RN to Bachelor of Science

Earn your bachelor's degree.

Advance your nursing career, unlock new opportunities, and give back to your community. 

  • 100% online

    Complete coursework anytime, anywhere without ever having to come to campus. Students will have to complete clinical experiences.

  • 8-week courses

    There are two start points each year. See the academic calendar for the next start date.

  • 14 months

    Attend full time and complete the program in just over one year. You may also choose to attend part time.

Dakota Wesleyan University connects nursing professionals like you with a 100% online program that allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science degree while maintaining your busy schedule. 

Our unique digital campus experience lets you take classes on your time which means you can decide when and where to log into class, work on assignments, and connect with faculty and classmates.

DWU’s RN to B.S. students have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree that is built upon the core values of learning, leadership, faith and service.

The program includes core nursing courses which focus on enhancing skills in leadership and management, decision-making and problem-solving, nursing research and evidence-based practice, health promotion, health assessment, service to community, an in-depth study of pharmacology, and care of families, populations and communities.

The baccalaureate program at Dakota Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The RN-B.S. program has been granted full approval by the South Dakota Board of Nursing, 4305 S. Louise Ave., Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57106-3115, (605) 362-2760.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Active, unencumbered RN license to practice nursing in the state of residence
  • An associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 (conditional admit with GPA of 2.25-2.49)
  • A current resume
  • A 500-word personal statement answering the following questions:  Why do I want to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree from DWU at this time?  How do I plan to incorporate the new knowledge regarding leadership, ethics, and evidence-based practice into my professional career after graduation?

These requirements must be met before students can participate in practice experiences.

  • Medical information requirements based on employment status as an RN
  • Current CPR certification (adult, child, infant, AED)
  • Completion of criminal background check

Course Details

  • 120 total credit hours
  • 71 credit hours – Transferred with A.S. degree or diploma
  • 21 credit hours – Adult general education courses
  • 21 credit hours – RN-B.S. nursing courses
  • 7 credit hours – Earned via professional work experience or electives

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