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 or diploma from an ACEN or CNEA accredited institution (applicants who are RNs and have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be eligible to apply to the Traditional Master's program. Email nursing@osu.edu to learn more).
  • Completion of required prerequisites with a grade of C- or better prior to enrollment in the program.
  • A one-page personal statement detailing your educational and career goals, your academic potential, leadership experience, as well as awards or community service activities in which you participate. 
  • A cumulative GPA on all college-level work of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. 
    • 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 or greater.  
  • Unrestricted and current RN licensure by the start of NRSADVN 4240 Community Health Nursing.

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.

State Authorization

A professional license or certification may be 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 or certification 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.



Prerequisites are courses that are required prior to admission to the RN to BSN option. 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.

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.

*General or special transfer credit in Chemistry may be used if approved.
** 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.

Prerequisite courses that are not able to be identified for equivalency at The Ohio State University by 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.


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, which include evidence of academic proficiency.
  • Evidence that a diploma was received from an accredited foreign nursing school. Transcripts with date of completion will be used as documentation.
  • A Credentials Evaluation Service report from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.
  • A minimum of two years full-time nursing work experience in the United States, preferably in a hospital setting.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
    • A strong knowledge of English is essential for successful study at Ohio State, including the ability to understand and express thoughts quickly and clearly. The university does not conditionally admit applicants who have not met the English language proficiency requirement. Please arrange early in the application process to have an official test score report sent directly to Ohio State by the testing agency.
  • English language proficiency can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following: an official score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Must be sent electronically from the testing agency.
    • an official score of at least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL
    • an official score of at least 79 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (contact the American Language Program)
    • an official SAT Critical Reading and Verbal score of at least 500
    • an official ACT English score of at least 21
    • an official band score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Note: Score results must be from a test taken within the last two years.

Applicants who are citizens of or who have received a bachelor’s degree from one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States, and Wales. 

Ohio State has an intensive English program for students who wish to improve their language skills called the American Language Program. A separate application is required for this program.

*Students should contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at 614-292-9444 to determine whether nursing courses taken in the country of origin will be accepted at Ohio State.


Application Process

RN to BSN option applications are available electronically here. For students that have their prerequisites done or in progress at the time of the application, only the program is required. If students wish to begin coursework at Ohio State prior to starting the RN to BSN option they will also need to apply to the university. For more information on this application process email nursing@osu.edu. In addition to an application, students must submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • A resume submitted at time of application. The resume should include leadership, committee work and certifications received.
  • A one-page, single-spaced (12 point font, 1-inch margins) personal statement, 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 
  • Transcripts from all previous institutions sent to Graduate and Professional Admissions and postmarked no later than July 15 for Autumn admission, November 15 for Spring admission and April 1 for Summer admission.
  • Students taking prerequisite courses prior to admission must also submit updated transcripts at the end of each semester to keep their applications current.

For questions regarding admission to the RN to BSN option or plans to complete additional coursework at Ohio State prior to enrollment in the option, please contact the Admissions Coordinator for the RN to BSN option at 614-292-4041 or by email at nursing@osu.edu. For further information about applying to Ohio State, visit the Professional Admissions website.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2020
July 1 - October 30

Summer 2020
January 16 - March 31

Autumn 2020
April 1 - June 30

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