RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing : Online


Why study RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing : Online?

The University of Cincinnati was the first institution to offer the Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1916 in recognition of the need to prepare RNs with additional education and experience that enhances their ability to provide quality and safe patient care.

More than a century later, we continue to empower RNs who endeavor to become the best health care providers they can be. Our RN to BSN online program offers quality education with the flexibility and support working professionals need to complete their BSN.

Why Choose UC's RN to BSN Online Program?

  • 100% online and no clinical requirement
  • Only 9 nursing courses (27 credit hours)
  • All courses offered 2 times a semester and last 7 weeks
  • Easy credit transfer from previous programs and transfer credits do not expire
  • Dedicated support from program faculty and advisors
  • Option to minor in public health

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to UC’s RN to BSN online program, you must submit the following materials:

  • An online application through the University of Cincinnati
  • Official transcripts of previous college coursework with a recommended minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. (This is a recommend minimum, only. Applicants with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.5 are still considered for admission.)
  • Documented completion of an associate degree or diploma in nursing for RN licensure
  • Documentation of an active, unrestricted RN license

State regulations prevent UC College of Nursing from accepting applications from RNs in the following states:

  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Washington

For full RN to BSN online program application details and instructions, visit RN to BSN Online Admissions.

Flexible Course Schedule and Support

RNs can choose to complete the RN to BSN online program full time or part time. Full time students can complete the required nine nursing courses in nine months (two semesters). Part time students can complete the program in either 12 months (three semesters) by taking three courses a semester or 15 months (five semesters) by taking two courses a semester.

For more details, view RN to BSN Online Completion Options.

All courses in UC’s RN to BSN online program last seven weeks (except for the 14-week capstone). The seven-week pace allows you to move through courses at a faster pace. And each course is offered six times a year, which means, if you need to drop a course, you can pick it back up again in several weeks and continue your BSN without much delay.

In addition, UC's RN to BSN online program faculty understand life happens. They offer support throughout your courses to ensure you get the help you need and stay on track in the program.

Completing your BSN opens doors to a higher salary, more employment and career advancement opportunities, increased autonomy, and the option to pursue a graduate degree.

UC College of Nursing accepts previously completed coursework from regionally accredited institutions. To look up how courses from other institutions transfer to UC, visit the Transfer Equivalency Database.

UC's RN to BSN online program does not require RNs to have completed certain courses before they are admitted and begin the program; however, RNs who have not completed one or more of the general education courses as part of their associate degree must complete the course(s) as part of the RN to BSN online program.

Many of the general education courses are offered online at UC. In addition, UC College of Nursing maintains partnerships (articulation agreements) with regional and online institutions to provide a clear pathway for RNs to transition into our RN to BSN online program.

Application Deadlines

RN to BSN Online Application Deadlines by Semester Start
Spring Summer Fall
Nov. 1 March 1 July 1
The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

For accreditation information specific to the College of Nursing, visit Accreditation.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Programs
3110 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0038
(513) 558-3600

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