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Fort Hays State University
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Online RN to BSN Program

About the RN to BSN Program

The RN to BSN Program at FHSU provides registered nurses a flexible, 100% on-line option to complete their BSN Degree in as few as three semesters. As an incoming student, you can enter the program at any semester: fall, spring, or summer. The RN to BSN Program can expand your knowledge and skills in leadership and critical thinking and provide future career options.

Please note: Apply to Nursing CAS first. Send official transcripts to Nursing CAS only. FHSU will retrieve official transcripts from Nursing CAS. Then apply to FHSU. Unofficial transcripts may be sent to FHSU.

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Apply to Nursing CAS

A student must apply to Nursing CAS for consideration into the FHSU RN to BSN Program. A student must also apply to FHSU.


Send official transcripts to Nursing CAS only. FHSU will retrieve official transcripts from Nursing CAS. A student must also apply to FHSU. Unofficial transcripts may be sent to FHSU.

Apply to FHSU

A student applies as an undergraduate virtual transfer student.

Background Check

Prior to acceptance to the RN to BSN Program, a clear background check is required. Go to:




Transfer Courses

Degree Curriculum

Nursing Curriculum


Virtual College

Student Services

Nursing Handbook


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Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Current active RN license issued in the United States. Students may enroll in University courses while finishing their RN Program. Note: taking University courses before being admitted to the RN-BSN Program does not guarantee admission to the RN-BSN Program.
  2. Cumulative minimum 2.5 G.P.A
  3. Transfer courses accepted from regionally accredited schools only (verified by the Higher Learning Commission)
  4. WES+ and CGFNS transcript reviews required (if applicable).
  5. Clear background check (completed with FHSU approved company).

Program Requirements

  1. Maintain active RN license issued in the United States-students may be conditionally admitted if finishing their RN Program.
  2. Maintain cumulative minimum 2.5 G.P.A.—students who fall below 2.5 G.P.A. while in the program may be subject to dismissal.
  3. Minimum grade of C for all program required classes outside of nursing (see list below). Courses are to be completed by graduation time and not required to be completed before starting the RN to BSN courses (except for courses that serve as pre-requisites).
   Course Number    Course      Credit Hours

COMM 100

Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Public Speaking)


ENG 101

English Composition I


ENG 102

English Composition II


MATH 110 or MATH 101

College Algebra or Liberal Arts Math


MATH 250

Elements of Statistics


BIOL 230 & BIOL 231 + labs

Human Anatomy & Physiology + lab (s)


BIOL 240 + lab

Microbiology + lab


CHEM 100

Chemist’s View of the World


PSY 100

General Psychology


SOC 140

Introduction to Sociology


 Degree Requirements

  • 120 credit hours or above required for a BSN degree, 30 taken directly through FHSU. 45 credit hours must be upper division and 60 credit hours must be from a 4-year school.
  • Minimum 45 credit hours of general education required for transfer students with an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited school. More information is located here: Transfer Articulation Agreement
  • Diploma Nurses (without 45 transferable credit hours) will have a few more general-education classes to complete. More information is located here: General Education Program
  • International Students: The RN to BSN Program is an on-line program. It does not meet the requirements for International students who require on-campus courses.
  • Students who have a current U.S. RN license with transcripts from outside the United States must have two evaluations completed on his/her transcripts: WES+ and CGFNS.

 General Education Requirements

 ⦁  Twelve (12) credit hours of basic skills courses, including:
     English Composition I
     English Composition II
     Speech Communication (Fundamentals of Oral Communication)
     College level mathematics (College Algebra or Liberal Arts Math)
⦁   Twelve (12) credit hours of Humanities courses (performance/studio courses are excluded) from at least three of the following disciplines:
     Modern Languages
⦁   Twelve (12) hours of Social and Behavioral Science courses from at least three of the following disciplines:
     Into to Sociology (required for RN to BSN Program)
     General Psychology (required for RN to BSN Program)
     Political Science
⦁   Nine (9) credit hours of Natural and Physical Science courses from at least two disciplines (lecture with lab), for a total of 11 hours:
     Anatomy & Physiology + lab (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 5 credit hours)
     Microbiology + lab (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 4 credit hours)
     Chemistry (no lab) (required for RN to BSN Program, minimum 3 credit hours)
⦁   Transfer students must fulfill one 3 credit hour upper-division integrative course which fulfills a university requirement.
      IDS 400 Bioethics

RN to BSN Courses Prior to January 2018

   Course Number    
   Course Credit

NURS 207

Pathophysiology I


NURS 280

Foundations of Nursing


NURS 294

Nursing Transition


NURS 307

Pathophysiology II


NURS 320



NURS 321



NURS 491

Healthcare Systems, Policy, & Cost


NURS 603+603L

Health Assessment and lab

2+1 = 3

NURS 322

Intro to Evidence-Based Research


NURS 612

Nursing Concepts


NURS 632

Population-Focused Care


NURS 631+631L*

Integration* + Internship*

3+3 = 6




*These courses require clinical hours completed with a preceptor. All other nursing courses must be completed before taking NURS 631 and NURS 631L. NURS 631 and NURS 631L are the only courses enrolled in during the last semester a student is in the program.

