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RN to BSN Program

New applicants must be accepted to the program
by the following dates to start in that semester:

Spring 2021: December 13, 2022
Summer 2021: May 17, 2021
Fall 2021: July 26, 2021

RN to BSN Program Eligible Applicants

Licensure Requirements

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion track is for current unencumbered licensed registered nurses (RNs) who have graduated with an associate degree or diploma from an accredited nursing program or those enrolled in their last semester of an associate degree program.

Accreditation Requirements

The nursing program from which the applicant has received their associate degree must have been accredited by ACEN (formerly NLNAC), CCNE, or NLN-CNEA at the time of the applicant’s full completion of the program. The RN student may receive advance standing articulation hours of up to 31 hours credit.

  • To verify that your program is ACEN accredited, please visit their website
  • To verify that your program is CCNE accredited, please visit their website
  • To verify that your program is NLN-CCNEA accredited, please visit their website.

All RN students must meet University admission requirements. The BSN curriculum builds upon previous nursing and general education course work. The program is designed to support educational mobility and to strengthen professional growth and leadership abilities of nurses who already have a foundation in the profession.

If you want to apply for admissions into the RN to BSN program at Southwestern, but did not graduate from an ACEN, CCNE, or NLN-CNEA accredited program, you must pass all four NLN NACE II exams (formerly known as the NLN Mobility Exams) with a score of 70% or above.

You can schedule your NACE exams by contacting Assessment Center Director Jan Kliewer at or 580.774.3084. There are four NLN NACE exams you must pass in order to be accepted to the SWOSU RN-BSN Program:

  • NACE II Nursing Care of Child
  • NACE II Nursing Care of Childbearing Family
  • NACE II Nursing Care of the Adult Client
  • NACE II Nursing Care of the Client with Mental Disorder

Please visit the Assessment Center website for more information.

RN to BSN Program Accreditation & Structure

Our professional curriculum is offered in a fully online format and is accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). The program is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing and prepares graduates to continue their education at the master’s level.

Courses include online discussions and lectures, academic writing and practicum projects. All RN to BSN professional courses are fully online. Courses are offered in an eight-week format, with two eight-week sessions in spring and fall and one in summer.

RN Students Application, Selection & Program

Application to the program can be made by any RN-licensed student or student in their last semester of an ACEN, CCNE, or NLN-CNEA-accredited ADN program by filling out the online application.

Unlicensed Applicants

Unlicensed applicants must submit proof of licensure within their first semester of course work. If licensure is not obtained within the first semester, the student is awarded an “incomplete” on their completed courses and cannot complete the program until successfully licensed as a registered nurse.

To submit proof of licensure:

  • Provide a notification to when you have taken and passed NCLEX. You must achieve licensure by the end of your first semester.
  • Send your final transcripts with your ADN degree posted to the Registrar's Office as soon as possible to avoid a delay in enrolling for future semesters.
    • Electronic copies are preferred. Send electronic copies to If you need to send physical copies, please mail them to the SWOSU Registar, 100 Campus Drive Weatherford, OK 73096.

Application to the program can be made by any RN-licensed student. The criteria for admission to the nursing RN to BSN program includes a retention GPA of 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) for all previous college/university work.

The RN must complete the BSN degree within five years following the acceptance into the nursing program. Students that have not remained continuously enrolled will be required to move to the new curriculum after five years has passed following their last completed course. Courses completed under the older curriculum may be substituted for newer courses when appropriate, but no courses will be waived and students must complete a minimum of 30 hours in residence at SWOSU.

There are three main steps to the SWOSU RN to BSN application process. 

