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

Advance your nursing career with the online RN to BSN program at Montclair State University.

Expand your knowledge, critical thinking and ability to use best evidence for practice. Build upon your experience as you enrich your leadership skills. Integrate theory and practice to address the complex needs of persons and families in the context of community and a rapidly changing health care system.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Graduates of the RN to BSN program will be prepared to:

  • Utilize evidence-based knowledge from nursing and the sciences as the basis for practice.
  • Manage emerging information technology to enhance nursing practice and improve care outcomes.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in their professional relationships and in community settings.
  • Exhibit commitment to diversity, social justice, and health equality.
  • Collaborate and lead trans-professional teams to provide care that contributes to safe and high-quality outcomes.
  • Further their education at the master’s or doctoral level.

A Newly Revised Curriculum

The newly revised curriculum of the online RN to BSN program provides the associate or diploma prepared nurse with the skills and knowledge necessary to advance their career in a field where a BSN is an increasingly required credential.

This fully online program requires the completion of 27 credit hours of upper division nursing coursework and a 3-credit-hour statistics course.

A flexible program that makes sense with your schedule is important. Our fully online program may be taken at your own pace.

View Curriculum

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Transfer Credit Policy

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Montclair State University requires the completion of 120 credits. RNs who received their associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution may transfer in 60 credits of general education, prerequisite science, and pre-licensure nursing courses. Upon acceptance to Montclair State University, you are awarded an additional 30 competency credits for having an RN license in good standing. Accepted students are also eligible to transfer a 3-credit-hour statistics course that was completed at another institution within the past 5 years.

The final 27-30 credits counted towards your degree must be completed at Montclair State University.

Cost and Financial Aid

As a public university, Montclair State is among the most affordable options in the state.

To further assist you in meeting your goals, our Office of Student Financial Aid works with you to identify scholarships, grants and loans from federal, state and institutional sources.

Select tuition deferment options and employer discount programs make it easier to pay for your degree — please contact the School of Nursing for additional information.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the online application.
  • All official transcripts.
  • Graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma program, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
  • Licensure as an RN in New Jersey in good standing or eligibility for RN licensure in NJ if a new graduate*.

*Nursing students currently enrolled in an associate degree or diploma program, who will complete the program prior to the first day of class at Montclair State, are encouraged to apply. These students must pass the NCLEX examination within six months of matriculation.

The application deadline for Spring 2022 is November 15, 2021.