School of Nursing

RN to BS Online Degree Requirements

We look forward to welcoming you to the OHSU School of Nursing. This page reviews the requirements for completing our Bachelor of Science program with a nursing major. Review our RN to BS admissions information to see what you need to apply. If you have any questions, we encourage students to contact the School of Nursing Admissions team.

Students completing a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing at OHSU must:

  • Complete a minimum of 180 credits, of which: 
    • At least 45 credits must be general education credits (many of these are frequently fulfilled from an A.A.S. degree, except for a 3-credit statistics course) 
    • At least 48 credits must be upper division (300-400 level) (at least 33 upper division credits will come from OHSU nursing core courses) 
  • Have a cumulative OHSU undergraduate GPA of 2.0 or higher 
  • Complete all degree requirements within five years of starting at OHSU 

OCNE Program (quarter credits) Non-OCNE Program (quarter credits) How do I meet these requirements?
Nursing: met by A.A.S. 60 54 Met by your A.A.S. in nursing. Credits transferred into OHSU
Upper division nursing taken at OHSU 33 39 Through OHSU’s RN to BS program
Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Human Development, Microbiology, Nutrition, Statistics*^ 28 28 Often met through your A.A.S. in nursing, or by an A.A.O.T. Credits transferred into OHSU
General Education and electives including 15 credits of upper division coursework 59 59 Any bachelor’s degree or by taking classes before or after your nursing coursework
Total: 180 180

* Statistics is required for a B.S.N. and is not part of an A.A.S. 
^Fulfilled by a Statistics course with a prerequisite of intermediate algebra or higher. Students transferring a statistics course with a lower or no prerequisite must take a Quantitative Skills Course as defined under General Education Requirements in place of 3 credits of electives. 

Additional non-nursing degree requirements

The following courses can be completed from an accredited college or university before admission. Students can also take them while completing our program nursing courses.

Any humanities course that meets the general prerequisite standard can meet this requirement. Specific options include courses from the following departments: History of Art, Art Appreciation, History of Music, Music Appreciation, English Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Communication, Journalism, Religion, Speech and Theater Arts, Foreign Language, and Women's Studies. 

A selection of these electives may serve as a foundation for a focused area of study. Specific options include courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Business, Criminology, and Sociology. 

Any 300- or 400 college-level courses taken at a four-year institution. 

Any 100- or 200-college-level courses taken at a community college or university.

Course Equivalency Guide

View the prerequisite equivalency guides to assist in your coursework planning.

Transfer Credits

You will transfer all but your required upper-division nursing credits. Students with an A.A.S. will transfer 60 (OCNE graduates) or 54 (non-OCNE graduates) nursing-specific credits. Your undergraduate and prerequisite courses meet many other credits. Nicole Thompson, our admission counselor is happy to look at your unofficial transcripts and assist you; email her at

Students with Previous Degrees

OHSU accepts the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer or equivalent degree approved by the OHSU Registrar. A baccalaureate degree from an appropriately-accredited college or university will fulfill all general education requirements. 

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from a foreign institution must submit documentation from an approved credential evaluation service verifying that the degree is equal to a U.S. baccalaureate degree or higher to be considered second baccalaureate degree students. 

Students with a bachelor's degree who have completed all the major supplemental courses (Anatomy & Physiology, Biology with Genetics, Human Development, Microbiology, Nutrition, and Statistics) only need to complete the OHSU RN to B.S. core nursing courses: 33 credits for the OCNE program and 39 credits for the non-OCNE program. Students with an AAOT must also complete 15 credits of upper-division coursework.

Program of Study and Courses

The OCNE program requires 33 credits in OHSU core nursing courses (9 courses). Students can complete the OCNE track in as little as 9 months (full-time) or 12 months (part-time). 

The non-OCNE program requires 39 credits in OHSU nursing courses (11 courses). Students can complete the non-OCNE track in 12 months (full-time) or 15 months (part-time).

We are here to help you create a program of study that works best for you and your life. If needed, you can extend the time to complete your degree. Students have five years to complete all program requirements. You can also take up to four quarters of Leave of Absence.

Explore program course descriptions and sample programs of study.

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