Online/Distance-Accessible Learning

Distance Learning

Undergraduate RN to BSN Degree Completion

The RN to BSN degree completion option is the only completely online undergraduate option offered by the School of Nursing. This unique option allows you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 12–24 months of study depending on whether you enroll in the full-time or part-time plan of study. You will study with peers from any of the other nine Indiana University campuses, earning your degree from your home campus. Learn more about the RN to BSN degree completion option.

Distance Accessible

Of nine tracks in the MSN program, five are distance accessible, including nursing education, nursing leadership in health systems, adult–gerontology clinical nurse specialist, pediatric clinical nurse specialist, and psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner. Read more about each of the MSN tracks. The Teaching in Nursing Certificate is a 17 credit-hour graduate certificate offered via distance technologies. These MSN tracks and graduate certificate use asynchronous technologies within Canvas, the IU learning management system, as well as synchronous video-conferencing. Courses in the MSN tracks may have some required campus visits and require that all clinical hours be completed in Indiana.

Both the executive leadership roles Doctor of Nursing Practice and the PhD in Nursing Science are distance-accessible programs. Each may be completed online with minimal face-to-face requirements.


The remaining MSN tracks have a mix of web-based, video-conference, face-to-face, asynchronous, and synchronous requirements.

In addition to the programs and the certificate mentioned here, most courses at the School of Nursing have online syllabi, schedules, and policies posted in Canvas. Many courses also have activities to be completed online in addition to face-to-face activities.