Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Online RN to BSN

All-in price:
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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
as few as 12 months
All-in price:
View Tuition Details
Application due date for January 9, 2023 term:
January 6
Estimated time to completion:
as few as 12 months

Be the Nurse of the Future with a 100 Percent Online BSN Program

Take your RN further by earning an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Nurses with a BSN qualify for more jobs2; and earn higher salaries3 than nurses with an associate degree only. They also are in higher demand as hospitals recognize the role of BSN nurses in achieving quality and patient-care goals. In fact, the highly respected Institute of Medicine called for 80 percent of all RNs to have a BSN. You can be sure that with a BSN from ACE, you’ll have the advanced knowledge and expanded skills that are in demand in today’s global and complex healthcare system.

in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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How you'll get there.

  1. The RN to BSN program requires students to complete 30 credits. Those courses include Transition to Professional Nursing, Community Health and Vulnerable Populations, Nursing Informatics, Health Promotion and more. Our enrollment counselors will work closely with you on transferring additional credits so you find the quickest and most economical path to your BSN. See College Catalog for full program requirements.
  2. The program culminates in a 10-week, in-depth capstone experience designed for candidates to demonstrate the expertise and knowledge gained through the program. This is a practical experience, under the guidance of a mentor and a faculty member, where you are able to show how you’ll be a change leader in improving people’s health.
  3. If you choose to go on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing, two of the BSN courses are part of that sequence, putting you ahead already.

What you can expect along the way.

  • Quality Online Instruction ACE’s nursing degree programs are CCNE-accredited, a sign of their rigor and quality. As an RN to BSN student, you’ll experience an online learning environment built out of our experience as a 100 percent digital college for the last decade. The program includes virtual simulations to practice patient care and a virtual global health experience that’s among our students’ favorite parts of the program.
  • Flexible & Forward-Thinking Format ACE’s nursing program leverages technology for a complete educational experience. You’ll learn with high-tech simulation that makes maximum use of avatars, patient conditions and treatment options to mimic real-life situations. And you’ll do all of this on your own time. Our asynchronous classes enable you to plan your coursework around your life. Almost all courses are 5 weeks long, with a week off in between, and your full pathway will be laid out before you even begin a class.
  • Support at every step We’re connected 24/7. You’ll always have faculty support as you navigate your courses. Nursing students have town hall meetings each term and a Student Success Coach who is with you from enrollment to graduation. You’ll have access to free online tutoring and writing help, Office 365 tools and a library for research.
  • Up-front pricing Our industry-low cost of $7,950 is the bottom-line price. That’s it. No additional fees to pay later, no textbooks to buy (everything you’ll need is online), no campus you have to visit. A high-quality nursing education for one exceptional price.

What it costs

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Total Tuition

30 semester credits
x $260 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost1


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A degree you can count on.

American College of Education is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission— a federally-recognized accrediting agency. The College’s accreditation includes approval to offer degree programs, in education, healthcare, nursing and business and leadership through distance education via the Internet. Accreditation ensures that an institution’s academic program meets or exceeds acceptable levels of quality and is the most recognized accreditation status for higher education entities. To receive and maintain HLC accreditation and affiliation approval, we must continuously undergo routine peer review cycles and provide proof that our programs meet or exceed HLC accreditation criteria and expectations of quality.



Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 30 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Nursing Courses (30 semester credits)

3 semester credits

This course develops knowledge related to the profession of nursing, current issues in nursing, and the role of nursing in transforming health outcomes. The ethical and scientific basis for nursing practice are discussed. Nursing's paradigm is defined. Students explore key nursing theories and theories from other disciplines as a foundation for care. Students utilize the concepts from theories, Professional Nursing Standards (ANA), Code of Ethics, Institute of Medicine Report (IOM), Competencies from the Quality, Safety, and Education in Nursing (QSEN) to analyze their practice and to clarify their role as a member of a profession.

3 semester credits

Building upon the student's previous health assessment knowledge, this course develops the advanced knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) needed to provide safe, competent, and comprehensive health assessments of individuals and families throughout the lifespan to include physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual health assessments; risk assessments, functional assessments, health history and genetic issues. Students will learn to use advanced communication and physical assessment skills to identify changes in health patterns from acute to chronic problems found in diverse populations.

