RN to BSN Curriculum

Required Coursework

Required nursing core courses and general education requirements.

Students admitted to the option must complete a series of core nursing courses. All courses have a didactic component that can be accessed online through Carmen, the university’s course management system. In addition, students must take a minimum of one professional elective (three credit hours) to complete the nursing requirements along with any general education credits needed. This course can be taken any time prior to graduation.

General Education courses (GE)

General education courses are required for every undergraduate student at Ohio State. This assures a broad acquaintance with the basic areas of academic study. The College of Nursing's curriculum requires specific courses to meet this requirement.

RN to BSN Curriculum

Required Coursework Credit Hours
Quantitative & Writing Skills  
English 1110* 3
Second writing course from approved list 3
Math 1116 or higher 3
Data analysis course (Statistics 1350 or 1450) 3
Natural Sciences  
Biology 1101 or 1113*# 3-4
Chemistry 1110* 3-5
Anatomy 2300*# 3
Microbiology 4000* 3-4
Social Sciences  
Psychology 1100 3
Sociology 1101 (Prerequisite to NRSADVN 4240) 3
Arts and Humanities  
Visual and Performing Arts 3
Literature 3
Historical Study 3
Culture and Ideas or an additional Historical Study 3
Open Option (General Education Course)+  
NURSING COURSES  
Nursing support courses  
Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310 3
Nursing transfer/Exam credit - a minimum of 35 semester hours needed 35+
RN to BSN Nursing requirements  
2440  Foundations & Contemporary Issues for RNs
4520  Health Care Informatics
4600  Interprofessional Concepts
4780  Evidence-based Practice: Transforming Healthcare
3430  Cultural Competence in Healthcare: US and Global Contexts
4240  Concepts in Community Health Nursing**
4402  Evolving Concepts in Nursing Leadership & Management**
21
Professional elective 3
Elective coursework  
Choice of any elective course Varies
Minimum total credit hours for graduation
A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be from Ohio State for the RN-BSN program. 21 Credit Hours come from required nursing courses, 3 Credit Hours from professional elective, and 6 Credit Hours from either prerequisites or general education credits.
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* This course is a prerequisite. Completion of required prerequisites with a grade of C- or better required. Prerequisites must be complete by the end of the semester prior to admission.
** Unrestricted current RN License required.

#  Any course combination of biology, anatomy and physiology will be accepted for the 6 hours of biology and anatomy requirement.
+ Required courses from approved College of Nursing 
General Education Curriculum (GE) list. These may be completed prior to admission to the RN to BSN option.
*** If the student is using the Fresh Start option, the 30 required credit hours must begin after Fresh Start has been implemented.

 

Sample Plan of Study

These sample plans of study are only the classes in the Nursing Advancement (core) coursework. Your plan of study will be built to meet your individual needs as a student, which could increase the length of the program. All courses in the Required Coursework must be complete, including General Education classes and 30 college-level credit hours at Ohio State, before graduation.

Part Time Option (15 months to complete)
Semester 1 

NRSADVN 2440 Foundations and Contemporary Issues for Registered Nurses (3)
This course provides the framework for exploration of professional issues in contemporary nursing and health care for nurses pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

 

Semester 2 

NRSADVN 4780 Evidence Based Practice: Transforming Healthcare (3)
Study of concepts, application and implementation of evidence-based nursing for transforming quality health care.

NRSADVN 4600 Interprofessional Concepts (2)
Examination of principles, competencies, and practices that support interprofessional collaboration, a culture of safety, and improve patient outcomes.

NRSADVN 4520 Health Care Informatics (2)
Examination of informatics in health care emphasizing clinical information systems and the use of the information technology (IT) applications to support nursing practice. (7 weeks)

 

Semester 3 

NRSADVN 4240 Concepts in Community Health Nursing (4)
Study of community health nursing theory and principles applied to the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
Prerequisite: NA 2440, NA 4780, Sociology 1101, RN License verification

NRSADVN 3430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts (2)
Introduction to concepts and techniques for the provision of culturally competent care within the U.S. and across global contexts. (7 weeks)

 

Semester 4 

NRSADVN 4402 Evolving Concepts in Leadership and Management (5)
Exploration and application of leadership and management concepts as applied to nursing practice and the health care environment.
Prerequisite: NA 2440, NA 4240, NA 4780, RN License verification

Nursing Professional Elective (3)

Full Time Option (12 months to complete)
Semester 1

NRSADVN 2440 Foundations and Contemporary Issues for Registered Nurses (3)
This course provides the framework for exploration of professional issues in contemporary nursing and health care for nurses pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

NRSADVN 4780 Evidence Based Practice: Transforming Healthcare (3)
Study of concepts, application and implementation of evidence-based nursing for transforming quality health care.

NRSADVN 4600 Interprofessional Concepts (2)
Examination of principles, competencies, and practices that support interprofessional collaboration, a culture of safety, and improve patient outcomes.

 

Semester 2 

NRSADVN 4240 Concepts in Community Health Nursing (4)
Study of community health nursing theory and principles applied to the nursing care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.
Prerequisite: NA 2440, NA 4780, Sociology 1101, RN License verification

NRSADVN 4520 Health Care Informatics (2)
Examination of informatics in health care emphasizing clinical information systems and the use of the information technology (IT) applications to support nursing practice. (7 weeks)

NRSADVN 3430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts (2)
Introduction to concepts and techniques for the provision of culturally competent care within the U.S. and across global contexts. (7 weeks)

 

Semester 3

NRSADVN 4402 Evolving Concepts in Leadership and Management (5)
Exploration and application of leadership and management concepts as applied to nursing practice and the health care environment.
Prerequisite: NA 2440, NA 4240, NA 4780, RN License verification

Nursing Professional Elective (3)