Kathy Schmitz

 "At 56 years old I decided it was time to get my BSN. A friend introduced me to UIU and the RN to BSN completion program. I was hesitant; it's been a long time since I have been in school.  I am now fully engaged in the nursing program. It is hard for me to explain the impact returning to school has made on me. I actually look at the nursing profession in a whole new light, the difference in having a ADN and working towards my BSN makes me feel "more professional". I would highly recommend UIU-Mesa and the instructors. I have felt supported through the entire process. I can't wait to be able to write BSN behind my name." 
Kathy Schmitz 
UIU Alumna


UIU Mesa Nursing Job Growth for Nurses GraphMore and more health care organizations are requiring a bachelor's degree in nursing for advancement...even for new hires. Upper Iowa University can help you get your BSN and prepare you for the future you deserve. Graduates of the RN-BSN program are equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to assume leadership positions. Many also continue into graduate school.

The UIU RN-BSN program can be taken completely online or in a hybrid format that combines traditional classes with online learning. All classes are held in eight-week sessions.

The program is taught by highly qualified faculty with current practice experience. UIU offers faculty guided clinical experience through which students complete practice learning experiences that are embedded assignments or projects in the clinical course. The experiences draw from current work experience or the theoretical content of the course.

The UIU RN-BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Are you eligible? To be accepted into the RN-BSN program, students must meet admission criteria:

  • RN license
  • CPR certification
  • Satisfactory health and immunization status
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Satisfactory background check

Been to college before? UIU can transfer up to 78 lower division college credits and up to 12 additional credits from upper level courses at a four-year university.

MaricopaNursing and Upper Iowa University have developed a concurrent enrollment program that allows a limited number of qualifying students to enroll in both programs, taking classes at the same time and earning an associate in applied science (AAS) in nursing, followed by obtaining the BSN within a semester of AAS completion. Classes are taught in a hybrid format (face-to-face and online). To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted into the MaricopaNursing queue and must have completed all prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for both programs. For details, contact Patricia Klein kleinp50@uiu.edu) at the UIU-Mesa Center 480-461-6791.  Maricopa Nursing: email: nursing@domail.maricopa.edu; phone: 480-731-8264

Ready to apply? You can find out more and apply online now!

"The UIU-Mesa Center is exactly what I was looking for... flexible schedule, state-of-the-art technology, instructors who have worked in the field, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and convenience. It is the place I want to be to obtain my undergraduate degree from a great university."

Rhonda Williamson 
UIU Alumna
RN-BSN (nursing)

Upper Iowa University - Mesa
1601 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