TopRankingThe RN-BSN degree program is meant for those people who have worked as a registered nurse (RN) for some time and want to advance their careers. A traditional BSN program takes about 4 years to complete, or even more. It embraces theoretical study as well as hands-on lab and clinical experiences. In a BSN program, students are required to complete a number of pre-requisite courses prior to beginning core nursing studies. Students also have generous time away from school for semester breaks and holiday. All these factors can considerably lengthen the time it takes to earn a BSN.

For those individuals that have to worry about work or family obligations, the time commitment and structure of a traditional BSN program doesn’t allow them to follow this path to becoming an RN. Many find that they cannot spend four uninterrupted years studying without worrying about work or family commitments. As a result, they usually end up enrolling in an associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a diploma in nursing, which allows them to take the NCLEX-RN exam and obtain an RN license.

In fact, many registered nurses don’t have a baccalaureate or BSN degree. While this doesn’t stop them from performing their duties, it can be a disadvantage since accredited BSN programs provide better employment and career advancement opportunities upon graduation than an ADN or diploma program. Choosing to enroll in an RN-to-BSN degree program allows nurses with a diploma or an ADN to gain the knowledge and skills needed to take up advanced roles in both clinical and non-hospital settings, including positions in administration, research and training. Graduates of this program are able to apply for administrative positions, or do research, consulting or teaching.

The great thing about an RN-to-BSN degree program is that it takes much less time to finish than a traditional BSN. Most RN-BSN programs total approximately 120 credit hours, which translates to 2 years. There also accelerated programs (offered partially or fully online), which require even less of a time commitment than standard RN-BSN programs. These programs are very flexible and convenient, allowing RNs to pursue their bachelor’s degree while balancing work and family obligations.

If you’re a resident in one of the southern states or are looking to pursue further nursing education in a school located in the Southern United States (defined as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia), we’ve put together a list of the top 30 affordable RN-BSN programs in the South.

The RN-to-BSN programs from these schools have a net price of less than $22,000. Aside from affordability, we took into account a number of key indicators of quality in the nursing programs, including: undergraduate GPA required for admission, freshmen retention rate, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of courses taught by teaching assistants, flexibility of the schools’ delivery formats, graduation rate, and the schools’ NCLEX pass rates.

Top 30 Most Affordable Best Value Colleges for Nursing in the South: RN-To-BSN Degree Programs

1. University Of Texas – El Paso


The University of Texas at Al Paso (UTEP) School of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It was actually the city’s first nursing school and today offers nursing programs to approximately 700 students each year. In 2013, the school was ranked No. 7 overall in Washington Monthly’s College Rankings. UTEP’s RN-to-BSN degree program is one of the most flexible and affordable nursing degree programs out there, allowing students to earn a BSN while simultaneously balancing career and family obligations. RN-BSN students at UTEP can attend all classes over the internet, enjoy individual academic advisement, and complete their degree in as little as two semesters or 12 months. To be eligible for this program, students must have an unencumbered RN license and also possess an accredited associate degree, diploma or foreign nursing program, a minimum GPA of 2.0, and proof of completion of all core and elective courses.

Net Price: $9,000

2. Louisiana State University


The Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center RN-to-BSN program gives working RNs the freedom to pursue leadership opportunities in nursing. To be allowed to enroll into this program, students must possess an ADN or diploma, an unencumbered RN license, a minimum GPA of 2.8, and complete 57 hours of required pre-requisite and supporting courses. The program net price is $7,042, and admits about 50 students each Fall and Spring semester. LSU Health Sciences Center is quite a small school, which admits about 2,820 students. The undergraduate class under which the BSN falls admits about 900 students. The school’s student-faculty ratio is 5:1, and the small class sizes assure the quality of its program. LSU Health Sciences Center consistently ranks among the top nursing schools in the South, with NCLEX pass rates that frequently top 98% from year to year. It achieved a Smart Rating of 45 out of 100 on

