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As is typical of bachelor degree programs in the U.S., the Olivet College RN-BSN Program requires the completion of 120 semester hour credits. LIberal arts requirements are embedded in the nursing courses and program.

The 120 total credits required for the BSN degree are earned through a combination of the following:

  • Upper-division nursing courses (35 credits)
  • Credits transferred from the ADN-granting institution or other colleges attended (90 credits)
  • “Flexible credits” that may be earned in a variety of ways (20 credits)

Total credits required for BSN degree – 120

Unlike other programs, the Olivet College RN-BSN Program has no hidden prerequisites or hidden requirements.


The Olivet College RN-BSN Program allows students flexibility in their learning via the inclusion of flexible credits (“flex credits”) in their degree program. Flex credits may be earned in one of any combination of the ways listed below.

Continuing Education (CE) Hours

A combination of transfer credits and flex credits may be used to supplement the 35 credits required in the RN-BSN Program in order to meet the required 120 credits to graduate with an Olivet College BSN degree. Students seeking a BSN degree may also earn up to 20 flex credits through completion of nursing continuing education (CE) hours. As is the case with other institutions, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned at Olivet College in order to be awarded a bachelor’s degree from the college.

  • Continuing Education (CE) Hours: Five CE hours will equate to one Olivet College credit hour.

Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification

Olivet College will award two Olivet College credit hours for basic life support certification from the American Heart Association if the certification was not taken as part of a college course that is already counted in credit totals for the degree. For example, a student who has completed a credit-bearing college first aid course through which the BLS was earned cannot receive two credits for both the first aid course and the BLS certification

Elective Credits (courses taken at Olivet College)

To earn Olivet College elective credits toward the BSN degree, students should first consult an academic adviser for a list of suggested electives and to discuss the benefits of the different course options.

  • Examples of non-nursing courses offered at Olivet College that may be of particular interest to nurses include: medical Spanish, health psychology, gerontology, substance use and abuse, rehabilitation techniques, therapeutic modalities and study abroad (travel course) opportunities.
  • Approved elective course credits completed in any disciplinary area at Olivet College will be automatically counted toward the flex credit requirement of the BSN degree.

Transfer Credits (courses taken from another four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution)

Up to 90 credits may be transferred from a two-year or four-year institution.


This program is completely online through the Olivet College Blackboard Learning Management system. Blackboard works best when using Google Chrome. You will be expected to complete assignments that will require Microsoft Office. All Microsoft Office products are provided to you as part of your Outlook email package and can also be accessed through Blackboard. In addition to having the following capabilities, students need access to Wi-Fi that will allow for the timely completion of course work.

  • Operating Systems
    • Windows (current release)
    • Mac OS (current release)
  • Laptop Hardware
    • Processor: Intel Core i3-3xxx or equivalent (Intel Core i5-
      6xxx or equivalent recommended)
    • RAM: 4GB (8GB or more recommended)
    • HD: 250GB (Solid State optional)
    • Monitor/Screen: 1280×800 or higher resolution
    • Built-in WIFI (802.11 ac/g/n)
    • Webcam
  • Software • Microsoft Office Suite 2016 (or compatible Office Suite)
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • Chrome Web Browser
    • Antivirus Software (current release)

Note: Students should be able to perform basic computing tasks, such as performing internet searches, uploading and downloading documents and using email. Students should also have a basic level of proficiency using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

For more information on required browser software, visit Blackboard Help.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

For more information, contact Mike Lazusky, director of adult professional and graduate admissions, via email or by phone at 269-749-6612.


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