Nursing at AkronThe University of Akron School of Nursing offers two career pathways to meet the needs of registered nurses who are interested in obtaining either the baccalaureate or masters degree in nursing. The sequences are designed for RNs who completed either a diploma or associate degree nursing program as well as RNs with bachelor degrees in an area other than nursing. Both pathways provide learning activities that build on prior knowledge and experience.

The RN to BSN Option

The RN to BSN option is designed for nurses who wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree in nursing. The program itself, after completion of the prerequisites, is three full-time semesters. A part-time option is available.

The RN-to-BSN program offers licensed RNs the opportunity to attend classes in an online program or in one of six locations – Main Campus, Wayne College, Lorain County Community College University Partnership, Medina County University Center, UA Lakewood, and The Holden Center at Lakeland Community College. Close to home or online, this program is a convenient way for nurses to obtain their degree.

Highlights of the BSN for RN program

  • Completion of the baccalaureate degree in one year
  • Adult learner focused, building on prior learning and clinical experience
  • Courses meet one day per week (excluding clinical)
  • Summer start date
  • An option to portfolio student experience in place of one clinical 
  • No challenge exams required
  • Online or in-class options
  • Multiple locations

BSN for RN program brochure (full or part time)

RN to BSN Curriculum Guide

The RN Advancement Program: The MSN for RN Option

The MSN for RN option is designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to go on to graduate study to prepare for advance nursing practice roles such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, or nurse administrator. In this program, students take courses that meet the requirements of the baccalaureate degree as well as graduate nursing courses. Upon completion of the baccalaureate course requirements, the baccalaureate degree is awarded.

Triangle RN to BSN to MSN program brochure

Students then continue in their chosen specialty area at the master's level. The entire MSN for RN option program, after completion of the prerequisite courses, is seven to eight full- time semesters. A part-time program of study is available.

Admission Requirements

  • Valid Ohio state license as a registered nurse
  • Admission to the University of Akron and School of Nursing
  • Maintenance of a "C" or above in all prerequisite courses. Courses taken at other colleges may be used to receive credit towards prerequisite requirements.
  • A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0. Grades of transfer work are combined with those earned at The University of Akron in the computation of the admission GPA.

All RN students are admitted directly to the School of Nursing as undergraduates. School of Nursing advisors will help guide the student as to the prerequisite courses needed and a plan of study that will best meet the student's needs.

The School of Nursing is concerned with the shortage of nurses of diverse cultures in the field. If you are interested in nursing, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Background check

The college requires entering students to submit to a background check.