RN to BSN Courses Starting January 2018

 All courses are 8 weeks in length. A section of each course will be offered every 8 weeks.

(Contact your academic advisor for more information)

Course Credit

Pre-January 2018

Course Equivalency

Credit Hours
NURS 440 Informatics for the RN 3      
NURS 441 Professional Roles for the RN 3   NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing & NURS 294 Nursing Transition 2,1
NURS 442 Legal & Ethical Issues in Healthcare 3   NURS 320 Ethics & NURS 321 Legal 1, 1
NURS 443 Community-Focused Care for the RN* 3   NURS 632 Population-Focused Care 3
NURS 445 Health Promotion 3   NURS 603+NURS 603L Health Assessment and lab 2, 1
NURS 446      Nursing Inquiry for the RN 3 Statistics NURS 322 Intro to Evidence-Based Research 2
NURS 447 Trends Facing Healthcare 3      
NURS 448 Healthcare Policy & Cost for the RN 3   NURS 491 Healthcare Systems, Policy, & Cost 2
NURS 449 Leadership & Management for the RN 3 NURS 446 NURS 631 Integration for the RN 3
NURS 450 Quality Improvement Practicum* 3 NURS 446 and NURS 449 NURS 631L Internship for the RN 3
  Total   30      

*These courses require practicum hours.

Advanced Standing Credit

As a Registered Nurse, you are eligible for Advanced Standing Credit towards your BSN degree by demonstrating successful completion of the NCLEX-RN national exam. Students who qualify for Advanced Standing Credit will be granted a total of 36 credit hours. Fort Hays State University charges a fee of $25.00 per course for posting Advanced Standing Credit courses to a student's transcript. These fees will total $400.00 for 16 nursing courses. Course credit earned by Advanced Standing will be posted to the student's transcript (once the fee is paid) during the final semester a student is enrolled in the nursing program.



Credit Hours

NURS 310L     Nursing Skills Lab     2
NURS 311

Health & Illness I



Health & Illness Practicum


NURS 328

Mental Health Nursing



Mental Health Nursing Practicum


NURS 330

Health & Illness II



Health & Illness II Practicum


NURS 340

Pharmacology I


NURS 341

Pharmacology II


NURS 420




Maternal/Infant Practicum


NURS 422




Pediatrics Practicum


NURS 423

Concepts of Gerontology


NURS 430

Health & Illness III



Health & Illness III Practicum





Apply to Nursing CAS:

Please note CAS fees: $45.00 application fee and optional $65.00 - $140.00 transcript entry fee (transcript entry fee only applies if student does not choose to manually enter transcript information)

Create a Nursing CAS Account

Prepare to Apply

Application Instructions

Background Check Instructions:

Please note background check fees: $50.00 (money order/cashier's check) or $51.00 (credit card)

  1. Go to the secure link:
  2. Enter the Username and Password below:
    Username:  fhsu2983
    Password:   background
  3. Create a personal profile by completing the required fields:
    • If your email has been used in a previously created profile you will need to log in via the “Returning Student Log-In” section, select the “New Screening Profile” link on the next page.
    • If you have forgotten your password you can click on the “password (forget?)” link and answer the security question you chose when you first creating your personal profile.
  4. Complete each section of the screening profile:
    • Read the “Notice and Disclosure” and check the confirmation box
    • Read the “Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act” and check the confirmation box.
    • Fill out all form fields in the Certification and Release and enter your signature in the electronic signature box.
      You must have Java installed to complete the electronic signature.
       Choose a payment option:
      •  Credit Card  (Visa or MasterCard) $50.00 plus $1.00 surcharge
      •  Money Order/Cashier’s Check   $50.00
    • Select Submit
  5.  Results will be sent to the Nursing Department.

Background checks are to be updated every 4 years or as requested by the Department of Nursing, at the expense of the student. It is the students responsibility to notify the Department of Nursing and FHSU, within 24 hours, of any change that would alter the outcome of a clear background check. Failure to notify the Department of Nursing and FHSU is grounds for immediate dismissal from the nursing program


Official transcripts from all schools must be sent to Nursing CAS. CLEP transcripts must be sent to FHSU. FHSU will retrieve transcripts from Nursing CAS. Students requesting transcripts from previous schools can have their transcripts sent directly to Nursing CAS electronically through Parchment or Credential Solutions. Otherwise, official transcripts will need to be mailed to:

 Nursing CAS

P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

Apply to FHSU

  • Apply to FHSU. Unofficial transcripts from all schools may be sent to FHSU. 
  •  Once admitted to FHSU, a student will be notified by FHSU Registrar's Office. Then, the RN to BSN advisor will be in contact with you via e-mail.



Fort Hays State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. More information is located here:

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Fort Hays State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education




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