Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN‑BSN)

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Transfer up to 90 credits from a combination of 2 year and 4 year institutions

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years with transfer credits

Nursing elevates all areas of health care.
Gain the education to lead it.

As a dedicated member of the health care community, you understand that the right approach to your practice can make all the difference in supporting positive patient outcomes. That empathy, experience and collaboration are key to building stronger nursing units and better systems of care.

With Rider University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you can focus on further developing your ability to provide quality treatment and advocate for those in need. You’ll also learn to grow as a leader and prepare for roles where you can influence other professionals in their approach to nursing as a platform for impacting lives.

*A valid RN license is required for admission to this program.

Rider University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Why choose Rider for your online Bachelor of Science in Nursing?

Learn to grow as a nursing professional on your schedule, with no residency required. Our online BSN program is designed for licensed registered nurses who seek advanced credentials. You can build on your existing competencies and graduate ready to apply your well-rounded education in a range of health care settings.

Prepare for success as a career changer

Rider welcomes students from all backgrounds into the online BS in Nursing program. Your enrollment advisor can help set you up for success by guiding you through the process. Make a smooth transition into the program — and advance your career path.

Learn on your schedule

Our online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree offers you the flexibility to grow your health care skills around your life. You can join the online BSN program in the fall, spring or summer, and work at your own pace on a part-time basis. With Rider, you can tailor your degree to fit with your commitments.

“Rider University’s RN-BSN program fulfilled my expectations by providing a professional instructive environment, educational challenges and overall flexibility while I was working full time as a nurse manager. The faculty is accessible, exceptionally knowledgeable and supportive as you continue to achieve your professional goals. The clinical education and competency I have attained significantly enhanced and expanded my professional nursing practice.”

— Karen Stradling, RNBSN ’19

Diverse career opportunities

The demand for nurses continues to grow, especially for those holding bachelor’s degrees. New York even has legislation in place requiring registered nurses to earn their BSN within 10 years of initial licensure — with other states working to pass similar bills. The career outlook for this field is strong, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting job growth to increase by 15% between 2016 and 2026.

We’ve structured our BSN program to give you a competitive edge in a thriving career field. Earning your bachelor’s degree can qualify you for the following roles and median salaries*:

Registered Nurse


Social and Community Service Manager


Health Educator


*According to and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The value of your bachelor’s in nursing

When you earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rider University, you can graduate ready to prove your value as a leader in delivering quality care. Your advanced skills can prepare you to perform in an environment of growing educational standards. In fact, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) reported in 2018 that 45% of registered nurses held a bachelor’s-level degree — over 15% more than those with an associate.

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum

Rider’s online BSN degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and features curriculum designed to prepare you to make a meaningful contribution to the nursing field. Take courses in health care policy, population health, patient care technology, professionalism, information management and more. Learn to develop your team leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills to help drive a more integrated approach to care.

Your online courses are taught by distinguished faculty members and industry practitioners who can bring a practical and multidisciplinary approach to your studies. Our professors are available for you and committed to your academic success.

Explore our curriculum page.

Admission requirements

Our online bachelor’s degree in nursing provides you with the opportunity to build your industry expertise and enhance your career options. That’s why we do our best to make it accessible to anyone interested in pursuing their degree.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A completed application with a non-refundable application fee
  • An earned associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited institution
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA from the previous institution
  • Copies of a current/unrestricted RN license
  • Submit a personal statement on philosophy of advancing nursing education at the baccalaureate level
  • Complete a background check
  • Learn how you can earn college credit for what you know with our Prior Learning Assessment program.

Pick a start time that works for you.

Your program has to fit around your schedule. So in addition to making our BSN degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you graduate with your CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Rider University, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

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