USF’s Online RN-to-BSN degree program is designed for registered nurses who have already earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing but want to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing to meet their professional and personal goals.


Complete Application to the USF School of Nursing

Your application to the USF School of Nursing serves as your Application for Admission to the University of Sioux Falls.

Complete the USF School of Nursing RN-to-BSN Admission Application. Students are admitted to the RN-to-BSN program to begin courses in the fall, spring and summer semesters. The application and all application materials are due to the School of Nursing a minimum of two weeks before the start of each semester.  You are encouraged to apply anytime. Please review the academic calendar for specific dates.

Within the application, you will be required to supply three Professional References. Each of your professional references will submit their reference form directly to USF on your behalf. 


Request Official Transcripts

Request official transcript(s) from every college or university you have attended to be sent directly to the USF School of Nursing. Official transcript(s) must be received either by email or in a sealed envelope and contain the embossed seal of the college or university and the signature of the Registrar. Faxed copies are not considered official.

If you have been previously admitted to the University of Sioux Falls, you need only request official transcripts for transfer courses not already recorded on your USF transcript.

Mailing Address:

School of Nursing
University of Sioux Falls
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105 

Students Actively Enrolled in Courses:

Students actively enrolled in courses should request official transcripts once final grades have been posted. This will eliminate the need to order another set of transcripts.

Recommended Process:

  1. Submit UNOFFICIAL transcripts for evaluation before final grades have been posted.
  2. Submit OFFICIAL transcripts once final grades have been posted.


How will completing my bachelor's degree help me in my nursing career?

Nationally and regionally, there is an increased effort to have all registered nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. In order to practice in an increasingly complex health care environment, more nurses are seeking ways to complete their requirements for a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Why should I consider USF for this degree?

The University of Sioux Falls takes great pride in making an educational experience a personal experience for each student. USF embraces a holistic approach to life, and the nursing program reflects this with coursework in ethical, cultural, spiritual, physical and psychosocial aspects of professional nursing.

How can I fit this program into my life, with a family and a full-time job?

Our RN-to-BSN program is 100% online, with the exception of select clinical requirements. It's designed for registered nurses who cannot attend school in a traditional manner.

How much time should I expect to spend studying outside of class?

This is unique to each student, but, on average, students should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week for each credit-hour they are enrolled in.

Do I have to commit to a certain number of credits each semester?

No. You can create your own pace for completing this program. On average, students take six credits per semester, and most students develop a plan with their USF nursing advisor to complete the program within two years.

How much will this program cost?

The cost of the program for each student will depend on the number of liberal studies credits needed. Please see USF's Cost of Attendance for a breakdown of specific charges. The Financial Aid Office can advise you on potential financial aid opportunities.

What is the average number of credits needed to complete the program?

The program consists of 21 credits in the nursing major, plus any additional credits you would need to reach 124 credits to graduate. Additionally, there are some specific liberal studies course requirements.

How can I find out more about the online RN-to-BSN program at USF?

For more information, complete an Information Request or contact:

USF School of Nursing
(605) 331-6771