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How Long is the RN to BSN Program?

RN to BSN Program

You worked hard to become a nurse and now you want to take it to the next level. An RN-to-BSN program can help you to reach your career goals in the field of nursing.

Does it take a long time to earn a BSN? Let’s discuss how long it takes to complete the RN-to-BSN program at HCI.

What is the RN to BSN Program?


To earn a BSN, you must complete 120 credit hours of classes and training. HCI offers the courses 100% online so that you can continue to meet your current work and life responsibilities.

The goals of the program are integrating the knowledge, ethical principles, and clinical excellence in nursing, as well as a holistic approach to patients.
BSN candidates should also be able to demonstrate the cognitive ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his or her role in Nursing.


Core courses in the BSN program include Transitional Nursing Role Perspectives, Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing, Heritage of Nursing Concepts/Theories, Advance Health Assessment, Nursing Care for the Geriatric Patients, Nursing Research and Informatics, and Leadership and Management in Professional Nursing.

Other core courses include Community Health Nursing, Nursing Perspectives/Global Trends, Clinical Decision Making/Critical Thinking, Nursing in a Multicultural Society, and finally the Capstone experience.


BSN Program Length


BSN candidates must already have their RN diplomas or ASN program completed. The BSN program at HCI takes what you already know from the field and dives deeper.

Semesters are maximized at 9 credit hours. You can take more courses, go year-round, or take fewer courses and split up your semesters. The RN-to-BSN program takes anywhere from 12 months to 24 months to complete.

Choose which pace will work with your schedule and your learning style. HCI wants you to succeed in your learning objectives, but it is your responsibility to do the work and seek help if you need it.

The courses are available online. You can check into your classes when it convenient for you. Some assignments will have deadlines that need to be met, so plan accordingly. The online format gives you the flexibility in when you study.



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