Nursing Programs
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The RN-to-BSN Program is designed to assist the Registered Nurse in completing their Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing while enhancing professional practice and career diversity.

The program is fully online and flexible to allow for continued work and self-paced learning. The program emphasizes the impact of nursing on the community, leadership roles of the nurse, inter-professional communication and collaboration, and evidence-based practice along with traditional BSN foundational courses. The program prepares the student for life-long learning and fosters the development of caring partnerships with individuals whom they may encounter in a variety of settings. The RN-to-BSN curriculum builds and expands on RN competencies in order to lead change and positively affect the healthcare system while providing a solid foundation for advanced education and career mobility. The RN-to-BSN Program also prepares program graduates for graduate study in nursing.

Apply to the RN-to-BSN Program

Riverside is proud to offer:

An Online, Convenient Program!

The RN-to-BSN Program offers all theory coursework online. Three (3) of the ten (10) courses include integrated, independent practicum experience components which may be accomplished in the student’s community or work setting (see the college catalog for specific course descriptions).

Short program lengths:

12-months (full-time) to 24-months (part-time) dependent on the number of courses taken during each 8-week session or semester and the number of general education co-requisites remaining.
The program includes two 16-week semesters (two 8-week sessions/semester) and one 8-week summer semester per year.

Financial Aid for those who qualify.

Concurrent enrollment for eligible pre-licensure Professional Nursing students
Concurrent option starts January 2021

Pre-application General Education Course Requirements:

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (8 credits)
  • Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits) 

Applicants must have earned an associate’s degree in Professional Nursing (ADN, AAS, AOS) or a Diploma in Professional Nursing, and hold a current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Virginia (or Compact State).

*Applicants may be considered for Concurrent Enrollment in the RN-to-BSN Program if currently enrolled and in good standing in an affiliated Professional Nursing associate’s degree program (successful completion of the associate degree and successful NCLEX-RN required to be eligible for conferment of the BSN regardless of courses achieved).

Pre-application General Education Requirements: 18 credit hours
English Composition (3 credits)
Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (8 credits)
Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
Microbiology with lab (4 credits)

Pre or Co Requisites: 24 credits
English Elective (3 credits)
Fine Arts and/or Humanities Elective (6 credits)
Mathematics Elective (3 credits)
Natural Sciences Elective (3 credits)
Social Sciences Electives (6 credits)
Speech and Communications Elective (3 credits)

Prior Nursing Education and Licensure Granted Credit:40 credit hours

Upper Level RCHC General Education Courses: 6 credit hours
RCHC Program Hours – Theory Coursework: 28 credit hours
RCHC Program Hours – project Work: 4 credit hours

Total RN-to-BSN Program TaughtCredit Hours: 38 credit hours

Total RN-to-BSN Program Credit Hours w/General Education Courses & Transfer Credits: 120 credit hours


  • The Baccalaureate (RN-to-BSN) nursing program at Riverside College of Health Careers at 316 Main Street located in Newport News, Virginia is accredited by the:
    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
    Atlanta, GA 30326
  • The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Baccalaureate (RN to BSN) nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at:


  • Certified by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) to operate in Virginia.
    101 N. 14th Street, James Monroe Building Richmond, VA 23219


  • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
    7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 N. Falls Church, VA 22043


Tuition breakdown for RN-to-BSN Program

  • $350 per GEN credit
  • $300 per NSG credit

Total Tuition: $11,700

Other Associated Costs

  • Book Estimate: $500 - $700'
  • Computer Supplies Estimate: $1,200

Discounts offered to Riverside College Alumni (10%) and RHS employees (10%); discounts can be combined