Undergraduate Programs

RN to BSN Program


Why a Bachelor's Degree?

Adding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to your credentials can assist you with career advancement and/or acceptance into a variety of post-baccalaureate nursing programs. CSU’s School of Nursing offers the working RN a flexible, online schedule. Students are admitted to the nursing program as juniors. The required nursing courses can be completed in three consecutive semesters (one year), with credit for nursing experience. The program begins twice a year with a Fall and Spring co-hort.

Graduates are able to move immediately into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program the fall semester following graduation if they meet all MSN requirements.

The School of Nursing participates in the Northeast Ohio Access in Nursing model. Participation in this articulation model grants college credits to graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs. These credits are applied toward to the total number of hours needed to graduate from Cleveland State University with a BSN.

How to Get Started:

Contact the Recruiter/Advisor (via email or phone). Submit copies of your academic transcripts for all universities attended for evaluation of the prerequisite coursework. Transcript evaluations can be done through email, fax, or in person.

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • Chemistry I & II
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • English I & II

These courses must be completed prior to beginning the Nursing sequence in the fall semester. Please schedule an appointment with the advisor for individual guidelines.

Admission Guidelines

Requirements for admission include:

  1. Hold an active Ohio Registered Nurse License (or the U.S. state where you reside).
  2. Complete all prerequisite coursework with a grade of “C” or higher. Maintain an overall prerequisite GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  4. Apply for admission to CSU at least six weeks prior to any School of Nursing deadlines.
  5. Apply for admission to the School of Nursing. Complete applications are due July 1st for the Fall semester co-hort and December 1 for the Spring semester co-hort.

Selection Criteria

Selection of students is based on a number of criteria including completion of prerequisite courses, grade point average, and resume. The program is competitive and the number of spaces in the program is limited. Students not admitted or who do not accept an admission slot must reapply. There is no ongoing waiting list.


English as a Second Language (ESL) students are required to contact the English as a Second Language Department to arrange an assessment of their English language skills. The assessment may outline additional coursework that must be completed before admission to the nursing major.