FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University is making it easier for nurses with associate degrees who work fulltime to pursue bachelor's degrees.

The university's RN to BSN program is now available completely online. What's more, the school said there are no application fees for the fall 2021 semester.

“The pandemic has underscored the importance of nurses to the healthcare team,” Carla Gross, associate dean of the NDSU School of Nursing, said in a statement “While we also offer on-campus options for pre-licensure BSN students, this program serves professionals who are already working and want to advance their nursing careers.”

The school said the courses in NDSU’s 100% online RN to BSN program build on knowledge that nurses with associate degrees have already gained in their current positions and in their associate degree education, without repeating content from their previous nursing program.

NDSU’s online program was named second in the U.S. by BestColleges.com in 2020.

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“Hearing other nurses voice their opinions, thoughts, inspirations and goals was empowering,” said Tanya Halvorson, a recent graduate of the program. “The insight of others has been beneficial for both my professional practice and personal life.”

After completing one semester in the online NDSU RN to BSN program, eligible students who meet criteria can receive up to 25 competency credits at no cost, according to the university. In addition, eligible students who meet criteria may pursue a direct admission option to the NDSU online RN to BSN program when they complete their associate degree in nursing.

Nurses interested in the program receive personalized advising from an NDSU nursing faculty member. Learn more at ndsu.edu/nursing/degrees/rn_to_bsn_track/.