Your next step could change your life.
And your capacity to change the lives of others.

At some point, every nurse with an associate degree reaches an important moment in their career. It’s the decision to stay the course or take a step forward. Whether you’ve just earned your degree, or you’ve been caring for patients for years, we embrace those who choose to go further. The RN to BSN path can certainly enhance your career. Most important, it can elevate your ability to care for your patients and give you a clear voice in the debate surrounding how best to advance the field of nursing.

There’s a reason Ohio State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. There are a number of reasons. Including the quality of the coursework, the personalized attention made possible by low student-to-instructor ratios, the integration of evidence-based practice throughout our curriculum, our commitment to your personal wellness and, of course, the flexibility to earn a degree as a full-time or part-time student.

In addition, we've made the RN to BSN degree program both accessible and affordable by waiving all textbook costs. And, when you enroll in our online program, you’ll pay in-state tuition no matter you live! The Ohio State University College of Nursing is renown throughout the world for its level of academic excellence and expertise.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

We are proud to provide a program that explores current and relevant topics that can be immediately applied to your professional career. We offer this program in a cost-effective manner by leveraging open and university supported resources. There are no textbook costs for the nursing courses.

For more information contact Jessica Sturgill, Ohio State Marion Academic Advisor, at Sturgill.101@osu.edu or call 740-725-6016 or email nursing@osu.edu.

How This Works at Ohio State Marion

The Ohio State University at Marion offers all prerequisite and general education requirements for the RN to BSN program.

  • If you have obtained an associate degree but are missing coursework to fulfill the prerequisites of the RN to BSN program, the Marion campus can assist you in completing the missing requirements.

Prerequisite courses may include Anatomy, Introductory Biology, Elementary Chemistry (with lab), First Year English Composition, and Basic and Practical Microbiology.Students can also choose to complete any remaining general education requirements at the Marion campus before beginning the RN to BSN program. This may lessen the number of courses that are taken concurrently while completing the online RN to BSN coursework.

  • If you have completed all prerequisite coursework, you are ready to begin the RN to BSN application. During this program you will be required to complete general education courses if you haven’t already done so. These courses can be completed in person (or online) at the Marion campus, allowing you to stay local.


The table below estimates a total cost for the completion of the degree program, including both university and program-specific fees.

Estimates are based upon the Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSN program, which is 120 credits in length, much of which can be completed through transfer of work or previous credits. Estimates below are based on completion of 36 credits in three semesters as a full-time student (12 credits per semester) or 36 credits in four semesters as a part-time student. Actual costs and length of time will vary based on GE courses needed and desired track. The RN-BSN Program, full-time track will take three semesters with more credits each semester and the part-time track will take four semesters with less credits each semester. For more information on the courses and curriculum visit the department’s page. You might also reference the Total Cost Calculation Guide for help in making your own calculations based on your own degree completion plan.

Ways to Make the RN to BSN Affordable

Potential Ohio Health Tuition Benefits

  • Ohio Health full time employees: $5,200 / year
  • Ohio Health part time employees: $3,000 / year

College of Nursing Scholarships

Thanks in large part to generous private donors, the College of Nursing has a number of scholarships available to our students currently enrolled in one of the college's degree granting programs. Some of these are need-based and require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)by the priority deadline.

Continuing students are invited to submit the scholarship application to be considered for need-based and/or merit-based scholarships.


These funds are limited and preference is given to full-time degree-seeking students who are continuously enrolled. Students exclusively enrolled in a pre-major or certificate program are not eligible to apply for these opportunities. Prospective students and families of pre-nursing and pre-HWIH (Health & Wellness Innovation in Healthcare) are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid regarding loan and scholarship programs offered by the university.

Ohio State Marion Scholarships

The Ohio State University at Marion currently has over 60 scholarships through a one application process. Many of those are open to students in all fields of study with academic merit or need. Find out how to apply for these and more here: https://osumarion.osu.edu/students/financial-aid.html.