University of Akron School of Nursing


RN to BSN program


Convenient: Study online or study in class close to home via distance learning (six sites in northeastern Ohio)

Flexible: Study full or part time. Classes meet one day per week (Tuesday)

Fast: Complete your degree in one year (three semesters full time) or two years (six semesters part time)

Individual attention: Low student-to-faculty ratios

CustomizedCourses designed for the adult learner. Two practicum experiences designed to meet your individual needs. 

Quality: Program fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


The RN-to-BSN program offers licensed RNs the opportunity to attend classes in an online program or at one of six locations:

Close to home or online, this program is a convenient way for nurses to obtain their degrees.

How to apply

  1. For further information or to begin the pre-admission process call 330-972-5103.

Admission requirements

  1. Valid state license as a registered nurse (New graduates must pass NCLEX prior to beginning Nursing of Communities course.)
  2. Admission to the University of Akron and School of Nursing
  3. Grade of a “C" of above in all prerequisite courses. Courses taken at other colleges may be used to receive credit towards prerequisite requirements.
  4. A minimum Grade Point Average of 2.75. 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.

If you are interested in obtaining a quality baccalaureate degree in nursing, we strongly encourage you to apply.

Current RN/BSN students 

Online payment option for Bypass Credits after completion of 8200:336 follow CASHNet link below.

Make a payment:

Press the CASHNet button below and  you will be redirected to the CASHNet site where you will be able to make a payment, sign up for installment payment plan, view your electronic bills or setup a parent/authorized user account. 

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Scholarships for transfer students

We offer a number of scholarship opportunities for students transferring into The University of Akron.

Background check

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

Master's option

The RN to BSN to MSN option is designed for the experienced nurse who wishes to go on to graduate study to prepare for advanced 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. On completion of the baccalaureate course requirements, the baccalaureate degree is awarded.

RN to BSN to MSN option

Qualified students must be accepted into Graduate School. They will continue in their chosen specialty area at the master's level.


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