About the RN-to-BSN Program
- $408per credit hour
- 12 Months As little as 1 year to complete
- 100% Online You will never have to come to campus
- 7 weeks Classes start every 7 weeks, year round
Be a voice for your patients and a leader in your profession.
An increasing number of registered nurses have discovered that they need a bachelor's degree in Nursing to meet the complex challenges of today's healthcare environment.
Created specifically for RN's with a diploma or associate degree, Kent State's Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-to-BSN) program will allow you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in a 100% online format from one of the nation’s largest and most respected nursing programs.
This program is CCNE-accredited, available both part-time and full-time, and fast: it can be completed 100% online in as little as 12 months. Our expert faculty and administrators will work closely with you to keep you on track, as well as equip you to meet the future challenges of professional nursing and influence the future of health care.
Why Kent State? We offer you:
Individualized guidance. Every student receives individualized advising and program planning by experienced academic advisors.
Excellent online courses. Classes are held 100% online and delivered by expert nurses via leading edge instructional technology.
Affordability. The program costs only $408 per credit hour, no matter where you live.*
Credibility. Kent State’s BSN program is recognized by employers and universities around the world for its excellence.
Rolling admissions. Classes start every seven weeks, in the fall, spring, and summer.
Outstanding faculty. You will be taught by doctoral- and master’s-prepared nurse educators who have decades of registered nurse experience in a variety of practice settings.
The bachelor's degree in nursing at Kent State is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education† and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Kent State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
A Center of Excellence
Kent State University is a two-time designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (2013-2017, 2017-2022). We are recognized in the "Advancing the Science of Nursing Education" category for our dedication to innovative and evidence-based nursing education.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies.
- Apply the nursing process in providing evidence-based, culturally sensitive care to promote health and adaptation of individuals, families, groups and communities.
10 Courses. 100% Online. Unlimited Opportunities.
RN-to-BSN students must complete the same degree requirements as all other BSN students at Kent State. You may have already completed many of these classes in your associate degree or diploma program. Eligible credits can be transferred to meet these requirements.
Keep in mind that you will need a total of 120 credit hours–and to transfer or complete the following courses (or their equivalents)–to graduate:
- Anatomy & Physiology I & II, Microbiology, and Chemistry
- College Writing I & II
- General Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology
- Human Genetics
- Science of Human Nutrition
- College Algebra
In addition, one of your courses must meet Kent State’s global diversity requirement.
Tuition, Costs, and Financial Aid
A top-tier education at an affordable price.
Kent State University's nursing program is one of the largest and most respected in the United States. We are proud that we can offer our bachelor's degree completion program at a reasonable price–only $408 per credit hour–to both Ohio and out-of-state registered nurses.
Below is a breakdown estimate of the total cost:
|Cost Per Credit Hour||Total Credits||Total Cost|
Students who need to complete additional coursework to fulfill the degree requirements will pay the same reduced rate of $408 per credit hour for those courses. Depending on your previous academic background, this could be a significant cost savings since most other schools charge their full tuition rate for non-RN to BSN courses.
At Kent State University, we try to make the financial aid process as simple as possible. Our financial aid services and scholarship programs help a wide range of students make their goals affordable. Financial aid options for RN-to-BSN students include:
- Tuition Reimbursement: Many employers will pay some or all of the cost of a BSN completion program. Talk with your human resources department to find out if you qualify.
- Scholarships: Kent State University, the College of Nursing, and many nursing and health care organizations provide scholarship support for nursing students. See our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information.
- Federal Loans and Grants: You may be eligible for federal and/or private loans and federal/state grants. Contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 for more information.
Tuition can be paid online using a credit card or check, by mail with a check, or in-person with a check.
Monthly payment plan options are available.* Tuition can be spread out over 3, 4, or 5 monthly payments.
Students who are receiving tuition reimbursement through their employer can apply to defer tuition payment to after the semester ends.*
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
When Can I Start?
Classes start every 7 weeks.
|Term||Classes Start||Application Deadline|
|Spring I 2020||Jan. 13, 2020||Dec. 13, 2019|
|Spring II 2020||Mar. 9, 2020||Feb. 7, 2020|
|Summer I 2020||May 8, 2020||Apr. 10, 2020|
|Summer II 2020||Jun. 25, 2020||May 29, 2020|
|Fall I 2020||Aug. 27, 2020||Jul. 31, 2020|
|Fall II 2020||Oct. 20, 2020||Sep. 25, 2020|
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.
Kent State University is authorized to offer this program in the following states:*
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- US Virgin Islands
Online Learning at Kent State
E-learning is unparalleled at Kent State University.
RN to BSN students have access to the same resources as on-campus students, without ever stepping foot on campus. From applying to the program to applying for graduation, Kent State provides the tools to complete these tasks online.
Although there are no on-campus requirements, RN to BSN students are more than welcome to visit our campus in Kent, Ohio (or take a virtual tour online). You will be invited to various events throughout your time at Kent State, including our pinning (Convocation) and graduation (Commencement) ceremonies.
Some of the benefits to earning your BSN online from Kent State include:
- Courses developed by doctoral-prepared faculty and delivered via Blackboard Learn, the industry-leading learning management system (LMS).
- Small class sizes and individualized attention from nurse educators with decades of practical experience.
- Innovative learning activities tailored to the online environment.
- 24/7 technical support through Kent State’s TechHelp.
- Tests and exams proctored virtually – no need to go to a testing center.
- FlashLine, the university’s centralized portal system, will allow you to schedule classes, track your degree progress, schedule advising appointments, pay your tuition, and more right from your computer.
- Virtual advising sessions with dedicated RN-to-BSN advisors via video chat or telephone.