RN to BSN - Nursing Program Major - Defiance College - Defiance, Ohio

Nursing RN to BSN Completion

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Nursing RN to BSN

What makes a good nurse?

A distinguished professor of nursing, Jean Watson, claims “caring is the essence of nursing.”

The Defiance College RN to BSN completion program is designed for associate degree- or diploma-prepared nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program, have a current and unencumbered Ohio RN licensure, and wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.


This program was developed by Defiance College in response to the community identifying a need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Having a bachelor’s degree is increasingly recognized as important to the effective practice of nursing and the degree is becoming preferred in all areas of health care. The program builds on the experiences of the Registered Nurse through advanced nursing and liberal arts courses designed to prepare you for leadership positions, advancement into other health care opportunities, and the challenges of today’s ever-changing health care needs of individuals and communities.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining researched-based nursing, the technical aspects of nursing, and leadership skills that are necessary in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. By incorporating quality and safety education within our classes, we graduate nurses that deliver patient-centered care, are collaborative team members, provide safe, quality, evidenced-based nursing care, and are in touch with the most recent informatics used in the health care field. Working closely with faculty, students develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to function effectively in interpersonal and group situations. Graduates will be prepared to provide culturally-competent, quality health care by understanding and responding to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Defiance College understands the compassion, intelligence, and skill it takes to be a nurse. Join the nursing program and prepare to care.

Program Requirements  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Courses

RN to BSN Student Handbook (PDF)  |  RN to BSN Preceptor Guide (PDF)

Benefits of the Program

After College — What’s Next?

Many opportunities are available to those holding a BSN. They include but are not limited to:

Graduate school is another option after obtaining a BSN to continue education and move into another career such as: advanced practice nurse, nursing educator, nurse anesthesiologist, forensic nurse, or areas such as genetic research and informatics.

Nursing RN to BSN

Recent Employments

Some of our recent graduate employments include:

Collegiate director of nursing, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), medical-surgical unit supervisor, nurse educator, college campus nurse, nurse practitioner, dialysis unit, health department, Lexington Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Mercy Hospital, Wood County Hospital, CHWC of Bryan, Henry County Health Department, Catholic Health Partners, Promedica Defiance Regional, and Four County Career Center. 



At Defiance College, the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing 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.

Student Quotes

"The decision to pursue a BSN is one usually made for a practicing RN - employer induced. The decision to determine which school/route is one that is more personal. A multitude of RNs are heading back to school now, and many have been working for several years to several decades. Defiance College is the one avenue that has a relevant curriculum, hybrid learning style to transition non-traditional learners into today's technical learning style, campus setting close to home, and experienced, compassionate, and genuine staff to instruct and lead a student towards their goal. The decision of where to obtain a BSN is as important as where one chooses to work. The completely-online approach may appear more convenient, but if what you actually learn or experience is not meaningful, you have gained very little. Defiance College has changed how I perform my job as a RN today, and how I will advance in my career tomorrow."
--Ann Little, Senior


Cheryl Hinojosa, MSN, RN, CNM
Assistant Professor of Practice of Nursing
Director of Nursing
Phone: 419-783-2448
Email: chinojosa@defiance.edu

Kristen Stelzer
, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs,
may be an additional resource at 419-783-2551 or kstelzer@defiance.edu.