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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.

Program, Degree, and Course Requirements

Eligible Students Must Have:

  •  An active RN license issued in the United States.
  • 120 credit hours or above required for degree, 30 taken directly through FHSU.
  • 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
  •  Students with international transcripts must have two evaluations completed on his/her transcripts: WES+ and CGFNS.
  •  Clinicals required (see info below).

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.

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)
  • 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:
    natomy & 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

Guidelines for Applying to the RN to BSN Program

A student must apply to the RN to BSN Program by February 1 or September 1 when they have:

  • An active RN License issued in the United States
  • 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. or above
  • Completed the required pre-requisite courses:
English Composition I (3 credit hours)
English Composition II (3 credit hours)
College Algebra (3 credit hours)
Statistics (3 credit hours)
Human Anatomy & Physiology + lab (5-8 credit hours)
Microbiology + lab (4 - 5 credit hours)
Chemistry (3 credit hours)
General Psychology (3 credit hours)
Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
Oral Communication (3 credit hours)
Nursing Pre-requisite Courses
NURS 280 Foundations of Nursing (2 credit hours)
NURS 294 Nursing Transition (1 credit hour)x
NURS 207 Pathophysiology I (2 credit hours)
XCourses require current RN license granted in the United States.
  • Nursing Courses
    NURS 307 Pathophysiology II (2 credit hours)
    NURS 320 Health Care Ethics (1 credit hour)
    NURS 321 Health Care Legal Aspects (1 credit hour)
    NURS 491 Systems, Policy & Cost (2 credit hours)
    NURS 603 + NURS 603L Health Assessment & Lab (3 credit hours)x
  • Can Only Be Taken After Full-Admission:
    NURS 612 Nursing Concepts (4 credit hours)x
    NURS 322 Nursing Inquiry (2 credit hours)x
     NURS 632 Population-Focused Care (3 credit hours)x
    NURS 631 Integration (3 credit hours)x*
     NURS 631L Internship (3 total credits)x

XCourses require current RN license granted in the United States.

*These courses require clinical hours completed with a preceptor. All other nursing and gen-ed 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.

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.     

NURS 310L Nursing Skills Lab   2
NURS 311 Health & Illness I 3
NURS 311L Health & Illness Practicum 2
NURS 328 Mental Health Nursing 3
NURS 328L Mental Health Nursing Practicum 1
NURS 330 Health & Illness II 3
NURS 330L Health & Illness II Practicum 2
NURS 340 Pharmacology I 2
NURS 341Pharmacology II 2
NURS 420 Maternal/Infant 3
NURS 420L Maternal/Infant Practicum 3
NURS 422 Pediatrics 2
NURS422L Pediatrics Practicum 1
NURS 423 Concepts of Gerontology 1
NURS 430 Health & Illness III 3
NURS 430L Health & Illness III Practicum 3
Total 36

 Apply to FHSU

  • Send official transcripts (from all schools) to FHSU Registrar’s Office:

              Mail:   Fort Hays State University
Registrar’s Office
                          600 Park Street

                          Hays, KS 67601


              Fax: 785-628-4085

  • Once admitted to FHSU, the RN to BSN advisor will be in contact with you via e-mail.


  •  Nursing Scholarships:
          Dane G Hansen Forgivable Loan

                              The Forgivable Loan will cover the cost of tuition, books, and advanced
                              standing credit fees.

                             Eligibility (Kansas residents only):
                                    1.     Currently enrolled part-time or full-time in the FHSU RN to BSN Program
                                    2.     Reside in one of the following Kansas counties:

                                            Cheyenne, Cloud, Decatur, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Jewell, Lincoln,
                                            Logan, Mitchell, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rooks,
                                            Russell, Saline, Sheridan, Sherman,  Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace
                                   3.      Grade of C or better in: College Algebra, English Composition I, and NURS
                                            294 Nursing Transition
                                   4.      Have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A.

                                   5.      Successful completion of background check

                            How to apply:
                                    1.     Fill out application
                                    2.     Submit a 2-4 page essay in APA Format (6th Edition), using the guide and
                                            rubric provided with the application
Send completed application and essay to Lesley Ostrom.

                                   Dane G Hansen Application (Kansas Residents ONLY)

                                         The loan is ‘forgiven’ when evidence of completion of two (2) years full-time
                                         employment in a designated Northwest Kansas healthcare setting after
                                         completion of the BSN is documented.     

                Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN)

                Blue Cross Blue Shield 

                Kansas Nurse Foundation


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

RN to BSN Program is accredited by the CCNE.



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