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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 14, 2020

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: Includes content related to nursing care of the infant, the toddler and preschooler, and the school-aged child and adolescent (100 Items / 2 hours administration).
  • NACE II Nursing Care of Childbearing Family: Includes content related to nursing care during the antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal periods (100 Items / 2 hours administration).
  • NACE II Nursing Care of the Adult Client: Includes content related to drug administration, nutrition and diet therapies, and nursing interventions for care of individuals (200 Items / 4 hours administration).
  • NACE II Nursing Care of the Client with Mental Disorder: Includes content related to nursing care of individuals who have mental disorders (100 Items / 2 hours administration).

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 Department of Nursing 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 Department of Nursing: RN-BSN Program 100 Campus Drive Weatherford, OK 73096.
    • Applicants must confirm receipt of transcripts. This can be done by calling 774.3065.

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. Applications will be retained only for the application cycle in which they were initiated. For example, a student who applies for spring admission, but who does not complete the process and enroll for spring or notify the school in writing of their wish to defer admission to summer, would need to make a new application to be considered for future admission.

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 SWOSU Department of Nursing for admittance. Electronic copies are preferred. Send electronic copies If you need to send physical copies, please mail them to Department of Nursing: RN-BSN Program 100 Campus Drive Weatherford, OK 73096. 
    2. Applicants must confirm receipt of transcripts. This can be done by calling 774.3065. 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 checkby 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. You can request an informal degree check before applying. There is no obligation to enroll or apply if you choose to request an informal degree check prior to submitting your application.
    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.
    1. RN-BSN Coordinator Nancy Henke ( will contact and advise students with last names beginning with A through L.
    2. RN-BSN Coordinator Rachel Davis ( will contact and advise students with last names beginning with M through Z.

If you have applied to SWOSU but have not yet been admitted:

  1. Contact the SWOSU Registrar's Office for your application status. Please contact Kasey Delk ( with questions about transcripts and other documentation. If your last name has ever been different, please let them know of this when you call, as transcripts may be under your previous last name.
    1. If you are not yet admitted due to a lack of transcripts, please make sure all official (sealed) transcripts are mailed to SWOSU Department of Nursing: RN-BSN Program, 100 Campus Drive, Weatherford, OK 73096 or are sent virtually from your school to
    2. If the Registrar's Office instructs you to send your transcripts to their office, please send them to the Department of Nursing instead for faster processing and fewer delays.

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 by the Department of Nursing.
  • Be a resident of a SARA-approved state or territory OR live on a U.S. military base (hyperlink to
  • 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The average amount of time is five to six eight-week sessions (two sessions each in the spring and fall semesters, one session in the summer semester). The program is designed to be flexible for the working student, and students may opt for either part-time or full-time status, depending on their needs. The student has up to five years to complete the program once accepted. Some students complete in as little as 12 months.

Yes, the professional nursing courses are delivered completely online in our learning management system. Students may opt to take any needed pre-professional or general education courses online from SWOSU if offered by the University, to test out of some general education courses via CLEP exam, or take the courses locally (after ensuring they will transfer). All exams are taken online and proctored using a webcam purchased by the student and monitoring software. Students are able to attend graduation, but are not required to do so.

The program has practical learning experiences, which may be completed by the student on their own time. Most courses contain a teaching-learning project in which students will apply their knowledge to a project that is completed outside of the classroom.

No, a student can apply fall, spring or summer semester. All of the courses are offered every semester. The fall and spring semesters are comprised of two sessions, both eight weeks in length, and summer is one eight-week session. Students may also apply prior to obtaining their RN license, although they must provide proof of licensure by the end of their first semester in order to continue taking courses in the program. If the NCLEX is not passed, students are given a grade of “incomplete” until the exam is successfully completed.

Students who reside outside of Oklahoma should review the information in the application steps to see if we can accept students from their state. Students may receive an out-of-state tuition waiver dependent upon their GPA, and can contact the bursar’s office for more information at 580.774.3019.

No, the program follows the same academic calendar as the campus. Online students have the same holidays and breaks as the campus. Courses are taught by semesters, with two eight-week sessions offered in fall and spring, and one eight-week session offered in fall. Students must take Bridging Nursing Paradigms their first semester, and Issues and Concepts in their last semester. It is suggested that students take courses in numerical order. All nursing courses are three-credit-hour courses.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, Phone: 404.975.5000; is approved by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing; and is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs of the National League for Nursing.

Online students are not required to come to campus at any time. However, University resources are available to students and they are welcome to utilize those resources. Students may opt to attend graduation or visit the Department of Nursing. If you have questions regarding the requirements for admission to the RN to BSN Program at SWOSU, please contact the Department of Nursing at 580.774.6128 or

Estimated Expenses

SWOSU Department of Nursing Estimated Expenses

RN-BSN Professional Requirement Courses

Type of Expense Estimated Costs
Tuition and fees ($333/credit hour in-state) based on 30 hours* $10,193
Books $400
Total $10,593

*Tuition may be more costly related to addition co-requisite courses to satisfy RN to BSN requirements. This depends on courses students have yet to complete outside of nursing. Please note that this information reflects tuition prices as of August 2020. Tuition prices are subject to change.

RN to BSN Program Outcomes

Program Outcome 1

Program completion rate will be at or above 85 percent (Percent of students completing within 150 percent of program length).

Reporting Year Year Cohort Entered RN-BSN (Program length up to 5 yrs. 150% – 7 yrs.) Aggregate SWOSU Rate (Percent of adjusted cohort who receieved an award from institution)
2013–14 2006-2007 73% 73.5% 43%
2014–15 2007–2008 75% 78% 40%
2015–16 2008–2009 76% 74% 32%
2016–17 2009–2010 73% 73.5% 29%
2017–18 2010–2011 77% 84% 32%
2018–19 2011–2012 In progress In progress In progress

Program Outcome 3

Student program satisfaction levels will meet the program defined benchmark (2 on a 1-5 scale with 1 being the highest).

Year RN to BSN
2015 (1) 69.0% (2) 29.0%
2016 (1) 65.6% (2) 32.4.0%
2017 (1) 64.7% (2) 29.4%
2018 (1) 48.7% (2) 47.11%
2019 In progress


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