RN to BSN Curriculum

Students admitted to the RN to BSN Program will complete, at minimum, a 12 month or 15 month plan of study that builds on the education and skills obtained during their associate degree or diploma program and that can be completed entirely at a distance. To earn their BSN, they must satisfy all graduation and coursework requirements set by The Ohio State University for a bachelor’s-level degree. The following are all of the course requirements necessary for graduation from this program, including those that can be completed prior to attending Ohio State and those that must be completed here. You can view 12 month and 15 month sample plans of study at the bottom of this page.

The College of Nursing will not review unofficial copies of prospective students’ transcripts. Noted below are some ways that a prospective student may have some their credit evaluated for transfer toward the requirements of this program prior to admission.

 

Prerequisite Coursework

Please see the RN to BSN Admissions page for all important details regarding prerequisite admission requirements and the evaluation of transferring courses toward those requirements.

Five prerequisite courses are required to be taken prior to beginning coursework in the RN to BSN program. This will account for between 16 to 19 credit hours of coursework.

 

General Education Coursework

RN to BSN Program students must satisfy the program’s General Education course requirements prior to graduation. This coursework can be completed either at another institution prior to the program or during the program at Ohio State. If completed at Ohio State, these courses would be added to sample plans of study found at the bottom of this page. Online options are available for all general education requirements.

You can find the General Education requirements of the RN to BSN program described in further detail, including lists of sample courses that satisfy each, here: General Education Curriculum (GE). Listed here are the General Education course requirements not already satisfied by prerequisite coursework:

Course requirements Credit hours
Category 1: Writing and Related Skills  
Second Course 3
   
Category 2: Quantitative and Logical Skills  
Mathematics 3
Data analysis (typically a statistics course) 3
   
Category 3: Natural Sciences  
Fulfilled through Prerequisite Requirements  
   
Category 4: Social Sciences  
Psychology 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Sociology 1101 Introductory Sociology 3
   
Category 5: Historical Survey  
History 3
Culture and Ideas OR a second History course 3
   
Category 6: Arts and Humanities  
Literature 3
Visual and Performing Arts 3
   
Category 7: Open Option  
Open Option 3
  30 total credit hours
Evaluation of General Education courses

For assistance with determining if a course taken at another institution will satisfy a general education requirement, please contact the Ohio State Office of Undergraduate Admission through Buckeye Link at askabuckeye@osu.edu.

 

Nutrition Course

The RN to BSN Program requires students to complete a course in nutrition. This requirement can be completed at Ohio State or another institution, such as during a student’s RN program. The following are those courses at Ohio State that fulfill the requirement:

  • Human Nutrition 2210 Science of Human Nutrition (3 credit hours)
    OR
  • Human Nutrition 2310 Fundamentals of Nutrition (3 credit hours)
Evaluation of Nutrition courses

To determine if a Nutrition courses taken outside of Ohio State will fulfil this requirement, you may look up the course in Transferology. A course must be directly equivalent to one of the Ohio State courses listed above to fulfil the requirement. Otherwise, Nutrition courses will be evaluated at the time of admission to the RN to BSN Program. If a student did not complete a nutrition course prior to the program, one may be taken during it at Ohio State.

 

Associate Degree Coursework

Students admitted to the RN to BSN Program will have their pre-licensure nursing coursework added to the overall progress of their bachelor’s degree. The following coursework requirements will be satisfied through the associate degree in nursing or nursing diploma program:

  • Nursing coursework transferred from associate degree or diploma program (35+ credit hours)
Evaluation of Nursing courses

The individual nursing courses of a student’s associate degree or diploma program will not be evaluated separately to fulfil nursing courses requirements of the RN to BSN program’s curriculum. Rather, the nursing coursework will be accepted as a block of credit toward bachelor’s degree completion.

 

RN to BSN Program Coursework

Students in the RN to BSN Program must complete a 21 credit hours of core nursing courses and one 3 credit hour nursing elective at The Ohio State University. To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, a student must completed a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework at Ohio State. Therefore, two additional courses will also need to be completed at Ohio State. This could include any general education or nutrition course list above — if these requirements are not already satisfied through transfer credit — or they can simply be open electives as chosen by the student.

Students must also complete a total of 120 credit hours of coursework, either transferred into or taken at Ohio State. If a student transfers less than 90 credit hours overall to Ohio State, they would then need to complete additional courses to make up the difference.

Consider pursuing one of the following online undergraduate nursing certificates as a productive way to fulfill additional coursework: Primary Care Academic Certificate and Nursing in School Health Services Certificate.

Listed here are the RN to BSN program coursework requirements that must be completed at Ohio State:

Coursework requirements Credit hours
NRSADVN 2440 Foundations and Contemporary Issues for Registered Nurses 3
NRSADVN 3430 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts 2
NRSADVN 4240 Concepts in Community Health Nursing 4
NRSADVN 4402 Evolving Concepts in Leadership and Management 5
NRSADVN 4520 Health Care Informatics 2
NRSADVN 4600 Interprofessional Concepts 2
NRSADVN 4780 Evidence Based Practice: Transforming Healthcare 3
Nursing elective 3
Additional courses to reach 30 credit hours completed at Ohio State 6
Additional courses to reach 120 total credit hours if needed 0+
  30+ total credit hours

 

Sample Plans of Study

These sample plans of study only show the Nursing Advancement classes of the RN to BSN Program. Your plan of study will be built with your academic advisor to meet your individual needs and may add any remaining elective or general education coursework. This could increase the length of the program and/or the total credit hours attempted in a given semester, along with total tuition and fee costs.

All Nursing Advancement courses have a didactic component that can be accessed online through Carmen, Ohio State’s course management system. Online Nursing Advancement courses will not require a student to attend class online at any specific time. The program also includes projects that utilize clinical knowledge and that will be done from your location.

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.

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

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 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 Elective (3)

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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.”