RN-BSN Completion Program

The College of Nursing offers an opportunity for graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The RN student achieves the same terminal objectives as the basic BSN student. However, this alternate track for the RN provides for flexibility and an individualized curriculum approach for the nurse in practice. The Nursing Core Courses of this are program is offered online, and students choose from one of four Plan of Study options for program completion.

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RN-BSN Plans of Study for Nursing Core Courses: Full Time and Part Time Options*

*Please note that the Nursing Core Courses for this program do not run during the Summer semesters.

Option One: Two Semesters Completion

Semester 1 Semester 2
4350 (2 credits ) Transition to BSN Practice 4310 (3 credits) Research Methods and Evidence Based Practice
4360 (3 credits) Theory and Collaborative Practice 4290 (4 credits) Nursing Care of Older Adults
4270 (3 credits) Applied Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 4340 (5 credits) Population Focused Care
4390 (3 credits) Health Promotion and Assessment of Families
Across the Lifespan
4320 (4 credits) Pathopharmacology Across the Lifespan
4330 (5 credits) Nursing Leadership and Management  

Option Two: Three Semesters Completion

Semester 1
Semester 2 Semester 3
4350 (2 credits ) Transition to BSN
Practice
4310 (3 credits) Research Methods and
Evidence Based Practice
4340 (5 credits) Population Focused Care
4360 (3 credits) Theory and Collaborative
Practice
4330 (5 credits) Nursing Leadership and
Management
4320 (4 credits) Pathopharmacology
Across the Lifespan
4270 (3 credits) Applied Health
Assessment Across the Lifespan
4290 (4 credits) Nursing Care of Older
Adults
 
4390 (3 credits) Health Promotion and
Assessment of Families Across the
Lifespan
   

Option Three: Four Semesters Completion

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
4350 (2 credits ) Transition to
BSN Practice
4270 (3 credits) Applied Health
Assessment Across the
Lifespan
4310 (3 credits) Research
Methods and Evidence Based
Practice
4340 (5 credits) Population
Focused Care
4360 (3 credits) Theory and
Collaborative Practice
4290 (4 credits) Nursing Care
of Older Adults
4330 (5 credits) Nursing
Leadership and Management
4320 (4 credits)
Pathopharmacology Across the
Lifespan
4390 (3 credits) Health
Promotion and Assessment of
Families Across the Lifespan
     

Option Four: Eight Semesters Completion

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4
4350 (2 credits ) Transition to
BSN Practice
4390 (3 credits) Health
Promotion and Assessment of
Families Across the Lifespan
4270 (3 credits) Applied Health
Assessment Across the
Lifespan
4290 (4 credits) Nursing Care
of Older Adults
4360 (3 credits) Theory and
Collaborative Practice
     
Semester 5 Semester 6 Semester 7 Semester 8
4310 (3 credits) Research
Methods and Evidence Based
Practice
4320 (4 credits)
Pathopharmacology Across the
Lifespan
4330 (5 credits) Nursing
Leadership and Management
4340 (5 credits) Population
Focused Care

Admission Requirements and Process

Admission to the Upper Division RN-BSN Nursing Program involves:

  1. Graduation from an accredited RN nursing program.
  2. Unencumbered, active nursing licensure.
  3. Completion of Program Prerequisites with a letter grade of "C" or better - See Program Check Sheet.
    1. GSW 1120 - Academic Writing
    2. BIOL 2050 - Concepts in Biology II
    3. CHEM 1090/1100 or CHEM 1250 - Chemistry
    4. BIOL 3310 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    5. BIOL 3320 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    6. BIOL 3140/3150 - Microbiology for Health Professions
    7. MATH 1150 - Intro to Statistics
    8. PSYC 1010 - General Psychology
    9. PSYC 3100 - Lifespan Development Psychology
    10. PHIL 1020 or PHIL 2420 - Ethics or Medical Ethics
    11. FN 2070 - Intro to Human Nutrition 
      • Note All coursework for the RN-BSN Nursing Program must be completed with a letter grade of "C" or better.
  4. A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, which reflects all courses ever taken anywhere at the college level
  5. Completion and Submission of the Program Application to the nursing advisor by the deadline for each admission cycle:  
Semester of Entry Applications Open Application Deadline
Fall February 15 May 1
Spring June 1 October 1


Applications will be reviewed by the UT College of Nursing's Admissions Committee approximately six (6) weeks after the application deadlines for each semester. Applicants will be evaluated based on their GPA, completion of the prerequisite coursework, current Registered Nursing licensure status, and overall academic progress.

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Costs associated with application and admission to program:

Graduation requirements
A minimum of 122 hours is required for graduation, of which 40 hours must be in upper-division coursework. In addition the 30 hours earned immediately before graduation must be completed through Bowling Green State University uninterrupted by coursework at another university or college.

University requirements
Each student is required to complete GSW 1120 or demonstrate a proficiency in written expression equivalent to that attained by students who have completed the course. A penalty is imposed if GSW 1120 is not completed within the first 60 hours. (See Academic Policies.) RN students must take or transfer in equivalent to math as demonstrated by a competency examination score above MATH 95 level. Students must also meet all BG Perspective requirements, including a Cultural Diversity in the U.S. course and an International Perspective course.
The curriculum for nursing students is based on Orem's self-care deficit theory in nursing. Person-centered approaches to nursing care focus on helping people to increase their abilities to promote, maintain or restore their own health while also involving the family and community. Critical thinking and decision-making are integral components of the curriculum.

The nursing program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has full approval of the Ohio Board of Nursing. The nursing courses and clinical experiences are provided by the College of Nursing at the University of Toledo Health Science Campus located in Toledo.

Special Considerations

 

Fees for the nursing program are the same as for all other degree programs at BGSU. However, there are additional charges for required professional liability insurance, physical examinations, specific health tests, laboratory fees and workbooks.

Students are expected to arrange for their own transportation to and from the clinical agencies.