Community College Conferring the RN to BSN

This model outlines the process by which nursing students enrolled in a community college are able to complete all coursework for the RN to BSN and have it conferred by the community college.

Currently, the RN to BSN degree model offers the opportunity for registered nurses to continue their post-licensure education in a community college setting and to receive a BSN degree. AD nurses with an RN license can advance directly to obtaining a BSN, and the community college confers the BSN degree. That model is especially beneficial for nurses who are place-bound with limited access to other options in their area, and it frequently is more affordable. The RN to BSN programs at community colleges are nationally accredited, transferable degrees that prepare the graduates to further their education.

  • 12 states currently allow conferral of the RN to BSN: Florida, Washington, Colorado, Indiana, Nevada, Vermont, Utah, New Mexico, Georgia, West Virginia, Delaware, Texas
  • These programs represent less than 5% of all RN to BSN programs in the United States
  • 5 states with ongoing exploration of this option: California, Michigan, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina

This model outlines the process by which nursing students enrolled in a community college are able to complete all coursework for the BSN and have it conferred by the community college.

This model highlights the abilities of community colleges to offer quality, accessible and affordable pathway for higher education, increase diversity of the nursing workforce, and ensure education access for nurses in all regions of the United States. Additionally, this model helps to address the concern that universities do not have the capacity to meet the needs for academic progression without the community colleges.