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Nursing RN to BSN

What makes a good nurse?

A distinguished professor of nursing, Jean Watson, claims “caring is the essence of nursing.”

The Defiance College RN to BSN online completion program is designed for associate degree- or diploma-prepared nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program, have a current and unencumbered RN license from the state they are practicing in, and wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

This program was developed by Defiance College in response to the community identifying a need for baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Having a bachelor’s degree is increasingly recognized as important to the effective practice of nursing and the degree is becoming preferred in all areas of health care. The program builds on the experiences of the Registered Nurse through advanced nursing and liberal arts courses designed to prepare you for leadership positions, advancement into other health care opportunities, and the challenges of today’s ever-changing health care needs of individuals and communities.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining researched-based nursing, the technical aspects of nursing, and leadership skills that are necessary in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. By incorporating quality and safety education within our classes, we graduate nurses that deliver patient-centered care, are collaborative team members, provide safe, quality, evidenced-based nursing care, and are in touch with the most recent informatics used in the health care field. Working closely with faculty, students develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills to function effectively in interpersonal and group situations. Graduates will be prepared to provide culturally-competent, quality health care by understanding and responding to the needs of individuals, families, and communities.

Defiance College understands the compassion, intelligence, and skill it takes to be a nurse. Join the nursing program and prepare to care.

Program Requirements  |  Frequently Asked Questions  |  Courses
RN to BSN Student Handbook  (PDF)  |  RN to BSN Preceptor Guide (PDF)

Benefits of the Program

  • Colleges of Distinction: Nursing ProgramOnline RN to BSN completion
  • Flexible and accessible with work and family obligations
  • May be completed in 1-5 years depending on full-time or part-time schedule
  • Many hospitals are moving toward requiring a BSN degree; therefore, more career choices will be available with a BSN degree
  • Faculty trained in Quality Matters online programming
  • Baccalaureate degree at an affordable cost
  • Access to journals and e-books through Defiance College Pilgrim Library resources and Student Academic Support Services
  • Ability to manage classes around athletic schedules

After College — What’s Next?
Many opportunities are available to those holding a BSN. They include but are not limited to:
Nursing management and leadership positions
Staff nursing
Community health nursing
Physicians offices
Case manager positions
Clinical nursing

Graduate school is another option after obtaining a BSN to continue education and move into another career such as: advanced practice nurse, nursing educator, nurse anesthesiologist, forensic nurse, or areas such as genetic research and informatics.

Nursing RN to BSN

Recent Employments
Some of our recent graduate employments include:
Collegiate director of nursing, certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA), medical-surgical unit supervisor, nurse educator, college campus nurse, nurse practitioner, dialysis unit, health department, Lexington Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, Mercy Hospital, Wood County Hospital, CHWC of Bryan, Henry County Health Department, Catholic Health Partners, Promedica Defiance Regional, and Four County Career Center.

At Defiance College, the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791. Defiance College has received authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

More information on the outcomes of our program can be found here.

Student Quotes
"As a RN at the hospital, a wife, and mother of three children, I am very excited about the RN to BSN program at Defiance College going online. It will provide me with the flexibility that I need so I can spend time with my family and continue to work at the same time. Defiance College’s online RN to BSN program is exactly what I was looking for."
--Amanda Seibert, Senior

"The Defiance College RN to BSN online program offers a unique, flexible class schedule that allows you to work, play a sport, or care for your family while still feeling part of the Defiance College family. As a student-athlete and current registered nurse, I attribute many of my current life skills to the rigorous yet rewarding nursing program at Defiance College. Time-management and self-discipline are two of the most vital components I have gained from completing my BSN online. Even while being off-campus, I have always felt supported by my professors and was still able to be involved in on-campus activities as desired. The RN to BSN online nursing program is structured to be flexible and manageable for all lifestyles and is truly a 'defying' opportunity for those looking to advance their nursing degree."
--Rebecca Kain, Senior

"The decision to pursue a BSN is one usually made for a practicing RN - employer induced. The decision to determine which school/route is one that is more personal. A multitude of RNs are heading back to school now, and many have been working for several years to several decades. Defiance College is the one avenue that has a relevant curriculum, hybrid learning style to transition non-traditional learners into today's technical learning style, campus setting close to home, and experienced, compassionate, and genuine staff to instruct and lead a student towards their goal. The decision of where to obtain a BSN is as important as where one chooses to work. The completely-online approach may appear more convenient, but if what you actually learn or experience is not meaningful, you have gained very little. Defiance College has changed how I perform my job as a RN today, and how I will advance in my career tomorrow."
--Ann Little, 2016 Graduate


Cheryl Hinojosa, MSN, RN, CNM
Assistant Professor of Practice of Nursing
Director of Nursing
Phone: 419-783-2448

Heidi DeSota
Assistant Professor of Practice of Nursing
Phone:  419-783-2372