Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College


RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) Completion Program

Welcome to the RN to BSN completion program webpage. Our program is designed for Registered Nurses who were originally prepared at the associate degree or diploma level. Students in our program graduate from various nursing programs across the United States with the majority of students in Michigan and generally work 30 or more hours per week.  

Our program is student-oriented, using a learner-centered approach. This approach makes our coursework relevant to your current work environment. We begin the program with a course on skills acquisition. In this course, you will make your own unique plan to complete the program and be introduced to the skills needed for success in upper level courses. Subsequent courses prepare you to make evidence-based decisions that improve the quality and safety of individual and aggregates, as well as developing you for the role of a nurse leader. Additionally, for your final practicum, you have the opportunity to design a project-based experience in your place of employment ( NURS 495).

Options to complete the program to earn your BSN include:

  • Part-time or full-time
  • Fully online
  • RN to MSN Accelerated Track is available to current FSU students in the
    RN to BSN Completion Program

Admission Criteria

The following admission criteria are established for RN to BSN completion students:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in the total Nursing program (ADN or Diploma).
  • Current Registered Nurse license.
  • Completion of all AAS General Education Requirements, such as English 150, English 250, Math 110 and at least 7 credit hours/2 courses of Scientific Understanding with one course that has a lab. See the Curriculum Guide for more specific information.

Transfer Information

Course repetition is reduced and college credit is granted for basic nursing education without proficiency testing. (Proficiency testing is permitted for some advanced courses).

Many students want to know what classes transfer to Ferris from the community colleges. Most classes will transfer; the real question is what classes will meet requirements toward the BSN.  The Transfer Services Office website is a valuable tool for navigating through transfer credits.  There are two key requirements to keep in mind as you make choices for classes.

  • You must have at least 30 FSU credits to receive a degree from Ferris.
  • You must have at least 40 upper division (300 or 400) level credits to receive any BS degree. (Some community college 200 level courses transfer to Ferris as 300 level courses and help meet the requirement.)

Deadlines for Application and Material Submission

  • Spring Start
    • Apply using the free online application no later than November 1
    • Application materials are due by November 15
  • Fall Start
    • Apply using the free online application no later than June 1
    • Application materials are due by June 15

Please explore the additional information on the RN to BSN program website. We look forward to helping you reach your educational goals. If you have additional questions, please contact the RN to BSN program advisor (Lori Kelsey) by email LoriKelsey@ferris.edu.

Lisa Singleterry, PhD, RN, CNE
RN to BSN Program Coordinator
Academic Year 2013-2015

Updated 07/15/14

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