Net Price: $7,042

3. Nicholls State University


Nicholls State University’s RN-BSN program provides RNs with an opportunity to pursue a BSN degree, allowing them to advance their careers to the next level. Students looking to enroll into this program must meet the admission requirements, which include: a minimum GPA of 2.0, proof of immunizations and vaccinations required for enrollment and completion of at least 33 credits while in residence. The program net price is $8,850. All nursing programs at Nicholls State University Department of Nursing are accredited by both the NLNAC and the CCNE. This school has a total student population of 8,069; a relatively high student-faculty ratio of 20:1; medium size class sizes of mostly 20-29 students; and a graduation rate of 39%. In 2016 U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the top universities in the nation, Nicholls State University tied at 87 with McNeese State University among top regional universities in the South.

Net Price: $8,850

4. Northern Kentucky


Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Department of Nursing offers a number of innovative nursing programs, including: pre-nursing, ABSN program, BSN program and RN-BSN program as well as simulation experience and summer nurse camp. The NKU’s RN-BSN program is an online program, which can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. To be considered for enrollment, RNs need to apply and be admitted into the school, possess a current, unrestricted RN license, complete the program’s prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C in each course, and possess a GPA of at least 2.5. The program net price is $9,044, which is very reasonable. The NKU nursing program ranks No.8 in Kentucky and No.116 in The South. It is ranked No. 343 overall in the United States.

Net Price: $9,044

5. University Of North Carolina – Pembroke


UNC Pembroke’s RN-to-BSN is designed for those registered nurses who are currently licensed to practice in North Carolina, or working nurses who have a multi-state RN license and who have either a diploma or an associate degree in nursing. To be considered for admission into this program, applicants must meet general requirements for admission which include, provide proof of having earned an RN license, present evidence of having earned a diploma in nursing or an Associate Degree, have a GPA of at least 2.8, possess a GPA of 2.8 in selected maths and science courses, and successfully complete at least 46 hours of general education nursing core courses and 16 hours of prerequisite nursing major courses. The program net price is very reasonable, and currently stands at $9, 632. UNC Pembroke has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,429 students, which is quite small. The student to faculty ratio is 15:1, providing ample opportunities for students to get individualized instruction from instructors. Actually, 39.4% of its classes have fewer than 20 students. UNC Pembroke ranked No. 93 in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges in Regional Universities.

Net Price: $9,632

6. Western Kentucky University


WKU’s RN-to-BSN program is an online program with only limited on-campus meetings required. The program includes both full-time and part-time cohorts, allowing students to earn their BSN quickly while also being able to manage their work, career, and life. To be accepted into this program, applicants must first be admitted into the school, possess an ADN in nursing, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 for college level courses. WKU’s RN-to-BSN degree program requires 36 nursing credits overall, in addition to two credits in Nutrition, Psychology, or Statistics. The program net price is $10,597, making it one of the most affordable programs available. WKU’s undergraduate class has a total of 17,509 students, and a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. According to US News, WKU is currently the 31st ranked regional university in the South.

Net Price: $10,597

7. West Liberty University


The RN-BSN completion program offered by West Liberty’s Department of Health Sciences is an accelerated program designed for working RNs who wish to earn a BSN and still continue working full-time. With sequencing of courses, students enrolled full-time in this program can complete their courses and earn a BSN in three semesters. A certain number of credits may be earned based on work and life experiences as well. Registered nurses with an ADN can transfer up to 72 credits from their accredited 2-year college programs.

This includes 31 credits in lower-level Nursing courses. RNs with a diploma in nursing are allowed 30 credits in lower-level nursing for work-life experience. Most non–nursing courses are conveniently offered on the health care facility site whereas all upper-level nursing courses are provided over the internet. To be admitted into this fully-accredited program, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, possess a valid West Virginia professional RN license or be eligible for licensure in WV, be a graduate of an accredited associate degree or diploma program, and meet the general requirements for admission into the school.

