Nursing RN to BSN

  • A completed Ottawa University student application for admission.
  • Current, unrestricted U.S. RN licensure (this must be maintained throughout the program). Licenses will be verified.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • Two professional or academic letters of recommendation.
  • Career Statement of professional experience and goals in nursing (no more than 2 pages). Please include current and previous work experience as an RN.
  • 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.
  • Submission of official transcripts of all previous college/university coursework.
  • A personal interview (arranged conveniently with the applicant) may be required at the discretion of the Nursing Program Admission Team.
  • Provisional admission may be offered to applicants who are new nursing graduates contingent upon passage of the NCLEX exam and receiving their RN licensure.  Receipt of licensure must be obtained and submitted  by the end of the student's second term in the RN-BSN program.  All other documents are required.  Failure to comply with the provisional admission requirements will result in dismissal from the program.
  • Provisional admission will be offered to approved applicants of concurrent nursing programs.  Passage of the NCLEX exam and receipt of RN licensure are required to meet degree requirements.

Evidence of current immunizations and CPR (professional/healthcare) will be required before taking NRSG 46006 Community Based Nursing and NRSG 46009 Nursing Leadership and Management.

Effective Spring 2014 any student with ADN/diploma nursing credits that are more than ten years old must have their credential validated.  This is accomplished by:

  • Successful completion of NRSG 30000 Professional Nursing Theory, Roles, and Practice with a “C” or above and one other required nursing major course with a “C” or above (with a prefix of NRSG).

Prior ADN/diploma nursing courses will be held in escrow until the successful completion of the courses noted above. Upon successful completion of these two courses, the prior ADN/diploma nursing course credits will be transcribed as transfer credit applicable toward the Ottawa University BSN degree.


*Regional, national faith-related, or national career-related institutions with CHEA-recognized accreditation.

Please Note: All previous college/university credits will be evaluated on an individual basis for transfer to Ottawa University.