The Nursing (RN to BSN) program is in the BGSU College of Health and Human Services.   

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  • Offered Online
  • Bachelors Available
  • Offered Online

Bachelor of Science

Nursing (RN to BSN)

The online RN to BSN program at Bowling Green State University was created for the working Registered Nurse to complete the BSN degree in a flexible and convenient manner.

Completion in as little as
3 semesters

Online  Courses

Start Dates
3 per year

Course Length
7 weeks

Request your unofficial undergraduate estimate. 

Email to upload your unofficial undergraduate transcript(s) and our eCampus staff will conduct a review to let you know how previously earned credits may transfer to a BGSU eCampus bachelor degree completion program. After your request is submitted, an eCampus advisor will follow up within 7 days.

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Complete your program in as little as three semesters!

The mission of the BSN Program at Bowling Green State University is to prepare registered nurses to provide safe and quality person-centered care to diverse populations across the lifespan using evidence-based practice.  Graduates will use leadership and clinical judgment skills to improve the spectrum of complex healthcare issues throughout Ohio, the nation, and the world.

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Why complete this degree at BGSU

  • RN to BSN courses are 100% online 
  • Practice experiences guided by student preference.
  • The online environment is asynchronous.
  • The program can be completed in a minimum of 3 semesters.
  • The curriculum pattern is flexible to meet the needs of the working RN.
  • Assignments, discussions, and practice experiences will prepare students to care for diverse patients across all lifespans and in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Clinical judgment and leadership skills will be fostered as the student reflects upon previous, current, and future experiences.
  • Faculty and student engagement in the classroom is exceptional.
  • Faculty are experts in the field of nursing, and all hold graduate or doctorate degrees


  • 10 online courses
  • Tuition estimate-$12,170
  • Finish in 3 semesters
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Strengths

  • Broaden your professional career opportunities
  • Enhance your academic diploma with college credit awarded for passing the NCLEX-PN and NCLEX-RN 
  • Advance your healthcare knowledge while building on your professional expertise
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills
  • Strengthen your management and teaching abilities

Gainful Employment

Graduates of the RN to BSN program may seek gainful employment in a variety of healthcare settings, including but not limited to; acute care settings, home health agencies, community health agencies, school nursing, long-term care settings, hospice, health departments, prisons, and management positions. This program prepares the graduate to care for a variety of diverse patients across the life span using clinical judgment and leadership skills.

Hannah Rae Schoen

"The RN-BSN program has allowed me to make an easy transition into earning my Bachelors in Science of Nursing degree so that I may provide the highest quality care to each one of my patients. I am very grateful for the wonderful faculty who continuously provide support and encouragement in my journey of continuing my education so that I may become the best nurse I can be."


Prince Ayere 

“I chose the BGSU Online RN to BSN Program after learning about the LPN Industry Certificate and Diploma Credit.”

Prince Ayere

Danielle Thaxton

"From the moment I spoke with my advisor after applying to the BSN-RN program, I knew I had found the missing piece to my puzzle. I've become more empowered because of this program, professors and peers I have met along the way. The environment is nurturing, non-authoritarian and 100% supportive of each of our individual needs and goals. I've become inspired to look for new solutions to Old problems and I'm thankful I've been given this opportunity for personal and professional growth. I am excited to see where this piece of the puzzle takes me."


BGSU eCampus Quality Matters recognition

BGSU is the only university in Ohio to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. You can be confident you'll receive the same support as our on-campus students. All BGSU student and academic services are fully accommodated online, from accessing the University Libraries materials to academic advising to remote sessions for technical support.


BGSU Degree | World-class faculty | 7 week online courses 

Degree Completion Requirements

The program can be completed in as little as three semesters or you may choose to complete the program at a slower pace. The RN to BSN program comprises 30 credit hours. You will be awarded transfer credit for previous college courses that match the BG Perspective (General Education) courses and support course requirements. A total of 122 credit hours are required to graduate from Bowling Green State University with a BSN. A student must remain in good academic standing with at least a GPA of 2.0 to graduate from the RN to BSN program. A grade of “C” or greater must be earned in all RN to BSN core classes for graduation. 

