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RN to BSN | Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Already an RN? Earn your BSN online.

  • Classes 100% Online
  • Meet clinical course outcomes in your local community and work environment
  • Start in January, complete in as few as 5 semesters
  • Lowest tuition in TN/VA region; competitive nationally
  • Support from an experienced and caring faculty
  • Smooth admission process and degree plan
  • CCNE accredited


RN-BSN Program


The RN-BSN is a CCNE-accredited program for working RNs to earn their BSN. Courses are delivered 100% online. Students meet clinical course outcomes in their local community and  work environment. The program can be completed in as few as 5 semesters. General education classes required to finish your degree are taken on-line with your nursing courses.   You can balance your life and earn your degree.

Preferred by Employers

The BSN degree is preferred by most nursing leaders and provides the best opportunities in today’s job market, including one of the highest starting salaries in any field. You’ll find that a BSN is a requirement for many positions. It is also the entry point for graduate studies, nurse practitioner, and nurse anesthetist programs.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that roles for qualified RNs will grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026, a rate that far exceeds the national average for all jobs. The BLS projects that the job growth rate for BSN holders will rise even higher than the 15% projected for the entire field, especially for those who have existing work experience or specializations in a specific area of care.

Best Value in the Region

Tuition for the program is one of the most economical programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable. Read more about cost and financial aid here »

Be sure to review the information on external scholarships available in the field of nursing »

Caring Faculty

The nursing faculty at Milligan are clinical experts in their particular practice areas. Their academic credentials, practical “real-world” experiences, continued professional development, and national professional certifications combine to provide a quality nursing education. Furthermore, they are dedicated to your academic, personal, and spiritual growth.

Getting Started: Personalized Degree Plan

We offer a free Personalized Degree Plan to determine exactly what you need and how long it will take you. If you’re currently working toward the 27 transferable hours, let us help you prepare to transfer to Milligan. We can help determine what courses you need and where you can obtain them. Contact GPS@milligan.edu or call 423.461.8796.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog (link below). The Milligan University academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.




The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Milligan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

The baccalaureate program at Milligan University is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing (TBN).

Milligan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan University.


START DATE: CLASSES begin in January




  1. Be a graduate of an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program.
  2. Hold an unencumbered RN license from TN or a compact state.
  3. Good standing at previously attended institutions with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  4. Transfer of a minimum of 27 hours of coursework, confirmed by official transcript(s), from a regionally accredited institution comprised of the following:
    • English composition (3 hrs)
    • Behavioral/social sciences (3 hrs)
    • History, fine arts, philosophy, or literature (3 hrs)
    • Speech communication (3 hrs)
    • Anatomy and physiology with lab (8 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)
    • Introduction to microbiology (4 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)
    • Probability and statistics (3 hrs) (Grade of C or higher)

Matriculation of a cohort of new students is contingent upon an adequate number of admitted applicants.

International Students

This program is NOT currently approved by SEVIS to admit international students because the online course delivery model does not meet the residency requirements for F-1 visa status.

Expectations & Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan University. Milligan University adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan University. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan University is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

External Scholarships

The first place you should look for scholarship aid is your local hospital. Many hospitals offer scholarship programs to help encourage the training of new healthcare professionals. Below is a list of scholarships offered by other organizations and entities. Milligan has no connection to any of these scholarships and is not responsible for any information or the securement of this aid. This list is a resource we provide to assist you in locating other aid sources. Search for “Scholarships” on these pages.

Loan Repayment or Forgiveness Programs

Army Nurse Corps Benefits provides full scholarships for students intereseted in becoming a Nurse Anesthetist as well as the Health Professions Loan Repayment Program in Exchange for active duty service in the U.S. Army.

Federal Perkins Cancellation for Nurses provides possible loan cancellation for full-time nurses.

Indian Health Service (IHS) administers a program to help repay undergraduate and graduate loans of health professionals in return for full-time clinical service in Indian health programs.

Ballad Health (formerly Mountain States Health Alliance) Scholarship Program. If you are employed by Ballad, please ask your supervisor or HR representative about tuition reimbursement options.

National Health Service Corps, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has information about scholarships and loan repayment programs for health care professionals who practice in a medically underserved area.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program, formerly the Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program (NELRP), this program helps alleviate the shortage of nurses across the country by offering loan repayment assistance to registered nurses and advance practice nurses, such as nurse practitioners, working at Critical Shortage facilities and nurse faculty employed at accredited schools of nursing. Program participants receive up to 60 percent of their qualifying student loans in exchange for a 2-year service commitment – and an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for an optional third year.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness, created by Congress, encourages individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on their eligible federal student loans after they have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

State-Sponsored Loan Forgiveness Programs

Tenet Healthcare System has introduced a student loan repayment program at participating hospitals. A state-by-state list of eligible facilities is available on their website.

The Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Aid Program awards need-based nursing scholarships and merit-based forgivable loans to students in California. Loans are available in a variety of nursing and professional/technical specialties, and may be forgiven through qualifying employment with Kaiser Permanente.

The State Nursing Assumption Program of Loans for Education (SNAPLE)program offers up to $25,000 in loan repayments for nurses serving as faculty at a regionally accredited college or university in California. View program flyer.

Nursing Faculty

Dr. Melinda Collins

Melinda Collins

Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Allied Health; Professor of Nursing; Director of Nursing; Ballad Health Chair of Nursing

Phone: 423.461.8656
Contact via email
Office: Hardin Hall, 302