About the Program

RN to BSN Online Program

In today's fast-changing healthcare sector, advancing in nursing is key. LSUA's online RN to BSN program gives you the convenience of online learning with the expertise and guidance of top LSUA faculty. In as few as 14 months, you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing and take on new challenges in your career.

About the Program

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in as few as 14 months
30 credit hours*
Program Tuition: $7,800**

As the need for nurses with a BSN continues to grow, so do your career opportunities. Earning your BSN gives you the freedom to pursue leadership opportunities in nursing.

In LSUA's online RN to BSN program, you will:

  • Focus on quality care and case management of vulnerable populations in acute care
  • Participate in evidence-based, quality improvement projects
  • Gain valuable experience with practical, group real-world projects

*The core nursing courses are 30 credit hours. A total of 120 credit hours are needed to obtain the RN to BSN degree. Program completion will vary based on transfer credit.

**Total tuition is dependent upon an evaluation of transfer hours.

Online Courses

Nursing courses are designed to prepare nurses for advanced career opportunities and degrees.

A specialized component of this program is community nursing, which focuses on the community as a client. Students must complete Prerequisite Courses, General Education Courses, and Core Nursing Courses (Foundation Courses).

Course Listing

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive look at the professional nursing role in today's healthcare system. The course examines concepts that are essential to the development of the professional nurse as well as issues related to professional nursing practice and the delivery of safe patient-centered care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to legal and ethical issues affecting health care and the nursing profession. The influence of economic and sociopolitical factors on healthcare laws will be explored from the perspective of health care providers. The extent to which health care laws attempt to order relationships between providers, payers, and consumers will be examined. There is a focus on principles and theories of ethics as they relate to health care delivery. Emphasis will be placed on ethical/legal issues encountered in professional nursing practice. There is also emphasis on critical thinking and situational analysis. This course prepares graduates to appreciate the concepts and principles of ethical legal dilemmas and their application in practice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course provides an opportunity for students to develop techniques in basic physical assessment, history taking, and recording. Both normal and abnormal findings as well as age and cultural variations will be considered.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Management of information, computers, and systems; utilization of management information systems and technologies to improve managerial decision making and to enhance nursing care. An introduction to information management systems and technologies utilized by nurses to enhance nursing care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to basic concepts of pathophysiology and how these concepts relate to disease processes and clinical practice. Emphasis on the underlying pathology of altered health states most frequently encountered by registered nurses and the development of critical thinking skills to analyze signs and symptoms and plan/implement patient centered nursing care.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in NURS 2060. Focus on the community as the client. The community, viewed as a system of economic, legal, socio-political, cultural, and interpersonal variables will be explored. Implications impacting the wellness of the individual, family, group, and community are addressed. The basic concepts of epidemiology as well as the principles and theories underlying the practice of community health will be introduced. Learning activities will provide opportunities for the application of the nursing process in promoting community wellness.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of the complex nursing management of the older adult in preventative, restorative, and supportive care. Includes discussion of issues surrounding acute as well as chronic conditions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to nursing research with emphasis on research process and the implications for utilization of research findings in nursing practice. Published research will be critically analyzed. The critique process is used to analyze the status of investigation on selected topics in health care. A research process and its application to evidence-based practice are examined.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Corequisite: NURS 4051. Study of the principles and theories of nursing leadership, care management, and models of care in the interdisciplinary health care systems.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Provides opportunities for application of leadership and management principles and theories through individual, practice-based experiences in various acute care and community clinical settings.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Fundamentals of chemistry covering the basic topics of general, inorganic, organic, nuclear, and biochemistry. Students cannot use both this course and CHEM 1201 to meet a degree's requirements. [CCEM 1003/1103] Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of public communication concepts and techniques, including audience analysis, topic selection and research, organization of materials, and delivery skills. Creation and presentation of speeches and analysis of other speakers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 0092. ENGL 1001 offers an introduction to composition and analysis of the essay and its rhetorical strategies. A grade of "C" or higher required to advance to ENGL 1002.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog or a grade of "C" or higher in English 1001. The study and practice of rhetorical strategies, critical reading and thinking, culminating in the research paper. A grade of "C" or higher is required to advance to all sophomore English courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The fine arts (music, fine arts, theatre, and dance) as they relate to human experience. An exploration of achievements, content, and function in each of the four primary arts. Attendance of or participation in cultural activities required. Recommended for education majors.

