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RN to BSN

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?
See: information for program requirements.

What kind of nursing license is required for admission?
You must have a current, unencumbered registered nursing license which we will verify on the Board of Nursing websites. If you have your LPN certificate, you must obtain your unencumbered RN license before applying to the RN to BSN program.

How long does the application and transfer review process take?
You will receive an admissions decision after receipt of all application materials and verification of RN licensure.

How long will it take me to finish the program?
It depends on how many courses you plan to take each semester and whether you are a full-time or part-time student. Students can complete the RN to BSN degree in as little as one year.

When are courses offered?
Courses will be offered Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
See more information on courses.

Can I have a minor?
Defiance College is willing to accept minor interests. Any interests should be discussed with the Director of Nursing. Minors will not be guaranteed to be available online.

What kinds of student support will I receive?
The types of student support that are available to DC students includes the Registrar’s Office, Student Academic Support Services, the Director of Nursing, Pilgrim Library and Information Resources, Career Development Services, Accessibility Services, Financial Aid Office, and Business Office.

How much will it cost?
Defiance College offers an affordable tuition at $395 per credit hour. There is an additional technical fee of $15 per semester. Many employers offer tuition assistance/reimbursement; check to see if your employer is one of them.

What payment options are available?
Defiance College offers tuition deferment (up to 100%) for eligible students. The program is for tuition only and does not allow for deferral of books, fees, or other supply expenses. All accepted undergraduate students can be considered for need-based financial aid including loans after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligible students may also choose to use the Defiance College Payment Plan to pay their tuition and fees. There is a $25-$50 non-refundable fee per semester for this plan.

Is Defiance College accredited?
The RN to BSN Completion Program at Defiance College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Defiance College has received authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?
The Admissions Office is your connection to the RN to BSN Completion Program.
E-mail us at admissions@defiance.edu or call us at 419-783-2314 or 1-800-520-4632 (GO DC). Visit the Admissions page for more information or apply online.