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RN to BSN General Information
- 15-24 months to complete
- 30 credit hours
- Fully online
- Three starts each year
- Total cost $11,340*
- Up to $4,000 in scholarships
*Does not include prerequisites, check with a WSU advisor for more information.
Secure your nursing future and advance your career with the region’s most recognized and trusted provider of nursing education.
- Complete the program in as little as 15 months full time
- Eight core classes
- Self-designed scheduling
- Fully online with face-to-face learning opportunities
- Project-based field experiences fulfill clinical requirements
- Test-out option for physical assessment
- Competitive program tuition
- All courses are aligned with AACN BSN Essentials, informed by QSEN principles, and intended to shape students who strive to achieve the Forces of Magnetism.
Courses Required (Course Descriptions):
Transition to Professional Nursing, Evidence-based Practice, Pathophysiology, Wholistic Nursing, Collaborating for Improving Patient Outcomes, Nursing Care in Genomics Era, Population-focused Nursing in Political Systems, Leadership and Management Strategies
College of Nursing & Health Dean's Scholarship
Apply today for the Dean's Scholarship by following these simple steps...
- First, complete your online application to Wright State University. Complete your online application to WSU
- Second, complete your application to the RN-to-BSN Completion Program and the Dean's Scholarship (one easy step!). Complete your online application to the RN-to-BSN Completion Program and Dean's Scholarship
- Available until November 1, 2013
- Scholarships are merit-based
- Current and prospective students are eligible.
- Scholarship cannot be applied to courses already completed or currently enrolled in.
The College of Nursing and Health invites all RNs interested in a challenging, flexible program of study to submit an application. The most qualified applicants are selected by an Admission Committee from the eligible applicant pool based on the following criteria: completeness of application package, cumulative GPA, essay quality, number of core courses completed, physical assessment and pharmacology test scores, and availability of space in nursing courses where partnership agreements with cohorts of 25 students or more are given preference.
To be eligible to apply to the RN-to-BSN Completion Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be admitted to Wright State University as a matriculated (degree seeking) student. Learn more about the application process.
- Submit the completed RN-to-BSN application (PDF) to the CoNH by deadline dates. These dates are: August 1 for fall entry, November 1st for Spring entry, and March 1st for Summer entry. All application materials must be received by 9 a.m. on the deadline dates for consideration by the Admission Committee. All applicants will receive entry notification within 30 days after the application deadline.
- Evidence of the following must accompany application.
- Official transcripts from all schools attended (submit with Undergraduate Admissions Application);
- Cumulative GPA of 2.0 upon entry (If applicable, provide a statement of explanation regarding prior dismissal from any other program for academic or non-academic reasons and complete the Undergraduate Admissions Petition Process.)
- Approved health requirements
- Professionally acceptable background check (BC&I and FBI) which means there may be NO criminal history record on file with FBI and/or Ohio BC&I;
- Liability insurance
- Health insurance
- Professional CPR (American Red Cross CPR for the Professional; Rescuer American Heart Association courses: BLS for the Healthcare Provider or Heartsaver and PBLS; or Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification;
- Unencumbered RN license
- 36 hours of WSU Prerequisites (one must be Statistics [STT 1600 or equivalent])
- Physical Assessment test out option along with proof of NUR 2150 credit purchase or credits transferred from a physical assessment course taken within the past 5 years; (learn more about test out options)
- Success on Pharmacology test out option or credit transfer (within past 5 years); (learn more about test out options) and
- Brief essay on personal expectations from the RN-to-BSN program and future career goals
- If requested, an interview with the Admission Committee may be required.
Forms for Admission
Apply to the RN-to-BSN program
- Check List for Health and Insurance (PDF)
- Immunitrax (PDF)
- Health and Insurance Requirements (PDF)
- Initial Health Assessment (PDF)
- TB Symptom Review (PDF) (positive responders)
- Hepatitis Protocol (PDF)
- CPR information (PDF)
- Finger Printing Information (PDF)
- Student Health Services available on campus (PDF)
Listed is a brief description of the eight core nursing courses required to complete the RN-BSN Completion Program.
Utilize this page along with the Individual Course Design Sheet (PDF) and Proposed Course Pattern Sheet (PDF) to better understand the requirements for each semester. The courses are listed in numerical order do not reflect the sequence within the program.
Course Title: Transition to the Role of the Professional Nurse (Integrated Writing "IW" course)
Catalog Description: Synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, issues of informatics, and models to facilitate transition into professional nursing. This is an integrated writing course. (Prerequisite: Health Assessment)
Course Title: Concepts of Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan
Catalog Description: Focuses on physiologic change, clinical manifestations and diagnostic criteria in a variety of disease processes across the life span that are fundamental to the development of critical reasoning and planning of nursing care.
