Bachelor of Science (BSN)

Nursing, RN To BSN

College of Nursing

Program Overview

Designed for RNs who already hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing, the RN to BSN program is 100% online and brings a degree from the UT’s College of Nursing within reach, even for busy working nurses.

Credit Hours


Cost Per Credit Hour*

In-State $574 + fees

Out-of-State $649 + fees



Admission Terms

Fall, Spring

*Cost per credit hour is an estimate based on maintenance and university fees. Some programs may have additional course fees. Please contact your department for additional information on any related fees, and visit Tuition and Fees in Detail at One Stop.

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The fully online RN to BSN program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is designed for registered nurses (RNs) who already hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing. You can earn your BSN degree in approximately a year, just three semesters, when attending full time.

The RN to BSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as an autonomous national accreditation agency that contributes to the improvement of the public’s health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of nursing programs, including baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs.

The program was designed with students being the center. You will learn from UT’s dedicated and experienced faculty, with accessible advisors and support staff. Faculty have rich experience in a variety of health care settings, and can provide support from a distance. We utilize a variety of teaching strategies to match different learning styles. Students are also connected with academic advisors who will assist in guiding students through their academic planning.

The RN to BSN program at the College of Nursing is flexible for students. Current RNs can continue working, and supporting their families all while earning their BSN. Start dates are flexible. Choose from either a spring or fall start date to best accommodate your needs. Students are also given the option of full- or part-time schedules which allow for additional flexibility. Students can complete all clinical rotations virtually and close to home. This program will not require any additional travel to UT.

A total of 120 credit hours must be earned to meet graduation requirements. This requirement can be met with qualifying transfer credit, proficiency credit, and credits earned in the RN to BSN program. The combination of earned credits and proficiency credits meets the requirement that at least 60 hours must be completed at a four-year institution.

Dual Application Process

For applicants seeking to enroll in a College of Nursing Graduate Program directly after the conclusion of the RN to BSN track, applicants would notate on their University of Tennessee Application this track. Applicants will then complete the necessary admission requirements set forth by the Graduate Program. (Not applicable for BSN-DNP Nurse Anesthesia Concentration).

UT is recognized as a national leader in the education of highly skilled visionary nurses. Employers recognize that UT nurses are working to advance health care for all, making them ideal candidates for future jobs.

Featured Courses

When you enroll in the RN to BSN program, you will take courses with leaders in the field. Here are some highlights:

NURS 334: Health Assessment for the Registered Nurse

Emphasis on holistic health assessment and health promotion across the lifespan to build on initial nursing preparation and to enhance and/or develop knowledge and skills for a broader scope of practice.

NURS 350: Health Informatics

Introduces the RN to the use of information and technology in the health care environment. The learner will explore the relationship between healthcare informatics and the safety and quality of patient care, specifically communication, knowledge management, error mitigation, and clinical decision support.

NURS 455: Nursing Leadership & Management Dimensions

Explores the foundations for decision-making, problem-solving, and critical-thinking and reasoning skills, as well as management and leadership skills needed to address the leadership and management problems presented in the workplace.

NURS 494: Capstone Course for the Registered Nurse

Focus on the development of a professional e-portfolio, including a personal philosophy of nursing and strategic plan for lifelong learning and continued professional development.

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RN to BSN Student Volunteers Assist

UT RN to BSN nursing students are making a difference in rural communities serving as volunteers through the Remote Area Medical (RAM), a nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics in areas where residents are in need of vision and medical services.

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A strong emphasis of the eTHRIVE project is to expand the capacity to substantially benefit care for rural, underserved communities by creatively and skillfully preparing nurses for holistic, empathic public health nursing care.

– Lisa Davenport, clinical associate professor and project director

Ready to take your RN to a BSN?


Virtual Information Sessions

The RN to BSN Team is now offering virtual information sessions. These 30-minute sessions will be conducted on Zoom, enabling students to learn more about their options and get their questions answered about the RN to BSN Program. Sign-up today to get the information you need to change your future and contribute to your community.