Online RN-BSN

Online RN-BSN Program

Online RN-BSN

Finlandia’s Online RN-BSN program is designed to fit the busy life of a nurse. With eight-week classes, multiple start dates and a $15,000 guarantee, you can’t afford not to start your online BSN today.

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We know how busy nurses are, which is why we’ve designed our program with working nurses in mind. Eight week classes, multiple start dates, one-on-one faculty assistance and an individualized program plan are all ways we help make your online BSN education experience as easy to navigate as possible.

By working at your own pace, the BSN degree can be completed in as few as five semesters.



Ranked as one of the 30 most affordable online RN to BSN programs in the nation, Finlandia’s $15,000 Promise ensures everyone has the chance to pursue their dream.

All students (starting in Fall 2016) will pay exactly $15,000 for the RN-BSN. That’s the price for students who need 30 credits, or those who need 48 credits.

Students will pay $500 per credit hour. Once a student has paid a total of $15,000, they will pay no more money.

Note: This does not cover credits earned through other institutions, study abroad programs, or credits not required by the RN-BSN program.

RN-BSN Student Handbook 2018

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The proof is in the statistics, nurses with their BSN have improved patient outcomes in acute care settings. These reports come out on a regular basis, but this article from the National Institute of Health is especially interesting.


“Chief Nurse Officers (CNO) in university hospitals prefer to hire nurses who have baccalaureate degrees, and nurse administrators recognize distinct differences in competencies based on education.” – AACN website.

The evidence continues to pile up, as mentioned in this October 2014 article by the AACN, “Based on completed responses from 461 schools of nursing, 45.1% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 1.4 percentage points since 2013), while 79.6% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.” Read the full article on the AACN website.

Advantages of BSN are plentiful

Having your BSN will open more doors, allow you to make more money, enrich your experience, allow you to provide better care, and much more than that. Aren’t sure if it’s for you? The good folks at Nurse Journal know the cause is worthwhile, which is why they published an article on the best nine advantages to having your BSN.

Top 9 Advantages of a BSN



Includes all of a student’s tuition and fees

For busy nurses looking to advance their career, budgeting for an RN-BSN program should be the last of your worries. At Finlandia University we’re making that part easier with our $15,000 Price Guarantee.

The $15,000 price tag includes all of a student’s tuition and fees, whether that is as low as 30 or as many as 54 credits. It’s a price guaranteed for all students who enter the program starting September 2016. The pricing is relevant only to the university’s online RN-BSN program and is limited only to courses needed for these students. More information on the program is below.


  • When a student’s total bill for the RN-BSN program reaches $15,000 they will receive no additional bills.
  • Courses are billed at $500/credit hour.
  • Students will be billed all normal fees each semester.
  • Students will have five years (or 15 semesters – counting summer courses as one semester) to complete the program.
  • All normal admissions rules and regulations for Finlandia University and its nursing program persist with the RN-BSN program and its $15,000 Price Guarantee.
  • Students lose their $15,000 Price Guarantee by holding a GPA of less than 2.5.
  • Students will only be able to take the courses laid out as needed for the degree as part of the $15,000 Price Guarantee.
  • Any interest in earning a minor or taking other courses will not be included in the $15,000 Price Guarantee.
  • Students will not be eligible for any institutional scholarships.
  • Students will be eligible for financial aid, as usual, to allow for loans and external scholarships.



"I had an excellent experience at Finlandia. I had many courses that transferred from previous institutions, but the courses I did take at Finlandia were well taught, and required a reasonable amount of work to complete. I never once felt like the courses were too easy or too hard, but that they required quite a bit of homework that could be applied to real life scenarios. This made the homework something that (weirdly) I actually enjoyed."

Katie LaCosse, 2018 RN-BSN Graduate

"Getting my BSN has always been a goal. I’ve had setbacks along the way, but the online program is perfect because then I can work and be with my kids and still obtain my goal. Everyone at Finlandia was so helpful to get me started and made it a smooth transition from applying to transferring credits. They’ve been supportive every step of the way."

Chris Plourde, Current RN-BSN Student

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Chris Plourde

Student Spotlight: Chris Plourde

July 25, 2018

For Chris Plourde, a nursing supervisor at Norlite Nursing Center and Rehab, the opportunity to pursue her online bachelor’s of science in nursing was a long time coming. This summer, Plourde enrolled in Finlandia University’s online RN-BSN program.

RN-BSN program at FinnU now offers eight week classes

May 16, 2018

Finlandia University is now offering eight-week classes and twice as many start dates each year for its online RN-BSN program. Read more here.

Lori Sullivan

RN-BSN program at Finlandia under new leadership

Feb. 9, 2018

Finlandia University’s online RN-BSN program is now under new leadership as long-time nursing faculty member Lori Sullivan, DNP, MSN, RN, has been named director of the program. In her new role, Sullivan will continue the nursing program’s mission to prepare professional nurses dedicated to academic excellence, spiritual awareness and the practice of nursing. Read more here.

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The Michigan State Board of Nursing of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Board of Nursing, 611 W. Ottawa Street, P.O. 30670, Lansing, Mich. 48909, (517) 373-7484, approves the Finlandia University Nursing program. The baccalaureate Nursing program at Finlandia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Initial Approval Received from the MI Board of Nursing: January 10, 2003. Program Accreditation Received from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): April 21, 2007; Renewed October 10, 2011; Next renewal date is October 2021.

Progress Sheet 2018-19

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Staff and Faculty

Ryan Bessolo

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Cindy Blake

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Mark Miron

Associate Professor, Nursing

Paula Roth

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Irina Sergeyeva

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Lori Sullivan

Assistant Chair, Nursing
Associate Professor, Nursing
RN-BSN Program Director

Johnna Therrian

Nursing Department Chair
Associate Professor, Nursing

Jan Woodbeck

Administrative Assistant, Nursing