RN to BSN Program



For registered nurses seeking to complete their baccalaureate education, Alverno’s RN to BSN program is a 12-month, fully online program comprising a series of eight-week courses. Through the integration of theory and practice, students develop expertise in leadership, management of care, implementation of evidence-based practice, and principles of quality and safety.

Classes begin each August. Students move through the program together in a cohort model, working as a team to gain knowledge and proficiency. Students are required to complete 36 credits: 15 credits of nursing, 16 credits of liberal arts, 4 credits of probability and statistics, and 1 credit of introduction to the program and ability-based learning. Concepts learned in each course carry through to subsequent courses so that learning throughout the program is developmental and relatable.

 Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

An Alverno College nurse has demonstrated the ability:

  • to apply leadership concepts and skills grounded in professional standards to support innovation and adaptation in evolving healthcare systems;
  • to integrate theories and evidence based practice using multiple ways of thinking to promote, restore, and maintain optimum health of diverse individuals, families, communities, systems, and global populations;
  • to integrate a global perspective with an understanding of self and others within the shared environment to promote health and well-being;
  • to promote a culture of quality, safety, and inclusiveness through mindful practice of continuous quality improvement; and
  • to communicate and collaborate effectively and professionally using a variety of modes.

The student has successfully integrated and demonstrated the skills and abilities necessary for the professional practice of nursing at the baccalaureate level.

 RN to BSN Program Leader

Degree Completion (RN to BSN) Program Director

 Leah Olson

Leah Olson MSN, RN

Degree Completion (RN to BSN) Program Director