RN to Bachelor of Science (BSN) Completion Program

Welcome from the Program Coordinator

We are delighted you have an interest in advancing your education by earning a BSN at Ferris State University. Students in our program graduate from various nursing programs and work in diverse places to provide nursing care to a variety of populations all over the world. We use a learner-centered approach, which is advantageous to adult learners. It is our intent that the coursework be relevant to your current work environment, so you are prepared to make evidence-based decisions that improve the quality and safety of your clients. The RN to BSN program was designed to meet the needs of working nurses by offering several options to earn your BSN:

  • Part-time
  • Full-time
  • Fully online
  • A blend of online and face-to-face courses in designated areas around the state
  • RN to MSN Accelerated Track is available to current FSU students in the RN to BSN Completion Program.

Admission Criteria

The following admission criteria are established for RN to BSN completion students:

  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better in the total Nursing program (ADN or Diploma).
  • Current Registered Nurse license.
  • Completion of all AAS General Education Requirements, such as English 150, English 250, Math 110 and at least 7 credit hours/2 courses of Scientific Understanding with one course that has a lab. See the Curriculum Guide for more specific information.

Transfer Information

Many students want to know what classes transfer to Ferris from the community colleges. Most classes will transfer; the real question is what classes will meet requirements toward the BSN.  The Transfer Services Office website is a valuable tool for navigating through transfer credits.  There are two key requirements to keep in mind as you make choices for classes.

  • You must have at least 30 FSU credits to receive a degree from Ferris.
  • You must have at least 40 upper division (300 or 400) level credits to receive any BS degree. (Some community college 200 level courses transfer to Ferris as 300 level courses and help meet the requirement.)

 Deadlines for Application and Material Submission

  • Spring Start
    • Apply using the free online application no later than November 1
    • Application materials are due by November 15
  • Fall Start
    • Apply using the free online application no later than June 1
    • Application materials are due by June 15

Accreditation and Further Program Information

This program, accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formally National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is designed to build on your basic nursing education. Course repetition is reduced and college credit is granted for basic nursing education without proficiency testing. (Proficiency testing is permitted for some advanced courses.)  Additionally, the program at Ferris offers the opportunity to design your clinical practicum as a project-based experience in your place of employment. 

We are pleased you have contacted Ferris State University about the RN to BSN Completion program and look forward to helping you reach your educational goals.  If you have any other questions once you have reviewed this information, please contact Debby Buck by email


Lisa Singleterry, PhD, RN, CNE
RN to BSN Program Coordinator
Academic Year 2013-2014

Updated 10/4/13