School of Nursing

RN to BS Online Student Resources

The OHSU RN to BS online degree program boasts dedicated faculty committed to excellence in teaching and a desire to partner with students as they expand their nursing knowledge. Explore the many resources available to our students to promote academic success below.  

We are deeply committed to your success in achieving your bachelor’s degree and work to provide you with the support you need to be successful. Online students receive the same high-quality student support services as classroom-based students including:

  • academic advisor
  • faculty mentor
  • academic success team 

Together, our faculty, staff and academic advisors will help you succeed.   

We understand you have commitments outside of school. Our academic success team provides personal attention and guides you through the program. Your academic success team can create a program of study to meet the needs of your busy schedule.

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

The non-OCNE track requires the completion of 39 credits in OHSU core nursing courses (11 courses). Non-OCNE students can complete core nursing courses in 12 months (full-time) or 15 months (part-time).

We work with you to create a program of study that works best for you. Students have five years to complete all their bachelor's degree requirements. This allows students to take up to four quarters of Leave of Absence (LOA) for work, travel, etc. 

Online programs provide the flexibility to work when it’s convenient for you. Strong time management and organizational skills are important when completing school online. Our students have access to academic support services and a learning support specialist to build these skills. 

Below you will find a breakdown of credits and study time you should plan for completion.   

Credits Expected study of time per week
3 credits 9 hours
6 credits 18 hours
9 credits 27 hours
12 credits 36 hours

  • Quality: Our CCNE program and Quality Matters (QM) certified courses have met rigorous national standards. We have been nationally recognized for our concept-based curriculum, taught by award-winning faculty.
  • Flexibility: Online programs offer more flexibility than traditional programs. Allowing you to learn and study on your own schedule. 
  • Supportive: Our passionate faculty and staff are here to partner with you as you further your nursing education.
  • Accessibility: Our program has no mandatory meeting times and is accessible from anywhere. 
  • Affordability: Our program is one of the least expensive in the country and we have no differential for out-of-state students. We keep costs low with free e-textbooks, and no need to pay for transportation to campus and clinicals. 
  • New skills development: Students will develop the leadership expertise to deliver patient care in a range of settings and be able to address future challenges in healthcare.

  • Improved patient outcomes: Studies show hospitals with more bachelor's-prepared nurses have decreased mortality rates, decreased complications and shorter lengths of stay.
  • Expanded job options: More career paths become available to you than if you have an ADN. These may include specialty inpatient units, case management/discharge planning, infection control practitioner, flight nurse, nursing leadership roles, public and community health nursing, and more.
  • Career advancement: Obtaining your bachelor's degree is the first step to graduate-level jobs including nurse educator, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife and nurse anesthetist.
  • Financial gain: Many organizations have higher pay rates for nurses with a bachelor's in nursing. Explore this Top 10 Advantages of a BSN Degree article to learn more. 

Hear from our students

RNBS student Basilia looks at the camera while standing in front of fall-colored foliage.

Basilia Basin is a 39-year-old mother and Ph.D. candidate who started her nursing education in 2006 at Mt. Hood Community College. At the time, Mt. Hood's associate degree in the nursing program had just partnered with the Oregon Consortium of Nursing Education (OCNE). OCNE allows Associate degree graduates to transition seamlessly into OHSU's Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) program.

"While my associate's coursework taught me the skills to become a nurse, the bachelor's coursework taught me how to think about nursing from a leadership perspective," Basilia said. She looks forward to opportunities in nurse leadership due to the experience she's gained in her education. "Nursing is about life-long learning," she said. "Earning degrees along the way is just part of the journey."

RNBS student Rayna smiles at the camera in front of a white background.

For Rayna Tuski, our RN to BS degree program, which she finished in 2015, was an important step toward her longer-term goal of earning a Master's in Nursing. Rayna said that the RN to BS program taught her so many new concepts and exposed her to a professional life she was unaware of. "It enhanced me as an RN and a leader," she said. "It expanded my understanding of how bedside nursing connects to the organization and community."

Rayna added that the RN to BS program prepared her well for her graduate education. She graduated in Spring 2017 with a Master's in Nursing in Health Systems and Organizational Leadership.

Admissions counselor Nicole Thompson smiles at the camera.

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