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RN-BSN - Admissions

TUITION: Tuition total for the RN-BSN program is $14,528

APPLICATION DEADLINES: March 1 (fall start) and September 1 (spring start)

Are you a student with an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) applying to our RN-BSN program? Are you thinking about going to graduate school for nursing? Consider applying to our U2G program! Click here to learn more

Our program is online. There is one practicum/clinical course (community and public health) and one project course (PRIV Leadership) that have face-to-face components.

For the CPH practicum course, if you live in Iowa, we will place you in a site close to your residing address (within 100 miles) with a preceptor. You can complete the community and public health practicum course over a 16-week semester and you must have a valid Iowa nursing license.

If you live outside of Iowa, you have the option of completing the CPH practicum course in an agency in Iowa over a 16-week semester, or you may do an emersion CPH practicum in Swaziland Africa. This option would be the last two weeks of the semester and the student would be responsible for any additional travel expenses associated with the trip.

For the Leadership course project, most students can complete a quality improvement project at their place of employment if they are employed in a health care agency in Iowa. If the student is employed out of state, they will need to work with the RN-BSN Program Office to secure a contract with the College of Nursing and their place of employment. If this is not secured, the student would need to complete a quality improvement project in the state of Iowa at an assigned site.

This program is for associate degree and diploma-prepared RNs who are ready to expand their nursing skills and professional potential by earning the BSN. The BSN serves as the base for graduate study in nursing and opens many professional opportunities.

As a leader in nursing education, the University of Iowa is committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the state of Iowa. We support the national goal of a nursing workforce of 80 percent BSN-prepared nurses by 2020.

Application Requirements
Minimum cumulative grade point average is 3.0. All prerequisites and general education requirements must be completed or in progress at the time of submitting your online application. We strongly recommend you have a transcript evaluation prior to submitting an application to make sure you are ready to apply. Your application fee is nonrefundable.

Application Instructions

  1. Initiate an online application at UI’s Office of Admissions 
  2. Select Undergraduate Application (new freshmen & transfers).
  3. Complete Section A - click Save & Continue.
  4. In Section B, select Nursing as your college.
    • Select No to the question asking about licensure as a teacher.
    • Select Yes or No to indicate whether you have a bachelor’s degree.
    • Select Nursing (RN-BSN program for currently licensed nurses) in the drop-down box for Major Field of Study.
    • Select which session you are applying for in the drop-down box.
  5. Complete Sections C, D, & E.
  6. In Section F enter your RN license number. If you are not licensed yet, enter all 9’s and indicate when/where you plan to take your boards.
    • Answer Yes or No to the next two questions. If you answer yes to either question, you must enter an explanation. Failure to disclose or complete Section F will constitute an incomplete application and your file will not move forward to the Admission Committee.
  7. Complete Sections G & H.
  8. Verify, Validate, and provide payment.
  9. Official transcripts from all schools must be sent to:
    Office of Admissions
    The University of Iowa
    108 Calvin Hall
    Iowa City, IA 52242-1396

Course Transfer Equivalency
If you took, or plan to take, course work at another college or university, use this equivalency guide to determine how those courses transfer to the University of Iowa. To determine how or if your courses will transfer, go to

Financial Aid
If you anticipate applying for scholarships where financial need is an eligibility requirement, you must also file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Find the FAFSA and Step-by-Step Instructions at