Bachelor of Science


The RN to BSN program at Bowling Green State University is 100% online and assists the working Registered Nurse to complete the BSN degree in a flexible and convenient manner.

The program can be completed in as little as three semesters or you may choose to complete the program at a slower pace. Registered nurses will build upon previous knowledge and skills to enhance their clinical judgment and leadership skills when caring for diverse patient populations across a variety of healthcare settings.

Complete your program in as little as THREE SEMESTERS!

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

Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Why complete this degree at BGSU

  • The RN to BSN program is 100% online.
  • The online environment is asynchronous.
  • The program can be completed in a minimum of 4 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

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  • 10 online courses
  • Tuition estimate-$12,170
  • Finish in 16 months
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Program Strengths

  • Broaden your professional career opportunities
  • Enhance your academic credentials
  • 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.

Degree Completion Requirements

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
  • NURS 3908 - Informatics in Healthcare
  • GERO 3010 - Diversity in the Experience of Aging
  • 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.  If the applicant does not hold a current RN license, he or she must successfully pass the NCLEX examination prior to enrolling in Transition to Practice (NURS 3028).
  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges
  • A cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 in all previous college 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.

Progression in the RN to BSN Program

  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 RN to BSN Program 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

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BGSU Online RN to BSN End-of-Program Learning Outcomes

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 RN to BSN Program at Bowling Green State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.