March 30, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing has reduced the number of prerequisites for admission to the online RN to BSN program. This change means that students are now required to take chemistry, microbiology, anatomy, biology and english prior to acceptance into our program. The anatomy and biology requirement can be met with six or more credits of anatomy, physiology and biology. 

These prerequisite changes are more in line with the typical curriculum offered in an associate degree in nursing program. For more information, you can view our prerequisites webpage. 

Applications for autumn 2018 are open now, and the new prerequisite requirements will apply to this admission cycle.

Our online RN to BSN program offers personalized attention, quality coursework, curriculum steeped in evidence-based practice and a focus on your personal wellness. Plus, Ohio State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked No. 1 in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. 

It’s time to advance your nursing career. The deadline to apply for autumn 2018 is June 30.


January 09, 2018

U.S. News names online bachelor’s programs, including RN to BSN, No. 1 in the country, and nursing graduate programs No. 2 for 2018


The Ohio State University’s online degree programs are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings.


Ohio State is first in the nation out of 357 for its online bachelor’s degree offerings, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program. Additionally, the College of Nursing’s online graduate programs ranked second on the list of 159 programs.


Online courses offer flexibility for students – especially those who work – and are gaining popularity. Ohio State currently offers 19 online degree programs and is committed to building an eLearning portfolio that provides engaging, high-quality learning.


“We are incredibly proud to have our exceptional online graduate programs ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and to be the number one ranked public College of Nursing on this year’s list,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer for Ohio State. “This recognition demonstrates that our world-class, caring faculty [members] provide students with outstanding education, support and evidence-based curricula online, just as they do for our students on campus. We provide our students with terrific mentorship and the inspiration to dream, deliver and discover transformative change in healthcare locally to globally, while instilling the confidence and evidence-based practice skills they need to lead, improve patients’ lives and enhance their health and wellness outcomes.”


Ohio State’s online programs are available to students living in most states. Degrees available online in the College of Nursing include: the RN to BSN and MS in nursing, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP)the master of healthcare innovation (MHI) and the master of applied clinical and preclinical research (MACPR).  



Contact: Lainie Bradshaw, 614-688-1062,


November 16, 2015

The RN to BSN program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing has been named the nation’s very best, according to recent rankings from

Ohio State’s program was ranked No. 1 overall in the 2016 ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Online RN to BSN Programs. Top RN to BSN only considered schools that are fully accredited by a national nursing accreditation agency. It then ranked programs based on cost, graduation rates (an indicator of whether the school provides a supportive environment to help students graduate) and loan repayment (a rough measure of graduate success in obtaining well-paying, secure jobs). Each of these measures was equally weighted and obtained from publically available sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics, and circulated tuition rates for each school.

“The No. 1 ranking for the RN to BSN program at the College of Nursing is a wonderful acknowledgement of excellence within the program,” said Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, CPNP, program director and assistant professor.  “Our program is built on faculty innovation in online learning and evidence-based practice. This ranking solidifies the extraordinary education we provide to students who graduate from our program.”

Top RN to BSN is an online information source for current and prospective nursing students, which offers independent information and advice about nursing degree programs and nursing career options. To learn more about the award and view the ranking in its entirety, visit