Online RN to BSN


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CREDITS: 30 (min) | COST/CREDIT: $354 | AS LOW AS: $10,620 (30 cr.) | COMPLETION: 1-2 YEARS



Morningside’s online RN to BSN program is designed so you can continue both your education and professional work. It can be completed in as little as one year (three terms), or you can build an individualized plan of study to complete coursework at the speed that works best for you.

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The program is specially designed for students who have completed an associate degree in nursing, giving you the ability to transfer up to 94 credits from accredited two-year colleges like Western Iowa Technical Community College, Northeast Community College in Nebraska, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Northwest Iowa Community College.

An added advantage of Morningside’s program is the option to take your education even further. The Morningside Nylen School of Nursing offers both online Master of Science in Nursing and online Doctor of Nursing Practice options.


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Online RN to BSN Mission Statement

The mission of the Nylen School of Nursing online RN to BSN program is to prepare academically and clinically competent professional nurses to deliver holistic health care, integrating the values of a liberal arts education with professional preparation.

Goal of the Online RN to BSN Major

The Nylen School of Nursing online RN to BSN program provides a learning environment that cultivates the development of:

  • Knowledge and skills essential to the Baccalaureate Generalist Nurse
  • Personal and professional responsibility
  • Ethical leadership
  • A commitment to life-long learning
  • A foundation for the pursuance of an advanced role in nursing

Online RN to BSN Student Outcomes

Upon completion of the online RN to BSN program, the student will be able to:

  1. Foster caring relationships by respecting diversity, human dignity, and beliefs, and by accepting each individual as a holistic being with an integrated body, mind, and spirit.
  2. Communicate effectively through oral, written, non-verbal, and technological avenues when interacting and collaborating with individuals, families, communities, members of the health ·care team, and the professional community.
  3. Evaluate decisions and behaviors using the critical thinking process to ensure professional competency and patient safety in a global society.
  4. Design a plan of care which synthesizes the holistic nature of nursing, knowledge from the sciences and humanities, and the nursing process for diverse populations in varied settings across the lifespan.
  5. Function in multifaceted nursing roles in the provision and management of health care with consideration given to legal, social, political, economic, and ethical issues that impact the delivery of holistic care.
  6. Integrate ethical principles in all personal and professional- activities.
  7. Utilize relevant research and evidence from nursing, the humanities, and the social and natural sciences as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  8. Assume responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth by engaging in life-long learning and a commitment to the values and principles governing the discipline of nursing.

  • Associate degree (recent associate degree graduates may apply while waiting to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam)
  • Active RN license
  • Automatic acceptance cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher (lower GPA will be considered based on other individual factors)
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in required courses for the major
  • Active BLS certification for healthcare providers
  • Completion and approval of background check
  • Compliance with required immunizations upon admission
  • Meet the essential ability requirements

Transcript Submission Requirements

We require official transcripts for admission to the Online RN to BSN Program. We accept electronic transcripts from either (a) an institution or (b) an established provider. This includes Script Safe, Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, Docufide, SENDedu, etc.

Designated officials from institutions (i.e., Registrar) or third-party vendors can e-mail electronic transcripts to, or mail print copies of official transcripts to:

Morningside University Admissions Office
1501 Morningside Avenue
Sioux City, IA 51106
Fax: 712-274-5430

Iowa Administrative Code 655–2.10(152) details that students and prospective students may not take nursing courses with a clinical or practicum component by a person: 1) who has been denied licensure by the board; 2) whose license is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction; or 3) whose license is currently suspended, surrendered, or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action. Individuals seeking enrollment or currently enrolled in nursing programs who are not eligible to take a course with a clinical component because of disciplinary action in any state should contact the Iowa Board of Nursing Enforcement Unit at (515) 281-6472 as soon as possible. Individuals not eligible to take a clinical or practicum component will not be admitted to the nursing program or allowed to progress in the curriculum.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/doctorate of nursing of practice degree program/and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Morningside University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Nylen School of Nursing

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Plan of Study

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Cost/Financial Aid

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Contact Us

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Amy Williams-Malenosky

Senior Associate Director of Admissions


Jackie Barber

Dean of the Nylen School of Nursing


Lewis Hall