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RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN program at Kent State University at Stark is designed for students who have their RN (registered nurse) license by completing an associate degree or diploma program in nursing, but wish to pursue a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing.

Why Complete a BSN Degree?

  • A BSN offers greater earning potential, as it opens doors to higher-level positions in the health care industry.
  • The health care industry has a growing demand for nurses with BSN degrees because:
    • Nurses with BSN degrees have greater leadership and technology skills that address the shift toward chronic care and facilitate in care coordination and transition.
    • Many hospitals are seeking credentials, such as “Magnet” status, an award given by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), to hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria designed to measure the strength and quality of their nursing. To achieve this status, a set percentage of the hospital’s nurses must have BSN degrees.
  • BSN programs introduce opportunities for career advancement, as students can develop a wide range of competencies in areas such as: health policy, financing, community and public health, leadership, quality improvement, information analysis and synethesis, and more.
  • The Institute of Medicine committee recommends that the proportion of nurses with BSN degrees be increased to 80% by 2020.
  • As the current nursing workforce ages, the industry will need a new generation of nurses with the education, skills and experience to serve as primary care providers, nurse researchers, nurse faculty and leaders of ongoing health care reform. These positions are currently in great demand.

Why Kent State University?

Students enrolling in the RN to BSN program become part of the fourth largest College of Nursing in the United States. Kent State University has become synonymous with world-class nursing and is widely known for producing graduates equipped to face the daily challenges of the health care field.
  • Kent State University is ranked among the top higher education institutions in the world. (Times Higher Education, London)
  • Kent State University College of Nursing is the fourth largest College of Nursing in the United States.
  • The nursing program has an exceptional reputation, with forty-three percent of Northeast Ohio nurses graduating from Kent State.
  • Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The College of Nursing has been preparing nurses for the increasing demands placed upon them in the health care setting for more than 40 years.

Why the Stark Campus?

The RN to BSN program is available entirely at the Stark Campus of Kent State University, providing convenience to students who live nearby, are more comfortable in a small-campus environment, or are looking for a more affordable educational option.
  • All courses are available at the Stark Campus, located just off I-77 in Jackson Township.
  • The program offers the most affordable tuition of any RN to BSN program in Stark County.
  • Students enjoy reduced regional campus tuition rates - with scholarships available to those who qualify.
  • The campus has established affiliations with local health care facilities.
  • There are many opportunities to be involved through student organizations and campus activities.
  • Students have access to personalized, one-on-one advising.
  • The faculty are highly qualified with strong backgrounds in teaching and clinical expertise.

Program Structure

  • Courses delivered over 7.5-week terms.
  • Flexible, with six entry points each year and courses in fall, spring and summer.
  • Program typically completed in 18 - 24 months.
  • Daytime and evening classes available.
  • Classes delivered in-person and hybrid (mix of in-person and online).
  • Transfer credits granted to persons with RN diploma or associate degree in nursing.


Admission Criteria

RNs must first meet the following requirements for admission:
  • Graduate in good standing from a state-approved ADN or diploma school of nursing.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (on scale of 4.0) for all college coursework.

       In addition, the College of Nursing requires the following:

  • A current, verifiable US RN license.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 in required science courses.

RN to BSN Program

RN to BSN Program

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RN to BSN Program Contact:

Deb Shelestak, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor, Nursing

RN to BSN Advising Contact:
Venecia Alexander
Academic Advisor

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