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RN to BSN Program

 RN to BSN Program



The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for registered nurses who are seeking to complete their baccalaureate education is designed to build upon previous educational and professional experiences in order to provide students with the tools to open the doors to new opportunities in the profession of nursing. 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.

Alverno’s RN to BSN program is a 12-month program comprising a series of eight-week courses. Classes begin in August of each year. The design is a cohort model in which students move through the program together, working as a team to gain knowledge and proficiency in the various courses. The format is a fully online program. 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 graduate with a major in nursing 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





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12 Month Completion

  • Introduction to RN to BSN
  • Finding Meaning in Professional Practice
  • Professional Leadership: Policy, Practice, and Systems
  • Arts, Culture, and Ethics
  •  Probability and Statistics for Nurses
  • Nursing and Research: Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Improvement
  • Sustainability and Technology in the Changing World
  • Nursing Process with Individuals, Families, and Communities
  • Informed Decision Making in Complex Societies
  • Nursing Theory and Practice with Vulnerable Populations



The baccalaureate degree and masters degree programs in nursing program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

The post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Alverno College are seeking accredation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

To view accreditation status, click here. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Alverno College is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted


The JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing and Health Professions is also approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing. Alverno College maintains continuous accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.