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The RN to BSN online curriculum builds on your previous nursing education. In order to complete their bachelor's degree in nursing, students are required to complete:

Many courses you need to earn your BSN will have been completed during your associate degree or diploma in nursing education and may be transferable to Ohio University to apply to the hours required to earn a bachelor of science in nursing.

After you are admitted to the RN to BSN Program and your transcripts are received by Ohio University, the information will be reviewed, after which you will receive communication directing you how to view your personal DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System), where you will be able to see exactly which requirements have been met and what courses you will need to take.

Total Credit Requirements

A total of 120 credits with a 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation. Many of these hours you may have already completed in your previous education, and they can be transferred to Ohio University; some will be earned while taking nursing courses and support courses. After you are admitted to the program, a review of your records of previous coursework will result in a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) report illustrating what is needed to complete your BSN.

Thirty credit hours of the 120 total must be completed with Ohio University, referred to as residency hours. Your nursing courses total 31 hours.

For further information about the RN to BSN program, visit Ohio University's RN to BSN catalog page. Visit Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

University-wide General Education Requirements

Some of the general education requirements will be met by courses listed below. You already may have met some of these requirements during your prior study.

To meet general education course requirements, you can choose the specific courses from an approved list in the Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog, but not all courses listed are available online. A limited number of courses that will allow you to meet general education requirements will be available online each semester.

  • Junior-Level Composition (an advanced 3000-level or higher writing course)
  • Applied Science and Mathematics*
  • Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities and Literature
  • Natural Sciences*
  • Social Sciences*

*Completing the support course requirements listed below for credit will meet these general education requirements.

If you need additional general education course credit, you may earn it in three ways:

  • complete a course at Ohio University through traditional face-to-face delivery at one of our campuses,
  • complete a course online from OHIO,
  • or complete a course at another college and transfer the credit to Ohio University.

Required Nursing Support Courses

Credit for some support courses may be transferred from previous education. Many support courses are available online from Ohio University. Course length varies from five weeks up to 14 weeks in length, depending on the course.

Required: These five courses are required.

BIOS 1300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
ENG 1510 Writing and Rhetoric I 3
NUTR 1000 Introduction to Nutrition 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3

Microbiology:Choose one of the following.

BIOS 2010 Elementary Microbiology 3
BIOS 2210 Microbes and Humans 3

Chemistry: Choose one of the following.

CHEM 1210 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1220 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1510 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1520 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1205 and CHEM 1205 L Survey of Chemistry for Health Sciences and Laboratory 5

Developmental Psychology: Choose one of the following.

EDEC 1600 Introduction to Child Development 3
PSY 2410 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3

Statistics: Choose one of the following.

MATH 2500 Introduction to Statistics 4
PSY 1110 Elementary Statistical Reasoning 3
PSY 2110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 4
QBA 2010 Introduction to Business Statistics 3

Required Nursing Major Courses

All nursing courses (NRSE) will be completed online from Ohio University for 31 credit hours total. All nursing courses are offered in five-week sessions.

NRSE 4510 Professional Nursing Practice 5 weeks 4
NRSE 4520 Health Assessment and Promotion 5 weeks 4
NRSE 4530 Family Nursing 5 weeks 3
NRSE 4540 Community Health Nursing 5 weeks 4
NRSE 4550 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 5 weeks 4
NRSE 4560 Gerontologic Nursing Care 5 weeks 3
NRSE 4570 Diversity 5 weeks 3
NRSE 4580 Leadership in Nursing 5 weeks 3
NRSE 4600 Nursing Excellence 5 weeks 3