West Liberty’s undergraduate class consists of a total of 2,660 students, with the student-faculty ratio being 14:1. Class sizes are very small, mostly 2-10 students. In 2015, WLU’s nursing program was ranked 124 out of 1,189 schools in the list of America’s Best Nursing Schools in the Eastern Region by Among West Virginia nursing schools, only three other nursing schools scored higher.

Net Price: $10,866

8. Western Carolina University


WCU’s RN-to-BSN degree program is offered online, allowing registered nurses to expand their career and employment opportunities by earning a BSN while working full-time. It includes 24 hours of core WCU RN-BSN courses and 8 hours of upper division WCU electives that students must complete within 2 years on a part-time basis. Prospective students are allowed to transfer up to 60 credits from their previously completed ADN degree program. Another advantage of the WCU RN-BSN program is that it is very affordable, with an estimated net price of $11,978. For in-state students, the total cost of attendance is actually below $5,000 including tuition and text books. To be admitted into this program, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, possess a current, unencumbered RN license, complete all WCU’s Liberal Studies and School of Nursing Prerequisite Courses with a mean grade of C or better, and also complete a total of 60 transferable non-nursing courses. WCU is the 37th best ranked university in the South according to US News.

Net Price: $11,978

9. University Of Arkansas


UARK’s Eleanor Mann School of Nursing offers an extremely flexible and affordable RN-to-BSN program, allowing registered nurses to earn a career–boosting BSN in a relatively quick, easy, and convenient manner. The program requires 29 credits of nursing courses and 35 credits of general education courses, with 37 credits awarded to qualified registered nurses. Classes are offered fully online, and there is no campus visit that is required. There are 3-5 semester plans available to RN-BSN students, and the entire program can be completed in as little as 12 months. Only one clinical immersion course is supposed to be completed in student’s geographic area. To be admitted into this program, applicants must have completed either a minimum of 1000 practice hours; or an RN refresher course within 24 months prior to the start of the program; or be about to graduate from a recognized nursing program. The estimated program net price is $12,057. The faculty-student ratio is low and clinical classes are small. That’s one of the reasons why this school is ranked among the top 5 in Arkansas.

Net Price: $12,057

10. University Of North Carolina – Wilmington


UNC Wilmington nursing program has a solid reputation in the South, ranking No. 8 and No. 226 in North Carolina and USA, respectively. The program is offered entirely online, and can be completed in as little as 12 months. It has a residency requirement of 31 credit hours. RNs with a previous bachelor’s degree in another field are granted up to 93 credits, while those with an ADN are allowed a maximum of 64 credits. The program is astoundingly cheap – only $5000 for in-state students, which has seen it being consistently ranked among the Best Value schools by Princeton Review.

Net Price: $12,089

11. University Of North Florida


The UNF School of Nursing offers an RN-BSN bridge track for RNs that wish to earn a BSN. The program can be completed in approximately one year, and is available in two formats – on-campus format and online format. The on-campus track is designed for active RNs who have been licensed to practice in the State of Florida, but the online tracks are open to RNs nationwide who hold a current, unrestricted RN license. A minimum 2.9 cumulative GPA is required for admission and enrollment in the RN-BSN track. Students are also required to complete all prerequisite coursework to remain a viable UNF School of Nursing applicant. University of North Florida is a large school, with the undergraduate class totaling 14,263. It has a student-faculty ratio of 20:1, and most classes are medium sized (with approximately 20-29 students). The UNF School of Nursing has been consistently ranked among the top 20 nursing programs in the State of Florida.

Net Price: $14,263

12. University Of Virginia


UVA School of Nursing offers an accredited RN-BSN program designed with the working RN’s professional goals and busy lifestyle in mind. Although the program is not offered online, it is very flexible and working nurses can study part-time and earn a BSN in less than 2 years. Students have the freedom to create their own part-time plan for study. Most students actually enroll in 2 courses per semester (with classes meeting at the campus one day a week) and complete the program in less than 2 years. Many complete the program in as little as 15 months. Aside from the unmatched flexibility and ability to work and go to school concurrently, the UVA’s RN-to-BSN program is very affordable at an estimated net price of $13,463. Another positive trait of this program is the small, intimate classes with world-class nursing faculty. The school has very small class sizes of mostly 10-18 students. UVA School of Nursing is the Third Best in Virginia, and ranks in Top 100 in the US.

