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Online RN-BSN

Program Overview

The University of Providence’s online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program (Online RN-BSN) is a 12-month program designed to provide a pathway for currently practicing RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The RN-BSN program utilizes online learning to prepare RNs for future opportunities.

The RN-BSN program is designed for applicants who have previously earned an Associate Degree in Nursing and have sat for and passed the NCLEX-RN exam. Coursework and program layout for the RN-BSN program is structured to meet the needs of working nurses, with 100% online course offerings, weekly assignment deadlines, and flexible learning options to meet student needs.

The RN-BSN program is recognized by EduMed as one of 2024’s Best Online Nursing Programs in Montana and was ranked alongside just 6% of post-secondary institutions, meeting specific program requirements and accreditation standards. The RN-BSN program is offered alongside the university’s existing catalog of Bachelor and Master of Science in nursing programs. The online RN-BSN program is taught by passionate, experienced faculty who are invested in helping students reach their personal and professional goals. The University of Providence’s RN-BSN curriculum emphasizes a quality education centered around serving all patients and is reflected throughout the program.

Program Highlights

Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning Options

Online RN-BSN students can select how they wish to progress through the program. Students can choose between an online synchronous path with live, virtual, bi-weekly lectures, or the online asynchronous path with pre-recorded virtual lectures.

Learn More: New RN-BSN Learning Path Available Starting Spring 2024

Prepare For Future Nursing & Educational Opportunities

The Online RN-BSN program builds off a previously earned ADN degree by emphasizing skills in evidence-based practice, leadership, and clinical excellence. Not only is a bachelor’s degree in nursing required by many nursing employers, but a BSN can help prepare nurses to hold positions of leadership within nursing, take on specialty roles in nursing, or enter a graduate program in nursing.

Real-Time Application of Nursing Skills

The Online RN-BSN program is designed to develop skilled, competent learners who are prepared to meet the demands of a rapidly changing nursing and healthcare environment. As currently practicing nurses, students in the Online RN-BSN program can actively apply skills they learn to their positions.

Cohort Learning Model

The Online RN-BSN program follows a cohort-style learning format. Students can enroll in either the fall or spring cohort, with new cohorts beginning every August and January for new enrollees. As a cohort-style program, students progress through each course alongside their classmates through the duration of the program.

A Regionally & Nationally Accredited Program

The University of Providence is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). In addition, all baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Application Information

Applications for the Online RN-BSN program are accepted for fall (August) and spring (January) enrollment cohorts. Eligible applicants must hold an Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited university, along with an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license for consideration.

Program Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants who wish to be accepted into the program must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold an unencumbered registered nurse license.
  • Have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing or Diploma in Nursing.
    • The degree must be issued through an accredited nursing university.
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75**
    • If a minimum 2.75 GPA was not achieved in prior high school or college coursework, an additional admission essay and academic review will be required for acceptance.


In addition to the above requirements, students must include the following materials in their application. More information on enrollment guidelines and requirements – including all links to apply to the Online RN-BSN program can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions Page.

  • An official nursing application submitted through NursingCAS.
  • Official high school transcripts submitted through NursingCAS.
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to NursingCAS from your high school.
    • Include transcripts from any dual enrollment or other pre-college programs.
    • Include the results of any AP tests you have taken.
  • An official transcript of any undergraduate coursework to NursingCAS.
    • Students must hold an Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited program.
  • An essay on the following topic: How will this degree program benefit you personally and professionally in your current and/or future career?
Application Deadlines

Applications for the Online RN-BSN program are accepted for fall and spring enrollments. All applications must be submitted through the appropriate NursingCAS Application: Undergraduate Admissions Page:

  • NursingCAS Fall 2024 Admissions Deadline: August 16, 2024
  • NursingCAS Spring 2025 Admissions Deadline: December 18, 2024

Program Vision

At the University of Providence Great Falls Nursing Program, our vision is to set the standard for nursing excellence through transformative education, innovation, and compassionate care. We aspire to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding necessary to lead in the dynamic field of healthcare. Our commitment extends beyond academic excellence to nurturing a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes, advocating for vulnerable populations, and contributing to the global health landscape with integrity and respect. We envision our graduates as pioneers of change, equipped to address the complexities of modern healthcare with confidence, empathy, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of all individuals.

Program Mission

The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory-guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.”

Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians, and leaders of change. A graduate is a lifelong learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing nursing evidence-based practice that is population-centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care.

Conception Framework

The program’s mission is supported by a conceptual framework consisting of the following constructs:

Relationship-Based Care

The University of Providence’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Completion Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.


Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.

Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes the steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.


Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.

Program Themes

Nursing students at the University of Providence will learn these themes and more:

  • Compassion, ethics, and spirituality
  • Patient and family-centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Population and Community Health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and inter-professional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development

Program Information

Learning Outcomes

Online RN-BSN students at the University of Providence will achieve these outcomes and more:

  1. Integrate a compassionate and ethical understanding of the human experience into nursing practice using the foundations of a liberal arts education.
  2. Apply leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making to engage healthcare teams in creating, promoting, and managing safety and quality outcomes.
  3. Apply nursing practices that are informed by research, evidence-based practice and innovation to optimize health.
  4. Utilize information technology to communicate, mitigate errors, and make improved clinical decisions related to the care of diverse populations.
  5. Advocate to influence change in legal, political, social, and economic factors that transform healthcare delivery.
  6. Collaborate with the inter-professional team to improve patient/family outcomes and the work environment.
  7. Provide compassionate, spiritual, ethical, and culturally appropriate care across the lifespan and the continuum of care.
  8. Practice preventive care, health promotion, and disease intervention across care settings for self, individuals, families, the community, and populations.
  9. Assume professional accountability to uphold the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Nurse Practice Act (in the state in which the nurse practices) and the ANA Code of Ethics.
  10. Demonstrate reflective nursing practice.
Skills You'll Learn

Online RN-BSN students at the University of Providence can expect to learn these skills and more:

  • Compassion, ethics, and spirituality
  • Patient and family-centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence-based practice.
  • Population and community health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and interprofessional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development
Course Layout & Curriculum

The University of Providence’s Online RN-BSN program is administered over 12 consecutive months. Students enroll in a total of three semesters, completing two classes per semester, totaling 12 credit hours per semester. Students are required to complete a total of 36 credits for graduation. Courses are delivered in two eight-week intensive sessions per semester, totaling 16 weeks for each semester.

