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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 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).

COMM 100

Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Public Speaking)

3 credit hours

ENG 101

English Composition I

3 credit hours

ENG 102

English Composition II

3 credit hours

MATH 110 or MATH 101

College Algebra or Liberal Arts Math

3 credit hours

MATH 250

Elements of Statistics

3 credit hours

BIOL 230 & BIOL 231 + lab(s)

Human Anatomy & Physiology + lab

5-8 credit hours

BIOL 240 + lab

Microbiology + lab

4-5 credit hours

CHEM 100

Chemist’s View of the World

3 credit hours

PSY 100

General Psychology

3 credit hours

SOC 140

Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

 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

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.

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  


NURS 311 Health & Illness I


NURS 311L Health & Illness Practicum


NURS 328 Mental Health Nursing


NURS 328L Mental Health Nursing Practicum


NURS 330 Health & Illness II


NURS 330L Health & Illness II Practicum


NURS 340 Pharmacology I


NURS 341Pharmacology II


NURS 420 Maternal/Infant


NURS 420L Maternal/Infant Practicum


NURS 422 Pediatrics


NURS422L Pediatrics Practicum


NURS 423 Concepts of Gerontology


NURS 430 Health & Illness III


NURS 430L Health & Illness III Practicum




Apply to NursingCAS:

Create a NursingCAS Account

Prepare to Apply

Application Instructions

Background Check Instructions:

  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


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


P.O. Box 9201

Watertown, MA 02471

Apply 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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