Admission Requirements

Nurse and student

RN to BSN Program Pre-requisites

Most students will have completed the majority of the pre-requisite requirements in their associate degree program. If not all pre-requisites are complete you can be admitted to begin the RN to BSN program immediately; however, successful completion of all pre-requisite courses is required to obtain the BSN degree. Completion of pre-requisites while enrolled in the RN to BSN program may prolong the time to degree. Not all pre-requisites are offered at the University of Cincinnati at all times in an online format. The pre-requisite courses can be completed at any regionally accredited institution and transferred to the University of Cincinnati to fulfill the requirement.

  • Statistics (must be completed before taking NBSN4062)
  • One year of Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • One year of Psychology and/or Sociology (6 credits)
  • Freshman English
  • Intermediate English
  • History Elective
  • Fine Arts or Humanity Elective
  • Cultural Diversity Elective

Note that only courses with a minimum C grade or better will be transferred.


Admission Requirements

The RN to BSN Online program is designed for individuals who have previously completed an associate degree or diploma in nursing and are licensed registered nurses. Complete admission requirements include: 

  • A completed University of Cincinnati Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • All official transcripts of previous college work with a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.5
  • Documented completion of an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure
  • Documentation of an active, unrestricted RN license
  • Application fee
  • Confirmation fee (once accepted)

Transferring Credits

Students must be admitted to the University of Cincinnati before starting the BSN course work. Students new to the university, or students who last attended a college/university other than UC, must submit the following to the University of Cincinnati Office of Admissions:

  • A completed University of Cincinnati Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • All official transcripts of previous college work with a cumulative GPA of no less than 2.5
  • Documented completion of an associate degree in nursing or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure
  • Documentation of an active, unrestricted RN license
  • Application fee
  • Confirmation fee (once accepted)