Jun 16, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 [Archived Catalog]

Baccalaureate Nursing, R.N.-to-B.S.N. Major (B.S.N.)

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Major code BS1203

College of Health Sciences and Professions  
School of Nursing  
Grover Center E317
Phone: 740.593.4494
Phone: 800.560.0144
Fax: 740.593.0286


Program Overview

This major code is for currently licensed registered nurses (RN) seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

All RN to BSN NRSE courses are delivered online. The Ohio University RN to BSN program builds on the experience and competencies of the registered nurse (RN) and provides additional coursework to enhance skills in the areas of clinical reasoning, leadership, management, and evidence-based practice. The RN to BSN program prepares students in the science and principles of nursing to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare systems. The RN to BSN curriculum includes courses in the sciences, humanities, and human behavior in addition to the core nursing courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate clinical reasoning skills using the nursing process that results in the application of theory to safe professional nursing practice.
  • Students will be able to employ effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, members of the community, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Students will be able to execute evidence-based practice principles within the BSN scope of practice to ensure quality of care to culturally diverse individuals and populations.

Admissions Information

  • Residents with an active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in one of the Ohio University RN to BSN authorized states. For a list of current states, please visit www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/rn-bsn/eligibility
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a state board of nursing approved program
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher

Applicants must be a graduate of an approved program (or its equivalent) that prepares individuals to sit for the registered National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and be a resident of one of the Ohio University authorized states. Check the Undergraduate Admissions website or call the School of Nursing for a list of currently approved states.

External Transfer Admission

The majority of students in this program are considered transfer students in that they completed the basic registered nurse preparation and possibly general education courses at another institution. All work completed previously at an institution other than Ohio University will be evaluated according to the academic requirements of the RN to BSN major and Ohio University transfer credit policy. All transfer students who have never attended Ohio University must complete an application for to become and Ohio student.

Students who previously attended Ohio University do not need to apply for admission. Previous OHIO students must submit a re-enrollment form to the Ohio University Office of the Registrar and complete an Update of Program form with the School of Nursing. Call the School of Nursing or visit www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/knowledge-center/rn-bsn.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Following graduation, registered nurses with the BSN degree are able to pursue nursing leadership positions within health care agencies and are prepared to enter master’s or doctoral programs in nursing that would lead to advanced roles. 


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

Ohio University requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for the conferral of a bachelor’s degree. This program can be completed within that 120-hour requirement. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other universitywide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – Universitywide  page.

RN to BSN (BS1203) Prerequisites

English Composition

Complete (or have transfer credit) prior to enrolling in any NRSE RN to BSN courses:

Non-NRSE Required Support Courses

Biological Sciences

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following:

Child Development/Psychology

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:

Elementary Statistics

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:


Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:

Lower Division Nursing

Complete (or have transfer credit for) a minimum of 27 semester credits in lower division nursing from a prelicensure program.

Upper Division Nursing Requirements

Complete the following courses:

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