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This 100% online degree track is for licensed Registered Nurses with no restrictions. You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in as little at 9-12 months.

Each student will be evaluated individually by a nursing advisor to determine your custom plan of study. 

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Are you looking for a start-to-finish undergraduate nursing program? Check out our dual enrollment Nursing BSN track.



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Take your RN license or diploma to the next level and advance your career with this fully online RN-to-BSN degree. Ouachita’s nursing program, based on Christian values and beliefs, enhances the foundation of nursing standards and ethics of students from all backgrounds. Our expert faculty members seek to inspire you to become leaders who provide holistic care and service across the lifespan of your patients to improve health outcomes. With entry points to the program five times a year and completion possible in 9-12 months, you can quickly expand your career options in hospitals, healthcare centers and community settings.

Are you looking for a start-to-finish undergraduate nursing program? Check out our dual enrollment Nursing BSN track.

This nursing education program is a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000,

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The online RN-to-BSN completion program is an unparalleled program that allows the student to gain an affordable, flexible and exceptional nursing education. Ouachita supports students from all walks of life: traditional students seeking a first degree and non-traditional students seeking to improve their current status in the workplace. Whichever route the student chooses, Ouachita offers a nursing education that connects the love of God with fundamental nursing knowledge.

 Dr. Brenda Trigg
 Ouachita Director of Nursing  


Ouachita’s Patterson School of Natural Sciences has an outstanding history of preparing students for a variety of healthcare professions. This program brings that same rigor to an online setting, giving you direct access to highly qualified faculty members as well as the valuable experience of other classmates in your cohort. You also may gain access to organizations such as the Student Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. 


So you’re ready for the next step in your career? If you are a licensed Registered Nurse with no restrictions, this program can help you achieve the promotion or increase in pay you seek! With courses delivered fully online, this program is designed with the working nurse in mind. Complete coursework around your existing work and family schedules. Short, 8-week terms allow for entry into the program at 5 times of year, so you can jump in whenever you are ready. 


Ouachita’s nursing program prioritizes leadership training, taught not only from the highest ethical standards, but also using a uniquely Christian lens. If you see your career as a calling and have a heart for living out a Christian mission through service, this program is a great fit for you. You can even take part in medical mission trips with your professors and fellow students to put your faith – and skills – to work for people in need.



You must be a Registered Nurse (RN) with an unrestrictive license.

Each applicant for this program will be evaluated individually by a nursing advisor to determine your custom plan of study based on your previously completed courses. 

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The Patterson School of Natural Sciences nurtures critical and creative thinking, an appreciation of the beauty and complexity of natural systems, the development of ethical codes, the ability to communicate effectively, and an understanding of the importance of service and leadership.


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