Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Online Program

Proud to be the educational foundation for some of the nation's most recognized nurses, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers you the perfect opportunity to fuel your passion for making a difference – without giving up your life or putting your career on hold. You can complete your RN to BSN online program in as few as 12 months with instruction from respected faculty who are well-versed in distance learning and technologies.


About the Program

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Complete in as few as 12 months
30 credit hours
$316.66 per credit hour

Right now is unquestionably an exciting time to be a nurse. Never before has there been so much opportunity to choose where you work, in which setting and how much career advancement you want. In UL Lafayette's 100% online RN to BSN program, you'll learn how to:

  • apply nursing theory to guide decision-making for professional practice
  • assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing care for individuals, families and communities
  • evaluate scientific evidence and apply its findings to recipients of care
  • apply leadership skills to influence quality of care and patient safety
  • collaborate with colleagues on interdisciplinary health teams to promote wellness and identify and implement changes to improve outcomes of care

Online Courses

UL Lafayette's online RN to BSN requires students to complete 30 hours of nursing (core) courses that are designed to help you skillfully integrate emerging technologies with compassionate, personalized care. Students must also meet the State of Louisiana's general education requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Prior to every term, please check the textbook listing for any updates.

Core Courses:
NURS 327 Community Health Nursing with Diverse Populations

Factors affecting the provision of community-focused health care across populations. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS 354.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 344 Nursing in a Disaster for RN to BSN

Disaster planning and response by a variety of agencies. Impact of a disaster on the population and nursing's role in management of health needs. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS354.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
NURS 353 Orientation for RN to BSN

Academic and technological support resources and strategies for success for the online student. Open to RN to BSN students only. Must be taken in first session of enrollment. Grading Option: CR/NC.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
NURS 354 Transition to Professional Nursing for RN to BSN

Emphasis is on theoretical and ethical/legal foundations of practice, leadership and management, communication skills, and expanded accountability. Open to RN to BSN students only. (NURS 354 must be taken and successfully completed before a student can enroll in any other nursing course.)

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 5
NURS 355 Health and Physical Assessment

Comprehensive overview of systematic physical examination and health evaluation. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS 354.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
NURS 396 Professional Role Integration

Development of professional portfolio to include work history, previous educational preparation and job performance. Articulation of professional development plan related to expanded role of a BSN prepared nurse. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisites: NURS354.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
NURS 406 Evidence-Based Practice for RN to BSN

Analysis and application of data for decision support and to effect outcomes of care. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS 354. Completion of approved statistics course before enrolling in NURS 406.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 421 Nursing Leadership and Management for RN to BSN

Professional role development as nursing leaders and managers including clinical leaders. Decision-making, negotiating, collaborating, problem-solving, and team-building in assuring patient-care quality. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: NURS 354.

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 499 Capstone Project

Culmination of learning experiences guided by baccalaureate Program's student learner outcomes. Integration of concepts, theories, and principles related to professional nursing role. Open to RN to BSN students only. Prerequisite: All RN to BSN courses (nursing and non-nursing).

Duration: 8 weeks
Credit Hours: 6

Corequisite Courses:

The corequisite courses listed below must be completed prior to graduation from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Most courses can be completed in an accelerated online format through UL Lafayette at this time. You may transfer equivalent credit in for these courses or take available courses online through UL Lafayette. Corequisite courses include:

  • English Literature1
  • Statistics1
  • Chemistry1
  • General Biology1
  • Communications1
  • Art
  • History
  • English Composition3
  • General/Introduction
    to Psychology1
  • College Algebra
  • Anatomy & Physiology4
  • Microbiology2
  • 200/300 Level
    Behavioral Science

1Denotes courses offered through UL Lafayette in a 7-week, online accelerated format. To view a schedule of course offerings, please see the course schedule.

2Denotes courses not currently offered online through UL Lafayette. These courses may be transferred in from regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities.

3English Composition 6 Hours of English Composition are required

4Biology A&P 1 and 2 are required

Transfer students must earn 30 credits from UL, so additional courses may need to be taken.

There is no time limitation applicable to transfer credits into the Online RN to BSN Program.

University credit may be granted through approved transfer of equivalent courses. Transcripts will be reviewed and credit awarded on an individual basis. Credit accepted by the Admissions Office is valid for degree credit only to the extent that it satisfies course requirements in the BSN curriculum. The College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions has final authority for determining which transfer credits may be applied in the RN to BSN Program.



The University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Upcoming Start Dates:



Apply by 2/13/17


Tuition/Financial Aid

At UL Lafayette, making education affordable and accessible is a top priority. Our tuition rate offers a great value, and we will work with you to locate funding opportunities that meet your financial needs. To learn more about payment processing information visit our Student Cashier Center.

Tuition Breakdown:


Total Program cost (Nursing courses)


Cost per credit hour

Financial Aid:

UL Lafayette works with students to help remove financial barriers to advanced education. We provide financial assistance to students through Pell grants, loans and other means. Find out what to expect during the financial aid process.

Important Summer (D416) Summer Financial Aid Information:
If you would like to apply for financial aid for D416, the June start date, please complete this form and email it to or fax to 337-482-6502. To determine if you have any remaining eligibility we would need to have processed your 2015 -16 financial aid application and you will need to register for at least 3 hours.

Additional Fees:

Additional fees may apply. UL Lafayette reserves the right to increase fees at any time.



UL Lafayette's online RN to BSN Program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify. You should also check to see that this Program is available in your area before applying.

Admissions Criteria:


Application & Fees


Accredited ADN degree


Minimum 2.5 GPA


Active RN License


About the Dean

Dr. Gail Poirrier, DNS, RN

Dr. Gail Poirrier has served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions at UL Lafayette since 1997. Under her direction, the college received the designation of Center of Excellence in Nursing for Ongoing Faculty Development in the BSN program from the National League for Nursing.

Dr. Poirrier has a proven record of leadership in administration, teaching, research and service and is a knowledgeable and experienced advocate for nursing education and practice.


  • D.N.S. – Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • M.N. – Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • B.S.N. – University of Southwestern Louisiana
Dr. Gail Poirrier

"The College is committed to generating collaborative relationships with professional and technical colleagues and consumers to promote health and prevent disease."

– Dr. Gail Poirrier
Dean, College of Nursing & Allied Health Professions

Career Highlights:

  • Current Chair of UL Lafayette's Council of Deans (for over 10 years) and current Chair of the Louisiana Council of Administrators of Nursing Education (LACANE)
  • Recipient of the 2008 "State Award for Excellence — Nurse Practitioner Advocate" from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • Generated over $5.3 million in external revenue since 2004 for UL Lafayette nursing through economic development initiatives via the Louisiana Department of Labor's Incumbent Worker Grants and establishing innovative community/academic partnerships.
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