Ohio University

Online RN to BSN Degree

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.

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.

The program features flexible five-week-long nursing classes and general education requirements and eight start dates each year for timely degree completion.

The RN to BSN degree is an affordable program with convenient payment options to help ease the transition back to school. Explore how each state’s public in-state tuition compares to Ohio University.

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. 

Cost of Tuition 

Nursing courses and other required online courses for which students in the online RN to BSN program may exclusively enroll are offered at a tuition rate of:

  • $240* per credit hour for Ohio residents (rate is a combination of the instructional and the general fees)
  • $243* per credit hour for non-Ohio residents (rate is a combination of the instructional, the general and the nonresident fees)

*Tuition and fees subject to change by the Board of Trustees; additional fees may apply.

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. 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.

***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 the remainder of 2020 and for 2021 admission decisions.



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.

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. 

Thursday, October 8 at 12 p.m. ET


Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. ET


Tuesday, November 10 at 12 p.m. ET


Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. ET


RN to BSN Requirements for Admission to Online Program

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. 

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

We Appreciate Nurses!

During these challenging times, we know nurses are facing difficult situations and many are working harder than ever. As a gesture of our gratitude we are offering an RN to BSN application fee waiver for the Spring 1 start date. Learn more about how to access the code on our fee waiver information page.


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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