Browse local RN to BSN programs offered at Iowa nursing schools

Complete your Bachelor's degree in Nursing and advance your career

For those who have obtained their Registered Nurse (RN) designation through diploma or Associate’s Degree programs and are interested in earning their Bachelor’s degree, there are several programs in the state of Iowa designed specifically for this transition.

The University of Iowa and Upper Iowa University have two of the most prominent RN-BSN programs in the state. Both of these programs are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional CCNE accredited programs in he state are listed below and available in various Iowa cities and counties. Registered nurses may be interested in obtaining their BSN so that they can obtain management-level nursing positions. These positions typically involve managing a team of 5-20 other nurses in a hospital setting or some other type of medical care facility. Registered nurses may also be interested in additional career opportunities that would justify a salary increase. Having a BSN can open doors to certain nursing positions that might not be available to less educated RNs.

The requirements for RN to BSN programs will typically include some combination of the following: evidence of CPR certification, RN license, evidence of meeting current health requirements, and a background check waiver. The health requirements can include a consent form, a medical history form, and evidence of vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chicken pox, tetanus/diptheria, Hepatitis B series, and tuberculin (PPD) or chest x-ray. Potential students will also need to submit an application form and usually a fee.

Many RN to BSN programs offer flexible schedules with options for full-time or part-time coursework. Many programs also have options for some or all classes to be completed online. Full-time study can be completed in as little as 3 semesters. Part-time study may stretch the program to 5 semesters or more. Research all of the programs in your area to familiarize yourself with all of your options before sending in applications.

Coursework for RN to BSN programs will most likely include the following topics: human genetics, research, health systems, leadership, professional engagement, pathology, pubic health, health cake finance, and community. Classes will also include clinical experiences to give students first-hand practice to accompany their classroom learning.

Iowa RN to BSN Schools

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  • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Abilene Christian University is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni make a real difference in the world.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Executive Nursing Leadership

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  • Accelerated MS in Nursing
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With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.


  • RN to BSN (licensed RNs only)
  • RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator
  • RN to MSN in Leadership in Healthcare Systems
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  • Online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (MSN to FNP)

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.


  • Specialization in Nursing Informatics (RN to MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Administrator (RN-MSN)
  • Specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)
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  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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  • A.S. - Healthcare Management

National Louis University is one of the oldest and most progressive universities in Chicago. We offer more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through two colleges: the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.


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List of RN to BSN Programs in Iowa (IA)

Allen College
1825 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703
(319) 226-2033

Briar Cliff University
3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, IA 51104
(800) 662-3303, ext. 5200

Clarke College
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
(888) 825-2753

Coe College
1220 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 399-8500

Dordt College
498 4th Avenue NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
(800) 343-6738

Grand View College
1200 Grandview Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50316
(515) 263-2800

Iowa Wesleyan College
601 N. Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641
(800) 582-2383

Luther College
700 College Drive
Decorah, IA 52101
(563) 387-2000

Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 643-6715

Morningside College
1501 Morningside Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106
(712) 274-5297

Mount Mercy College
1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
(319) 363-8213

Saint Ambrose University
518 West Locust Street
Davenport, IA 52803
(800) 383-2627

University of Iowa
101 College of Nursing Building
50 Newton Road
Iowa City, IA 52242
(319) 335-7018

Upper Iowa University
605 Washington Street
P.O. Box 1857
Fayette, IA 52142
(800) 553-4150

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