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The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is a 100% online program where registered nurses can build upon current experience and education. It is designed to accommodate the busy life of the RN. The critical knowledge nurses need in today's complex health system includes Evidenced-Based Practice, Leadership, Health Policy and Community education. The RN-BSN online program delivers needed competencies which can open doors to educational advancement and promotion.

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Quick Facts

  • 100% online
  • Five starts per year
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • Take courses on your schedule
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Competitive and affordable tuition rate
  • No clinicals or mandatory log-in times
  • Tuition benefits for FMOLHS employees*

Program Admission Requirements

  • Have completed a diploma or associate degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing program.
  • Hold permanent, active, and unencumbered registered nurse licensure.
  • Registered nurses who have completed a nursing program at an institution accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) will be given 38 transfer credit hours for nursing courses.
  • 30 hours of RN to BSN course work must be completed at FranU for residency requirements

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs build on a foundation of the arts and sciences to form self-directed, nurse generalists prepared to assume leadership roles in the delivery of evidence based nursing care. The nursing programs develop professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, service, and collaboration.

Program Goals

  • Students admitted to the RN-BSN program will complete the program within 150% of program length (5 years).
  • Graduates will be employed within 12 months of graduation

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs build on a foundation of the arts and sciences to form self-directed, nurse generalists prepared to assume leadership roles in the delivery of evidence based nursing care. The nursing programs develop professional nurses within an educational climate of honesty, respect, inquiry, service, and collaboration

By providing the knowledge and skills essential to practice in a rapidly changing healthcare environment, our online RN to BSN program prepares registered nurses for professional leadership roles, career enhancement and graduate/doctoral study in nursing. More specifically, you learn to:

  1. Provide holistic nursing care to individuals, families, communities, and populations across the lifespan, the health continuum, and healthcare contexts.
  2. Integrate knowledge from the arts, sciences and nursing in the delivery of high quality nursing care.
  3. Translate existing evidence into safe nursing practice.
  4. Communicate and collaborate in respectful partnerships to optimize health.
  5. Function as a leader and change agent within dynamic healthcare systems using knowledge of health policy and legal principles.
  6. Adhere to ethical principles while serving as advocate and healthcare provider.
  7. Apply a spirit of reflection for continuous personal and professional growth.

*For more information about the FMOLHS tuition benefit for the RN-BSN program, team members should contact FranU Admissions at or 877-242-3509.


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Do you offer credits for work experience?

No, unfortunately we do not. We do, however, have a generous transfer credit policy that allows you to potentially transfer up to 90 credits towards your bachelor’s degree.

Do you offer proficiency credits?

No, however, you may transfer up to 90 credits based on your prior education experience in you associate’s degree program.

Do you accept credits from courses taken a long time ago i.e. 20 years or more?

Credits are reviewed on a case by case basis by our admissions team. If you have questions feel free to contact an Enrollment Advisor at 877-242-3509.

What courses transfer from _______ College/University?

Depending on your background and prior classes taken you may be able to transfer up to 90 credits. Call us at 877-242-3509 and an Enrollment Advisor will guide you through the process. If you need more information, please call us or fill out the form on this page for more information.

Will your courses transfer to other institutions?

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is fully accredited. Please contact the college or university you are planning to attend for guidance on what FranU courses will transfer.

What does it cost to attend?

Tuition is charged by credit hour for all programs of study. Fees are charged per credit hour or per semester, depending on the fee. For additional information, please visit our Tuition & Costs page for more information. 

Is financial aid available?

Many of our students receive financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans. FranU also participates in the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) program and the Louisiana Go Grant program. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information. 

What is FAFSA? When should I submit it?

FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible so that we may process your application in a timely fashion. To learn more about the FAFSA visit or view the video below. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University FAFSA code is 031062

VIDEO: How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Do you offer an LPN (licensed practical nurse) or ADN (associate degree in nursing) to BSN program?

No, unfortunately we do not, we do however, take pride in helping our RN to BSN program participants and graduates the support they need to fulfill academic as well as professional goals.

I’ve never taken online classes. How do I prepare myself for online learning?

Online classes at Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University require self-management. You learn at a location and time most convenient for you, which means you must be self-directed.

What about the clinical component of my degree?

Many students complete their clinical components at their place of employment, your faculty member can provide more information. 

How do I go to class?

You go to class by logging in and accessing course materials through an internet capable device such as a computer, smartphone or tablet. Lectures, books and other materials are accessed online where you can read, listen to or watch them. Assignments are typically completed online as well, though you may work on them when not logged in.

How big are the classes?

The classes are completely online so you’ll be working in cohorts that could be large and small. However, you can participate individually as well as contribute to group discussion at your own pace and time while maintaining a professional life.

How often are courses offered?

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University offers five entry points per year.

How often will I go to class?

There are no mandatory login times. You can login to read lectures or complete coursework as needed.

Do you offer classes on the weekend and weekdays?

As a 100% online program, you can take classes on your schedule, weekdays or weekends.

Am I required to take a certain amount of classes each term?

You can take as many courses as you like.

Are campus visits required?

No - Courses are 100% online.

What are your application requirements?

Online RN-BSN Application Requirements:

  • Diploma or associate degree from an ACEN or CCNE-accredited nursing program

  • A minimum 2.0 GPA

  • Permanent, active and unencumbered registered nurse licensure

What are the technology requirements for online students?

Online students should have basic computer skills, Internet access, and the ability to send email, navigate the Internet and install software. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University courses use Moodle, a Learning Management System, for online learning. The minimum technical specifications needed to participate in an online course are listed below.

The computer should be able to support one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows
  • Macintosh OS X

The computer should have the following hardware:

  • Computer Memory or RAM at or above the recommended amount for the operating system
  • Sound card and speakers
  • Web cam and microphone

The computer should have the following free plug-ins installed to enhance the online experience:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java 1.4 or higher

The computer should have one of the following web browsers installed:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari

The computer should have the following productivity software installed:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint


Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University.

The School of Nursing online RN-BSN program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing* (17373 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70810, (225) 755-7500, and holds accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000,

Curriculum Notes:

**Arts and Science Elective:

3000 level or above - Must be in the Theology department

**Nursing Elective: (Choose ONE of the following)

NURS 4310 – RN-BSN Successful Aging (3 credit hours)

NURS 4320 – RN-BSN Mental Health and Film (3 credit hours)

NURS 4325 – RN-BSN Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing (3 credit hours)