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School of Nursing Announces Accelerated Online RN to BS Program

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing began offering an accelerated registered nursing (RN) to bachelor of science (BS) program in January 2014. This 100 percent online program will replace the previous hybrid RN to BS program.

Students will be able to complete this accelerated program in as short as one year (three semesters) or at a slower progression over two years.

“Our accelerated RN to BS program was designed specifically for the registered nurse interested in completing a high quality, contemporary bachelor’s completion program,” said Dr. Roberta Harrison, assistant dean for undergraduate programs. “The accelerated format and support system provided through a new online immersion on Blackboard helps students who are new to distance learning and technology-based education.”

Classes for this fully accredited option are structured in an eight-week course. It will require students to take a total of six core nursing courses once all general education course requirements are met. This program is designed for students who already have an associate degree or diploma from another nursing program. In order to accommodate the needs of working RNs and to allow for a maximum level of convenience, this program will be offered in a flexible online format.

Applications for the accelerated RN to BS program are being accepted now and can be found at

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