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Bachelor of Science in Nursing | RN to BSN Online | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | RN to BSN Online


Bachelor of Science in Nursing — (RN-BSN)

Earn your Bachelor of Nursing degree from Ottawa University and gain the skills and education you need to serve on the front lines of health care. Many colleges offer a 16-week course semester, while Ottawa Univeristy offers a unique, accelerated environment with our eight-week course terms. 

About Ottawa’s Bachelor of Nursing

Our accelerated nursing program builds on real-world experiences in a 100% online learning setting to prepare registered nurses to take on new challenges in an ever-changing health care field. Many registered nurses who have graduated from Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or diploma programs are returning back to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in order to fulfill their personal and/or career goals, as well as to likely increase their overall earning potential.This nursing bachelor's degree (RN to BSN or ADN to BSN program) is designed for the current RN who is ready to advance his or her career in nursing and make a difference in the health care field.

There are additional outside influences that have impacted the reason many of these nurses are seeking an online RN to BSN completion educational program: national organizations such as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the American Nurses Association (ANA) are advocating and supporting initiatives to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses at the patient’s bedside. This is being heard by many health care-related facilities, including hospital employers.

Career Outlook for Nursing  

Earning a BSN degree will not only assist you with opening the door to your future career opportunities, but may serve to satisfy your current employer’s organizational objectives, and ultimately the overall profession’s goals for obtaining a higher educated nursing work force. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree was $70,000 annually in 2017. This area is projected to grow 15 percent by 2026. 

With the projected shortage of nurses in concert with the aging population, the demand for well-trained nurse educators and leaders is projected to continue to experience rapid growth. Ottawa University recognizes the huge demand for nurses and makes it easy for students to further their education with this flexible, fully online, accelerated program. 

For more information about earning your bachelor’s degree through the RN-to-BSN program at Ottawa University — or for any of our other accelerated degree programs contact us today.

Please download the program overview for curriculum and course descriptions for the RN-BSN online program. 

View detailed information about our RN-BSN online program.

Beyond the BSN

As you begin working towards your bachelor's degree in Nursing, consider what continuing on to complete a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree could do for your nursing career. Ottawa University now offers a RN to MSN bridge program. Qualified students may participate in Ottawa University’s Bridge program, enrolling in three specified graduate-level courses in substitute of three specified undergraduate-level courses. Doing so gives students three courses completed toward their MSN while completing their RN-BSN. Your MSN program at Ottawa University is then shortened from 36 credit hours to 27 credit hours. Students pay undergraduate level tuition for graduate level courses, saving you time and money. 

RN students enroll in the following three graduate-level courses in substitute for the undergraduate-level courses.

MSN Courses to take for the RN-MSN Bridge BSN Courses being replaced by the MSN Courses
NRSG 7100 Advanced Pathophysiology NRSG 32006 Human Pathophysiology
NRSG 7300 Advanced Health Assessment NRSG 32009 Health Assessment
NRSG 7500 Cultural Diversity, Policy and Advocacy within Population Health NRSG 30003 Nursing and Cultural Diversity in Health Care


The RN to BSN Online Nursing Program is designed for the registered nurse student (RN) who has graduated from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program, and for the student who has been accepted and is enrolled in an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing Program partner school who wishes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Admissions Requirements

► Successful completion of a criminal background check.
► Two professional or academic letters of recommendation.
► Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing.
► A degree from an accredited associate degree or diploma nursing program with a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA (per 4.0 scale) on previous coursework, or acceptance and enrollment in an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Nursing Program partner school.

Students who meet the following criteria may qualify for the RN to MSN Bridge Option:

► Junior standing or higher (at least 90 credit hours)
► A minimum cumulative OU grade point average of 3.0
► Have earned a minimum of 12 credits in residence at Ottawa University Undergraduate to Graduate RN to MSN Bridge Program

CCNE Accredited

The online RN-BSN and online RN-MSN at Ottawa University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is the leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate and graduate degree nursing programs in the United States, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. Program accreditation was effective in March 2019 and extends through December 2024.

