The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Iowa State University is an RN-to-BSN program, designed for those who are already a Registered Nurse (RN), and desire to further their nursing career and education at the next level. This unique, campus-based program is designed to meet the needs of the working nurse by providing a hybrid mode of learning in which students need only attend one day per week (synchronous online or face-to-face). The remainder of the course content is completed independently online.

RN-to-BSN Student Learning Outcomes
The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares the graduate to:

  1. Synthesize theory and concepts from the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and nursing in the holistic practice of professional nursing.
  2. Integrate knowledge of historical and contemporary nursing with leadership skills and principles to facilitate optimal patient and systems outcomes.
  3. Translate research findings to support evidence-based, competent, safe, and effective nursing care to individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings across the lifespan.
  4. Utilize current technology effectively and efficiently to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, support decision making and accomplish goals related to the delivery of safe, quality care for diverse individuals, families, and the community.
  5. Examine how healthcare policies, including financial and regulatory, influence healthcare systems, nursing practices and population health.
  6. Incorporate principles of effective communication and collaboration when working with members of the health team, recipients of care and interested groups to improve health outcomes for individuals, groups and communities.
  7. Integrate concepts of health promotion and disease management, health literacy and patient-centered care to improve population health.
  8. Engage in professional, culturally competent, and ethically congruent care that reflects dignity and uniqueness of individuals and groups in diverse populations and locations.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and model the values of advocacy, compassion, integrity, human dignity, cultural competence and social justice while embracing the concept of continuous learning.

The RN-to-BSN program at Iowa State is unique in its curriculum.
Iowa State’s coursework and hands-on learning opportunities make it so that graduates are capable of not only applying their education, but using their real world experiences to inspire innovation in their places of care. At Iowa State, students of the program will be challenged to:

  • 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-to-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

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Program Information


Curriculum Requirements
2021-22 curriculum requirements

Plan of Study
Sample plan

Course descriptions

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Program Outcomes
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Why Nursing at Iowa State?

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

Effective October 12, 2020, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on October 12, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

The Iowa State University wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for initial accreditation of its RN-to-BSN nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 10:10am on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, in room 0008 of Curtiss Hall located at 513 Farm House Lane, Ames, Iowa. The meeting can also be accessed via ZOOM using the following information:

            Time: Feb 16, 2022 10:10am CST public
Please click this URL to start or join.
            Or go to and enter meeting ID: 958 4824 3577  
            Join from dial-in phone line:
            Dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923
            Meeting ID: 958 4824 3577
            Participant ID: Shown after joining the meeting
            International numbers available:

Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to:

            Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
            3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400
            Atlanta, GA 30326
            Or email:

All written comments should be received by the ACEN by February 1, 2022.

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