Your work is more than a job — it’s a sacred calling. You meet people in their weakest, most vulnerable, and joyful moments. Your patients need more than your skills and technology alone; they need your compassion, humble strength, and spiritual understanding.
PLNU’s School of Nursing offers a compelling RN to BSN program in a fully online format designed for working nurses. Evidence-based instruction, mentoring, and a practical in-person clinical component will build on the educational experience already achieved when preparing for your RN license.
Faithfully serve others — and fulfill your purpose.
Earn your BSN in a convenient online format
This flexible online format is designed for busy nurses to continue their education in a tight-knit, supportive online community while allowing them to manage their own schedules.
Learn nursing on your terms
This online program gives you the flexibility to learn when and where you want. You can complete coursework in the comfort of your home, favorite coffee shop, or local library while choosing a study schedule that works best for you.
Online learning is perfect for those who learn in ways that aren’t often found in traditional classrooms — watching instructional videos, listening to audio lectures at your preferred speed, or dedicating extra study time to tricky topics. You can always connect with professors to help find the best ways to absorb and apply your learning.
Time for life’s commitments, even for the busiest nurses
Learning shouldn’t prevent you from doing what you love. Coursework is designed to be flexible to your needs and help you balance your other life commitments.
While completing this program, you’ll still be able to continue spending time with family, thriving at your full- or part-time workplace, or leisure time.
Healthcare-focused community without commuting
Commuting can be stressful and time-consuming — especially in San Diego. Thankfully, you can learn online while still benefiting from PLNU’s strong focus on community. In this program, you’ll meaningfully connect with other students online as you learn and grow in your leadership expertise.
You’ll also have access to top-tier mentorship from professors and advisors. They’ll help you to leverage your strengths to expand your connections and career opportunities. You’ll be able to access resources tailored to you and your career goals.
A seamless transition from your ADN
A counselor and coordinator will work with you through every step of your journey to complete your bachelor’s, from helping you transfer previously-earned credit to working alongside you with care and encouragement as you earn your degree and complete your clinical hours. You won’t feel like you’re starting a brand-new program — rather, it will be a natural continuation of your previous education experience.
For students who don’t yet have their ADN, check out our fully-online concurrent enrollment program for students wanting to earn their ADN and BSN simultaneously.
"As an ADN graduate myself, I am excited about the opportunities this RN to BSN program provides for nurses. This program paves the way for nurses to fulfill lifelong learning goals and pursue professional adventures."
Michelle Federe Riingen, DNP, RN, CNS-BC
Dean, School of Nursing
Stay up-to-date in the nursing field
A BSN is quickly becoming the industry standard, with many hospitals requiring RNs be enrolled in a BSN program as a requirement for being hired or promoted to a leadership position. Currently, BSN-prepared nurses are eligible for 37 percent more jobs and have considerably higher earning potential over the course of their careers.
In this program, you’ll complete community outreach clinical hours required by your BSN. These hours also allow you to graduate and earn a California Public Health Nurse Certification, making you more marketable and employable with industry-relevant skills and experiences.