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Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN/BSN)
BSN for Registered Nurses (RN-to-BSN)
  1. How long is the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration?
  2. How long are the courses?
  3. Are there any on-campus requirements for the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration?
  4. Will my diploma say "online" degree?
  5. Is the 100% Online option accredited?
  6. Can I apply for the BSN program even if I am still completing my Associate's Degree or Nursing Diploma?
  7. I have a Bachelor's degree in another field, as well as my Associate's degree in nursing and my nursing license. Would I receive transfer credits for my prior studies?
  8. How flexible is the 100% Online option, in the event that I have an unexpected family emergency?
  9.  How much does the BSN program cost?
  10.  Whom do I talk to if I have more questions or if I want to apply?

  1. How long is the BSN for Registered Nurses Concentration?

    Your total time to complete the BSN program in the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration will depend on the number of eligible transfer credits and whether you choose to complete your classes at a part-time or full-time rate. Part-time students take one course at a time and can complete the degree requirements in about 18-22 months on average. Full-time students take two courses at a time and can complete the degree requirements in as little as 12-14 months.

  2. How long are the courses?

    Core nursing courses are offered in a 7-week format. Depending on which campus you choose to attend, other courses could be 7 or 15 weeks.

  3. Are there any on-campus requirements for the BSN for Registered Nurses Concentration? 

    There are no on-campus requirements for the 100% online option. The partially online (hybrid) and 100% in-person options require you to attend courses on campus. 

  4. Will my diploma say "online" degree?

    No. You will receive the same "Bachelor of Science in Nursing" degree as our on-campus students.

  5. Is the 100% online Option accredited?

    Yes. Kent State University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS); the College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

  6. Can I apply for the BSN program even if I am still completing my Associate's Degree or Nursing Diploma?

    Students currently enrolled in an Associate's or Diploma nursing program can apply to the BSN program in the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration as long as they have fully completed their RN program and are near graduation. Once they have received the degree and confirm the conferred date, the student would be eligible to apply to the nursing program and start taking non-nursing courses. Students are eligible to begin taking the core nursing courses upon passing the NCLEX exam.

  7. I have a Bachelor's degree in another field, as well as my Associate's degree in nursing and my nursing license. Would I receive transfer credits for my prior studies?

    The College of Nursing evaluates all credits from the Diploma, Associate's and Bachelor levels, providing students the opportunity to transfer up to 33 nursing credits, for a maximum of 92 total transfer credits. All students must complete 122 total credits to earn their BSN degree with Kent State University. All students receive a transfer credit evaluation and personalized degree plan. For more information, please read the Required Courses section of the website, or contact an Enrollment Advisor.

  8. How flexible is the 100% online Option, in the event that I have an unexpected family emergency?

    This is a very flexible option for the registered nurse. If an emergency arises and the student needs to take time off, the concentration format and schedule can accommodate this absence. The student would merely skip the current 7-week course or the semester, and then rejoin the program when the next set of classes starts. There are 6 start dates per year, offering students the flexibility to start courses in the best term that suits their schedule, and re-join the program as soon as possible in the event of an emergency. Those requiring Financial Aid through Federal Stafford Loans will need to keep in mind that they need to have a minimum of 6 credits in any given semester to qualify for minimum student loans.

  9. How much does the BSN Program cost?

    Please visit the Tuition and Costs page for current program costs. Tuition is calculated per credit hour. All nursing courses are 3 credits each. Please note that each person's overall tuition varies depending on if they are an Ohio or out-of-state student, and according to their personal degree plan. Each student receives a custom degree plan to account for as many transfer credits as possible. The degree plan is provided prior to registration, and will allow you to calculate your total estimated costs. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more specific information on transfer credits, the individualized degree plans, or if you have questions about Financial Aid.

  10. Whom do I talk to if I have more questions or if I want to apply?

    Please contact an Enrollment Advisor.