  1. Apply to SWOSU and select "RN to BSN" as your major. Apply to SWOSU here.
    1. Submit official, sealed copies of all transcripts to the Registar's Office If you need to send physical copies, please mail them to the SWOSU Registar, 100 Campus Drive Weatherford, OK 73096. Electronic copies are preferred.
    2. Send electronic copies to
    3. Applicants must confirm receipt of transcripts. This can be done by calling 580.774.3778. When all transcripts have been received, you will receive confirmation of acceptance to SWOSU. If you have not yet received this, it is crucial that you contact the number above to ensure transcripts were received. This is the most common cause of delayed acceptance. If you had a prior last name, please check to see if transcripts were received under this name.
  2. Request an informal degree check by sending a set of official or unofficial transcripts to and stating that you would like to request an informal degree check. Please list the names of all colleges you have attended.
    1. The informal degree check can take up to two weeks after receipt of transcripts. When you receive your informal degree check, you will use it to guide your enrollment throughout the RN-BSN program, so please be sure to keep it.
  3. Wait to hear back from a program coordinator regarding your acceptance.

To complete your application, ensure you meet Admissions Criteria:

  • Retention GPA 2.5 or above.
  • Holds a valid unencumbered RN license OR is in their last semester of an ACEN, CCNE, or NLN-CNEA-accredited ADN program.
  • Have an informal degree check completed.
  • Be a resident of a SARA-approved state or territory OR live on a U.S. military base.
  • Current legal residents of the United States, you may check with, if you are an international student, to determine your eligibility to attend this program.
  • Applicants from states other than Oklahoma are responsible for checking with their State Board of Nursing to ensure that the program will meet their state's requirements.


brandi-ward"Every step in my nursing career has been a challenge but having an online BSN program that works around my schedule with easy access on my hand-held devices and instructors who are actively making sure that I am completing the tasks needed has been far from challenging. Rounding out my ADN degree at a BSN level is not only allowing me to advance my knowledge in leadership, research and community health it is also giving me the confidence in knowing that I can give back to my hospital in ways I couldn't have before. SWOSU is the best decision I have made to advance my career and I recommend this program to all my colleagues. I'm proud to be a Bulldog." — Brandi Ward, RN-BSN graduate, Nurse Recruiter, Human Resources, Jackson County Memorial Hospital



rena-linehan "All of my Professors have been very helpful and willing to assist me as needed. They were easy to get in touch with and always pleasant and eager to help me do the best possible. This will be my final semester of nursing classes. I have to say, I have enjoyed each class and have gained a great deal more knowledge than I had initially anticipated. I'm happy I made the effort to take the next step." — Rena Linehan, RN to BSN Student


mburu-pius"I enrolled in the RN to BSN program at SWOSU hoping to benefit from the flexibility and convenience of an online educational curriculum. Since enrolling into this program one year ago, my expectations have been met and exceeded, and I believe my choice of a university could not have been a better fit. At the enrollment level, the RN-BSN advisors were prompt in answering my questions both by phone and email, and offered very useful information in helping guide my educational decisions. Most importantly, this active involvement did not change after I was on board with the program. The professors keenly respond to every discussion post, case study, and research paper, focusing on every student’s unique strengths as well as needs. Among the students, there is a culture of civility that guides all discussion board exchanges without hindering sharing of opposing views. The students are drawn from multiple nursing disciplines, making the sharing of experiences much more enriching. Now that I am almost graduating, I am a step closer to realizing my goal of going into advanced nursing practice. Additionally, there are more career opportunities in the fields of education, research, community nursing, and leadership. Previously, these career paths were not an option." — Pius Mburu, RN to BSN student

azaleas"SWOSU's BSN program allowed me to further my education and increase my knowledge base all while doing the course work online. The program was challenging; however, I was still able to work full time and spend time with my family. I highly recommend this program for anyone who is wanting to further their education in nursing." — Tracey Tremain, SWOSU RN to BSN Student



wleh-fatu"I chose SWOSU because right from the admission process I felt at home and at ease. The staff is knowledgeable and approachable. Online schooling sounded very intimidating at first. But with my family life and a full-time job, I knew it was my best option to complete my BSN. The professors are absolutely amazing! They go the extra mile to help students succeed. The curriculum is manageable. The cost is fair compared to similar programs. I am satisfied with my choice of being a Bulldog and would recommend this program to anyone wanting to complete their BSN!" — Fatu Wleh, RN to BSN student