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

Nursing RN to BSN Completion

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Want to know what makes a good nurse? Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor of Nursing at University of Colorado Denver, claims, “Caring is the essence of nursing.” And Watson is right.

Just think about it. At the beginning and end of life, nurses care. During routine vaccinations and blood pressure checks, nurses care. Throughout wellness checks and chemotherapy treatments, in emergency rooms and doctors offices, nurses care. Whenever they listen to patients, talk with families, and strategize with doctors, nurses care.

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.

The BSN was developed by public and private colleges in response to a community identified need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, and offers expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining technical aspects of nursing with the leadership skills necessary in today’s dynamic healthcare environment.

The Defiance College RN to BSN completion program combines the clinical abilities and experiences that Registered Nurses already possess with additional technical aspects, broad-based knowledge in the liberal arts, and core nursing courses to prepare them for leadership positions, advancement into other healthcare opportunities, and meeting the challenges of today’s ever changing healthcare 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.


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. The Defiance College Nursing Program has received authorization from the Ohio Board of Regents and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Requirements

Students must have an associate degree or diploma in nursing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher to be admitted into the program. Students must complete the required Defiance College general education courses as well as the required nursing courses. Some nursing courses will be offered in a fast-track with all courses held one or two days per week to accommodate various work schedules. Liberal arts courses are offered in traditional face to face, hybrid/blended and fully online formats. General education courses and electives are also available through the Defiance College Day/Evening and Weekend College programs.

Students will be required to meet prerequisite requirements. Students will also be required to take five core nursing courses that total 23 credits plus 3 credits in a professional elective. Students will graduate from Defiance with at least 120 credit hours, including credits transferred from the associate degree or any other transferable credits.

Defiance College offers one of the most affordable part-time tuition rates in the region. Students should check with their employer to see if tuition reimbursement is available.

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RN to BSN Program Admission Requirements

Admission Decision
Each candidate for admission is reviewed individually with careful consideration given to academic records, test scores, and the ability to benefit from and contribute to the opportunities at Defiance College.

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After College — What’s Next?

Many other opportunities are available to those holding a BSN

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