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Are you a registered nurse looking to advance your career or increase your earning potential? Today, many employers are requiring nurses to be bachelor-prepared. In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends that 80% of nurses have their BSN by 2020, so there’s no better time than now to expand your options.

Ashland University’s online RN to BSN program provides you with the knowledge and skills to build on your existing nursing education. This high-quality program has been established for 38 years and is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Contact Us

Dr. Jackie Owens
Associate Professor of Nursing, Director, RN to BSN Program
207, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6865
jowens2@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses (RNs) are provided the knowledge and skills to advance their nursing careers and build on their basic nursing education. They have the opportunity to earn the baccalaureate degree in nursing while building a strong foundation in the arts, sciences and humanities.

To facilitate access to baccalaureate education for working RNs, all nursing courses for the RN to BSN program are offered in an online format. Full- and part-time study is available. Non-nursing courses are available online. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the RN to BSN application form and submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education.
  2. Meet one of the following requirements:
  • Hold a current, valid license (a license that is not inactive, suspended, revoked, or subject to restrictions, and for which the individual continues to meet all requirements for issuance) to practice as a registered nurse in one U.S. state or territory
  • Currently enrolled in an RN licensure program
  • Graduate of an RN program and eligible for the NCLEX-RN

Curriculum

Full-Time Student Sample Curriculum Guide: graduate in 4-5 terms

Term 1Term 2Term 3
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 302 (3) Math 208 (3) NUR 336 (3) Aesthetic (3) NUR 309 (3) Philosophy (3)
Aesthetic (3) NUR 303 (3) Religion 103 (3) NUR 362 (3) Historical Reasoning (3) NUR 405 (3)
12 credits 12 credits 12 credits
 
Term 4Term 5
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 414 (3) NUR 325 (3) Core Elective as needed Core Elective as needed
CCI (3) NUR 408 (3) Core Elective as needed Core Elective as needed
12 credits 12 credits

*Not all students will need 5th term, depending on the amount of transferred credit.

Part-Time Student Sample Curriculum Guide: graduate in 8-9 terms

Term 1Term 2Term 3
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 302 (3) NUR 303 (3) NUR 336 (3) NUR 362 (3) NUR 309 (3) Religion 107 (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
 
Term 4Term 5Term 6
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
CCI (3) Math 208 (3) Philosophy (3) NUR 325 (3) NUR 414 (3) Aesthetic 107 (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
 
Term 7Term 8Term 9
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 408 (3) NUR 405 (3) Aestetic (3) Historical Reasoning (3) Core Elective as needed (3) Core Elective as needed (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits

* Not all students will need 9th term, depending on the amount of transferred credit.

Transfer Policy

Unlimited credits may transfer to AU. Residency requirements to complete 120 credit hours for the Bachelor’s degree from AU include:

  • At least 30 semester hours of credit at AU;
  • Last 12 semester hours earned before graduation at AU; and
  • 2 required Ashland University nursing courses may transfer from a nationally accredited program.

Required Nursing Courses (27 credit hours)

  • NUR 309 International/Transcultural Perspectives in Healthcare 
  • NUR 302 Theoretical Bases
  • NUR 325 Introduction to Informatics in Healthcare
  • NUR 303 Individual Assessment
  • NUR 336 Genetics and Healthcare
  • NUR 362 Research & Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 414 Community & Public Health
  • NUR 405 Health Care Systems
  • NUR 408 Legal, Ethical & Political Perspectives

 Required Non-Nursing Courses (18 credit hours) 

  • Philosophy Elective
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy & Physiology I* and II*
  • Microbiology*
  • General or Developmental Psychology*

Remaining Required University Core Liberal Arts Courses (27 credit hours)

  • Communications*
  • Composition I* and  II *
  • Historical Reasoning
  • Religion
  • 2 Aesthetics
  • Humanity
  • Critical Cultural Inquiry*

*The 8 most common courses typically transferred in by students. All core requirements may be transferred if applicable.

Nursing Elective Concentration

Courses taken if needed only to complete 120 degree requirement hours or complete part of the School Nurse Program. Most students will not require these.

  • Design Your Own Focus track (most common)
  • School Nurse program Prep track (9 credit hours, graduate level by petition)

* 10-13 of these typically transfer in from pre-licensure programs. Institutional core courses are waived for nurses who have bachelor degrees in other fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

Traditional, Accelerated, Advanced Entry & RN to BSN

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgment, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Incorporate professional standards in the practice of nursing.
  3. Value integrity, caring, accountability, respect and excellence in nursing practice.
  4. Collaborate with patients and health professionals to develop and implement culturally appropriate health promotion, disease prevention and illness care methods.
  5. Select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals, families and populations regarding health promotion and illness prevention.
  6. Employ patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that impact patient care.
  8. Incorporate effective communication and collaboration skills to form partnerships to provide care and to promote positive outcomes to a diverse society in a global context.
  9. Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care, healthcare team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  10. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and systems levels of care.
  11. Investigate health-related social justice concerns within legal, ethical and political contexts.
  12. Value lifelong learning for personal and professional growth to support excellence in nursing practice.

Contact Us

Dr. Jackie Owens
Associate Professor of Nursing, Director, RN to BSN Program
207, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6865
jowens2@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses (RNs) are provided the knowledge and skills to advance their nursing careers and build on their basic nursing education. They have the opportunity to earn the baccalaureate degree in nursing while building a strong foundation in the arts, sciences and humanities.