Net Price: $13,463

13. James Madison University


James Madison University’s Department of Nursing offers a BSN, an RN-to-BSN completion program, a Chronic Illness minor, and MSN with specializations in various Post Master’s Certificate Programs. The school’s RN-to-BSN program is offered online, allowing registered nurses to maintain employment while completing the BSN degree. It is designed to be very flexible, and is available to study full time or part time. Admission to this program is competitive and applicants must have all of the minimum qualifications, which include: an associate degree or diploma in nursing, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, current unencumbered RN license, employment as a registered nurse for a minimum of 6 months or plans to practice concurrently with coursework, and ability to meet the department’s Technical Standards for nursing practice. Tuition is very reasonable and the estimated net price for the entire session is $14,521. The James Madison University Nursing program ranks No. 7 in Virginia and No. 254 in USA.

Net Price: $14,521

14. West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia University’s School of Nursing offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees in nursing. All nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE. The school’s nursing program is the best in West Virginia (is ranked No.1) and ranks No. 114 in the United States. Its RN-to-BSN track combines a quality education with convenience and affordability, making it very easy for RNs with an associate degree or diploma in nursing to earn a baccalaureate degree. The program is offered online, but students are required to travel to campus occasionally for face-to-face meetings, advising and other matters. The on-campus sessions are held at Morgantown, Montgomery, and Charleston campuses. The rest of the program’s coursework can be completed over the internet. Clinical rotations are also designed to be flexible, and students can create their own schedule and attend these sessions at a location convenient to them. With a full-time schedule, nurses can complete the entire program in as little as one year. Tuition for in-state students is an affordable $388 per credit hour, though out-of-state tuition is a bit higher.

15. William Carey University


Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing at William Carey University offers baccalaureate and graduate nursing tracks and a post master’s certificate program. These programs are accredited by the CCNE, and the school has been approved to offer nursing degrees by the Mississippi Board of Nursing and the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. William Carey University nursing program ranks among the top 5 nursing programs in Mississippi and No. 271 in the US. The RN-to-BSN at William Carey is offered online, but requires three on-campus Saturday class meetings per term. This makes it very flexible for working nurses. It consists of 66 hours of prerequisite courses and 30 hours of upper division nursing coursework. 24 credit hours are awarded for current RN licensure. To be considered for admission into this program, applicants must have an ADN or diploma in nursing from an accredited nursing program, an unencumbered RN license, proof of a negative drug test, immunizations and vaccinations as required by the school, and clearance of criminal background check prior to taking part in nursing clinical courses. William Carey University RN-to-BSN is quite affordable, with a net price of $14,536.

Net Price: $14,536

16. Lincoln Memorial University


Lincoln Memorial University Nursing School offers an ASN, LPN-to-ASN, BSN, RN-to-BSN, ASN-to-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. All these programs are fully-approved and accredited. This nursing school is ranked No. 7 in Tennessee and No. 172 in the US. The RN-to-BSN degree program is offered completely online, but students may need to attend some on-campus courses at their two locations – Main campus (Harrogate) and Cedar Bluff (Knoxville). Students must have a current, unencumbered RN license in order to be eligible for the RN-to-BSN option. They also must have graduated from an accredited nursing program or gained at least 2 years of clinical experience within the last year prior to applying. In addition, students must have scored a mean grade of C or higher in all of their previous nursing education. If applicants meet these criteria, and take 16 credit hours of the RN-to-BSN degree program at LMU, they’ll receive credit for 31 credit hours of upper division nursing courses. Students will find the program very affordable, as it comes with a net price of $14,576.