Duration: 7 weeks per course   |   Credit Hours: 3 per course

Any six hours of general education humanities courses as outlined in the LSUA catalog.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ACT score as specified in the placement section of the catalog, or a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 0092, or permission of the department. Functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions; equations; and inequalities. A graphing calculator is required.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in MATH 1021, MATH 1023 or MATH 1313; or permission of the Department of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Graphical display of data; descriptive statistics; probability; the normal distribution; standard scores; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing based on one sample; regression; and correlation.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1001 and PSYC 2000 or 2060; or permission of instructor. A life span survey of psychological changes (social, emotional, & intellectual) in development from conception to death.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Cultural diversity and multiculturalism will be addressed from psychological and other perspectives. The course is designed to introduce the student to diverse cultures within the United States and around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the factors that have influenced and are influencing the development of American culture, changes in American culture today, and the potential consequences those changes might have for the American people. Contact Hours: Lec. 3 Lab. 0.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will focus on dietary guidelines for optimal health and specific diseases and health disorders. Students will examine cultural influences on food choices and develop knowledge required to provide nutritional teaching to individuals, families and communities. Prerequisites: ENG 1002, MATH 1021, BIOL 1162.

Note: Students must complete 41 hours of General Education Courses—ENGL (6), Social Science (6), Math (6), Natural Sciences (11), Humanities (9), & Fine Arts (3).

1Core nursing courses and courses listed under additional requirements are 100% online and offered over 7 weeks. Students are encouraged to take 6 hours every 7 weeks as outlined in their individualized curriculum plan.

2Course transfer is determined upon official review of transcripts. All General Education Courses are offered 100% online with the exception of BIOL 1161, BIOL 1162 and BIOL 2051.


Louisiana State University of Alexandria offers multiple start dates per year. Once you've been accepted, you can start earning your degree almost immediately.

Start Date Calendar

Start Date Course End Date App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
7/1/2019 8/18/2019 6/3/2019 6/17/2019 6/24/2019 6/26/2019
8/26/2019 10/13/2019 7/29/2019 8/12/2019 8/19/2019 8/21/2019
10/21/2019 12/8/2019 9/23/2019 10/7/2019 10/14/2019 10/16/2019
1/13/2020 3/1/2020 12/2/2019 12/16/2019 1/6/2020 1/8/2020
3/9/2020 4/26/2020 2/10/2020 2/24/2020 3/2/2020 3/4/2020
5/11/2020 6/28/2020 4/13/2020 4/27/2020 5/4/2020 4/29/2020
6/29/2020 8/16/2020 6/1/2020 6/15/2020 6/22/2020 6/24/2020
8/24/2020 10/11/2020 7/27/2020 8/10/2020 8/17/2020 8/19/2020
10/19/2020 12/6/2020 9/21/2020 10/5/2020 10/12/2020 10/14/2020

Withdrawal Calendar

Start Date Last Day to Drop Without W Last Day to Withdraw 100% Refund
8/26/2019 8/28/2019 9/21/2019 8/27/2019
10/21/2019 10/23/2019 11/2/2019 10/22/2019
1/13/2020 1/15/2020 2/11/2020 1/15/2020
3/9/2020 3/11/2020 4/6/2020 3/11/2020
5/11/2020 5/13/2020 6/1/2020 5/6/2020
6/29/2020 7/1/2020 7/27/2020 7/1/2020
8/24/2020 8/26/2020 9/23/2020 8/26/2020
10/19/2020 10/21/2020 11/16/2020 10/21/2020

Tuition & Financial Aid

LSUA has some of the best tuition rates in the region to make your education affordable and accessible. LSUA staff can help you locate additional funding opportunities that can assist you with your financial needs.


Total tuition is dependent upon an evaluation of transfer hours.

Program Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Hour Course Total Program Cost
RN to BSN $260 $780 $7,800

Additional Fees

$20 Application Fee.

$50 Online Program Fee.

The Online Program fee is assessed per course and used for funding services directly related to the online programs including online tutoring, academic assistants, faculty training, and course development. Additional fees may apply. LSUA reserves the right to increase fees at any time

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for you! Follow the steps below to get started.

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a federal application that will qualify you for any grants, loans, or other financial benefits. You can apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please include LSUA’s school code: 002011. If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, please contact the Financial Aid Management Office at 318-473-6423 for an appointment.
  • LSUA should receive your information within 3 weeks of an electronic submission of the FAFSA. Once we receive your information, you will receive a letter from our Financial Aid Management office. You may need to provide our office with additional information. If you do, please return the requested information as soon as possible so that we can process your financial aid request.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

In order to receive federal financial aid (grants, loans, or federal work study funds), students must make satisfactory academic progress.

  • Student's cumulative GPA must be at or above a 2.0.
  • Student must have earned 70% of the total credits they have attempted at any post-secondary education institution whose credits are accepted as transfer at LSU of Alexandria.
  • Student cannot attempt more than 150% of the credits required for the degree they are seeking. Courses that have been withdrawn (received a grade of W) AND courses that have been bankrupted count in total attempted hours.
  • Students who do not meet these requirements may submit an appeal to the financial aid appeals committee.
  • For more information regarding the financial aid process, please contact the Financial Aid Management office at 318-473-6423 or e-mail financialaid@lsua.edu.


