Admission Criteria/Process for RN to BSN

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements of Marshall University as described in the Undergraduate Catalog. The RN to BSN application deadline is:

  • For Spring Semester – October 1
  • For Fall Semester – April 1

Questions about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing by phone (304) 696-3821 or by email at

Criteria for admission include the following:

  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BSN Program must hold an unencumbered RN license PRIOR to beginning the second semester of coursework or they will be withdrawn from the program.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.


Marshall University’s RN to BSN Program does not discriminate against applicants from any geographic region of the USA. However, some states do have statutes and laws that make it difficult, perhaps impossible, for Marshall University to reach a legal distance education agreement with facilities in the state. In addition, the required project based experiences that take place in health care facilities in certain states may not be possible due to extreme measures enacted by state organizations to limit learning and career opportunities for qualified RN to BSN students.  In order for Marshall University to reach a legal distance education agreement with a state, the state has to be an approved member of SARA.  Please be aware that it may be extremely difficult to successfully secure health care facilities for the project based experiences in areas that are not approved members of SARA. Without practice sites or legal distance education agreements between Marshall University and the facility, there is a strong likelihood that you may not complete the RN to BSN Program.

To determine if the state in which you are licensed is a member of SARA, please use the following link:

How to Apply to the RN to BSN program

  1. Apply to Marshall University
  2. Print and fill out the RN to BSN Application
  3. Send the RN to BSN application by April 1 or October 1 with a nonrefundable check or money order for $30.00 payable to MU SON to: Marshall University
    School of Nursing PH room 421
    1 John Marshall Drive
    Huntington, WV 25755-9510
    ATTN: RN to BSN Program

Background Checks and Drug Screens

RN to BSN 2016 Drug Test and Background Check

As part of the admissions process to the RN to BSN Program, students must complete a background check and drug screen. Based upon the findings, students may not be accepted into the Nursing Program. Additionally the School of Nursing may require students to submit to a drug screen upon reasonable suspicion or cause or may impose random drug testing for students undergoing treatment and/or rehabilitation for substance abuse. All drug screens and background checks are the financial responsibility of the student.

Health Form and Immunizations

Upon admission to the RN to BSN Program, students must submit a completed health form, and record of immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to provide documentation as required.

Required Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts to BOTH the university and the SON.