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College of Professional Studies

Photo of Students in the RN to BSN Nursing Program at DoaneRN to BSN - Program Overview

Why Choose Doane for your RN to BSN?

We offer a personalized educational journey for a licensed RN to earn a BSN.  We listen to you!  We value your professional experience.  We provide you opportunities for both professional development and personal discovery.  We are a caring partner on your personalized career path. We make earning your BSN enjoyable and rewarding!

Want to earn your BSN through a program that focuses on the knowledge, experience, and interests you bring to the learning process?  

Doane University offers a unique approach to earning your BSN.  At Doane, our CCNE accredited program offers you more than just merely a degree completion.  We have a unique dual focus that ensures both personal and professional development.  As a practicing RN, you will learn valuable transferable skills to advance your career with a focus on enriching opportunities for personal discovery and growth. 

Our guiding philosophy is to inform and inspire nurses in the art, culture and science of healthcare in order to save and improve lives.  When you earn a BSN at Doane, you will leave with skills for critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, team building, and leadership.

Join us to begin your journey today!

Admission Requirements

•   A copy of an unencumbered current Nebraska Registered Nursing license, a compact state registered nursing license, or a temporary permit issued by the Nebraska Health and Human Services Regulations Licensure Division

•   A completed Application for Admission form

•   An official transcript from the school of nursing and each college or university attended.

Doane University will evaluate all courses submitted by the transfer applicant and reserves the right to accept or deny any of the credits offered for transfer. Credit hours earned with grades of "C-" or better at an accredited institution of higher education prior to admission to Doane University may be transferred.

Mission of the RN to BSN Program

Our purpose is to help nurses develop into compassionate, self-motivated health care professionals who have the knowledge and skills to act as leaders in the health care industry.


Real Balance: Global Wellness Services

Become a certified health and wellness coach as part of your degree.

Doane University has partnered with Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc. to provide the best Wellness & Health Coach Certification training to its nursing students. Becoming a professional health and wellness coach will add value to the nursing profession, and have a positive impact on patients and their families by improving communication and patient outcomes. Coaches act as change agents, which is vital in our health care system today. Upon graduation from Doane, nursing students will be eligible to sit for the health and wellness certification exam offered through Real Balance.

An instructor within the College has been trained in Wellness Mapping 360 Methodology of wellness coaching (developed by Real Balance) and has become a Licensed Trainer with Real Balance. The Doane faculty are working with Real Balance to give Doane students the best and most current Health Coach education and the opportunity to become Certified Wellness & Health Coaches.

Real Balance is a distinguished leader in the field of Wellness & Health Coach Certification Training and offers a comprehensive methodology that provides a systematic framework for wellness and healthcare professionals, organizations and independent coaching practices. Our Wellness & Health Coach Certification’s proven structure effectively supports an individual’s movement toward successfully achieving positive lasting lifestyle behavioral change. Real Balance offers coaching training courses along the Professional Coach Path supported by the International Coaching Federation and Nurse Coach Credential. Training courses include entry-level core competencies, advanced coaching competencies, mentor coaching, group coaching, and distance learning. At the forefront of the wellness movement since inception and First in Health & Wellness Coach Training, Real Balance is committed to advancing the implementation of coaching services into healthcare and organizations worldwide.


Learning Environment

Our Grand Island, Lincoln and Omaha campuses are specifically designed to serve our adult nontraditional - undergraduate, graduate and non-degree-seeking students. 

We are proud to meet the needs and objectives of students who have to juggle a college education with responsibilities as career professionals and parents.

As a student here, you'll discover:

•   A rich selection of degree and course options, including some of the most relevant graduate programs in Nebraska.

•   Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience.

•   Small, conveniently scheduled classes and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs.

A friendly community where you can make lifelong connections with classmates from a wide variety of professional and personal backgrounds.

How Is Our Learning Environment Different?

Our core program classes are highly experiential and interactive.  These classes use small group discussion to promote a wide variety of perspectives that enhance self-reflection and growth.  We have found that one of the greatest tools for teaching and learning is each other.  Each of you brings a unique perspective with a wide range of experience.  Student interaction and discussion is the gateway to self-awareness and self-discovery.  Our instructors function more like a coach on a team and guide the discussions rather than “lecture”.   Students find this approach extremely beneficial and rewarding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a clinical component?

All accredited RN to BSN programs require a clinical experience. Unique to Doane, our clinical requirement allows you to design your own unique, personalized clinical learning experience.  We recognize the knowledge and interests you have developed during your career as an RN can be a driving force in your educational goals.  With the help of one of our nursing faculty members, you will map out your clinical experience in an area that is of interest and value to you.  You own the learning objectives based upon your desire to grow and meet your personalized goals. 

How much will it cost?

The College of Professional Studies at Doane University offers a private education at a competitive, affordable price. Please contact the admissions office to find out what the current cost is per credit hour and if you qualify for any scholarships or discounts.

How long will it take me to finish my degree?

You can complete your degree on your timeline.  You decide! Courses and credits you have completed prior to Doane enrollment may be transferred for credit hours you earned a grade of “C-“ or better.  Contact an Enrollment Specialist to get the transfer review process started at

Are there any emphasis areas in the program?

Doane has a partnership with Real Balance Global Wellness Services Inc.  Our faculty is trained to teach the wellness and health-coaching model, Wellness Mapping 360 methodology.  This course content enables our nursing students to be eligible to sit, upon graduation from our program, for the health and wellness certification exam to become certified as a wellness and health coach. 




View detailed course information
NRS 215 - Applied Statistics for Health Care (3)
NRS 220 - Cultural Aspects of Health and Illness (3)
NRS 305 - Personal Leadership Development I (1)
NRS 306 - Personal Leadership Development II (1)
NRS 307 - Personal Leadership Development III (1)
NRS 310 - Research in Nursing (3)
NRS 315 - Health Care Policy in the United States (3)
NRS 320 - Community Health (3)
NRS 325 - Nursing in a Global Community (3)
NRS 330 - Health Care Information Systems (3)
NRS 410 - Critical Issues in Professional Nursing (3)
NRS 416 - Leadership in Professional Practice (3)
NRS 420 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Practice (3)

Program Overview
Three-Year Graduation Program
Learning Environment
Research & Video Demonstrations
Student Organizations
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