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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Welcome to Kent State University College of Nursing's Online RN to BSN degree program!

This program is designed for professionals like you, to help you improve and expand your knowledge and competencies.Kent State University offers one of the finest nursing programs in the United States. At the College of Nursing, expert faculty and administrators work with students to enhance professional education and success. In all programs, individual advising, program planning and guidance by experienced faculty and staff are key components to success.

The College of Nursing at Kent State University is pleased to offer registered nurses (RNs) a CCNE-accredited RN to BSN online program dedicated to the advancement of nursing and continued improvement in overall health care.

Developed specifically for RNs with a diploma or associate degree, the KSU online RN to BSN program allows RNs the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in an accelerated online format from one of the nation's largest regional universities. KSU's RN to BSN program is available in both part-time and full-time formats and can be completed in less than two years.

The robust curriculum develops highly sought-after nurse leaders who are equipped to influence the future of health care. We are proud to boast that KSU has educated many of the industry's recognized nurse leaders.

We encourage you to browse this site to learn more about how an RN to BSN degree from Kent State can help you expand on your skills and develop the leadership skills today's health care facilities demand.

"I cannot say enough positive comments about my experience with this program. The convenience and flexibility of this program has allowed me to pursue my goal of completing a BSN on top of maintaining my responsibilities to work and home life. The information presented in the courses is relevant. I feel the BSN program has helped me to transfer information learned in the classroom and adapt it to my everyday experiences when dealing with patients and families at my job. Overall, I would sum up my experience in the program as - Excellent!"
Jodi Travis, RN

Hybrid Programs are offered at the following regional campuses:

An In-Class Program is offered at the following regional campus:


RN to BSN Curriculum

Students must complete 122 total credit hours to earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Diploma RNs or Associate Degree Nurses will receive up to 33 transfer nursing credits. Students must fulfill 13 pre-requisite credits before they can begin the core nursing classes. To complete the program, students must also complete 30 LER credits, 16 Foundation credits and the 30 nursing credits.

Pre-requisite Courses

Course NameCredits
Biological Structure & Function*5
Fundamentals of Chemistry3
Basic Microbiology3


Liberal Education Requirements

Course NameCredits
College Writing I3
College Writing II3
General Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology*3
Humanities Electives**6
Fine Arts Elective**3/4
Math 11008 or Higher
Additional LER Courses**6

Foundation Coursework

Course NameCredits
Human Physiology4
Human Genetics3
Statistics Elective3
Upper Division PSYC / SOC / Nursing Elective3

RN to BSN Nursing Courses

Students must have a valid US nursing license (RN) prior to enrolling in the nursing courses.

Course CodeCourse NameCredits
NURS 40075Information & Patient Care Technology for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 40085Inquiry & Research for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 41000Nursing Concepts and Professional Nursing Role Development
NURS 42000Leadership/Management for the Professional Nurse
NURS 43000Health Promotion for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 44000Population-based Nursing for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 45000Health Maintenance and Restoration for Professional Nursing Practice
NURS 46000Health Care Policy
UD NSG / Healthcare ElectiveProfessional Literacy: Skills to Career Advancement (or approved course)
NURS 47000Capstone Clinical Course for Professional Nursing Practice

 * Not offered online. Must be completed traditionally.
** One course from the humanities or fine art electives must satisfy the global diversity requirement.