BGSU eCampus Online Courses

7-week courses

  • NURS 3028 - Transition to Practice
  • NURS 3038 - Research and Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing
  • NURS 3098 - Advanced Assessment and Health Promotion
  • NURS 3428 - Community and Population Health
  • NURS 3808 - Nursing Leadership and Quality Improvement
  • AHS 3900 - Informatics in Healthcare
  • AHS 3568 - Transcultural Health Care
  • PUBH 4250 - Policies in Healthcare
  • AHS 4010 - Issues in Healthcare
  • NURS 4048 - Capstone

Application Requirements

Admission Requirements RN to BSN

  • Graduation from an accredited school of nursing with either an Associate Degree in Nursing or a Diploma in Nursing.
  • An active, valid, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the United States (or see advisor).
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or technical schools
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 in all previous college or technical work.
  • Complete the Online Application for admission to BGSU.
  • Submit all required documents and a $45 nonrefundable application fee.

Once we receive your application and all required documents, an admission decision will be made in approximately two weeks. If admitted, your admission packet will include an official transfer credit evaluation.

All applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, ancestry, ethnicity, gender/transgender status, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, disability, military and/or veteran status, genetic information or other characteristics protected by the law.

A student progresses through the RN to BSN Program at Bowling Green State University in the following manner:

  1. Maintain an active, valid, current, and unencumbered RN license throughout the course of study.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained.
  3. A grade of “C” or better must be obtained in all core RN to BSN courses.
  4. Any core RN to BSN course that does not have a grade of “C” or better must be retaken to earn a grade of “C” or better.
  5. A student must take Transition to Practice (NURS 3028) as the first core RN to BSN course.  Exception; A student may take Research and EBP in Nursing (NURS 3038) with Advisor approval.
  6. Capstone (NURS 4048) must be taken last in the sequence of nursing courses.
  7. All general education or supportive courses can be taken in conjunction with the RN to BSN core courses.
  8. All general education, supportive courses, and RN to BSN core courses must be completed before enrolling in Capstone (NURS 4048).

A student may stop out of the RN to BSN program for a period of time for various reasons.  However, the student should notify the Director of the School of Nursing or the RN to BSN Coordinator of the need to stop out.  A student is able to return to the RN to BSN Program at any time through a readmission process.  If the curriculum has changed, the student will abide by the new curriculum pattern at time of readmission.

Steps to Apply


Submit Your Application Online

Note: There is a non-refundable application fee. If for some reason all of your transcripts do not arrive or you decide not to begin for a given semester, another application and fee will be required for the next semester.


Submit Official Collegiate Transcripts

Request official copies of transcripts from every college or university you have attended. The Office of Transfer Evaluation will then evaluate your official transcript for possible credit towards your degree. Official transcripts should be sent directly to:

Office of Admissions
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


eCampus Enrollment Specialist Will Help you Enroll

Approximately one week after the Admissions Office receives your transcripts and application, your application will be processed. You will receive an email from the Admissions office when that is complete.  At that point, you will receive an email from an eCampus enrollment specialist with instructions for registration.

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Health and Human Services

In collaboration with Firelands Regional Medical Center

BGSU has partnerships throughout the region to ensure students have opportunities to design their nursing path!

Partnerships with Owens Community College, Northwest State Community College, Sinclair Community and Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing provide students a seamless transition to complete a BSN online in as little as three semesters.

At the end of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Integrate principles of liberal education in providing care for culturally diverse populations across the lifespan.
  2. Analyze the role of the nurse leader in quality improvement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and communication within an organizational structure.
  3. Apply evidence in decision-making to improve patient outcomes.
  4. Use information and healthcare technologies to inform patients and support a safe practice environment.
  5. Examine quality healthcare through policy, social justice, and collaboration with multiple disciplines across diverse populations.
  6. Evaluate principles of health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, families, and communities.
  7. Integrate professional standards, care, values, ethics, altruism, and integrity when managing care.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bowling Green State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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Updated: 02/17/2023 11:12AM