RN to BSN Completion Program

Preparing You for What's Next

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion (BSN-C) program at Bethel University (Mishawaka, Ind.) meets the needs of registered nurses who desire to continue their professional development.

If you want to move up the ladder in your hospital or medical facility, Bethel's RN to BSN-C program is what you've been looking for. You'll receive higher pay for your advanced degree, and have a voice in changing culture in your place of work, as a leader.

Coursework emphasizes hands-on training and the opportunity to learn under experienced, advanced instructors. Gain skills to confidently take on more responsibility. You'll also be prepared to move on to earning your MSN if that is a dream for you. 

Bethel School of Nursing curriculum differences:

  • Hands-on training is easier to do with classes sizes of about eight people
  • Practicum experience (no matter your specialization)
  • Face time during clinicals with instructors

Why you should come to Bethel

  • Commited instructors. Our faculty members have longevity in their roles. Many are published authors in nursing publication manuals, demonstrating their passion and commitment to the field of medicine.
  • Small class size. Get to know each other and build relationships with your peers and instructors.
  • Human connections. Even online, we will interact with you and support you through your coursewrok.

We also offer the RN to BSN fully online. You will still experience all the same benefits as being in person, but with the flexibility of being a remote learning experience if that better suits your lifestyle.

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Credit Hours: 120

Cost/Credit Hour: $430

Format: On-campus or Online

Est. Completion Time: 12-20 months

Find Your Program

RN-to-BSN Completion Program

This program begins in August and January each year. Learn more.

Master of Science in Nursing - Administrator Track

The MSN may be completed in 2 years and is offered in a hybrid format with classes meeting one evening a week. Learn more.

Master of Science in Nursing - Educator Track

The MSN may be completed in 2 years and is offered in a hybrid format with classes meeting one evening a week. Learn more.


Course Requirements

The RN to BSN-C is a 120 credit hour master’s degree that can be completed in 12 or 20 months of on campus or online study. We also offer the program fully online.


Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Registered Nurse occupation employment projected growth rate from 2019-2029 was 7 percent.* This is reported as “faster than average for all occupations.”


Career Paths and Job Outlook

If you’ve already been working as a registered nurse (RN), you might be in a hospital, school or doctor’s office. In 2019, there were RNs in about 3.1 million jobs in the United States. Hospitals employ 60 percent of the nurses. According to Health Grades website* there are 24 hospitals in the region in and around South Bend.

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.

Job prospects remain high in this field due to aging populations and other factors, such as replacing workers who retire or move to other occupations. Nurses are needed to educate and care for patients with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, dementia, diabetes, and obesity. Over the past decade there was an average projection of about 175,900 job openings.** (BLS)

The Bureau of Labor Statics (BLS) says. “Overall, job opportunities for registered nurses are expected to be good. However, there may be competition for jobs in some areas of the country. Generally, registered nurses who have a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) will have better job prospects than those without one. Employers also may prefer candidates who have some related work experience or certification in a specialty area, such as gerontology.”

About Wages

In May 2020, the Occupational Outlook Handbook reported a median annual wage of $75,300 for RNs.***

How to Apply

  • Complete a free online application.
  • Meet with an admission counselor.
  • Send us your official college transcripts directly from the school to Bethel. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to AGSAdmission@BethelUniversity.edu.
  • Complete the FAFSA using Bethel's school code: 001787 to be considered for state and federal need-based aid. 

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to Bethel University*: Complete an application
  • Minimum GPA 2.5
  • Active, unencumbered RN license

*Please note admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the School of Nursing. Applicants will receive separate notification of acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion program. 

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$430 per credit hour Nursing BSN-C*

*Fees per semester: $220 (full-time students): $160 (all part-time students)

Other fees may apply by program. Please see Advisor.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for adult and graduate students is available. Contact our Financial Aid Office at 574.807.7326 or Sabrina.Citte@BethelUniversity.edu to learn more about your options.

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