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.


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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 RN to BSN online Program consists of 30 hours of nursing coursework designed to prepare you with professional, research, leadership and collaboration skills that promote wellness and identify and implement changes that improve patient safety, quality of care and outcomes. 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.

Course Listing

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Duration: 8 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

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: 2

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: 1

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: 5

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: 2

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

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: 4

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

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: 6

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).

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.

Course Start Date Applications Deadline Documents Deadline Registration Open Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Term End Date
January 10, 2018 (Spring A) December 8, 2017 December 13, 2017 October 16, 2017 January 5, 2018 January 2, 2018 March 6, 2018
March 12, 2018 (Spring B) February 26, 2018 March 3, 2018 October 16, 2017 March 7, 2018 March 7, 2018 May 1, 2018
June 4, 2018 May 21, 2018 May 26, 2018 TBD May 30, 2018 May 23, 2018 July 30, 2018
August 20, 2018 (Fall A) August 6, 2018 August 11, 2018 TBD August 15, 2018 August 8, 2018 October 9, 2018
October 15, 2018 (Fall B) October 1, 2018 October 6, 2018 TBD October 10, 2018 October 11, 2018 December 4, 2018

In order to receive Financial Aid for any given term for graduate programs a total number of 5 hours must be registered for Fall A, Fall B or combined term and for undergraduate programs a total number of 6 hours must be registered for Fall A, Fall B or combined terms.

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Withdrawal, Resignation and Refund Schedule

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Course Start Date Resign with a 100% Refund Adjustment Resign with 50% Refund Adjustment Last Day to Withdraw with W Grade
January 10, 2018 (Spring A) January 12, 2018 January 19, 2018 February 2, 2018
March 12, 2018 (Spring B) March 14, 2018 March 20, 2018 April 11, 2018
June 4, 2018 (Summer A) June 6, 2018 June 12, 2018 June 14, 2018
August 20, 2018 (Fall A) August 22, 2018 August 28, 2018 September 12, 2018
October 15, 2018 (Fall B) October 17, 2018 October 23, 2018 November 5, 2018

For specific withdrawal and refund policy information, please see UL Lafayette's withdrawal/refund policy. In order to withdraw or resign, email

Please note: the refund amount, after resigning from the University, is based on 50% of total credit hours, and not, 50% of the dollar amount charged for tuition. For example: if a student is registered in 12 credit hours, and resigned before the last date posted by the Registrar’s office, that student will be charged for 6 credit hours.


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: RN to BSN

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
RN to BSN degree (Nursing Courses) $316.66 Varies $9,500

Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Louisiana Legislature.

Tuition may vary and is based on the total estimated credit hours within the Program's major and current per credit hour rate.

Payment Plan Option

Students now have the option to pay for their college education in affordable installments using our Payment Plan Option.*

In order to be fully enrolled in the Pay Plan Option:

  1. Students must agree to the terms of the Payment Plan Contract.
  2. Students must then pay 25% of tuition, fees, housing, and meals, plus a $50.00 processing fee.
  3. The remaining payments will also be 1/4 of the balance on your account. The plan will recalculate any changes in your account.
  4. The payment plan must be completed by the established deadlines. Summer and Intercession Payment Plans only have two installments and the Summer Payment Plan has three installments.
  5. You can elect to have your payments schedule on the appropriate deadlines.

To enroll in our Payment Plan:

  • Login to ULINK Portal
  • Click on Tuition & Aid
  • Click View your statement or pay your bill
  • Select the Payment Plan tab
  • Click Enroll Now

* The payment plan option is only available through the ULINK portal online payment gateway.

Payment plan dates and deadlines

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.

Additional Fees

Additional fees may apply. The University reserves the right to increase prices at any time.

Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change without notice by action of the Louisiana State Legislature. The University reserves the right to increase prices at any time. This schedule of fees is based on regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

Corequisite Course Tuition

Tuition for non-nursing courses is dependent on the number of general courses taken and residency requirements. Nursing courses do not count toward the credit hours labeled in the table on the Bursar's page. The cost of the general courses is calculated based on the number of general course credit hours taken.

Please visit the Student Cashier Center and choose the Tuition and Fee Schedule for the semester you intend to take a general course.

Policy Regarding Credit Adjustments Due to Resignation

When a student officially resigns from the university, credit adjustments will be based on the official date of resignation. A resignation credit adjustment, if applicable, is based on current hours enrolled. Whether or not a student attends class does not factor into the credit adjustment calculation. There is no adjustment to tuition and fees charged when a student reduces his/her course load by dropping one or more classes once registration closes.

