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