FAQs

RNs

Who can apply to the RN to BSN online program?

Individuals who have completed a diploma or associate degree program in nursing and have acquired their RN license are eligible for the RN to BSN online program.

Note: Because of state regulations, University of Cincinnati College of Nursing cannot applications for our RN to BSN online program from students residing in the states listed on the Application Information page.

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What is the curriculum like?

The program consists of nine core nursing courses at the baccalaureate level. You may begin the requirements prior to completing general education coursework; however, all general education courses must be completed in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Many of the general education courses are fulfilled in the coursework for an associate degree in nursing. Completing the general education courses while working toward your BSN may extend the length of the program.

A complete assessment of previously earned credits will be conducted by the program's online academic advisor upon your admission. 

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What's it like to take a course online?

This short video will walk you through the basics of taking a course online, including where to access weekly assignments, discussion boards, grades and more.

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If I have not fulfilled all general education requirements, can I start classes in the program?

Yes, all general education courses must be completed prior to graduation from the program; however, you can complete the general education coursework at UC or any regionally accredited institution and transfer those credits. There are no time limits on the acceptance of general education courses.

Note: Statistics must be completed before taking NBSN 4062-RN-BSN: Scientific Basis for Professional Nursing Practice.

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How long does it take to complete the program?

We offer both full- and part-time programs. The required coursework generally is completed in one academic year, or nine months, full time. The part-time program options permit completion in 12 or 18 months, depending on the option selected. The program's flexibility also allows you to design a course of study that fits your lifestyle.

Both the full- and part-time programs are taught online.

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Does the program require clinicals?

You will have professional clinical experiences, but these experiences are not like clinical rotations for associate degree or diploma clinicals. In these experiences, you'll complete professional projects with a community and/or population-based focus. These projects will be assigned, mostly, in your community and capstone courses, but could be a part of other courses.

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How do I apply?

Go to the Application Information page for step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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