Nursing (RN to BSN)

The RN to BSN Program is a post-licensure program that will lead to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The program is offered online asynchronously, meaning you can complete coursework at your own pace. Face-to-face support will be provided as needed for those new to online education.

Accredited, 100% online BSN

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Mary Baldwin University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Work at your own pace, taking a little to as much time as you need to be successful. On average, RN to BSN students at Mary Baldwin complete their degree in 3 to 5 semesters. You’ll work with welcoming and dedicated faculty in small, online classes.

Advance your knowledge of the discipline with engaging classes like Community Health Nursing and Emergency Preparedness, Cultural Nursing: Uniting our World, and Using Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing.

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Cost and Financial Aid

A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.

Admission Requirements

  • Associate Degree in Nursing is required before enrolling in nursing coursework.
  • Official transcripts reflect a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale. All transferring coursework must reflect a “C” or better.
  • Current unrestricted RN license (students may begin general studies while waiting to take the licensing examination).
  • Employment as an RN for a minimum of 6 months OR plans to practice concurrently with coursework.
  • Ability to meet the Nursing Department’s Technical Standards for nursing practice.

College transcripts

An Associate Degree in Nursing from an accredited institution is required before enrolling in nursing coursework. All transferring coursework must reflect a “C” or better. Official transcripts from your degree-granting institution(s) must be sent to NursingCAS. If you are still taking nursing courses during the application cycle, please note that you will not be able to enroll in the RN to BSN coursework until your official transcript has been received, verifying completion of these courses, that you have received a “C” or better, and that you still meet the minimum GPA required.


Applications are accepted online through NursingCAS.

RN License

Current unrestricted RN license in the Commonwealth of Virginia or state participating in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). A copy of the licensure document is required.

Language Proficiency

English proficiency is considered essential to providing quality patient care. Students for whom English is not their primary language, regardless of US citizenship, must submit their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score with their application. The MBU school code is 5397. A minimum score is 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based). A student may be exempted if they have graduated with a bachelor’s or graduate degree from a 4-year accredited US university.

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission may be considered for students who do not fully meet all of the requirements for regular admission but allows them to begin program coursework. If Conditional Admission is granted, the student must earn at least a 3.0 GPA during the first nine credits taken in the program.

Out of State Distance Education Authorization

State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer distance education (e.g., online, out-of-state student learning experiences) outside of its home state. Under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements or SARA, Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is authorized to offer distance education to students residing in 49 SARA member states, territories, and districts of the United States of America. Read more about SARA here:

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Eager to launch the next phase of your education? Simply fill out our application form. An admissions counselor will be in touch with a decision within a week!