About OU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN)
Earn your accelerated, online 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 University offers a unique, accelerated environment with our eight-week course terms.
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.
Education and Qualifications
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. Most of our graduates go on to pursue their Masters in Nursing.
- 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
For curriculum and course descriptions, please download the RN-BSN program overview.
View detailed information about our RN-BSN online program.
Careers in 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. 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.
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 30007 Health Promotion and Teaching Culturally Diverse Populations in Nursing
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.
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