Why Choose Ottawa?

The courses in Ottawa University's BSN program are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

For more information about earning your degree through the RN-to-MSN program at Ottawa University — or for any of our other accelerated degree programs — contact us today.

For curriculum and course descriptions for our RN-MSN program, please download a program overview

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Liberal Arts Courses

The following courses must be taken to fulfill Ottawa University's liberal arts requirement.

  • Seminar for Significance
  • Writing and Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
  • Global Issues in the Liberal Arts

Foundation Courses

The following may be taken at Ottawa University or equivalencies/substitutions transferred in. Please note not all Foundation Courses may be available online.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology Lab
  • Microbiology 
  • Statistics for Social Sciences

Nursing Major Courses

Professional Nursing Theory, Roles and Practice | NRSG 30000
Introduces foundation concepts and essential components of the professional baccalaureate prepared nurse role. Examines nursing theory, quality practice, and ethical/legal issues. Analyzes historical nursing advocates/issues as well as professional nursing topics/trends of today.

Nursing and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare | NRSG 30003
Course focuses on improving cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competency among health care professionals. Serves to expand understanding of cultural diversity in relation to health care beliefs and practices. Prepares students to better implement and evaluate individualized plans to improve health care delivery in diverse settings and population groups, including the under-served.

Clinical Informatics and Technology | NRSG 32000
Explores the impact of the vast amount of technology used in today's health care organizations. Focuses on information technology as related to health care safety, quality improvement, resource utilization, and data management to improve outcomes. Other topics include the ethical and legal issues impacting the use of technology in health care

Health Promotion Across Life Cycle | NRSG 32003
Examines age-specific/trans-cultural strategies to promote and improve healthy life styles across the life span. Explores effective risk assessment screening and health care educational resources in a variety of diverse settings. Global health concerns/trends are also evaluated.

Human Pathophysiology | NRSG 32006
Course explores cellular functions and pathology and the changes that occur within the human body as a response to various disease processes. Discusses the role of the professional nurse in the management of specific health problems across the lifespan.

Health Assessment | NRSG 32009
Focuses on expanding and refining knowledge and assessment skills needed in performing a complete nursing health assessment across the life span. Students will describe and analyze assessment findings. Techniques explored: interviewing, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection, and auscultation utilizing selected volunteers and/or simulated experiences.

Health Care Policy and Regulations | NRSG 46000
Examines the development of health care policy in the U.S. and the influences of societal, political, and economic environments on the health care industry. Explores the interaction of government and other regulatory agencies within the health care industries.

Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice | NRSG 46003
Course serves as an introduction to the concepts of nursing research methods and theoretical principles. Focuses on providing students with the knowledge base to define and critically analyze and evaluate clinical research problems and develop techniques to practically implement the evidence in leadership or professional practice roles.

Community Based Nursing | NRSG 46006
Examines health issues, disease prevention, and current trends in public health within diverse urban and rural settings. Topics include evaluation of evidence-based nursing and various epidemiological principles to develop an effective understanding of the role of the professional nurse in the community setting.

Nursing Leadership and Management | NRSG 46009
Course utilizes theoretical principles of management to provide the student with the foundation to become an effective change agent/leader/manager in today's complex health care setting. Topics include strategic planning, quality improvement, and organizational/system leadership.

Professional Nursing: Integration Concepts | NRSG 49003
Capstone course that provides the opportunity to reflect, integrate, and synthesize key concepts from previous courses as well as observations from "real-world" experiences. Students prepare a written proposal on an approved topic of their choice which addresses a plan related to a relevant and timely nursing/health care concern. Proposal incorporates knowledge obtained from previous program courses to include such areas as evidence-based research, patient safety, performance improvement, cultural competence, ethical leadership, and health care access.

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