RN to BSN Admissions

The RN to BSN option requires a total of 120 semester hours for graduation. Up to 90 hours can be earned through previous coursework taken at accredited institutions of higher education, and/or associate or diploma nursing programs.

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be completed at The Ohio State University in order to receive a degree. Credits from a previous degree at Ohio State do not count towards the 30 credits required for the BSN.



Applications for the RN to BSN program are individually reviewed and the following minimum requirements must be met to be eligible to enter the nursing major:

An associate degree in nursing or nursing diploma

Your associate degree or diploma must be completed from an ACEN or CNEA accredited institution

Completed all prerequisite coursework

Completion of required prerequisites with a grade of C- or better prior to enrollment in the program. For students taking courses in Spring 2020, please visit our pass/no pass policy page for more information on requirements. 

Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at the undergraduate level and are calculated by Ohio State's Graduate and Professional Admissions office.
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 will also be reviewed on a case-by-case basis
  • Applicants who are current or former Ohio State students must have an Ohio State GPA of 2.0 of greater
Reside in an authorized state

A professional license is required to practice in the field of this academic program, or to advance or specialize in that field. This program meets licensure requirements in the State of Ohio and is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

If you are planning to seek a professional license in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek information and guidance before beginning the program. In addition, online program availability may vary by state. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs and state licensing board contact information, please visit online.osu.edu/state-authorization/disclosures.

Active and unrestricted RN license by enrollment in NRSADVN 4240

You must be in possession of an active, unrestricted RN license by the start of NRSADVN 4240 Community Health Nursing.

Applicants who are RNs and have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply to the Traditional Master's program. Email nursing@osu.edu to learn more.



Prerequisite courses can be taken at any accredited college or university and do not have an expiration date. The prerequisite courses must be completed with a C- or better prior to enrollment in the RN to BSN program. For students taking courses in Spring 2020, please visit our pass/no pass policy page for more information on requirements. 

Department Course Credit hours
Chemistry 1110 Elementary Chemistry 3-5
English 1110 First-Year English Composition* 3
Biology 1101 Introductory Biology or
1113 Biological Sciences**
Anatomy 2300 Basic Human Anatomy** 3
Microbiology 4000 Basic and Practical Microbiology* 3-4
    15-19 Total

Chemistry and Microbiology courses must include a lab component.

* 2-3 credit hours of general or special transfer credit in this area may be used if approved.
** A combination of 6 hours of biology, anatomy or physiology will be accepted for biology and anatomy prerequisite.

You are responsible for verifying that all the prerequisite courses taken (or planned) meet the College of Nursing’s requirements. Prerequisite courses taken at other institutions must be direct equivalents to the courses at Ohio State to meet the requirements. To determine the suitability of credit completed at another institution, you can refer to Transferology, a web resource containing transfer information for courses offered at colleges or universities in the state of Ohio. You can also review the transfer credit charts created by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. If you are unable to locate your courses through these two resources, please email the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at gpadmissions@osu.edu to request assistance with evaluating your courses. 

Prerequisite courses that are not able to be identified for equivalency at Ohio State by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will need to be evaluated by the transfer credit evaluators in the individual departments in which the course is taught. Students will be required to provide syllabi to the individual department transfer credit evaluators for this determination.


Transfer Credit

Students entering Ohio State with transfer credit deemed General or Special credit may be required to have courses evaluated by the appropriate Ohio State department. This evaluation may require the student to produce a syllabus from the term and year each course was completed in order to be evaluated. To determine the suitability of credit completed at another institution, you can refer to Transferology, a web resource containing transfer information for courses offered at colleges or universities. To learn more about how to resolve transfer credit, please visit our webpage.


International Students

International students must meet the criteria outlined below in addition to the minimum requirements listed above.

Minimum Requirements
  • Transcripts from all accredited foreign schools attended.
  • Active unencumbered RN license to practice in the United States or a Credentials Evaluation Service Report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools. 
  • Test of English Proficiency:
    • Details regarding what English Proficiency tests are acceptable, the scores required, and how to submit scores may be found on the website of Ohio State's Graduate and Professional Admissions office. 


Application Process

To apply for the RN to BSN program, you must complete the items below. In order to be considered for admission, Ohio State must receive all application materials by the listed deadlines.

1. Submit the online application.

You must submit your application through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions by the posted deadline. A $60 application fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

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2. Submit your resume.

Your resume should include examples of leadership, committee work and certifications received. You must submit your resume at the same time as your application.

3. Submit your personal statement.

The personal statement should be a one-page, single-spaced (12-point font, 1-inch margins) document written in a narrative format. Here are some recommended topics to consider when composing your statement:

  • Current and future educational and/or career goals
  • Academic record and its reflection on your academic potential (GPA, course grades, etc.)
  • Any formal leadership experiences (charge nurse, department store manager, etc.)
  • Awards or certifications you have received (work-related, educational, nursing or non-nursing certifications, awards from volunteering, etc.)
  • Community service or volunteer activities

Your personal statement should be submitted at the same time as your application.

4. Submit your official transcripts.

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web-based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent directly from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office website. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 614-292-9444 or to gpadmissions@osu.edu.

Transcripts must be postmarked no later than the following dates for each term of admission:

  • July 15 for Autumn admission
  • November 15 for Spring admission
  • April 1 for Summer admission
5. Complete your prerequisite courses.
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed by the term you wish to enroll in the RN to BSN program.
  • If you are taking prerequisite courses prior to admission, you must also submit updated transcripts prior to enrollment in the RN to BSN program to demonstrate successful completion of the courses.
  • For students taking courses in Spring 2020, please visit our pass/no pass policy page for more information on requirements. 

You can review the status of your application anytime at appstatus.osu.edu. If you have any questions about the RN to BSN program or the application process, please email nursing@osu.edu


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the listed deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

Application decisions are made on a rolling basis. Most applicants will receive a decision on their application within one month of submitting a complete application. You can view an overview of the admissions timeline here.

Once admitted, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. Newly admitted students to Ohio State are required to pay a $100 acceptance fee. This acceptance fee is not required for current Ohio State students.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at nursing@osu.edu. For assistance with your application, you may RSVP to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions.

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices.

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2021
Opens: July 1
Deadline: October 30

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Summer 2021
Opens: January 16
Deadline: March 31

Autumn 2021
Opens: April 1
Deadline: June 30



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Judy Earman
Judy Earman, recent graduate

“The online RN to BSN program provides me with the invaluable support and encouragement of renowned faculty, even in an online setting. I’ve learned the importance of evidence-based practice and leadership, giving me the essential tools to provide better quality healthcare to my patients.”