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Bookmark and Share Lists FSU’s Online RN to BSN Program Among Top 50 Most Affordable Online Programs
12/16/2015 Lists FSU’s Online RN to BSN Program Among Top 50 Most Affordable Online Programs, an online nursing school search resource, recently ranked Frostburg State University number 35 of the 50 most affordable schools that offer accredited online RN to BSN programs in the United States for 2016.

The ranking includes only fully accredited schools that offer an online RN to BSN program. The 214 programs were compared based on tuition for students taking only the core nursing classes, tuition for those taking nursing classes and the general education requirements, and the net cost, or average cost of tuition and fees minus financial aid, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education. The three scores were then averaged.

“This ranking is intended to provide registered nurses with information about affordable schools that will meet their needs and help them fulfill their career aspirations,” said Tim Otto, editor at

Published tuition rates for each school were derived from the National Center for Education Statistics. For students who need just the core nursing classes, the most expensive school ranked is around $12,000 and the least expensive is below $4,000.

FSU offers an RN to BSN program that can be done part-time (6 credits per semester) or full-time (12 credits per semester). FSU has a rate for “regional residents” – students who live in neighboring states within 120 miles of Frostburg. FSU also invites students to “test drive” one of its online courses. FSU’s tuition is listed at $6,214 per year for anything above 12 credits. There are 32 core nursing credits.

FSU’s RN to BSN program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing proposed Essentials of Baccalaureate Nursing Education. Students will come to the program with the strong liberal arts background required by FSU’s General Education Program.

The RN to BSN program prepares nurses to assume roles in leadership, complex clinical care coordination and community/public health and serves as the academic foundation for graduate study. The program is open to all registered nurses who meet the admission criteria. Courses are delivered in a part-time plan of study in an entirely online format using synchronous online classrooms periodically throughout each semester to maximize student flexibility and maintain the student-faculty connection. is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for and succeed at the college of their choice.

For more information about the award and to view the ranking in its entirety, visit

For information about FSU’s online RN to BSN program, contact Heather Proud at 301-687-4141 or or visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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