Program Overview

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Do you want to advance your nursing career? Then our flexible, affordable Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) online program might be perfect for you. Our convenient, all-online program is designed to help you meet the needs of today’s dynamic healthcare environment by enriching and expanding your nursing education.

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Full Description

The RN to BSN program at NEIT allows the Registered Nurse with an earned associate degree or nursing diploma and an active unencumbered RN license, to continue her or his education and earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) entirely online. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses advance the profession of nursing, improve the quality of patient care, and contribute to the well-being of the community. Reasons for pursuing the baccalaureate degree vary. Students who decide to pursue a BSN may be ready to assume more professional responsibility, pursue a position that requires a BSN or to prepare for graduate school. Whatever the reason, the RN to BSN program at NEIT is designed to help you reach your professional goals.

Material covered integrates clinical decision-making and healthcare technologies with the role of the registered nurse. Courses include the theory and research-based knowledge in the provision of care to the client, family, and community in a global society with flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of healthcare and healthcare roles. Students also learn how to integrate care across multiple settings, managing the interactions between and among components of the integrated network of healthcare services. Graduates will be prepared for positions in primary care, community health settings, acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. Upon completion of this program, students may also choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Nursing degree program.

Key Points:

  • 7-term (21-month) part-time nursing program
  • Students have the option to complete the program in less than 21 months
  • Voted Top 50 Best Value Online Nursing Program
  • Voted 50 Best Online RN to BSN Programs
  • All courses 100% online
  • RN licensure must be achieved prior to the start of the 3rd term
  • Small online class sizes
  • Students can apply to the NEIT MSN Family Nurse Practitioner online nursing program


The baccalaureate nursing program at New England Institute of Technology at the East Greenwich Campus located in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

Student Achievement Outcome Data*

1. Std. 6.2: ELA: At least 80% of RN to BSN students will provide proof of licensure prior to starting the 3rd. term of program = N/A (not a traditional pre-licensure BSN program)

2. Std. 6.3 ELA: At least 60% of students enrolled part-time in the RN to BS in Nursing Online program will successfully complete the program within 10 terms.

7/1/19 – 6/30/20 = 95%
7/1/17 – 6/30/18 = 94%
7/1/16 – 6/30/17 = 91%

3. Std. 6.4 ELA: At least 80% of graduates will report achievement in job placement.

June 2019 – June 2020 = 100%
June 2018 – June 2019 = 100%
June 2017 – June 2018 = 100%

*Updated 2/12/21


  • How many years is the RN to BSN program?

    RN to BSN programs typically take about 18 to 24 months to complete.

  • Should I do RN to BSN or RN to MSN?

    Both degree programs are designed to help students advance their careers. An RN to BSN takes less time to complete than an RN to MSN, which may be more appealing to those looking to begin work as soon as possible. That said, nurses with an MSN are able to pursue leadership and advanced practice positions and enjoy higher salary potential.

  • Why get a BSN?

    A nurse with a BSN will be able to practice in a wider variety of healthcare settings. These kinds of nurses remain high in demand and enjoy more opportunities to pursue leadership positions in the workplace. BSNs have the opportunity to earn higher salaries than non-BSN RNs.

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The New England Institute of Technology Nursing department seeks to prepare nurses at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels to practice holistically in today’s complex and highly technological health care system. The mission of the programs is to prepare individuals as professionals whose care reflects altruistic, evidence-based, and ethical practice in the nursing profession.

Program Philosophy

This philosophy, the foundation of our curriculum, represents the faculty’s core beliefs regarding human beings, environment, health, nursing, higher education, teaching, and learning.

We believe that every person is a unique being worthy of respect and dignity. In our nursing framework, biological, and social components integrate seamlessly in individuals who use self-care to maintain their health status. We view the environment as the totality of the patient’s experience that includes the family, cultural context, society, and the global community. We recognize that the patient’s environment is a major influence on the patient’s health status.

Health is an individual experience characterized by wholeness where physical, psychological, interpersonal, spiritual, cultural, and social aspects of health are inseparable in the person. An individual’s response to stressors may change the ability of the patient to engage in self-care, resulting in deficits in meeting basic needs and requiring the need for nursing care. Individuals are moving toward maturation and actualization of their full potential. Humans have universal self-care requisites, and nurses need to be tireless advocates for patients’ pursuit of these universal needs within a caring and nonjudgmental environment.

Nursing is a scientific discipline with a distinct body of knowledge. Nursing practice is grounded in nursing science, natural sciences, social sciences, technology, and humanities. Nurses engage with clients in an active partnership and seek to understand the client’s lived experience of illness. Within this context, nurses provide holistic, evidence-based nursing care that respects and supports individual definitions of health. Nurses focus on quality healthcare and advocate for diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems. Nursing practice is grounded in these paradigmatic beliefs which provide the foundation for critical inquiry and knowledge development in nursing.

Every person who wishes to pursue a career in nursing should have the opportunity to do so. By advancing educational access for a diverse population of students, associate degree nursing education has contributed to a diverse nursing workforce to meet the healthcare needs of culturally and ethnically diverse populations. Likewise, every nurse should be encouraged to pursue, and have access to, seamless academic progression beyond the associate degree into baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. The Department of Nursing at New England Tech joins with other nursing organizations in Rhode Island and throughout the nation, to advance opportunities for academic progression within nursing. We stand ready to work together to ensure that nurses have the support they need to further their education.

Higher education for nursing practice is grounded in a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base. The educational program intends to address the needs of diverse learners by encouraging active participation in the learning process. Nursing education seeks to empower students as future nurses while instilling an enthusiasm for lifelong critical inquiry, learning, and professional growth.

The faculty is committed to creating supportive environments that foster adult learning. Students have multiple opportunities to develop the core competencies that characterize a well-educated nurse. Students work closely with professors who care about them and provide opportunities for student learning and development as confident lifelong learners. The faculty uses a variety of evidence-based teaching methods that address adult students’ learning needs. Learners assume responsibility for their learning and are active participants in the learning process.

Program Outcomes

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical nursing knowledge and related knowledge from the arts, sciences, and technology essential for professional practice.
  2. Participate in quality improvement processes to provide high-quality, safe nursing care in a variety of settings.
  3. Engage in a systematic process of critical inquiry to make evidence-based practice decisions that improve the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, and communities.
  4. Use information technology and patient data for ethical, clinical decision-making.
  5. Advocate for clients and support their right to safe, compassionate, ethical, and holistic nursing care.
  6. Communicate respectfully and work collaboratively with patients, intra-, and inter-professional teams to deliver safe, patient-centered care that improves health outcomes.
  7. Provide professional nursing care to individuals and populations that include health promotion and maintenance, illness care, end-of-life care, and rehabilitation.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to professionalism that embraces the core values of excellence, caring, ethical practice, civility, accountability, and life-long learning.
  9. Employ current theories and principles of leadership to create a caring healthcare environment, deliver quality care, and improve healthcare outcomes.

Courses Offered

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.