To facilitate access to baccalaureate education for working RNs, all nursing courses for the RN to BSN program are offered in an online format. Full- and part-time study is available. Non-nursing courses are available online. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the RN to BSN application form and submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education.
  2. Meet one of the following requirements:
  • Hold a current, valid license (a license that is not inactive, suspended, revoked, or subject to restrictions, and for which the individual continues to meet all requirements for issuance) to practice as a registered nurse in one U.S. state or territory
  • Currently enrolled in an RN licensure program
  • Graduate of an RN program and eligible for the NCLEX-RN

Curriculum

Full-Time Student Sample Curriculum Guide: graduate in 4-5 terms

Term 1Term 2Term 3
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 302 (3) Math 208 (3) NUR 336 (3) Aesthetic (3) NUR 309 (3) Philosophy (3)
Aesthetic (3) NUR 303 (3) Religion 103 (3) NUR 362 (3) Historical Reasoning (3) NUR 405 (3)
12 credits 12 credits 12 credits
 
Term 4Term 5
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 414 (3) NUR 325 (3) Core Elective as needed Core Elective as needed
CCI (3) NUR 408 (3) Core Elective as needed Core Elective as needed
12 credits 12 credits

*Not all students will need 5th term, depending on the amount of transferred credit.

Part-Time Student Sample Curriculum Guide: graduate in 8-9 terms

Term 1Term 2Term 3
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 302 (3) NUR 303 (3) NUR 336 (3) NUR 362 (3) NUR 309 (3) Religion 107 (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
 
Term 4Term 5Term 6
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
CCI (3) Math 208 (3) Philosophy (3) NUR 325 (3) NUR 414 (3) Aesthetic 107 (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
 
Term 7Term 8Term 9
1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks 1st 7 weeks 2nd 7 weeks
NUR 408 (3) NUR 405 (3) Aestetic (3) Historical Reasoning (3) Core Elective as needed (3) Core Elective as needed (3)
6 credits 6 credits 6 credits

* Not all students will need 9th term, depending on the amount of transferred credit.

Transfer Policy

Unlimited credits may transfer to AU. Residency requirements to complete 120 credit hours for the Bachelor’s degree from AU include:

  • At least 30 semester hours of credit at AU;
  • Last 12 semester hours earned before graduation at AU; and
  • 2 required Ashland University nursing courses may transfer from a nationally accredited program.

Required Nursing Courses (27 credit hours)

  • NUR 309 International/Transcultural Perspectives in Healthcare 
  • NUR 302 Theoretical Bases
  • NUR 325 Introduction to Informatics in Healthcare
  • NUR 303 Individual Assessment
  • NUR 336 Genetics and Healthcare
  • NUR 362 Research & Evidence-Based Practice
  • NUR 414 Community & Public Health
  • NUR 405 Health Care Systems
  • NUR 408 Legal, Ethical & Political Perspectives

 Required Non-Nursing Courses (18 credit hours) 

  • Philosophy Elective
  • Statistics
  • Anatomy & Physiology I* and II*
  • Microbiology*
  • General or Developmental Psychology*

Remaining Required University Core Liberal Arts Courses (27 credit hours)

  • Communications*
  • Composition I* and  II *
  • Historical Reasoning
  • Religion
  • 2 Aesthetics
  • Humanity
  • Critical Cultural Inquiry*

*The 8 most common courses typically transferred in by students. All core requirements may be transferred if applicable.

Nursing Elective Concentration

Courses taken if needed only to complete 120 degree requirement hours or complete part of the School Nurse Program. Most students will not require these.

  • Design Your Own Focus track (most common)
  • School Nurse program Prep track (9 credit hours, graduate level by petition)

* 10-13 of these typically transfer in from pre-licensure programs. Institutional core courses are waived for nurses who have bachelor degrees in other fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

Traditional, Accelerated, Advanced Entry & RN to BSN

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, the student will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a liberal education as the basis for clinical judgment, reflective practice and decision making.
  2. Incorporate professional standards in the practice of nursing.
  3. Value integrity, caring, accountability, respect and excellence in nursing practice.
  4. Collaborate with patients and health professionals to develop and implement culturally appropriate health promotion, disease prevention and illness care methods.
  5. Select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals, families and populations regarding health promotion and illness prevention.
  6. Employ patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that impact patient care.
  8. Incorporate effective communication and collaboration skills to form partnerships to provide care and to promote positive outcomes to a diverse society in a global context.
  9. Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care, healthcare team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings.
  10. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and systems levels of care.
  11. Investigate health-related social justice concerns within legal, ethical and political contexts.
  12. Value lifelong learning for personal and professional growth to support excellence in nursing practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing prepares students to practice the art and science of professional nursing. Nursing majors are introduced to:

  • explore the nursing theoretical knowledge base
  • examine research for evidence-based practice
  • focus on international perspectives in healthcare
  • apply the nursing process to families and aggregates in the community setting
  • explore the role of nurse as leader and manager
  • investigate the role of nurses in legal, ethical and political settings
  • Nursing majors will learn technical and clinical skills needed for working with patients and their families in a variety of settings.

This degree also provides the foundation for graduate education in nursing

Unlimited credits may transfer to AU. Residency requirements to complete 120 credit hours for the Bachelor's degree from AU include:

  • 30 semester hours of credit at AU
  • Last 12 semester hours earned before graduation at AU
  • 2 required AU nursing courses may transfer from a nationally accredited program (applies to student transfer credit from another RN to BSN program)

More information about the RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN (online) Career Outlook

RN to BSN Online Program Benefits:

The many distinctive benefits of Ashland University’s online RN to BSN program include:

  • Competitive Tuition Rate - $250* per credit hour; $200* for Corporate Partner Employees
  • Six start times per year
  • Annual RN-BSN designated scholarships available
  • Free, online application
  • 100% online courses for easy accessibility
  • Nursing faculty and mentors committed to your success
  • A solid foundation for graduate studies

* Credit hour cost does not include any fees that may apply.

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