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Online RN to BSN

Online RN to BSN Degree

Your First Nursing Course is Free!*

Ohio University’s online RN to BSN program is designed for registered nurses seeking to advance their careers through a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. With a bachelor’s degree increasingly becoming the standard for advancement in nursing, OHIO’s online degree supports the unique needs of experienced health care professionals.

RN to BSN graduates are prepared to be highly competent practitioners, medical leaders, and scholars who are grounded in a sense of inquiry and committed to human care within a climate of diversity. The fully online degree format allows for flexibility in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Nursing without disrupting a career.

A  Fall 2022 Application Fee Waiver is also available.


*Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 start dates only. Free first nursing course is applied as a scholarship valued at the cost of course tuition and fees.

Upcoming Live Webinar Info Sessions

Online RN to BSN Program Overview

Join us for live webinars that focus on OHIO's RN to BSN program, which is designed for registered nurses seeking to advance their careers through a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. 

Tuesday, July 5 at 12 p.m. ET

Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. ET


An Online Nursing Degree Designed to Fit Your Busy Life

Our innovative online RN to BSN degree fits seamlessly within the lives and busy schedules of working nurses. This accelerated BSN degree program provides students with the flexibility to review study materials and submit assignments online at any time from any location, catering to the need for a manageable balance between work, school, and life.

Program features:

  • Flexible, five-week-long nursing classes
  • Eight (8) start dates each year for timely degree completion.
  • Affordable and convenient payment options

OHIO's tuition and fees are significantly less among most comparable public institutions across the nation.

Learn what it's like to be in an online BSN degree program

View what career advancement looks like for an online RN to BSN program and learn how to achieve work-life balance. 

Curriculum of RN to BSN Program

The curriculum is composed of 120 credits, many of which may be transferred to Ohio University if completed at a previous institution of study.

  • Only 9 nursing courses equaling 31 credit hours required
  • No expiration dates or limit to amount of units that can be transferred into our program
  • Students can pursue our program at their own pace

Admitted students have the opportunity for a review of previous transcripts and coursework for applicable transferable credits; this generates an individualized report of remaining courses needed to complete the BSN degree. Thirty credit hours of the 120 total must be completed with Ohio University, referred to as residency hours, with nursing courses totaling 31 credits. Dive deeper into the RN to BSN online curriculum.

Academic Excellence with a History of Nursing Education

A leader in nursing education since 1974, Ohio University’s School of Nursing ranked eighth in the nation as a top affordable online RN to BSN program by Best Value Schools in 2018. RN to BSN students from all backgrounds and career stages benefit from a storied tradition of quality education taught by distinguished faculty members and supported by dedicated course facilitators.

Fully Accredited Online Degree Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (including both RN to BSN and traditional BSN tracks) at Ohio University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. http://www.ccneaccreditation.org

Ohio University is also accredited as a whole by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. This accreditation also covers all programs and units institution-wide. Learn more about Ohio University’s accreditation.

Online Student-Centered Services

Ohio University realizes the unique needs of nurses re-entering the education space, providing additional support for the transition back to being a student. This is of utmost importance to students navigating online learning for the first time.

School of Nursing faculty, academic advisors, and staff members are easily accessible to direct students to the resources and help they need for classwork and technical assistance. This fluid line of communication provides the individualized support needed to be successful in this program.

Through the RN to BSN Nursing Knowledge Center, students in the online RN to BSN program are also equipped with the resources and links they utilize most often, such as information on how to register, course offerings, and the My OHIO Portal.

RN to BSN Requirements for Admission to Online Program

***PLEASE NOTE: Ohio University will accept applications from those applying for admission to the RN to BSN program who hold an active unencumbered nursing license, including temporary licenses issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, for 2021 admission decisions.

Students applying to Ohio’s online RN to BSN program must possess the following criteria:

  • Associate degree or diploma in Nursing

  • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher

  • Resident with an active unencumbered RN license in Ohio, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C. -- this includes temporary licenses obtained in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Students can apply for the program as long as they can provide a date and location of NCLEX

Learn more about eligibility for admission into the online RN to BSN program. 

Did you previously attend Ohio University?

  • If you have previously attended Ohio University as an RN to BSN student, click here to find re-enrollment instructions and the University Registrar re-enrollment form.      
  • If you have previously attended Ohio University, but were not enrolled in the RN to BSN program, please complete both the University Registrar re-enrollment form and a School of Nursing Update of Program form. Send completed documents to the departments as noted on each form.

Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career Through the Online RN to BSN

Are you ready to advance your nursing career through Ohio University’s online RN to BSN degree program?

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