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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)




Nursing B.S.N.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing provides the classroom and clinical education to prepare graduates for the challenges of complex and changing health-care systems. Classes are held at Ohio University Southern, with clinical training taking place at hospitals and clinics in the W.Va., Ohio, and KY Tri-State area. Candidates accepted to the program, both freshmen and transfers, enter as pre-BSN majors. During the summer between the first and second years, successful pre-majors are selected to advance to the BSN major. After completing the final three years of the program, student nurses graduate and take a licensing exam.
Application Process
ALL of the following requirements must be satisfied and in the nursing office before 5:00 pm on February 1st of the year in which you want your file to reviewed (considered) by the selection committee. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her file is complete.
  1. Complete a nursing application in the nursing office.
  2. Complete an application to Ohio University with pre-nursing (ND 0210) llisted as your major, along with the $20 nonrefundable application fee (or complete a change of major to pre-nursing ND 0210 if already an OU student in a different program).
  3. Submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all previous schools attended, including college, vocational/technical programs, and high school/GED. Students must be a graduate of high school or hold certificate of high school equivalency (GED).
  4. Submit official ACT scores. A minimum of 23 is required for students wishing to enter the program straight out of high school.
  5. Submit to the nursing office a statement of educational and career goals essay (typed; no more than 1 page). This is your opportunity to tell the selection committee why you should be chosen for the nursing program.
  6. An established minimum college grade point average of a 2.75 (or a high school GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for students wishing to enter the program straight from high school).
  7. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology & chemistry at the high school or college level with a minimum grade of a C in each course before the deadline.
  8. COMPASS placement test is required for all new students. Please contact the Student Success Center, 740-533-4596 to schedule an appointment. You must place into a Tier I Math and English or complete the required developmental courses PRIOR to the deadline. Transfer students do not have to take the COMPASS exam is they have a course in English or Math that transfers from a previous college. This includes developmental courses, ENG 1510 and MATH 1200 or higher.
  9. HESI A2 Nursing Admissions Exam, students must have an overall score of a 75% on the A2 in both Math and English. This test will be administered each fall semester. You can call the Student Success Center at 740-533-4596 to make an appointment. Test codes and study guide are to be purchased in the bookstore.
  10. Applicants will be required to have a completed FBI and BCI fingerprint report (criminal background check). This will be completed after you have been selected for the program.
Students are responsible for submitting all required information by the deadline and incomplete files will not be reviewed during selections. We encourage you to begin taking support courses at Ohio University as soon as possible. All support courses taken in the nursing curriculum must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or above in order to have your file reviewed for selections and to remain in the program once selected. All Nursing courses are required to have a grade letter of a 'B' or higher. Support courses must be taken before or during the semester in which they fall in the curriculum map shown below. Prior to February 1st, you must have completed all support courses listed on the curriculum in Semester 1 with a “C” or better.


Disclaimer: Even if all of the above is completed prior to the deadline, you will still have to go through the selection process to determine if you will be chosen for advancement into the second year of the BSN Program. Completion of all of the above does not ensure you will be accepted.


This program is approved by:


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326
Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Program List (PDF)
For more information contact:
Stephanie Sarven
Administrative Coordinator,
School of Nursing
Beth Delaney, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
Associate Director of Nursing
Center for Nursing Education

Semester Plan
Semester 1:
BIOS 1300: Principles of Human A&P I (4 hrs)
CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs)
ENG 1510: Writing & Rhetoric I (3 hrs)
MATH 1200: College Algebra (4 hrs)
PSY 1010: General Psychology (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 18 hrs
Semester 2
BIOS 1310: Principles of Human A&P ll (4 hrs)
CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry ll (4 hrs)
COMS 1010: Fund Human Communication (3 hrs)
SOC 1000: Intro to Sociology (3 hrs)
NRSE 1110: Clinical Judgment l (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 17 hrs
Semester 3:
NRSE 2110: Clinical Judgment ll (2 hrs)
NRSE 2120: Pathophysiology (3 hrs)
NRSE 2230: Health Assessment (3 hrs)
BIOS 2210/2215: Microbes & Humans/Lab (4 hrs) OR
BIOS 2010: Elementary Microbiology (3 hrs)
PSY 1110: Elementary Statistical Reasoning (3 hrs)
PSY 2410: Child & Adolescent Psych (3 hrs) OR
EDEC 1600: Intro to Child Development (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 17/18 hrs
Semester 4
NRSE 2210: Clinical Judgment lll (2 hrs)
NRSE 2220: Foundations Nursing Practice (4 hrs)
NRSE 3120: Diversity & Ethics & Gerontology (3 hrs)
NRSE 2240: Pharmacology in Nursing. (4 hrs)
NUTR 1000: Nutrition (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 16 hrs
Semester 5:
NRSE 2250: Research & Evidence-based Practice (4 hrs)
NRSE 3110: Clinical Judgment IV (2 hrs)
NRSE 3130: Nursing Care of Adults I (7 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier (2F) (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 16 hrs
Semester 6
NRSE 3210: Clinical Judgment V (2 hrs)
NRSE 3230: Nursing Care of Adults II (7 hrs)
NRSE 3140: Mental Health (3 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier I Junior Composition (3 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier II (2C) (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 18 hrs
Semester 7:
NRSE 4110: Clinical Judgment VI (2 hrs)
NRSE 4120: Management (3 hrs)
NRSE 4140: OB, Women, PEDS (5 hrs)
NRSE 4150: Family/Community Health (5 hrs)
Total Credits: 15 hrs
Semester 8:
NRSE 4210: Clinical Judgment VII (2 hrs)
NRSE 4400: Capstone Clinical (8 hrs)
NRSE 4600: Nursing Excellence T3 Equivalent (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 13 hrs