RN to BSN Program

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RN to BSN Program

Earn your BSN after your shift, when the kids go to bed, at home, and on your own time!

Centra College offers a post-licensure, 3-semester, one-year online educational program which prepares current Registered Nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). 

Graduates of our program can work as baccalaureate-prepared nurses in acute, intermediate, long-term, and ambulatory healthcare settings, and with a 100% job placement rate, Centra College is a great way to  expand your career opportunities. 

Interested in pursuing your online RN to BSN? 
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Advantages of Centra College’s online RN to BSN education:

  • Shorter overall program length
  • Easier transition to a higher education
  • Increased focus on nursing research and leadership
  • Institute of Medicine’s recommendation of 80% RNs be BSN prepared by 2020

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission Requirements

General Requirements for the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

  • This institution does not offer distance education to students outside the state of Virginia. 
    • Note: If any enrolled students relocate outside the State of Virginia prior to program completion this may adversely impact the student’s ability to complete the program or gain in-field employment.
  • Official high school transcript indicating that the applicant has or will complete a high school course of study and/or has a passing GED official score report.
  • Submit official college transcript indicating completion of an Associate Degree in Nursing Program.
  • Submit proof of a current unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse
  • Completion of prerequisite course grades with a minimum grade of a “C”.
  • A minimum curricular GPA of 2.7 in prerequisite courses is recommended.
  • Due to the competitiveness of admission, applicants who demonstrate the highest academic success on completed college courses will be considered for admission.
  • Completion of these prerequisites and any of the general education courses in the curriculum does not guarantee admission. 
  • Letter of Recommendation from an individual, other than a family member or friend, must accompany the application.
  • The recommendation should be from those who can speak to the applicant’s work ethic, community service and/or academic performance.

Additional Requirements

  • Background check and drug screen for non-centra employee students only if obtaining practicum hours within a Centra facility (conviction of certain crimes may preclude admission to the College).
  • BLS Provider by American Heart Association (Adult, Child, Infant, and AED taught in course). If card expires while attending the program, the student must enroll into a BLS Provider CPR re-certification course to maintain an unexpired status for clinical settings.




Official transcripts of completed prerequisite courses must be submitted as supporting data by the application submission date. Prerequisite courses include:

  • BIO 141/142: Anatomy & Physiology I /II
  • English 111/112: College Composition I/II
  • PSY 200:  Principles of Psychology
  • PSY 230: Developmental Psychology
  • HLT 230: Principles of Nutrition and Human Development
  • Completion of RN Program
  • Electives: 6 credits-Humanities/Social Science

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Tuition, Fees and Program Calendar

Tuition, Fees and Program Calendar
Tuition, Fees and Program Calendar

RN-BSN Online Estimated Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the past two academic years can be found at the link below for reference.


RN-BSN Online Program Academic Calendar

Our online RN to BSN program is a 1-year, 3-semester  program. Each semester is broken into two 8-week segments. The academic calendar for the past two years is below.

Retention and Job Placement Rates

Retention and Job Placement Rates
Retention and Job Placement Rates
First Time Pass Rate 
Completion Rate
Job Placement
Dec 2019 N/A 90% 89%
Aug 2019 N/A 100% 100%
Dec 2018 N/A 100% 100%
Aug 2018 N/A 71% 100%
Dec 2017 N/A  87% 100%



The Centra College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN, Distance), Associate Degree in Nursing, and Practical Nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037.