The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Iowa State University is a unique, campus-based program. This RN-BSN program is designed only for people who are already registered nurses who want to advance their education and career by earning a BSN.  

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Iowa State’s coursework and hands-on learning activities:

  • enhance the health promotion and disease prevention role of registered nurses
  • apply nursing science and patient-centered care for helping people stay healthier longer
  • focus on the culture of health for nurses, individuals and communities
  • demonstrate the continuum of care, from a nurse’s self-care to patient care to community and population health

The ISU RN-BSN program benefits nurses in all areas of practice by providing:

  • the knowledge and skills needed to understand and apply evidence-based nursing practice and experience the wealth of research conducted at ISU
  • opportunities to engage with campus health programs, the student population, and the surrounding community
  • development of leadership skills to enhance practice and prepare for career advancement
  • practicum opportunities locally, with options for travel abroad
  • a strong core of nursing coursework complemented by ISU courses in areas of study supporting individual career goals
  • emphasis areas that include nutrition and wellness, health coaching, gerontology, leadership and management

Program Information


Curriculum Requirements
2021-22 curriculum requirements

Plan of Study
Sample plan

Course descriptions

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Why Nursing at Iowa State?

This RN-BSN program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Iowa Board of Regents, and the Higher Learning Commission.

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2302 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1123