RN to BSN FAQ

How do I become a Marshall student?

You must first be admitted to the University.  If you have never attended Marshall or attended another college or university after your last Marshall enrollment, then your first step is to the Marshall Admissions Office.  If you attended Marshall previously but have been out of school for one year, you will need to contact the Admission’s Office for readmission.

How do I become an RN to BSN student after admission to Marshall?

You must submit the completed RN to BSN Application which includes a background check and drug screen through the company contracted by the Marshall University School of Nursing, required documentation including transcripts verifying previous course work and graduation from an accredited associate degree/diploma nursing program.  A $30 application fee must accompany the application. Please make checks payable to Marshall University School of Nursing. For spring class the deadline is October 1 and for fall it is April 1.  Late applications are not accepted.

Marshall University
College of Health Professions
School of Nursing
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV  25755-9510
Attn:  RN to BSN Program

Is the RN to BSN program online?

The program is completely online. The courses are asynchronous meaning the student is not required to be logged in the computer at a certain day and time each week.

What are the admissions requirements?

  1. Be a graduate of a nationally accredited diploma or associate degree nursing (ASN) program (i.e., ACEN- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing)
  2. Meet the general education requirements of Marshall University
  3. Have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher on all college work.
  4. Satisfactorily pass a background check and drug screen through the background and drug screen company contracted by the Marshall University School of Nursing. Employer and other background check and drug screens will not be accepted.
  5. Hold an unencumbered RN license if already licensed as an RN in the one or more states or territories in the United States.
  6. Students applying for the program who are completing their associate degree/diploma upon application to the RN to BSN Program must hold an unencumbered RN license PRIOR to beginning the second semester of coursework or they will be withdrawn from the program.

International students applying to the RN to BSN Program must hold an unencumbered nursing license within a US state or territory at the time of application.

Unencumbered License – Current unencumbered licensure as an RN in the United States is required. An unencumbered license has not been subjected to formal discipline by any Board of Nursing. This includes but is not limited to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance. An unencumbered license is a license that has no provisions or conditions that limit practice in any way. This applies to all current or past RN licensure in one or more states.

What documentation is required?

Documentation includes but is not limited to: CPR verification, immunization records, health form, technical standards form, unencumbered  RN license, etc.  See RN to BSN Handbook for additional requirements for admitted students.

Will I receive credit for my diploma or associate nursing degree?

The School of Nursing awards up to 40 hours of undergraduate nursing credit for RN licensure after first 12 nursing credit hours are complete.  Students are responsible for submitting  a request to the director of the program to obtain this credit upon completion of the 12th credit hour.

What are the costs for the RN to BSN program?

Undergraduate Online course fees are $255 per credit hour. May include additional fees.
Cost subject to change. Please check with the Bursars Office for up to date fees.

Do I need a RN license?

Students applying for the program who are completing their associate degree/diploma upon application to the RN to BSN Program must hold an unencumbered RN license PRIOR to beginning the second semester of coursework or they will be withdrawn from the program.

 How many clinical hours are students required to complete in the RN to BSN program?

There is no set number of clinical hours for this program. Students will complete various course specific assignments in order to meet the course objectives.

How long does it take to complete the program?

If all the general education requirements are completed, the student may complete the program in two semesters (full time). Plans of study include full time (2 semesters), accelerated part time (3 semesters) and part time (4 semesters).  Students needing general education or program specific required courses will take longer.  For those working full time, part time study is recommended.