Regular Fall/Spring Semester:

  • Prior to the first class day = 100% credit adjustment
  • 1st class day through 5th class day (Drop & Add Period) = 100% credit adjustment
  • 5th class day through the 14th class day (census day) = 50% credit adjustment

Regular Summer Semester and Fall & Spring A and B Terms:

  • Prior to the first class day = 100% credit adjustment
  • 1st class day through the 3rd class day (Drop & Add Period) = 100% credit adjustment
  • 4th class day through 7th class day (census day) = 50% credit adjustment

Note: Credit adjustment dates for additional terms not listed will be prorated accordingly.

Non-Payment Policy

Students will be dropped for non-payment if tuition payments are not received by 5:00 pm (Central Standard Time) on the day before the course start date.



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.

Admission Criteria


Application & Fees


Accredited ADN degree


Minimum 2.5 GPA


Active RN License

Admission Requirements:

To meet the admission requirements for online RN to BSN Program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application and submit the non-refundable $25 application fee.
  • Possess and submit an active, unencumbered RN license.
  • Provide proof of one of the following two items:
    • Associate Degree Nurses: An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a US institution that is both regionally accredited and accredited by ACEN (formerly NLNAC) OR NLN CNEA, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all coursework related to the ADN and any non-nursing courses that transfer into the Program.
    • Diploma Nurses: Completion of a diploma program in nursing which is accredited by ACEN (formerly NLNAC) OR NLN CNEA from a regionally accredited US institution, with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all coursework and any non-nursing courses that transfer into the Program.
    • Note: Individuals with an ADN or diploma from institutions that are not ACEN or CNEA accredited are not eligible for enrollment in the RN to BSN Program.
  • Transfer students must have each collegiate institution attended mail an official transcript directly to the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Hand carried copies/transcripts are not considered official.

Transcripts should be mailed to:

UL Lafayette Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment
PO Box 41210
Lafayette, LA 70504

If mailing from a courier service (FedEx, DHL, etc.) that requires a physical address, have transcripts mailed to:

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Recruitment
1311 Johnston Street
Lafayette, LA 70501

To send official transcripts electronically:

LPN transcripts are not necessary, unless general education courses were taken that will transfer into the program and the institution granting the LPN is regionally accredited.

International Students:

  • International credits will not transfer into the RN to BSN program. International students may be eligible for the program if they have earned an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an ACEN-accredited US program with a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all coursework related to the ADN and any non-nursing courses that transfer into the program.
  • Students must be a permanent resident or U.S. citizen or have an approved work visa. All inquiries/questions regarding approved work visas should contact the International Admissions Assistant Director at 337-482-6460.

Note: Due to compliance regulations, all programs may not be offered in every state. Please check with the enrollment specialist to verify that your Program of interest is offered.

Registration Requirement

Prior to registering for your first course the Immunization Waiver form must be completed and sent to Student Health Services. Follow the steps below in completing the form.

  • Students must fill out the highlighted fields in both the Immunization Exemption Request (Section B) and the TB Questionnaire (Section C:Part 1).
  • If requesting a waiver (Section B), students must indicate, "All vaccinations" in response to Vaccination(s) for which I am requesting exemption. We advise students to select the "Personal" exemption box.
  • If a student answers "yes" to any question in Section C Part 1: of the TB Screening, please note that the Section C Part II must be completed.
  • After completing all necessary sections of the form as instructed, students should email the form to Student Health Services,
  • Please be advised if a student does not fill out all highlighted sections and check all necessary boxes in the Immunization Exemption Request and TB Questionnaire, their proof of immunization record will be denied and the hold will not be lifted. Student Health Services does not typically notify students whether the form is denied or accepted. Students should check Self Service Banner to see if their immunization hold has been lifted.
  • If a student has completed all steps to submit the immunization form and is experiencing difficulty they can email for further assistance.

Student Stories

Kevin Adams, BSN

"Every seven or eight weeks, you have a course out of the way. It keeps your interest. You get going in a course, then before you know it, it's over with and you move onto the next one. And then build on that one and the next one. It really worked out well." Read Kevin's story.

Kevin Adams

Taiye Ajayi, BSN

"I'm so happy to be the 1,000th graduate. It's a privilege. I'm so happy that I went for that program. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made." Read Taiye's story.

Taiye Ajayi

Jeanie Songe, BSN

Jeanie Songe decided to enroll in the online RN to BSN program because she wanted to get a desk job in nursing. She chose online because it's flexible and convenient. Read Jeanie's story.

Jeanie Songe

Walter Matheny, BSN

Walter Matheny planned to become a nurse long before he actually did. He had to take time away from school to take care of his ailing father, which made him even more dedicated to becoming a nurse. Read Walter's story.

Walter Matheny

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's commentary about RN to BSN online nursing degree program at University of Louisiana Lafayette

"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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