To be admitted to the LSUA Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program (RN to BSN), applicants must:

  • Have graduated from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC)-accredited ASN nursing program in any state and currently hold an unencumbered RN license;
  • Be unconditionally admitted to the university and have declared BSN as a major;
  • Have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher;
  • Be admitted to the university and have submitted all official transcripts from other universities attended;
  • Not be concurrently enrolled in a nursing program at another university;
    • Transfer students: Students transferring from another RN-BSN program must provide a Letter of Good Standing from the school of nursing. If the student is not in good standing, the student must wait three years before enrolling in the RN-BSN program. The transfer student must complete all core RN-BSN courses at LSUA.

Note: Students will receive credit for Nursing courses from their Associate Program. Non-Nursing courses will be evaluated on a course by course basis.

RN to BSN Degree Requirements

  • Students must complete all of the requirements pertaining to the LSUA baccalaureate degrees. The BSN Degree is 120 credit hours.
  • Students must take at least 39 hours at the 3000 level or above and at least 17 hours at the 4000 level.
  • Students are required to make a grade of “C” or higher in all non-nursing and nursing courses applied to the BSN curriculum.


LSUA makes every effort to award students transfer credits from a variety of sources. Those include regionally accredited schools, approved testing agencies, military experience, ACE credits, or other approved methods. The credits are transferred in a manner that is consistent with LSUA’s procedures to help students reach their educational goals in the most direct way.

*Official transcripts or test scores must be sent directly from the institution or agency awarding the credit or score.

Transcripts will be evaluated as they are received. Processing will be done in the order in which files are complete. Once students are admitted and have registered for classes, they will be able to view their transcript evaluation through the Self-Service portal. An LSUA transcript cannot be released unless it contains LSU Alexandria courses.

Transfer Credits Search

Transfer course equivalencies are available by accessing the searchable database.. These equivalencies are both for in-state and out-of-state colleges/universities.

Instructions: Find your home institution, click the arrow to the left of the school name to expand. Click the year that you took the course. Courses that have already been evaluated will show in the list and will indicate how LSU Alexandria will transfer that specific course. Courses with asterisks (*) in the course number do not have direct equivalent courses at LSUA. These courses may be used as free electives or your advisor may request a course substitution if appropriate.

Note: Search may not produce a complete list of transfer credit courses.

Transfer Credits for Dual Enrollment

Students who were enrolled in one or more dual enrollment classes through a regionally accredited college or university while still in high school are required to provide an official transcript from that institution. Transcripts are required regardless of whether credit was earned.

Official transcripts must be requested from the original institution(s). LSUA participates in E-Script Safe and can send or receive transcripts electronically. Official transcripts must come directly to LSUA from the original institution either by mail or electronically, or in a sealed (unopened) envelope.

Financial aid cannot be processed until all official transcripts are received. Official transcripts must be received by the first day of class or admission will be cancelled.

Transcripts must be sent to:
LSU Alexandria
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, LA 71302

Questions about Dual Credit should be sent to admissions@lsua.edu

Military Credit

Students who have served on active duty in the United States military may receive Military Service credit. In order to receive military credit, supply a copy of the following:

  • DD214 or DD295
  • American Council on Education (ACE) guide or
  • Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript (AARTS)

Army Veterans should submit an official copy of their Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript (AARTS). To obtain transcripts, write to AARTS Operations Center, 298 Grant Avenue, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. 66027-1254 or fax: Commercial (913) 684-9497(9499) or DSN 552-9497 (9499)

Additional information on military service credit can be found in the General Catalog under the Admissions section.

Procedure for applying military credit from ACE Guide

Transcripts and documentation must be sent to:
LSU Alexandria
8100 Hwy 71 South
Alexandria, LA 71302

Police Academy Credit

Criminal Justice students who have passed a 320 hour (or more) basic training course as prescribed and certified by the Louisiana Council on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) may apply for fifteen semester hours of credit in lieu of CJUS 1107 (Introduction to Criminal Justice), CJUS 2131 (Police Process), CJUS 3025 (Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice), CJUS 4999 (Internship in Criminal Justice), and three hours of Criminal Justice elective credit at the 4000 level. If the training was completed outside of the State of Louisiana, it must transfer to Louisiana in Admission 2017-2018 page 34 | 2017-2018 LSUA Catalog accordance with Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 22, Part III, Chapter 47. Criminal Justice students who have completed Introduction to Correctional Techniques through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center may apply for nine semester hours of credit in lieu of CJUS 2216 (Corrections Process), CJUS 3025 (Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice), and CJUS 4045 (The U. S. Prison System).

Students should request academy credit by contacting the Department Chair for Criminal Justice, Beth Whittington at, blord@lsua.edu.