Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs

Search some of the most affordable RN to BSN Programs online and at states around the US. Our RN to BSN program resource includes program reviews and detailed information on becoming a Registered Nurse.

In the world of RN to BSN Programs the inevitable two criteria that nurses always want to know are, how long does the program take and how much does it cost?  Both of these questions are tied together in the sense that the longer you take to complete the program the more it will most likely cost you.  So in order to make this list somewhat relevant, the total cost of each program is based on an average time to completion.  Each of these programs might actually be more affordable for you if you are able to finish them faster than the average.

4 Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Programs

#1 Ohio University – $7,641

Ohio University RN to BSNYou can complete Ohio University’s RN to BSN Program for approximately $7,641 and in 12 months.  This makes the Knowledge Center at Ohio University one of the more affordable RN to BSN Programs available.  However, and this is a big however, Ohio University comes with one large caveat.  The program is currently only available to residents of Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.  If you happen to live in one of these states, lucky you.  If not, it actually might be worth the effort to move their, get residency, and apply for the program.  It could save you that much money.


#2 University of Texas – Arlington – $8,995

University of Texas Arlington RN to BSNThe Online RN to BSN Program from the University of Texas – Arlington rings in at $8,995 and can be completed in as little as 13 months for some people.  The UTA Online RN to BSN is a completely online program and offers an excellent CCNE accredited program.  What more is there to say really?  An accredited RN to BSN program that is completely online and under $10,000.

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#3 Western Governors University – $10,642

Western Governors University RN to BSNWestern Governors University lists their average time to completion at 18 months.  This works out to be approximately $10,642 over the course of those 18 months.  However, if you can complete WGU’s requirements in 6 months, which is possible, then you might only spend around $3,700.  See the WGU RN to BSN page for more details. Western Governors University can be completed in 6 months for as little as $3,700.  If you need a bit longer, 18 months, the program will still be less than $11,000.  Not too bad an option to get a CCNE accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Flexible, Affordable, and potentially really fast!



#4 Linfield College – $13,985

Linfield College RN to BSNLinfield College is a small private college tucked away in McMinnville, Oregon and just so happens to offer a competitively priced Online RN to BSN that can be completed in 12 months for under $14,000.  If you are looking for a well-established school with a solid nursing reputation that also offers a very competitive price, then Linfield College is most definitely right up your alley.


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Top 5 Online RN to BSN Programs

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This will hopefully become an ongoing and revolving Top 5 list of the best Online RN to BSN Programs.  As more schools are added to our database, a newly discovered program may make it into our Top 5 list.

For a nursing program to make it into our Top 5 list it must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be offered entirely online.  This makes sense if the program is going to be on a Top 5 Online Program list.
  2. It must be affordable.  This is based solely against other programs.  A school doesn’t have to be cheapest, but it probably isn’t a good idea to be the most expensive either.
  3. Relatively short completion time.  If you are already a nurse, you don’t want to spend another million years in school getting your BSN.  So to make our list the program can’t take longer than 2 years. 
  4. It must be CCNE accredited.  If your program isn’t nationally accredited, then why are you going there?  Your school needs accreditation.
  5. It must be a flexible program.  An online program should be a program that is adaptable to your life.  We like programs that don’t lock you into a cohort, but allow you to go part-time or start and stop as life dictates.

The Top 5 Online RN to BSN Programs

#1 – Western Governors University

Western Governors University RN to BSNWestern Governors University is outstanding.  It meets all of our criteria and easily ranks #1 on our list.  Read more about WGU


#2 – University of Texas – Arlington

University of Texas Arlington RN to BSNUniversity of Texas – Arlington is another outstanding choice.  They offer a very flexible program with a solid price.


#3 – Linfield College

Linfield College RN to BSNLinfield College is a small private school in Oregon, but they offer an excellent RN to BSN option at a great value.  Definitely worth a look.


#4 – Grand Canyon University

GCU RN to BSNGrand Canyon University has been advertising like crazy lately, but they actually have a great program.  All the hype is worth a review and a consideration.


#5 – Kaplan University

Kaplan University RN to BSNNormally, a for-profit institution would not make it onto our list.  But Kaplan University has been in the business for a while, and offers a competitive program that is fairly flexible.  Kaplan is worth a look.


Honorable Mentions

These two programs didn’t make the list because they are not offered nationwide.  But if you live in their areas, then they definitely deserve a closer look.

Oregon Health & Science University

Ohio University

Do you think we missed a program?  Are you in a program that you think should be on the list?  Let us know