Bachelor of Science in Nursing (online option)

RN to BSN (Online option)

EMPOWER YOURSELF with the expertise, knowledge and confidence to take on advanced roles within the health care community.

Faculty with real-world expertise provide a student-centric approach to learning.


Affordable - Fully online program is among the most affordable in Ohio.

Timely - Multiple start dates for online program:

Spring semester (January)

Summer semester (June)

Fall semester (August)

Flexible - Study full-time or part-time

Fast - Complete your degree in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time)

Individual attention - Low student-to-faculty ratio

Customized - Courses are designed for the adult learner with engagement experiences designed to meet your individual needs

Open to Ohio residents and residents of these states.


Curriculum Guide

Minimum Requirements

  • A valid state license as a registered nurse
  • Undergraduate admission to The University of Akron and School of Nursing
  • 2.0 GPA
  • No grade less than a “C” in any prerequisite science course (grades of “C-minus” must be repeated; prerequisite sciences may be repeated only once). Prerequisite science courses include anatomy and physiology I and II; microbiology, and any four-credit chemistry course that includes a lab.

All RN students are admitted directly to the School of Nursing as undergraduates. School of Nursing advisors will help students to develop a plan of study that will best meet the student’s needs.

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Contact: Don Canary

Phone: (330) 972-5103


Multiple start dates for the online program

You may start:

Spring semester (January)

Summer semester (June)

Fall semester (August)

VIDEO: My experience at Akron

Chris Kretschmer—RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, CPEN and a major in the U.S. Army Reserves—explains how the RN-to-BSN Program at The University of Akron helped him reach his goals.


Students must take a minimum of 31 credits at UA to meet residency requirements for graduation. By-pass credit does not satisfy this requirement.

Core Nursing Courses (31 credits)

  • Concepts of Professional Nursing, 3 credits
  • Health Assessment for RNs, 3
  • Nursing Care of Healthy (Individuals/Families), 3
  • Palliative Nursing Care, 3
  • Nursing Research (RN only), 3
  • Nursing Care of Communities (RN only), 3
  • Nursing Care of Communities ( Community Engagement ) (RN only), 2
  • Complex Care of Aging Families (RN only), 3
  • Professional Nursing Leadership, 3
  • Professional Nursing Leadership (Leadership Engagement), 2
  • Professional Nursing Capstone, 3

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Akron, OH 44325-6231
330-972-7928 or TTD 330-972-5764

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Accreditation and certification

Fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

CCNE-Accredited Program

Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

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The University of Akron School of Nursing was the first university in the U.S. to provide all faculty with ELNEC training in palliative care.

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