3 semester credits

This course focuses on health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the lifespan. Health of communities, vulnerable populations and principles of social justice and health policy are discussed within a global context. Students learn to incorporate epidemiological, biostatistical data through knowledge of healthcare informatics to assess factors related to community health. Genetic considerations, culture, health disparities, factors that are determinates of population health, and equity in patient care are explored. Practice experience is part of this course. Pre-requisite: NUR4033. Note: A practice experience component is present in this course.

3 semester credits

This course is an introduction to scholarship which includes identification of practice issues; appraisal and integration of evidence; and evaluation of outcomes. The focus is on the identification of research designs within the hierarchy of evidence and accurate interpretation of evidence from individual studies. Students will apply principles of evidence-based practice, identify appropriate researchable questions, and review research-based evidence to improve practice.

3 semester credits

Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvement, and patient safety are necessary to provide high quality healthcare. In this course, learners explore leadership and change theory and strategies necessary to lead in evolving, contemporary healthcare systems. Students will be prepared to contribute to safety initiatives, quality improvement, policy development, resource management, and strategic planning.  An emphasis is placed on professionalism, principles of ethics, decision-making, communication, collaboration, and working within inter-professional teams to facilitate quality care and promote health outcomes.

3 semester credits

Health and wellness promotion continues to become more of the primary emphasis in healthcare as compared to previous years. This course introduces students to dimensions of wellness, focusing on a holistic approach to patient care, clinical prevention  and population focused care. Culture, socioeconomic factors, and health promotion across diverse populations are discussed. Use of technology and nursing principles are applied to help guide life choices. The practice of integrative medicine is explored.

3 semester credits

Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are the focus of this course. Throughout the course, learners explore the roles, theories, and standards of nursing informatics. Informatics-based health applications that support communication, care coordination, quality improvement, and data- based decision making across healthcare systems are examined. 

3 semester credits

The Capstone Experience is designed for candidates to demonstrate the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout the professional nursing program.

3 semester credits

In this course, the student examines multiple theories from nursing and related fields to explore value and application to research and evidence based practice. Specifically, the course explores the use of theory in the design of research and development of nursing knowledge. Knowledge and skills to critique quantitative research studies are developed. Emphasis is placed on applying four criteria for critique: construct validity, internal validity, statistical conclusion validity, and external validity. Students focus on principles of evidence-based practice and synthesize the evidence from studies and arrive at a conclusion. 

3 semester credits

This course focuses on qualitative research traditions and the critique of qualitative studies for trustworthiness. Criteria for evaluating qualitative research include credibility, dependability, confirmability, and transferability. The purposes for qualitative research approaches, to include theory development, are explored. Students are introduced to the interpretation  and critique of mixed-methods research as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Students integrate evidence from both quantitative and qualitative studies for evidence-based practice and developing patient- centered care guidelines. The relationships between evidence, quality, and outcomes are analyzed.  The impact of health policy is explored. 

Admission Requirements


ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from an institution that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Associate degree or Diploma in Registered Nursing - 90 ​semester credits
  • Minimum Grade Point Average cumulative 2.25 on a 4.0 Scale for full admission
  • ​Minimum Grade Point Average cumulative 2.00 on a 4.0 Scale for provisional admission
    • ​Applicants whose overall GPA, or GPA in the last 60 credits is below 2.00 will not be admitted to the program
  • Applicants for the above program must provide documentation of active unencumbered RN license
  • ​Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements
  • Acknowledgement of the requirement to have a clinical/practicum setting to complete the program. Applicants must also acknowledge these sites may require ​​additional documentation (such as drug screening, criminal background checks, etc.) that applicant will be responsible for providing and costs associated with the requirement.​ ​
  • All general education courses must be completed prior to awarding of bachelor's degree and matriculation to graduate portion of the program. ​

1This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, the receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

2Employment of New Nurse Graduates and Employer Preferences for Baccalaureate-Prepared Nurses, American Association of Colleges of Nursing

3 Medscape RN/LPN Compensation Report, 2019

The RN to BSN program requires students to complete a total of 120 semester credits. The 120-credit requirement for the RN to BSN program includes the following: 90 credits earned at ACE or outside of ACE, and 30 semester credits earned at ACE.

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing offered by American College of Education are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

For information on international transcript requirements, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

For English as a second language applicant information, see the Admissions Information section of the College Catalog.

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