Semester 01: Spring | Fall

First 8-Week Session:
  • NRS 301: Research Methods and Statistics (3 Credits)
  • NRS 405: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology Concepts (3 Credits)


Second 8-Week Session:
  • NRS 402: Evidence-Based Practice (3 Credits)
  • NRS 407: Public Health: Nursing Care of Populations (3 Credits)


Semester 02: Summer | Spring

First 8-Week Session:
  • NRS 408: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3 Credits)
  • NRS 419: Organizational Leadership in Quality and Safety (3 Credits)


Second 8-Week Session
  • NRS 403: Ethics and Spirituality in Nursing Care (3 Credits)
  • PHL 101: University Core Course (3 Credits)**


Semester 03: Fall | Summer

First 8-Week Session:
  • NRS 418: Global Health Nursing (3 Credits)
  • NRS 420: Advanced Issues in Nursing Leadership (3 Credits)


Second 8-Week Session:
  • NRS 494: Nursing Capstone Course (3 Credits)
  • TRL 201: University Core Course (3 Credits)**


Total Required: 36 Credits | Total Required CORE: 06


**All students without a prior bachelor’s degree will complete two core courses, a 100-level Philosophy (PHL) course (3 credits) and a 200-level Theology and Religious (TRL) course (3 credits). Core courses may be completed through the University of Providence online. Students choosing to take courses at another college or university must work with the RN-BSN Program Manager to ensure the transferability of these courses.

Course listings are designed to demonstrate a ‘sample’ student schedule for an Online RN-BSN student. Individual student schedules may not reflect the order of courses listed here.

Providence Health & Service Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health Services allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive a quality education from an accredited university.

Why Choose The University of Providence

At the University of Providence, we have created a platform designed to prepare currently practicing, aspiring nurses to serve as leaders in nursing. Our dynamic curriculum offers valuable, in-demand courses specifically tailored to meet the current needs of RNs while giving students the tools to become lifelong learners in healthcare practices and applications. Our graduates will meet the needs of the current nursing workforce and be prepared to lead current and future nurses in providing quality, compassionate care to all patients through quality, evidence-based education.

Caregivers can find more information about these benefits by visiting the Heal The World page.

Tuition Discounts & Employer Benefits

Caregivers who enroll in our Online RN-BSN program can receive discounted tuition rates as part of our ongoing partnership with Providence Health Services and additional employer education benefits now offered through the Guild Education Benefit. These incentives allow eligible caregivers and their dependents more ways to save on higher education. These include:

  • Tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year. This reimbursement is available to eligible caregivers at the start of each year and can be applied toward the Online RN-BSN program.
  • Direct pay through Guild Education helps eligible caregivers cover most up-front program costs. (Caregivers will be able to utilize this benefit starting in the Spring 2024 enrollment period.)


Caregivers can find more information about these benefits on by visiting the Heal The World page.

Scholarship Opportunities & Eligibility

As part of the University of Providence’s unique partnership with Providence Health, the Providence Health & Services System has approved a select number of scholarships for qualified caregivers in each region. Learn more about this exciting opportunity through the links below:

Click Here: Total Cost Breakdown By Semester With PHS Scholarship

The following items must be met for applicants to be eligible for Providence Health scholarship funds:

  • Must be offered admission to the University of Providence’s RN to BSN program.
  • Awardees must be employed by PHS for at least one calendar year at the time of admission.
  • Awardees must remain in a benefitted position throughout this program:
    • (0.6 FTE or greater or 24 hours/week).
    • Per diem employees are not eligible for the scholarship or program at this time.
  • Awardees must meet all enrollment and eligibility requirements for the University of Providence and maintain themselves as students in good standing to continue to receive the scholarship.
  • Upon graduation, students must commit to work for PHS for the equivalent of two years full-time (0.9FTE or greater) or three years part-time in a nursing position (less than 0.9FTE).
  • Students and alumni must serve as a steward and role model of excellence in baccalaureate nursing practice.
  • Students and alumni may be asked to mentor a student of the program, participate in student committees, participate in surveys or other data collection activities that support the improvement of the program.

Careers with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurses are the largest group of professionals within the healthcare system, holding over 3.1 million jobs in 2021. In addition, registered nursing jobs are projected to grow between 2021 and 2031, adding 195,400 jobs in the same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Registered nurses work across the healthcare continuum – including hospitals, clinics, physician offices, long-term care facilities, and specialty care facilities. In addition to different locations, registered nurses with a BSN can work in various roles within nursing – including acute care, critical care, home health, geriatric care, and more. Discover more nursing careers for BSN holders on our blog.


Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Total cost of attendance worksheets to allow easy viewing of specific tuition layouts by program, by semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.


Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) Estimated Cost Breakdown sheet to view specific pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process at the University of Providence.


The University of Providence’s Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited through regional and national accrediting boards. View accreditation information below:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Providence is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Information can be found on the NWCCU website, and Comments can be directed to the NWCCU staff at the following address:


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 558-4224


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 887-6791.


Contact Information


Sandra Granger, M.S.

Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing