The health care field is evolving, contending with ever-complex challenges in the process. Nurses occupy an integral role, devoted to delivering a high standard of patient care while anticipating and rapidly responding to potential concerns along the way.

Through these factors, demand for professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has grown. Abilene Christian University’s RN to BSN program helps you step up to the task and prepare for leadership opportunities through a fully online format that builds off your existing knowledge and degree so that you continue serving patients and your community without interruption.

The health care field is evolving, contending with ever-complex challenges in the process. Nurses occupy an integral role, devoted to delivering a high standard of patient care while anticipating and rapidly responding to potential concerns along the way.

Through these factors, demand for professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) has grown. Abilene Christian University’s RN to BSN program helps you step up to the task and prepare for leadership opportunities through a fully online format that builds off your existing knowledge and degree so that you continue serving patients and your community without interruption.

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Flourish into Tomorrow’s Compassionate Leader

Expand what you know while preparing for a more specialized, leadership- or management-oriented role with our online RN to BSN program.

Our online degree programs are designed for busy working adults just like you – intentionally structured to allow you to balance work, life and other commitments. As a student of ACU Online, you are part of a vibrant, virtual, Christ-centered community.

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Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire undergraduate degree.

About the RN to BSN Program


Our online RN to BSN track is designed to allow you to complete your BSN degree quickly while giving you the flexibility to continue working as a registered nurse. You will build on your current knowledge and skills and earn the BSN credentials you need to take advantage of opportunities to move into higher-level nursing roles or pursue graduate studies. Graduates will be prepared to take on management and leadership roles in the nursing field as well as specialty positions such as critical care nurses, genetics nurses, rehabilitation nurses, or other specialties. 

Program Structure

All the Details on Your Degree

Through the RN to BSN track, registered nurses can earn a CCNE-accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing from ACU. As an RN who has passed the NCLEX exam, ACU will grant you 32 hours of nursing course credit towards your BSN allowing you to complete the degree in 28 track hours. 

Required Hours

28 Hours*
8 months
*Additional prerequisites and university requirements may be necessary.

Example Coursework

Leadership and Management
Evidence-Based Community and Population Health
Nursing Research for Evidence-Based Practice
Synthesis of Baccalaureate Nursing


Upcoming Start Dates

October 17, 2023
January 9, 2024

Common Job Titles

ER Nurse
Nurse Researcher
Nurse Case Manager
Flight Transport Nurse
Patient Advocate
Nursing Informatics Analyst
Medical Writer

Curriculum and Format

Designed to propel the careers of existing RNs forward, this online program is geared toward those who have earned a diploma or associate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school, who have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and who have an active registered nurse (RN) license. ACU rewards your prior accomplishments by allotting 32 credit hours of core courses toward your BSN degree.

28 credit hours embrace and grow your potential as an RN, covering the latest health care trends, emphasizing holistic care and weaving in essential leadership and critical-thinking principles. We aim to have you go forth in your current job to improve health care delivery and patient outcomes. To achieve this, the curriculum covers: 

  • pharmacology and pathophysiology to safely administer medications and reduce reaction risks;
  • conducting health assessments for diverse clients across the lifespan;
  • health policy and informatics to expose you to the legal and legislative side relevant to nurses;
  • leadership and management within the context of providing and promoting quality patient care;
  • community and public health, with a focus on disease prevention, health promotion, maintenance, restoration and surveillance; and
  • the tenets of professional practice, including professionalism, ethics and critical thinking.

Along with coursework, you’ll complete two practicum assignments to put the knowledge you gained about community and public health, leadership and management into action in a clinical context. 

Seven-week courses accelerate your path to accessing a wider array of RN opportunities. Review the program’s structure and all course descriptions.

Meet the Track Manager

Dr. Pricilla Wyatt is the track manager for the RN to BSN program and has been an assistant professor within ACU’s School of Nursing for the past eight years. She currently teaches pathophysiology and advanced medical-surgical nursing, works as the clinical lead for advanced medical-surgical nursing, and supervises the senior practicum. Dr. Wyatt has been a nurse for 22 years with clinical experience in cardiac critical care. While working at the bedside of critically ill patients, she often trained newly hired nurses and various students from the area. She is an alumnus of ACU (’98) getting her BSN at Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing from Hardin-Simmons University. Dr. Wyatt then proceeded to get her MSN at the University of Texas at Arlington in nursing education. Dr. Wyatt is a recent graduate of ACU Online with her Doctor of Nursing Practice, specializing in Executive Nursing Leadership. 

Dr. Wyatt lives in Abilene, Texas with her husband and children and teaches in the children’s ministry at Highland Church of Christ.



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Employers recognize the preparation going into a BSN degree, from evidence-based practice and a research-emphasizing curriculum to discussions of the demands currently facing the health care industry. 

Based upon figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hospitals and other healthcare organizations will need 7% more registered nurses between now and 2029 and holding a bachelor’s degree gives you an edge over candidates with an ADN. The competencies acquired through a BSN allow you to pursue:

  • senior-level RN roles;
  • a management or leadership position within the nursing field;
  • a specialty nursing position, such as in critical care, genetics or rehabilitation;
  • graduate study at a later date, be it a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), to continue moving forward within your career. 

ACU’s online RN to BSN track is designed for practicing RNs who are interested in gaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in an online modality.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  • Complete a Diploma or Associate’s Degree in nursing from a regionally accredited nursing program.
  • Provide proof of active, unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the United States.
  • Be actively employed in a Registered Nurse role OR have work experience equivalent to a minimum of one year of full-time employment in the Registered Nurse role.
  • Complete the online program application accompanied by a non-refundable processing fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all previous academic work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Fulfilled all university requirements and supplement to the major courses for full admission to the post-licensure track. 

Students are not required to submit ACT or SAT test scores.

Graduation Requirements: Students must earn a grade of 75% or higher for all nursing courses taken at ACU.

ACU has not determined if the RN to BSN Post-Licensure degree meets educational requirements for licensure/certification outside the state of Texas. Students who plan to work in locations outside of Texas should check with the Board of Nursing in their respective state.

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791


Professional Licensing Disclosure for Abilene Christian University’s BSN Program

The practice of Nursing requires a professional license. Each state and US territory has its own standards to practice nursing, to sit for the professional licensure exam (the NCLEX-RN), and/or to transfer a license from one state/territory into its state/territory.

This document provides you a list of those states and territories where this institution has made the determination that its nursing curriculum either meets the educational requirements for licensure, does not meet the educational requirements for licensure, or no determination could be made whether it meets or does not meet the educational requirements for licensure.

RN to BSNProgram Outcomes

Today, the healthcare field requires more nursing professionals to manage preventative care and the increasing number of patients living with chronic conditions. At the same time, more services are needed to assist the aging Baby Boomer population.

ACU’s online RN to BSN program seeks to provide a solution. Flexibility and standards in line with Texas and other state certification guidelines help current working nurses build upon their existing skills and reach for positions involving more responsibilities.

To lift you toward your goals while providing the health care field with take-charge, transformative professionals, this Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)–accredited program:

  • Opens the door to career and educational opportunities. Gain the credentials to apply to advanced RN positions, or pursue a leadership role on your team to nurture and uplift other nursing professionals and direct clinical outcomes. The RN to BSN not only helps you achieve your current educational objectives but prepares you for graduate study down the line, including ACU’s BSN to Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program
  • Helps you persevere in a changing industry. This online RN to BSN degree elevates all that you know, supplying you with key competencies to tackle today’s and tomorrow’s hurdles. Not only will you uncover management and leadership skills, but you’ll develop a more detailed, nuanced perspective of ethics, evidence-based practice and community nursing. 
  • Prioritizes your success. As you take courses around your schedule of job and personal obligations, our faculty members seek to support you through knowledge and faith. Our Christian-centered approach aims to empower the next generation of health care professionals: we blend compassion, theory and practical applications with research to graduate dedicated nursing professionals ready to transform the industry.