Net Price: $14,56

17. University of Central Florida


University of Central Florida’s College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. These programs have been approved by the CCNE and the Florida State Board of Nursing. The school is the best (is ranked No.1) in Florida and ranks in top 20 in US. The school’s RN-to-BSN is meant for RNs who have completed a degree or diploma program in nursing and also hold an Associate of Arts (AA). It is delivered online as well as face-to-face on select regional campuses. A number of courses are also offered at the Health First Education Center in Melbourne. The program is made up of 30 credit hours of coursework, and the school will award up to 27 credits for prior learning. It is designed to be very flexible, and depending on the number of classes taken per term this coursework can be completed in as quickly as 3 semesters or as slowly as 10 semesters. Minimum requirements needed to complete the program include: acceptance to UCF, overall GPA of 2.8, current and valid RN license, completion of all nursing prerequisites with a mean grade of C or better, and fulfillment of UCF’s general education program requirement, Gordon rule requirement, and the foreign language admission requirement.

Net Price: $15,033

18. Georgia Southern University


Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as well as nursing certificate programs and study abroad programs. Undergraduate nursing programs offered at the school include: BSN, LPN-BSN and RN-BSN nursing program. Graduate nursing programs offered are MSN and post-MSN APRN DNP programs. Nurses with a master’s degree who don’t hold a specialization may earn a post-master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner or community health clinical nurse specialist at the school. The school also provides nursing students with an opportunity to gain international experience by participating in study abroad programs. Georgia Southern University’s RN-to-BSN is an affordable, flexible and individualized program in which working RNs can enroll part-time or full-time to earn their BSN. It is delivered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Most of the course work is completed asynchronously (on your own, not live), but live sessions are usually scheduled in a number of selected online courses for purposes of orientations, topic discussion and presentations, presentation of content experts and faculty office hours. Admission requirements to the program include: an overall 3.0 GPA, RN license, and fulfillment of requirements in the school’s RN-BSN articulation model. Provision admission with a 2.7-3.0 GPA is available, but students accepted on a provision basis must earn a B or better in the first six hours of course work in order to remain in the program. The tuition for the undergraduate RN-BSN pathway at Georgia Southern University is $199 per credit hour.

Net Price: $15,783

19. University Of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

University of South Florida College of Nursing offers BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, RN to MSN, DNP, PhD, MS to PhD, and Post-Master’s certificate programs. These programs are accredited by the CCNE and have been approved by the Florida State Board of Nursing. USF nursing program ranks No. 3 in Florida and in top 50 in the United States. USF’s RN-BSN program is an online program which is full web-based didactic, allowing RNs to build towards a degree while balancing a work or family schedule. Also, students can choose part-time study (and complete the program in 5 semesters) or full-time studies (and complete the course in 3 semesters). There are three unique focus areas that students can pursue: Patient/Staff Education, Leadership/Management or Clinical Excellence. The program’s Service Learning Practicum Projects allow students to apply the knowledge and skills to clinical practice. It is very affordable – only $211 per credit hour for residents and $575 per credit hour for non-residents.

20. University of Tennessee – Chattanooga


The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing offers BSN, gateway RN to BSN program, MSN and DNP nursing programs. The school ranks No. 2 in Tennessee and in top 100 in USA. UTC’s Gateway RN-to-BSN program is offered online, with just one visit to campus for orientation. This allows working RNs to obtain a baccalaureate degree while maintaining their roles in career and family. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have an associate degree or diploma in nursing, current RN license, and minimum 2.0 GPA. Program tuition is very reasonable – for 2015-16, tuition and fees for six hours were $2,419 for in-state students and $2,575 for out-of-state students.

Net Price: $16,062

21. University of Oklahoma


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center offers traditional BSN, ABSN (accelerated BSN), LPN to BSN, RN-BSN, MS (Master of Science) major in nursing, MS for RN’s with Non-Nursing BS, DNP, Nursing PhD, BSN to PhD Fast-Track, and post-master’s certificate. The school’s RN-to-BSN program is an excellent program that is highly rated for both curriculum and teaching. It is delivered in a hybrid format (most coursework is offered online, but students are required to attend face-to-face sessions on Saturdays), and can be completed in 9 months. To be considered for admission, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses, and a valid Oklahoma RN license. In-State tuition is $9,495 per year, while the program net price adds up to $16,780.

