A Message from Bellarmine's Online RN-BSN Program Chair



Welcome to Bellarmine and the Lansing School of Nursing & Clinical Sciences!

If you are already working as an RN, you may be asking yourself if earning a BSN is worth the time and money. The answer is YES— for many reasons! Education is critical in building the required key competencies to become a nursing leader, advanced nurse practitioner, or nurse educator. And Bellarmine’s 100% online RN-BSN program may be perfect for you. Here’s why.


Our program is designed for working professionals.

We’ve designed Bellarmine’s online RN-BSN program to help advance your professional career. Our 33-credit, 15-month online program allows you to continue working while you attend school—with no required on-campus obligations and no acute-care clinical requirements. And you can immediately apply what you learn from classwork and projects in your workplace. Our small class sizes and expert faculty will support your learning needs, with the same academic services provided to all students.


Our program is affordable.

Our RN-BSN tuition is less than the traditional BSN degree and includes all books. And there are no course fees!


We will help you prepare for graduate school.

Are you interested in becoming a nurse leader or advance practice registered nurse (APRN), such as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or clinical nurse specialist? Earning a graduate degree positions you for significant increases in salary and employment opportunities and often allows for more flexible work schedules. Most graduate programs require applicants to have earned a BSN. Our 15-month online curriculum will provide you with the knowledge and skills to take the next step of your professional career.


Why earn your BSN at Bellarmine University?

Bellarmine enjoys an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community because of our amazing graduates and their successful professional accomplishments. We currently have alumni employed in leadership and advance practice clinical roles including Chief Nursing Officers, Directors, Charge Nurses, Hospital Educators, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists, School Nurses and Faculty. And we are equally committed to your success.


Interested in applying?

As the current BSN chair and a former nurse leader in an acute-care hospital, I’m always interested in speaking with RNs who are considering returning to school to earn their BSN. Classes begin in August, October, January, March, May and July. To learn more about our online program, please email me at or visit our department website:

Leslie Leffler, BSN Chair

Tags: Nursing , RN to BSN



Located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.