VBSN: Supporting Veterans Pursuing an RN to BS in Nursing


Excelsior College is honored to offer an online RN to BS in Nursing degree program that provides unique academic and support services to veterans and those in the National Guard and Reserves. These students receive individualized guidance from both an advisor and faculty mentor. The mentor is available to provide support to students who may have experienced the challenges of deployment or those transitioning from the military health care culture to civilian nursing. Resources such as the online writing lab (OWL), online tutoring, and video tutorials are also available.

Excelsior, designated as a military-friendly college, strives to enrich the perspective of all nursing students by offering the elective nursing course NUR 340: Caring for Our Nation's Heroes and Their Families. This course focuses on the health care issues unique to the military and veteran population. Also unique to Excelsior, the RN to BS in Nursing program's coursework has been enhanced to provide veteran students with an opportunity to apply their military experience to civilian nursing.

Dedicated Veterans support services:

  • A dedicated nurse faculty mentor will support you academically and professionally.
  • One-on-one support from an academic advisor specializing in veterans services.
  • Career counseling and resources to assist with your job search and other career development needs.
  • Counsel from our Center for Military and Veteran Education to help you maximize your military and VA tuition assistance benefits.
  • The many resources offered by the Lt Col Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center.


Advantages of Excelsior's RN to BS program.

Review Excelsior's RN to BS degree requirements.

  1. Promote holistic patient-centered care and population health supporting values, culture, right to self-fulfillment, and quality care outcomes.
  2. Integrate evidence, nursing theory, and knowledge from other disciplines to guide nursing practice.
  3. Formulate decisions based on nursing judgment and collaboration with the interprofessional team to achieve quality patient outcomes.
  4. Incorporate professional core values, guidelines, standards of practice, and lifelong learning as a basis for professional nursing practice,
  5. Apply principles of leadership to advocate for the unique role of the nursing profession within the health care system.
  6. Engage in the spirit of inquiry to purpose solutions that support nursing excellence.

All Excelsior College nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Minimum of 121 credits: 61 in arts and sciences, 60 in nursing component.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UF1HP26978 Mission Transition: Advancing Veterans Along a Career Path in Nursing for $1,019,181. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

For More Info

Contact the Center for Military and Veterans Education Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm ET.

Not enrolled:

888-647-2388 ext. 1352
518-464-8500 ext. 1352

Enrolled students:

888-647-2388 ext. 1351
518-464-8500 ext. 1351




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