About Us

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than three million registered nurses are employed in the U.S. The occupation is expected to grow 12% between 2018 and 2028, resulting in roughly 371,000 new jobs. This steady demand is due to an aging baby boomer population and a growing number of patients admitted to outpatient and long-term care facilities. The BLS also notes that competition for nursing jobs has increased and that candidates with at least a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) have the best employment prospects.

A BSN degree equips registered nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in a range of professional nursing roles. In addition to providing job stability, the degree often leads to higher salaries and more advancement opportunities. RNtoBSN.org consists of professional nurses, educators, writers, and editors committed to assisting current, former, and future students enrolled in RN-to-BSN and standard or accelerated BSN programs.

Our free, data-driven guides tackle important topics for prospective students, such as common courses, concentration options, tuition costs, financial aid opportunities, and online learning strategies. We also offer in-depth industry profiles and detailed guides for obtaining and maintaining a registered nursing license.

Please note this is not a medical website. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please contact your doctor or call 9-1-1.

For more information about RNtoBSN.org, please visit our FAQ section.

About Our Expert: Caroline Porter Thomas BSN, RN

Caroline Porter Thomas

Our resident nursing expert is Caroline Porter Thomas, author of "How to Succeed in Nursing School: Before, During and After" and "New Nurse?: How to Get, Keep and LOVE Your First Job!" She also writes and produces instructional videos for her website and YouTube channel, EmpoweRN. Caroline earned her bachelor's of science degree in nursing from Fayetteville State University. She graduated with honors in May 2008.

Caroline is dedicated to helping people lead more empowered and joy-filled lives through vocational nursing. When she is not writing or speaking about nursing, she works as a registered nurse in Miami. Check out her exclusive nursing advice series for RNtoBSN.org.

How Do We Make Money?

RNtoBSN.org generates revenue through advertisements from colleges and universities offering nursing degrees. These schools pay us for student referrals. We may receive compensation when visitors use our program search tool or interact with advertisements located throughout the site.

Visitors are welcome to request information about schools or degrees, but this is not mandatory to use the site. All of our guides, ranking pages, and career profiles are free for anyone to access. We also clearly label our advertisements to ensure that our readers never confuse paid advertisements with unbiased editorial content.

Frequently Asked Questions

When and why was RNtoBSN.org founded?

RNtoBSN.org was first launched in 2008. Our founders created the site to serve as an informative resource for registered nurses interested in RN-to-BSN and BSN programs.

Do I have to have an RN to use your site?

Definitely not. While much of our material targets RNs aspiring to earn their bachelor's degrees, we also provide general resources for students and nurses at every level. If you're looking for general nursing information, our Nursing Resources Center is a great place to start. There, you will find our financial aid and NCLEX study guides. We are also proud of our nursing career portal and our video series, which features a nursing expert.

What is the methodology for your rankings?

We rank institutions by their average reported NCLEX scores. We use this as an indicator of the overall strength of the school's nursing programs. Schools without reported NCLEX scores that demonstrate traits of a comprehensive RN-to-BSN program are still included; their NCLEX scores have been marked as N/A, and they appear at the end of our rankings.

What schools/programs are eligible for your rankings?

Accredited, nonprofit institutions that offer RN-to-BSN programs are eligible for our rankings.

What is a "featured school"?

RNtoBSN.org receives compensation from featured and sponsored schools when we successfully recommend a program that is a good fit for potential students.

Where is the information on your site from? How is it collected?

We gathered tuition and curriculum data for each school from their official websites in 2017. Program costs may change, so please contact schools directly for the most up-to-date tuition information. Other school data, including graduation and financial aid rates, were sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). This resource is maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics, and all data for IPEDS is reported by individual institutions during survey years.

I am a nurse. Can I contribute content to your site?

Yes! Our contributors are the basis of our site's success, and we would love to hear what you have in mind. If you are interested, please contact us.

Is your content copyrighted? May I share it?

No, our content is not copyrighted, and we encourage you to share it with your community. All we ask is that you please include a link to the original content for attribution purposes. Thank you!

What is your advertising policy?

When users sign up to receive information from schools identified as "featured" or "sponsored" on our website, we may receive compensation from those institutions. Information about each school -- including details regarding program quality, graduation rates, and financial aid offerings -- has been provided by the school itself. If you are interested in supporting RNtoBSN.org, please visit our advertising page or contact us at advertise@rntobsn.org.

Are you a nonprofit?

No, we are not a nonprofit.

Can you further explain your relationship with HigherEducation.com?

RNtoBSN.org is affiliated with HigherEducation.com, a third-party marketing agency working on behalf of colleges and universities looking to connect students with their online degree programs.

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