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Degree Completion R.N. to B.S.N.

This is an online BSN completion program designed for those who already hold an associate degree in Nursing or those enrolled in their last semester of an associate degree program.

RN - BSN Handbook | Nursing Handbook (PDF)

Registered Nurse Students

Deadlines (applicants must be accepted and enrolled by the following dates to start in that semester) 

  • Spring 2020: December 16, 2019
  • Summer 2020, May 18, 2020
  • Fall 2020, July 27, 2020

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

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 met the following requirements: https://www.swosu.edu/administration/assessment/rn-bsn.aspx.

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.


RN Students Application, Selection & Program

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. 

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

By applying to the RN to BSN program, applicants agree that if accepted to the program they will:

  • Check SWOSU e-mail and learning management system announcements four times weekly.
  • Actively participate in their courses online.
  • Take initiative to learn to use the online learning management system.
  • Complete an online orientation.
  • Abide by the SWOSU, School of Nursing and RN to BSN handbooks.
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above.
  • Be a current legal resident of the United States, you may check with randy.beckloff@swosu.edu if you are an international student to determine your eligibility to attend this program. Students on an international student visa are NOT eligible for our program, as it is fully online.
  • Be graduated from an ACEN, CCNE, or NLN-CNEA-accredited associate degree program in nursing (or are currently enrolled in last semester). 
  • Be a current resident of one of the following SARA approved states, please visit http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions.
  • If applicants are from states other than Oklahoma, be responsible for checking with their State Board of Nursing to ensure that the program will meet their state's requirements.

To Complete Your Application, Please:



  • Fill out the online application.
  • Send copies of official (sealed) transcripts to:
    SWOSU Registrar: attention Brian Lewis
    100 Campus Drive
    Weatherford, OK 73096
  • Applicants must confirm receipt of transcripts. This can be done by calling 580.774.3009. 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.
  • Request an informal degree check by e-mailing rn-bsn@swosu.edu. Informal degree checks are completed by the Nursing Department Graduate Assistant, and can take up to two weeks after receipt of transcripts. The informal degree check is used for advisement purposes. 
  • Provide a notification to rosie.southerland@swosu.edu 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 SWOSU Admissions and the School of Nursing as soon as possible to avoid a delay in enrolling for future semesters.


  • Request an informal degree check by e-mailing rn-bsn@swosu.edu. Informal degree checks are completed by the Nursing Department Graduate Assistant, and can take up to two weeks after receipt of transcripts. The informal degree check is used for advisement purposes.  
  • Students must upload a copy of their informal  degree check into their ePortfolio within their first semester of the program, and should upload their formal degree check into their ePortfolio as soon as obtained!


  • Provide a notification to rosie.southerland@swosu.edu 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 SWOSU Admissions and the School of Nursing as soon as possible to avoid a delay in enrolling for future semesters.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average amount of time is five to six eight-week sessions. Beginning in spring 2015, all courses will be offered in eight-week sessions, with five total sessions per calendar year (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.

Is the program completely online?

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.

Are there any clinical components to the program?

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.

Do you admit only once per year?

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.

Do you admit out of state students?

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.

Is the program “self-paced?"

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.

Is your program accredited?

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.

Am I required to come to campus?

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 School of Nursing. If you have questions regarding the requirements for admission to the RN to BSN Program at SWOSU, please contact the School of Nursing at 580.774.6128 or rn-bsn@swosu.edu.

Estimated Expenses

SWOSU School of Nursing Estimated Expenses: RN-BSN Professional Requirement Courses

RN to BSN Program Expenses

Type of Expense

Estimated Costs

Tuition and fees ($333/credit hour in-state) based on 30 hours*






*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 2019. Tuition prices are subject to change.

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

Fatu Wieh"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

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).

Program Outcome 1
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 2: 90 percent of graduates will be placed in a nursing position within one year of graduation.

Program Outcome 3
Year RN to BSN Aggregate
2015 96% 98%
2016 97.5% 98.75%
2017 97.5% 93.75%
2018 95.7% 96.9%
2019 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).

Program Outcome 2
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
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