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RN to BSN Online Degree Program

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Program Overview

The RN to BSN online program at YSU is designed for working nurses with a desire to transform healthcare. Prepare to sharpen your practical and analytical skills, broaden your understanding of best practice and take on more responsibilities as a leader in a hospital or healthcare organization. This online program will also prepare you to move forward with an enhanced evidence-based practice and the clinical reasoning that drives a culture of safety to prevent risk of harm to patients, colleagues and the environment.

$9,800* Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
28 Credit Hours
$9,800* Total Tuition
As few as 10 months Program Duration
28 Credit Hours
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Courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on campus and who are committed to involving you as a member of the YSU community with ongoing support and open communication.

Core coursework includes technological strategies to evaluate and document information, community health, development of leadership within the RN role, intervention techniques, and disease prevention.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Utilize the American Nurses Association Standards of Care when providing care for individuals, families, groups and communities across the life span
  • Exhibit critical thinking in decision-making and problem-solving while adhering to the Code of Ethics for Nurses
  • Use effective and appropriate interpersonal communications and information technology
  • Apply theories and research findings from nursing and other disciplines to provide evidence-based, clinical, competent care
  • Provide culturally sensitive care and health education to individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Demonstrate leadership and apply management skills that promote accountability, legal and ethical conduct and maintenance of standards of care
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary healthcare team in planning, coordinating and evaluating outcomes for quality cost-effective care and continuous improvement of the healthcare system
  • Manage human and material resources to provide access to healthcare for individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Advocate for public policy to provide and protect the health of the public
  • Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning and service to the nursing profession

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YSU is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our in-state and out-of-state students the best value and flexibility.

$350* Per Credit Hour
$9,800* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

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Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659


At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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The admission process is the first step toward earning your online RN to BSN degree from Youngstown State University. Find out the requirements for the RN to BSN online, what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

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  • Complete undergraduate admission application
  • Pay $45 application fee (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • ADN/ASN or Diploma in Nursing from a college or university with minimum 2.0 overall GPA
  • Current, unencumbered RN license

Transcripts must be mailed from the granting institution or sent electronically through a secured server vendor.

Email Address:

Fax Number: 330-941-3674

Mailing Address:

Office of Admissions
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555


To complete the Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing online program, you must complete a minimum of 122 credit hours, comprised of 28 core nursing credit hours, 75 credit hours of general education and ADN/ASN nursing courses (eligible for block transfer credit), and 19 credit hours of additional general education requirements.

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Students must take the following courses.

NURS 3720: Professional Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Concepts related to professional nursing practice for graduates of ADN and diploma programs.

NURS 3725: Nursing Informatics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores nursing and healthcare informatics and its application to nursing practice and nursing education. Includes technological strategies to access, evaluate and document information and apply skills to patient care in the nursing profession. Development of computer skills to be successful in the online teaching format are included.

NURS 3730: Culture in Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will develop cultural awareness, assessment, communication and intervention techniques for various cultures. The application of culture to the practice of nursing will be emphasized.

NURS 3735: Health Promotion Across the Lifespan

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation for wellness, health promotion and disease prevention across the lifespan. The role of the nurse as a health educator and patient advocate for healthcare and maintenance of health for patients of various ages, their families and groups will be explored. Students will develop a plan of care to ensure healthy lifestyles and promotion of wellness.

NURS 4804: Health Assessment for RNs

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Increase clinical knowledge and skills in health assessment of clients of various age groups and the reporting and recording of findings.

NURS 4846L: Community Health Nursing for RNs

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A synthesis of nursing and public health sciences emphasizing health of communities through assessment analysis of at-risk population groups. Includes nursing role in healthcare policy. Students will complete a community project.

NURS 3750: Evidence-Based Practice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Process of research using reasoning and scientific rigor in critical analysis of nursing research. Pre-requisite: STAT 2625.

NURS 4854/L: Nursing Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Analysis, synthesis and evaluation of care delivered by the healthcare team with emphasis on development of leadership and research roles for the registered nurse. Total experiential learning 40 hours.

NURS 4852: Senior Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with opportunities to integrate and synthesize nursing knowledge through research, writing and presentations on current topics and issues. Total experiential learning 20 hours.

65 credit hours of general education and nursing courses earned at the completion of an ADN/ASN program plus 10 hours of experiential credit for unencumbered licensure will be automatically accepted to meet admission requirements.

ENGL 1551 (3 credit hours)

CMST 1545 (3 credit hours)

STAT 2625 (4 credit hours)

PSYCH 3758 (3 credit hours)

Arts & Humanities (3 credit hours)

CHEM 1505/L or CHEM 1510/L or equivalent (3 credit hours)

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