Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Applicants to the RN-to-BSN program at Kent State must show:

  • Evidence of admission in good standing from a state-approved associate degree or diploma nursing program with a minimum 2.000 (on a 4.0 scale) overall GPA

Prior to beginning the RN-to-BSN coursework (see the Courses tab), the student will need to verify:

  • An active, unrestricted registered nurse (RN) license in the state in which practica will be completed
  • Completion of required science courses or their direct equivalents with a cumulative 2.0 GPA
    • Anatomy and Physiology: BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020
    • Chemistry: CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10050
    • Microbiology: BSCI 20021

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When Can I Start?

Classes start every 7 weeks.

Term Application Deadline Re-enrollment Deadline Classes Start
Fall II 2023  Sept. 8, 2023 Oct. 6, 2023 Oct. 15, 2023
Spring I 2024 Dec. 1, 2023 Jan. 5, 2024 Jan. 16, 2024
Spring II 2024 Feb. 2, 2024 Feb. 23, 2024 Mar. 8, 2024

See What Transfers

Would you like to know which courses may transfer? Complete our free Preliminary Transfer Evaluation Request form to find out how many courses you will need to take to complete your BSN.

Submit the online Transfer Evaluation Request form

Approved States

Kent State University is authorized to offer this program in the following states:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia *
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Oho
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota *
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin * 
  • Virgin Islands 

In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates (1) non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult with their State licensing/certification agency and official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program (2) any student that is planning to move or practice in a different state after having been admitted to either the RN BSN, MSN or DNP programs must immediately inform the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911 to determine whether or not he/she can continue in the program. 

* These states are approved on a case-by-case basis. 

(Please note that Ohio is a Compact State as of January 1, 2023.