Course Title: Foundations of Research and Evidence-based Practice (Integrated Writing "IW" course)
Catalog Description: Introduction to the research process and evidenced based practice. Emphasizes the critical appraisal of current evidence that guides professional nursing practice. This is an integrated writing course.
Course Title: Nursing Care in a Genomics Era
Catalog Description: Foundation course in genomics and determinants of health that explores essential competencies for professional nurses to improve clients’ health and increase their longevity. Emphasizes health and wellness in context of human diversity for individuals and families. Implications for best practices associated with genomic information including ethics and counseling are highlighted.
Course Title: Population Focused Nursing in Political Systems
Catalog Description: Integrates population-based concepts to assess populations. Emphasizes all levels of prevention to promote health of individuals, families, and groups; including lifestyle and genetic factors impacting population health. Examines global aspects of the demographic, social, political, legal-ethical, and environmental issues influencing health care and health policy. Fieldwork provides opportunities for the professional nurse to provide and coordinate care among vulnerable populations as well as immersion experiences.
Course Title: Wholistic Nursing Practice Using Complementary & Alternative Therapies
Catalog Description: Introduction to complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) to promote wholistic nursing for individuals across the lifespan through various health care systems. Emphasis is on model of Relationship Based Care to promote care of patient, family, colleagues and self.
Course Title: Critical Reasoning in the Application of Leadership and Management Strategies to Nursing Practice
Catalog Description: Examines theories and strategies of leadership and management for the practice of professional nursing while incorporating safety and quality improvement initiatives, and improving quality patient outcomes. Includes application of leadership concepts, skills, and decision-making in the provision of nursing care, team coordination, and participation in evidence-based improvement/change projects. Fieldwork provides opportunity for professional immersion experience.
Course Title: Collaborating for Improving Patient Outcomes
Catalog Description: This interactive course prepares nurses for the 21st century role aimed at improving quality of care and patient safety in healthcare systems with the use of technology and evidence-based decision-making among interprofessional teams.
Test Out Directions
The NLN exams will be offered on campus the FIRST Wednesday of most months. Please check the NLN website (nlnonlinetesting.org) for specific dates each month. Arrival time for the exam is between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. A maximum of 2.5 hours are allotted for each exam. For both exams, the passing rate is 75% of the overall exam. The exam(s) will be given in 009 University Hall.
IMPORTANT: Please be sure to bring the NLN admission ticket and your picture ID to the exam.
You must register at the NLN website at least 3 days before the offered testing date in order to take the exam(s). Both of these exams must be taken if you do not have the equivalencies before you apply to the WSU RN/BSN Program.
Go to www.nlnonlinetesting.org to create an account, if you do not already have one.
Follow the directions to create an account
Once the account has been created, log into the account.
After logging in to your NLN account, click on the following:
- Visit the Registration Store.
- Click on Achievement Exams
- Then click on Register
- At the dropdown bars, choose Registered Nurse (RN) program.
- Choose USA.
- Choose (State).
- Choose (School Name)
- Choose a date for the exam and click on Register. You will need to scroll down to see multiple dates listed.
- Once you have chosen a date and clicked on Register, you will be prompted to confirm that you are registering for the correct Facility, Date and Time.
The school that you register with will automatically receive your score which is listed, but if you want another school to receive your score, add recipient. One for free and then you will be charged $25.00 for each additional school. If you do not want to add a recipient, click on continue.
Please read All Polices and accept the terms.
You will need to pay with either credit card or money order. If you choose money order, NLN must receive it within 10 days of registration.
PLEASE BRING AN ADMISSION TICKET TO THE EXAM! Once registration is closed, two (2) days prior to exam date, you can log into your account and print out your admission ticket. Bring this as well as a picture ID to the exam.
Print off the NLN test score results. (Include a copy of the score results with your application)
You will be given a Credit by Examination form (PDF) when you pass the physical assessment exam. This form will need to go to the Registrar's Office with the appropriate signatures and payment due ($125). Include a copy of the Credit by Examination form and copy of the receipt with your application to the RN to BSN program.
If you have trouble with registering, please call the NLN Customer Branch Office at 800.732.8656. They can assist you with any problems you may encounter.
Test Location: 009 University Hall - College of Nursing & Health Computer Lab
Directions to University Hall once you are on campus:
- From Col Glenn Hwy (@ Wendy’s & Frisch’s) turn onto University Blvd
- Continue straight on University Blvd
- Turn right onto the Student Union driveway
- Turn left and enter into LOT 2 (Visitor’s Lot). There is a white booth
- The booth attendant will give you a parking pass and direct you to the closest lot to University Hall
- As you enter University Hall, the Computer Lab (009UH) is in the basement of University Hall across from the drink & food machines
Pharmacology and Physical Assessment Study Guides
Please note there are questions about pediatric and newborn assessment on the physical assessment exam.
There are 120 questions on each exam (physical assessment and pharmacology).