Take the next step in your career: You'll do that here.

You’re ready to take the next step, and we're ready to help. With Southeast’s fully online RN to BSN program, you can work full-time while earnining your degree in a flexible online format. Our program is also nationally accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Our program builds upon your experience and knowledge and allows you to complete field experiences in your area.

What You'll Do

You’ll learn from clinical and theory courses covering a variety of healthcare topics. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Work with experienced, caring faculty with a minimum of a master’s degree. 
  • Work with a preceptor or mentor in your chosen specialty field.
  • Learn leadership & management skills.

What Can You Do with a BSN?  

Graduates of the nursing program work in a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, schools, government agencies, and more.

You’ll be prepared to practice nursing in your preferred area, or apply to graduate school after completing the program. 

Career Opportunities

  • Nurse 
  • Nurse case manager 
  • Insurance company nurse 
  • School nurse 
  • Nurse educator 

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Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Outcomes & Careers 

  • $86k

    Nursing Instructor

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics the mean annual salary for nurse instructors is $86,530.

  • 93%

    BSN NCLEX-RN first time pass rate

    In 2021-2022 Southeast Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates had a 93% first time pass rate for the NCLEX exam.

  • $86k

    Registered Nurse

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a registered nurse is $86,070. 

What You'll Study

Degree Map

The RN-BSN degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Applicants must:

  • Must be a permanent resident of Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, or Arkansas.
  • Have a minimum Cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Have a valid nursing license in the state in which you practice and have successfully completed the following: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Microbiology, English Composition II, Chemistry and the majority of the non-nursing courses.
  • Meet all requirements of a background check verified by CastleBranch. A code will be given to you to subscribe to this service once the Director of the RN-BSN program and the online program specialist have verified that all criteria listed above is met.

Required Support Courses

(Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.
A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.)

  • BS113 Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
  • BS114 Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
  • BS240 Microorganisms and the Human Hosts (4)
  • CH180/CH181 Chemistry in Our World/Basic Principles of Chemistry (3-5)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • PY220 Psychological Development Across the Lifespan (3)

Required Nursing Courses

‘C’ or better is required for all nursing courses

  • NS011 RN-BSN Education Assessment (0)
  • NS380 Holistic Assessment (4)
  • NS385 Research for Professional Practice (3) 
  • NS386 Professional Practice: Community Health (6)
  • NS390 Framework for Professional Nursing (4) 
  • NS480 Professional Practice: Nursing Leadership & Management (6)
  • NS483 Gerontological Nursing and Care of Older Adults (3) 

NOTE: 37 hours of BSN Credit will be granted upon completion of the NS011 RN-BSN assessment.

Additional Requirements

  • MA 155 Statistical Reasoning (3)
  • UI 412 American Health Care System (3)

**Both part-time and full-time study are available.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

This sample plan does not include required prerequisite coursework. General education requirements will be taken as available within course schedule.

First Year 

First Semester (13 hours)
  • NS385 (2nd 8 weeks) (part-time & full-time) 3 hours 
  • NS390 (1st 8 weeks) (part-time & full-time) 4 hours 
  • NS480 (full-time only) 6 hours 
Second Semester (13 hours)
  • NS380 (1st 8 weeks) (part-time & full-time) 4 hours 
  • NS386 (full-time only) 6 hours 
  • NS483 (2nd 8 weeks) (part-time & full-time) 3 hours 

 Summer (6 hours)

  • MA155 (part-time & full-time) 3 hours 
  • UI412 (part-time & full-time) 3 hours 

Full-time students complete nursing sequence in summer 

Second Year 

First Semester (12 hours)
  • NS480 (part-time only) 6 hours


  • NS386 (part-time only) 6 hours
Second Semester (12 hours)
  • NS386 (part-time only) 6 hours 


  • NS480 (part-time only) 6 hours 
  • NS011 0 hours 

I have learned the most and have had so many opportunities in my career from becoming involved in my profession and staying connected to Southeast.

Molly Eggleston , '14 Mercy Hospital and Excellence in Nursing Recipient by St. Louis Magazine

College of Education, Health and Human Studies

This degree is housed within the College of Education, Health and Human Studies. The college boasts programs that train students in mind, body, and soul. So, whether you want to teach, to care, to support, or to fix, we have a program to get you there.

Director of the RN-BSN Online Program

"The Southeast Online RN-BSN program allows you to continue your education with a flexible schedule from the comfort of your home. We believe that nurses should deliver "knowledgeable caring" to all patients. This means that you are committed to being a life-long learner. The dedicated nursing faculty in the RN-BSN program will strive to help you be knowledgeable and successful. "

Cassandra Loggins, Ph.D., MSN, RN, CNE

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Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

Earn Your Degree on Your Schedule.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.


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Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.



98% of College of Education, Health and Human Studies graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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