- Current & Future Students
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program?
- How long are the courses?
- Are there any on-campus requirements for the RN to BSN program?
- Will my diploma say "online" degree?
- Is the online RN to BSN program accredited?
- Can I apply for the program even if I am still completing my Associate's Degree or Nursing Diploma?
- I have a Bachelor's degree in another field, as well as my Associate's degree in nursing and my nursing license. Would I receive transfer credits for my prior studies?
- I earned my degree outside the U.S. I would like to take the online BSN with Kent State to upgrade my skills and credentials. Am I eligible for the program?
- How flexible is the online RN to BSN program, in the event that I have an unexpected family emergency?
- How much does the program cost?
- Whom do I talk to if I have more questions or if I want to apply?
How long is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program?
Your total time to complete the BSN program will depend on the number of eligible transfer credits and whether you choose to complete your classes at a part-time or full-time rate. Part-time students take one course at a time and can complete the degree program in about 18-22 months on average. Full-time students take two courses at a time and can complete the program in as little as 12-14 months.
How long are the courses?
All of our classes are fully online, and run for 7 weeks at a time including the core nursing classes.
Are there any on-campus requirements for the RN to BSN program?
No. Kent State University's online RN to BSN courses are offered 100% online to accommodate nurses' busy working schedules.
Will my diploma say "online" degree?
No. You will receive the same "Bachelor of Science in Nursing" degree as our on-campus students.
Is the online RN to BSN program accredited?
Yes. Kent State University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS); the College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Can I apply for the program even if I am still completing my Associate's Degree or Nursing Diploma?
Students currently enrolled in an Associate's or Diploma nursing program can apply to the online RN to BSN program as long as they have fully completed their RN program and are near graduation. Once they have received the degree and confirm the conferred date, the student would be eligible to apply to the program and start taking non-nursing courses. Students are eligible to begin taking the core nursing courses upon passing the NCLEX exam.
I have a Bachelor's degree in another field, as well as my Associate's degree in nursing and my nursing license. Would I receive transfer credits for my prior studies?
The College of Nursing evaluates all credits from the Diploma, Associate's and Bachelor levels, providing students the opportunity to transfer up to 33 nursing credits, for a maximum of 92 total transfer credits. All students must complete 122 total credits to earn their BSN degree with Kent State University. All students receive a transfer credit evaluation and personalized degree plan prior to registering for classes so they have a clear roadmap for completing their degree. For more information, please read the Course Curriculumsection of the website, or contact an Enrollment Advisor.
I earned my degree outside the U.S. I would like to take the online BSN with Kent State to upgrade my skills and credentials. Am I eligible for the program?
Students must have an active U.S. RN license to be eligible for the program. If you earned your degree internationally but currently live and work in the United States, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated by the International transfer center. Please speak with an Enrollment Advisor regarding your personal situation and to discuss how to obtain the international transfer evaluation.
How flexible is the online RN to BSN program, in the event that I have an unexpected family emergency?
This is a very flexible program. If an emergency arises and the student needs to take time off, the program format and schedule can accommodate this absence. The student would merely skip the current 7-week course or the semester, and then rejoin the program when the next set of classes starts. There are 6 start dates per year, offering students the flexibility to start the program in the best term that suits their schedule, and re-join the program as soon as possible in the event of an emergency. Those requiring Financial Aid through Federal Stafford Loans will need to keep in mind that they need to have a minimum of 6 credits in any given semester to qualify for minimum student loans.
How much does the program cost?
Please visit the Tuition and Feespage for current program costs. Tuition is calculated per credit hour. All nursing courses are 3 credits each. Please note that each person's overall tuition varies depending on if they are an Ohio or out-of-state student, and according to their personal degree plan. Each student receives a custom degree plan to account for as many transfer credits as possible. The degree plan is provided prior to registration, and will allow you to calculate your total estimated costs. Please contact an Enrollment Advisor for more specific information on transfer credits, the individualized degree plans, or if you have questions about Financial Aid.
Whom do I talk to if I have more questions or if I want to apply?
Please contact an Enrollment Advisor.
"I cannot say enough positive comments about my experience with this program. The convenience and flexibility of this program has allowed me to pursue my goal of completing a BSN on top of maintaining my responsibilities to work and home life. The information presented in the courses is relevant. I feel the BSN program has helped me to transfer information learned in the classroom and adapt it to my everyday experiences when dealing with patients and families at my job. Overall, I would sum up my experience in the program as - Excellent!"
Jodi Travis, RN