Net Price: $16,780

22. University of Southern Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi College of Nursing offers nine degrees tracks in addition to a post master’s certificate program. These include BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, RN-MSN, DNP, BSN-DNP and PhD in nursing programs. The school ranks No.2 in Mississippi and No.126 in USA. Its RN to BSN features the best teaching-learning practices and excellent technical support, promoting a flexible, liberating, student-centered learning environment. It is offered as a 100% online program to RNs with active unrestricted Mississippi licenses that have an associate degree or a diploma in nursing. Students can choose to complete course prerequisites online or in another university or community college that is recognized by Southern Miss. The University of Southern Mississippi offers undergraduate degrees at some of the most competitive prices across the nation, and this course is no exception. Tuition per hour for an undergraduate course is $301 (excluding fees and other charges).

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23. Georgia College and State University


Georgia College and State University offers RN to BSN, BSN, DNP, post-master’s FNP certificate and oncology nurse navigator certificate programs. These programs are accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the Georgia Board of Nursing. The school ranks No. 10 in Georgia and No. 268 in USA. Its RN-BSN is delivered online, but students may need to attend occasional campus meetings in person for orientation, exam and presentations. The program takes 3 semesters of full-time study to complete, and part-time study is also available. To be considered for the Georgia RN-to-BSN articulation model, students must have a current, unencumbered RN license, meet testing requirements as applicable, meet the program’s general education entry requirements, and meet program’s admission requirements. Program tuition is $460.50 per semester hour.

Net Price: $16,466

24. Mississippi College


Mississippi College offers two tracks of the nursing baccalaureate (both of which lead to a BSN): a traditional track for fresh nursing students and a completion program for the registered nurses. These programs are accredited by the CCNE and the Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning. Mississippi College nursing program ranks No.6 in Mississippi and No. 513 in USA. The school’s RN to BSN track is offered online, giving registered nurses a flexible mode of finishing a baccalaureate degree. In order to be eligible for admission into this program, applicants must provide evidence of a current, unrestricted RN license for the state of Mississippi. Applicants are subjected to a third-year nursing course (NUR 324) to prove their nursing experience and skills. Upon validation of their previous nursing work and experience, RNs are awarded up to 30 semester hours of work at senior college level. Students enrolled in this program get an opportunity to participate in exciting activities and organizations such as the Mexico Mission trip, Health Fairs, and Congressional Health Nursing. Tuition for undergraduate programs at Mississippi College is $7,621.

25. Charleston Southern University


Charleston Southern University offers BSN, RN-BSN, BSN to MSN and ADN to MSN nursing programs. These courses of study are accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. The school ranks No.9 in South Carolina and No.812 in the United States. Its RN-to-BSN course is designed to enable RNs to earn a baccalaureate degree with minimal duplication of knowledge and skills or loss of credit. Students must earn 128 credits to graduate (just like in a traditional BSN), but incoming registered nurses are granted 34 advanced credits toward some of the nursing courses for their previous education and work experience. Registered nurses are also allowed to transfer any classes that fulfill CSU’s general education requirements from their previous nursing education. Students have a choice of full-time study or studying part-time. For full-time students, the program can take as little as one year to complete. All classes are offered entirely online, allowing working RNs to continue employment in their field while advancing their education. Students can begin the course in the fall, spring or summer. Tuition is $400 per credit hour for nursing courses and $490 per credit hour for non-nursing courses.

Net Price: $17,058

26. University of South Carolina Aiken


University of South Carolina Aiken offers BSN-generic track, BSN-advanced placement and RN to BSN completion track. These programs are accredited by the NLNAC and approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing. The school ranks No.7 in South Carolina and No.717 in the US. Its RN to BSN curriculum is offered online, with the exception of clinical requirements. It starts in August and takes three semesters on a full-time basis. Those looking to enroll into the program must have an ADN or diploma in nursing, application for admission to BSN program, acceptance at USC Aiken, minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA and two references. Undergraduate tuition is $4,794 for full-time, in-state students; and $399.50 per credit hour for part-time in-state students.

