Northwestern's online RN-to-BSN program ranked high by two websites

Nursing working with a patientNorthwestern College’s online RN-to-BSN program has recently received high rankings.

Northwestern’s program is ranked 25th in’s list of the Top 50 RN-to-BSN Programs. Only one other Iowa school is ranked, and Northwestern’s program is cited for having the best digital practicum. The ranking is based on flexibility, faculty, course strength, cost and reputation.

Northwestern’s RN-to-BSN program is also ranked as the third-best program in Iowa by The website notes that the degree can be completed in two years or less, practicum experiences are tailored to students’ schedules, and the curriculum is faith-based. bases its rankings on factors such as accreditation, graduation rate and affordability.

“We are excited to receive these strong external validations of our program,” says Dr. Karie Stamer, director of Northwestern’s online RN-to-BSN program. “They align with what our graduates say about how our program enhanced their nursing skills, prepared them for leadership positions, and strengthened their faith. We strive to meet working nurses where they’re at in their educational journeys and walk alongside them throughout the process. We focus on specific assignments within the areas students want to learn more about, and we help them develop a deeper understanding of holistic care.”

Northwestern’s online RN-to-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Northwestern is also an approved institution by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, enabling the college to offer online courses and programs to students residing in other participating states.

More information on Northwestern’s online RN-to-BSN program can be found at