RN to BSN Nursing
Online Major

Request Information


Ranked #1 – the Best Online RN to BSN Program in Kansas by RegisteredNursing.org

Pittsburg State University's RN to BSN program is tailored to fit the needs of today's Registered Nurses. RN's can earn their bachelor's degree in as little as 12 months taking courses full-time. All nursing courses are completely online.

Why do RN’s choose to earn a BSN degree? Career Advancement. If your career goal is to become a shift leader, nurse director, clinical manager, or to build a bridge to become an advanced practice nurse, the RN to BSN program at the Bradley School of Nursing is the perfect option for you.

According to the Institute of Medicine (2010), "Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.”  Pittsburg State University has implemented this decree and is making obtainment of an BSN degree for the working ADN nurse as seamless as possible.

Additional information

  • About Degree
  • Career Options
  • Research opportunities
  • Application Process and Resources
  • Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) Grant

We understand how difficult it can be to find time for classes when you work full-time as an RN. It’s why we also offer a part-time study option. This option is perfect choice for RN’s who want to work full-time and earn their degree over the course of several years.

*The Plan of Study for the RN to BSN student is individualized and will be developed by the student's School of Nursing advisor.

RN-BSN graduates are qualified for many advanced nursing roles including:

  • Charge Nurse
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Clinical Manager
  • Nurse Director
  • Nursing Education
  • Case Management
  • Discharge Planner
  • Many More

Earning your BSN is also a stepping-stone to more advance practice nursing degrees, including nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, clinical nurse leader, or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).

The median annual wage for Registered Nursing professionals was $68,450 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment is expected to grow by 16 percent between now and 2024, much faster than the average of all occupations.

Students will have many opportunities for research including the university’s annual Research Colloquium and Undergraduate Day at the Capitol. These and many more opportunities are available to students within the RN to BSN program.

Applications to the nursing program are available online and must be completed and mailed to the Irene Ransom School of Nursing. You must apply for admission to both Pittsburg State University and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing.

Applications for Spring will be available September 15 and must be postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on November 15. Late applications will be considered on space available.

Applications for Fall will open on January 15 and must be postmarked by 4:30 p.m. on March 15. Late applications will be considered on space available.

Application Process

  1. Apply for admission to Pittsburg State University
  2. Send transcripts, either electronically or by mail, to the Office of the Registrar (1701 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS. 66762). Be certain to include your posted Associate Nursing Degree (ADN) from an accredited nursing program.
  3. Complete RN-BSN program application. (Download application packet)


*The Plan of Study for the RN to BSN student is individualized and will be developed by the student's School of Nursing advisor.
The purpose of the Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) grant is to meet the challenges of training RN-BSN nursing students who are ready to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care practice teams that are located in medically underserved areas (MUAs).

Prior to applying for the NEPQR grant, RN-BSN applicants must:
  1. Apply to Pittsburg State University and
  2. Apply to the RN-BSN program

If accepted into the RN-BSN Track and accepted as a NEPQR Grant Recipient, you will be required to attend a mandatory orientation in early September 2021, either virtually or face-to-face, as listed in the NEPQR Acceptance Letter. 

 For questions, please email: Dr. Gena Coomes, NEPQR Clinical Coordinator, at gcoomes@pittstate.edu or call 620-235-4440.

NEPQR Grant Application Materials:

  • NEPQR Explanation Letter
  • NEPQR Application*
  • NEPQR Disadvantaged Status Form*
    *Download the NEPQR Grant application and NEPQR Disadvantaged Status Form and fill in your data. Save the files and send via email to Dr. Gena Coomes, NEPQR Clinical Coordinator, at gcoomes@pittstate.edu. The Fall 2021 NEPQR Grant Application, NEPQR Essay, and NEPQR Disadvantaged Status Form are due when submitting a RN-BSN application to the School of Nursing, which is no later than March 15, 2021.  

About School of Nursing

Welcome to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing! The Bradley School of Nursing has been educating today’s nursing professionals for nearly 50 years. Our faculty are among the most accomplished in the Midwest. Students can select programs such as the BSN (Pre-licensure), RN to BSN, MSN (Education Emphasis), MSN to DNP, and the BSN to DNP.

Click on the links below to learn more about our nursing programs and the School of Nursing application process for each program.

School of Nursing Homepage

Request Information