School of Nursing
RN to BSN Completion Programs (in person or online)
In-Person RN to BSN Completion Program
All applicants must hold an unencumbered Indiana RN license. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in order to apply. Applicants are considered by cohort according to the categories listed below. The number of students selected for each cohort depends upon the number of student spaces available and applicants’ performance on admission criteria. Admission is campus-specific and competitive. Selection will be made at least 45 days prior to the start of the first term for the cohort group. Specific selection dates will be available in the Advising Center for Allied Health and Nursing. Students will be notified of acceptance by letter. In cases where two cohorts will be started at the same time (i.e. for off-site offering), two separate category lists will be generated. The student may sign up on both lists if desired, however they must attend at the site where accepted. Applications submitted are only good for the cohort beginning in the semester noted on the form. If a student chooses to be considered for another starting semester they must complete and submit a new application.
Complete applications are due:
July 1 for Fall Semester cohort; November 1 for Spring Semester cohort; March 1 for Summer Semester cohort. Please check with your advisor as cohorts of RN to BSN students do not begin every semester, but will begin at least one time per academic year.
Category 1: (first priority selection)
1) RN has a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale either from Indiana University or from the degree granting institution for the ASN or Diploma. In case both GPA scores are available, the higher GPA will be used in determining placement; and
2) Student has 12 or fewer remaining credits needed to meet general education requirements.Students seeking category 1 consideration to a fall semester cohort must meet the above criterion as of the spring immediately preceding the desired fall start date.
Students seeking category 1 consideration to a spring semester cohort must meet the above criterion as of summer II immediately preceding the desired spring start date.
Students are ranked according to GPA within category 1, and selection begins with the highest GPA. If places are still available at the conclusion of the Category 1 selection process, the selection process will continue to fill available slots with Category 2 students.
Category 2: (second priority selection)
1) RN has a Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale either from Indiana University or from the degree granting institution for the ASN or Diploma. In case both GPA scores are available, the higher GPA will be used in determining placement. Students with a GPA of 2.3 – 2.5 may be admitted on a probationary status, but must achieve and maintain a 2.5 GPA in Pod 1 courses in order to progress from Pod 1 forward. This performance standard must be met each successive semester; and
2) Student has more than 12 remaining credits needed to achieve general education requirements.
Students in this category are ranked according to the number of general education credits yet to be completed, and selection begins with those needing the fewest credit hours. Students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements to fulfill these criteria may take courses at Indiana University to generate or improve an IU GPA (and should work with advisors to ensure that courses taken apply to the general education requirements).
All Online RN to BSN Completion Program
An all online RN to BSN Completion Program is available and delivered via web-based and video technologies rather than requiring the student to come to campus. To apply, contact the IU campus closest to you. The campus to which you apply will be where your diploma will be issued and where you will receive academic advising as well as student and technical support. Contact the Allied Health and Advising Center for additional information. Application requirements include the following:
- application may be done any time and enter the program in the fall, spring or summer semesters;
- all general education courses must be complete before beginning nursing coursework;
- a current, unencumbered RN license in the state in which you are practicing and/or plan to meet your clinical requirements;
- graduation from an NLNAC accredited school of nursing;
- a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from the ASN or diploma program; and
- completion of a criminal background check on the campus to which you are applying.
Online RN to BSN Completion Program Credit Distribution
Nursing Credits: 33
Special Credits (Credentialed): 35
General Education Credits: 52-54
Total Credits: 120
Note: curriculum changes occurring between print versions of this bulletin will be posted to the nursing website.
Pod 1: Socialization to Baccalaureate Nursing (12 cr.)
Term 1: NURS-B 231: Communication for Health Care Professionals (3cr.)
NURS-S 474: Ethics Applied to Health Care (3cr.)
Pod 2: BSN Expanded Roles (12 cr.)
Term 1: NURS-H 355: Data Analysis in Clinical Practice and Health Care Research (3cr.)
NURS-H 365: Nursing Research (3cr.)
Nursing Elective from approved list (3cr.)
Pod 3: Managing Communities (9 cr.)
Term 1: NURS-S 472: A Multi-system Approach to the Health of the Community (3cr.)
Term 2: NURS-S 483: Clinical Nursing Capstone (3 cr.)
Nursing Elective from approved list (3 cr.)