Frequently Asked Questions - RN-BSN Program

1. What career opportunities are available to graduates of the RN-BSN program?

The RN-BSN program prepares graduates for leadership and management roles, including research associate and occupational health nurse. Career advancement opportunities are greatest for RN-BSN graduates. A BSN is usually required to enter a master’s program. Nurses with a master’s degree often become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, educators, researchers and administrators.

2. What if I have a diploma from a hospital school of nursing and I wish to pursue a BSN?

Diploma RNs will receive 28 credit hours after passing NSG 301, 311, and 313. Other criteria may apply. See an academic advisor for more details. Phone (513) 727-3266 or email to arrange an advising appointment.

3. What if I earned my AD from a for-profit school (accredited by Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and have become an RN. Does Miami accept the school’s credits?

No, Miami does not accept the credits from those schools because they are accredited by a different agency than Miami. RNs from ACICS-accredited schools will receive 28 credit hours after passing NSG 301, 311, and 313. Please note, that since Miami cannot accept the credits from ACICS-accredited schools, students must repeat any non-nursing courses taken for their AD there.

4. What is the process to apply to the RN-BSN program?

First, complete an application to the University at the regional Office of Admission, unless you are a returning Miami student. (See returning former Miami students.) Second, complete an RN-BSN application form and return it to the Department of Nursing.  To be accepted, you must meet the prerequisites and be a registered nurse with an unencumbered license.

5. Will graduating from an ADN program make me eligible to apply to Miami’s RN-BSN program?

Yes, in most cases; please see the admission requirements for the RN-BSN program.

6. Can I take RN-BSN support courses before I start the RN-BSN nursing courses?

Many students do just that--get many or all of their support courses completed before starting the RN-BSN program.

7. Can I take RN-BSN nursing courses before being accepted into the RN-BSN program?

Yes.  Nursing 301 (Theory Based Nursing Practice), Nursing 313 (Assessment of Well Individual), and Nursing 317 (Teaching Strategies in Health Care) may be taken before admission to the RN-BSN program if student is already a licensed RN.

8. Can I take courses on a part-time basis in the RN-BSN program?

Yes, you can take one course or several courses during the semester. If several years lapse between nursing courses, you may need to work with RN-BSN instructors to make certain you have retained content from previous nursing courses.

9. What if my college credits are over ten years old?

You may petition that credits more than ten years old be validated by Miami University and accepted for graduation, normally done close to graduation. An academic advisor can best advise you about how your specific circumstances affect your application. Phone (513) 727-3266 or email to arrange an advising appointment.

10. Can I test out of any courses by taking an exam?

You may test out of lower-level support courses by taking either a departmental test or a CLEP examination. Typically, students may not test out of BSN nursing courses unless they have taken a comparable course at another university. In that case, syllabi for the course must be submitted for review to the department's Admission, Progression & Graduation Committee.

11. I’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field. Will this help me with my nursing degree?

A previously earned bachelor’s degree should help you fulfill some requirements, especially if your degree is from Miami University and you have completed the Miami Plan requirements. To see an advisor for more details, phone (513) 727-3266 or email