Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Whether seeking mastery of advanced skills or completing your bachelor's degree, take advantage of our strong history and tradition in nursing education.

This RN-to-BSN degree completion is designed for both diploma and associate degree registered nurses who want to earn their bachelor's degree.

Required Credits: 128

"Distance education was the only way I could have reached my goal of obtaining my BSN while still supporting and raising my boys. I was at home, but I was in school. I was doing homework right along with them. What a good example for them to see!"


With the increasing emphasis on patient outcomes across all health care settings, the online BSN degree completion program at Saint Joseph's College helps you build upon your nursing education. You will increase knowledge in evidence-based care, clinical decision making, ethical practice, population-based care, and health promotion and disease prevention.

Online access to courses is convenient and flexible enough to accommodate your busy schedule. In addition, what you learn is often immediately applicable in your work setting.

This program requires 63 semester hours through a combination of transfer (courses taken beyond the associate's degree), enrollment, and challenge examinations (CLEP, DANTES, SJC). Nurses with a nursing diploma will receive 30 credits in transfer for the lower-level BSN nursing courses. Graduation requirements for the BSN include a minimum of 32 semester hours earned through Saint Joseph's, and at least 21 of those must be in nursing.

The baccalaureate and master's program at Saint Joseph's College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. Also, the BSN program is approved by the Maine State Board of Nursing.


  • We accept more courses in transfer than most institutions (Diploma nurses receive 30 to 90 credits, and Associate Degree nurses can receive 65 to 90 credits, based on transcript analysis.)
  • Courses blend content with your professional experience, allowing for immediate application in your work setting.
  • No on-campus residency required.
  • Faculty with current knowledge and experience in the field of nursing will work one-on-one with you to ensure your success.
  • Degree completion for associate degree nurses
  • We have a fast track MSN External Icon option for students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA

Admission Requirements

You may apply to this program at any time of the year, but applications will only be reviewed four times per year. You must enroll in a course 30 days prior to the start of a course.

BSN applicants must hold a valid United States unencumbered RN License and possess the functional abilities to perform the skills and behaviors required of a professional nurse.

International applicants educated in countries other than the United States must contact the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (COGFNS) for credentialing at: Commission of Foreign Nursing Schools, 3600 Market Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651 USA. Applicant Inquiries: 215-349-8767. Graduates of foreign nursing schools must submit an official report from the COGFNS.

Associate or Diploma degree in Nursing, accredited at the time of graduation by CCNE or ACEN with a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Career Opportunities

  • BSN prepared nurses are now required by those facilities seeking Magnet status. As of January 2011, 75% of the unit level nurse managers must hold a BSN ---or higher degree.
  • The Navy, Air Force and several other Federal agencies will only accept BSN prepared RNs.
  • Public Health agencies still prefer BSN (or higher) prepared RNs.

Course Terms

Courses are 12-week cohort classes offered online four terms each year in January, April, July and October. Students must enroll in courses 30 days prior to the start of the course.

State Authorization for Distance Education Nursing Programs

The United States Department of Education (USDOE)  published regulations in the Federal Register (Chapter 34, § 600.9(c)-October 29, 2010; page 116-117 that require all institutions of higher education to seek authorization in every state (and territory) in which they operate, physically or virtually, in order to maintain eligibility for federal financial aid.

Saint Joseph's College and the Department of Nursing have been and continue to make a good faith effort in pursuing state Board of Nursing authorizations. Additional information will be posted to this web site as more information becomes available. Due to the complexity of rules and regulations of some state boards of nursing, Saint Joseph's College is unable to accept new applications for admission to our distance education programs from students residing in: Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and West Virginia. We are actively seeking approval in New York. Some state boards of nursing require individual application and approval for clinical placements within their state, and those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wyoming. We regret the lack of opportunity to provide individuals with nursing education in those states and it is therefore our primary goal to meet the rules and regulation necessary to obtain approval in the future.