RN to BSN Bridge

General RN to BSN Program Overview: The totally online RN to BSN Program is designed for the professional growth of Registered Nurses (RNs) educated with an Associate’s Degree of a Diploma in Nursing.

View the program plan (pdf format)

For more information call the School of Nursing at 770-534-6260 or email Jane Anderson-Buffington, Chair of Undergraduate Studies at jbuffington@brenau.edu.


Admission criteria:

Successful applicants: 1) hold a valid license as a Registered Nurse; 2) have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) on all previously attempt college level work of at least 2.75; 3) have a “sub-GPA” of at least 2.5 on Chemistry, English 101, and two Anatomy & Physiology courses; 4) have completed EH 101 and EH 102 (English courses) and BY 209 & BY 210 (Anatomy & Physiology.)

What will I learn new?

Licensed RNs already have many skills, including all of those required to provide excellent direct patient care. Therefore, this program is more about broadening professional perspectives than it is about deepening existing abilities. The program emphasizes such things as professional ethics, nursing research, community health, cultural diversity, health policy, comprehensive health assessment, leadership/management, and health promotion.


There is a “clinical practicum” course (NG 490R) taught in the last semester of the program. However this course is not at all like the clinical courses you took in your previous nursing education in which you learned to provide direct patient care. This course has a strong focus on leadership/management. The course is accomplished under the supervision of a mutually agreed upon preceptor in a facility convenient to you. You and the preceptor set your individual schedule.

Full-time or Part-Time?

We have both a full-time and part-time curriculum plan mapped for student choice. Full-time requires one calendar year and part-time requires two calendar years to complete the 31 credits of RN to BSN nursing courses.

All Online?

Yes, it is indeed possible to accomplish the program without ever coming to any of Brenau’s physical campuses. We have graduates who have accomplished the program from as far away as Alaska.

Non-nursing courses?

When you apply to Brenau University and send official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education, our transcript evaluator will determine which of your previously taken courses meet our requirements and which of our requirements still need to be accomplished.

Who will my classmates be?

The totally online RN to BSN Program available to everyone who holds a valid license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in any state in the U.S. Years of experience as an RN varies from a few months to 25 years. Most classes are approximately 12 RNs who take most of the same courses at the same time, so a cohesive, supportive cohort of colleagues develops.

General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6299 or (800) 252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, (770) 534-6100 or (800) 252-5119 ext. 6100