An online RN-to-BSN program that prepares you for new opportunities in nursing leadership.

As the population of patients continues to grow, the need for highly qualified nurses and nurse leaders to provide quality care and promote positive health outcomes increases. Designed specifically for current registered nurses seeking to further their education and advance their careers, this fully online program offers the flexibility to balance your studies with the demanding schedule of a professional nurse. Featuring an accelerated format with seven-week courses, our affordable RN-to-BSN online program allows you to transfer up to 96 credits, including up to 40 credits from an associate degree in nursing, so that you can earn your degree in 16 months.   

Taught by experienced nurse educators, our program explores key topics such as nursing informatics, research, community health and more. Through a curriculum that is focused on evidence-based practice and team-based learning, you will learn how to be a caring advocate for the access to quality health care for all individuals and communities. Our online RN-to-BSN program requires the completion of 30 hours of community service, as well as a community or teaching/learning project. Our practicum faculty will facilitate both components.  

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, our program provides the opportunity to take advantage of joint admissions agreements through several Boston-area community colleges.  

Program Objectives

Our program offers RNs the opportunity to build on clinical skills and training and take the next step in their education and careers.

Expand their personal philosophy


Expand their personal philosophy of nursing to inform and enhance a responsible, ethical practice that appreciates the diversity of human experiences

Develop as “nurse leaders”


Develop as “nurse leaders”–well-rounded, in-demand nursing professionals who think critically, communicate effectively and better understand the cultural, social, economic and political factors that affect patient beliefs and behaviors

Receive high-caliber instruction


Receive high-caliber instruction from distinguished and experienced nursing professionals who represent a wide variety of roles and specialties

Leverage Emmanuel's connection to Boston


Leverage Emmanuel College’s connection to Boston with health promotion practicums under the guidance of skilled professionals at top area institutions

Prepare for a wider scope of careers


Prepare for a wider scope of career opportunities and nursing specialties at leading healthcare institutions

Maintain a strong network


Maintain a strong network of professional connections of peers, faculty and staff at area hospitals

The Curriculum

Emmanuel’s RN-to-BSN program requires 128 credits (32 courses). A cumulative grade point average of C+ or higher is required for completion of this degree. Courses for the RN-to-BSN degree are offered fully online in seven-week sessions, which are conducted throughout the calendar year.

View the 2023-2024 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Required Courses (32 credits, all courses are 4 credits each

  • NURS3101 Concepts of Professional Practice
  • NURS3103 Health Assessment
  • NURS3105 Research in Nursing Practice
  • NURS3108 Nursing Informatics and Computer Applications
  • NURS3112 Leadership and Professional Issues in Nursing
  • NURS3114 Diversity in Health Care and Contemporary Healing Interventions 
  • NURS4118 Community Health and Health Promotion in Nursing Practice
  • NURS4170 Health Promotion Capstone Practicum

Prerequisite Courses (24 credits)

Scientific Inquiry

  • BIOL2135 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL2137 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL3127 Microbiology

Social Analysis

  • SOC1101 Introduction to Sociology: Analysis of Society in Global Perspective
  • PSYCH1501 General Psychology
  • PSYCH2303 Child Psychology

General Studies (20 credits)

  • Moral Reasoning, Aesthetic Inquiry and Historical Consciousness (two courses)
  • Theology and Religious Thought (one course)
  • Statistics for Nursing Professionals (one course)
  • Writing for Nursing Professionals or equivalent English composition course (one course)

General Electives (3 courses, 12 credits)

Previously completed courses in the prerequisite general studies and general elective categories may be eligible for transfer credit. Use our Course Search Tool to determine which credits will transfer.

At the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, the student will:

  1. Expand a personal philosophy of nursing through reflection on the Catholic intellectual tradition to effect positive outcomes for care-recipients within the context of their environments.
  2. Assume accountability for evidence and knowledge-based nursing practice and responsibility for involvement as a citizen knowledgeable in interprofessional health care systems.
  3. Practice as a professional nurse whose care-giving activities reflect the analysis of theoretical knowledge from the liberal arts, sciences, nursing and evidence-based practice.
  4. Integrate into the culture of nursing the concepts of caring that foster a relationship between caregiver and care recipient, which results in the achievement of mutually agreed upon outcomes on the health/illness continuum.

Emmanuel College maintains articulation agreements with local community colleges to help students make successful transitions into the RN-BSN program. Emmanuel currently maintains agreements with the following institutions:

  • Bristol Community College
  • Bunker Hill Community College
  • Cape Cod Community College
  • Holyoke Community College
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Mass Bay Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Mount Wachusett Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Quincy College
  • Quinsigamond Community College
  • Roxbury Community College