
179 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

Worcester FNP Program
MCPHS University
Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608


Professional Nursing Courses (Four Semesters)

NUR 208 Essential Concepts of Nursing 3
NUR 250 Chemistry of Nutrition 3
NUR 245/245L Health Assessment & Promotion* 4
NUR 410 Professional Role Development 3
NUR 330 Nursing Informatics & Healthcare Technologies 3
NUR 350 Scholarly Inquiry 3
NUR 426 Provider of Care IV: Community & Home Health* 4
NUR 450 Member of a Profession & Capstone Leadership Project* 4
Total Credit Hours

General Education Courses**

LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics*** 3
MAT 261 Statistics*** 3
HUM Humanities Elective*** 3
LIB 220 Interpersonal Communication in the Health Profession*** 3
HSC Health Sciences Electives 17
Total Credit Hours   29

* 45 clinical hours are required in this course. Total clinical hours for the RN to BSN program are 135.
**General Education courses may be taken concurrently with professional nursing courses or completed at the end of the RN-BSN program.
*** May be transferable prior to admission.

RN to BSN Program Breakdown*

Category Semester Hours
Prerequisites Awarded in Transfer 42 S.H.
Transfer Credit Awarded for Completion of ADN Professional Coursework 25 S.H.
Professional Nursing Courses Completed at MCPHS (listed above) 26 S.H.
Additional General Education Courses (listed above) 29 S.H.
Total Credit Hours for BSN Degree 122 S.H.

*To earn a BSN degree from MCPHS, students must complete a minimum of 43 credits (nursing curriculum and all health sciences electives at MCPHS).

MCPHS University accepts nursing students into its programs from the following states:

Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia

Admission into a nursing program is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of matriculation. If a student moves to a different state after matriculation, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student's responsibility to notify the University of a change in physical presence. Program availability is subject to change.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.