Net Price: $17,220

27. Eastern Mennonite University


The Nursing Department of Eastern Mennonite University offers RN to BSN, accelerated program for Licensed Practical Nurses, BSN second degree option, and MSN nursing programs. All these programs are fully approved and accredited. The school ranks No. 17 in Virginia and No. 639 in the United States. Its RN to BSN in nursing program can be completed either online or on-site at their Lancaster campus. The online option includes a 2-day, on-site orientation that is held at the beginning of the program. Course format is primarily asynchronous (online where coursework and information is shared outside of the constraints of time and place), but there are also some occasional synchronous elements (live through web or video conferencing). Class sizes are small, with cohorts of only about 15 students beginning in the fall and spring. The on-site option is very flexible, as well; and allows busy, working RNs to build toward a baccalaureate degree and still fulfill their career and family obligations. Classes are offered in both daytime and evening. The daily classes go from 9am to 1pm and begin in August. The evening classes meet between 6pm and 10pm and begin in January and April. Full-time students may be able to complete the course in eighteen months, while those studying part-time can complete the course in approximately four years. Tuition is $385 per credit for cohort classes and $350 per credit for general education courses.

Net Price: $21,512

28. University of Alabama, Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

UAB’s School of Nursing offers BSN, RN-BSN mobility, AMNP (Accelerated Master’s In Nursing Pathway), MSN, DNP and PhD in nursing programs as well as several non-degree options. The School is ranked No.2 in Alabama and No.111 in the United States, according to Its RN-to-BSN mobility program is exceptionally well-designed consisting of 125 semester hours: 59 semester hours for BSN foundation/general education requirements, 30 semester hours for BSN upper division coursework, and block credit of 36 semester hours for previous nursing education and work experience. The course offers flexible scheduling, and is partly delivered online (upper division nursing courses are offered entirely online, but there is a 2-day intensive orientation at the beginning of the program). Admission requirements include: a current RN license, proof of completion of an associate or diploma nursing program, a GPA of at least 2.5 and admission to UAB as an RN Mobility student. In-state tuition is $363 per semester hour, but there is a $250 online fee for the course.

29. George Mason University


George Mason University offers bachelor’s, master’s, certificates, and doctoral degrees in nursing. These include: BSN (traditional and accelerated second degree programs), RN-to-BSN, MSN, RN-MSN, DNP, and post-master’s certificates. George Mason University nursing program ranks No. 2 in Virginia and in top 100 in the US. The school’s RN-BSN is an online program that may be completed through part-time or full-time study. When taken full-time, the program may be completed in one year. Students may enroll in either fall or spring. Admission requirements for the RN-to-BSN pathway include: a current RN license, admission into the university, an associate degree or diploma in nursing, and completion of general education and nursing prerequisite courses. Program tuition is relatively low – only $448 per credit hour for in-state students and $1,309 per credit hour for out-of-state students.

Net Price: $16,155

30. Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing

Mercer University Georgia Baptist College of Nursing offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in nursing, and is fully approved and accredited by the CCNE and the Georgia Board of Nursing. Specific nursing programs offered by the school include: BSN, RN-BSN, MSN, nurse educator certificate program, and doctorate in nursing program. These programs are highly rated, and the university ranks No.6 in Georgia and No.184 in USA. The School’s RN-BSN is extremely flexible, and classes are arranged to accommodate a working RN’s work schedule. Students may complete the RN-BSN Completion Track through part-time or full-time study. The coursework is delivered in an online asynchronous format, but students are required to attend face-to-face meetings for two days at the beginning of the program. The entire course requires 32 credit hours, in addition to any required general education courses to meet BSN degree requirements. Tuition is $350 per semester credit hour, while the program net price adds up to approximately $19,733.