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Associate Degree In Nursing

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Ohio University-Zanesville enjoys an established reputation for graduating well prepared, high-quality nurses. The Associate’s Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and The Ohio Board of Regents and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.  


Upon completion of the associate’s degree, the graduate is prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination, which leads to licensure as a registered nurse. Students entering the Associate’s Degree Nursing Program will be granted dual admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.


This will allow students who continue to meet admission criteria to seamlessly continue on and fulfill requirements towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Ohio University-Zanesville is one of five regional campuses of Ohio University offering predominately the first two years of general studies and has eight baccalaureate programs and several master’s degrees. The campus lies in a rural setting in the city of Zanesville with a population of 28,000 and a service district of 180,000.  More than 1,350 students commute to the 179 acre site one hours east of Columbus and two hours west of Pittsburg.

Admission Information


Individuals interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Program must first gain admission to Ohio University. The nursing program is a select program with specific selection criteria.   Once an applicant meets the selection criteria, they must complete a review card designating the semester they want their file reviewed for admission to the nursing program.  The Zanesville Campus admits students to the nursing program two times per year; fall and spring semesters. 
Admission to Ohio University Zanesville
  1. Complete the application form (available in hard copy & online) $20.00 fee.
  2. Submit official high school transcript (must be mailed) or copy of GED scores.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all previous college courses (must be mailed).
  4. High school students must submit ACT College Entrance Examination.  Those who have been out of high school for more than a full calendar year are exempt.
  5. Math and English placement is based on ACT scores.  If no ACT was taken, the COMPASS placement exams will be required.  To schedule the exam on the Zanesville campus, call the Learning Advancement Center at (740) 588-1510. 
 Section Criteria of Associate Degree Nursing Program
  1. Applicants must be placed into Level 2 Math based on their ACT scores.  If there are not ACT scores or if they are not placed in Level 2 Math, a University Placement exam (COMPASS) may be taken.  Students are expected to test at Level 2 Math.  If a student does not score at the expected level, they will need to complete additional course work to be eligible. To schedule the exam on the Zanesville campus call Learning Advancement Center at (740) 588-1510.
  2. The applicant must be a high school graduate or hold a certificate of High School Equivalency (GED).  A high school graduate must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
  3. The applicant is a transfer or current OU student, they must have an established college grade point (GPA) average of 2.75 or better out of 4.0 scale.  If the student has other college work, a combined GPA will be calculated.
  4. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better at the high school level or college level.
  5. The applicant must submit a “Statement of Education and Career Goals”.  The statement should be no more than one page typed or no more than 500 words.
  6. Complete a nursing admission’s exam at the applicants expense

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is by a completive and selective process.  Admission to Ohio University and meeting the above selection criteria does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. 

In addition to the requirements listed on the Admission page, applicants to the nursing program must also complete the admission requirements to the nursing program.


Application deadline:  The deadline for admission to be eligible for selection is listed below.

Fall Semester Admission (Summer bridge and transition for LPN):          February 1          (Zanesville, Chillicothe & Southern)
Spring Semester LPNs Only (Fall bridge and transition)                             May 15                 (Zanesville)
Spring Semester Admission                                                                              October 1            (Zanesville and Chillicothe)

Advance Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) can receive credit for the first two semesters of nursing by successfully graduating from an approved school of practical nursing and meeting licensure requirements.  In addition, the LPN must successfully complete with a grade of “B” or better a four credit hour transition course and two credit hour bridge course designed to prepare the LPN to enter the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  These courses must be completed no sooner than one year prior to admission to the second year of the nursing program.  Also, in order to begin the second year nursing classes, the LPN must complete the following support courses with a “C” or better: BIOS 1300, BIOS 1310, CHEM 1210, PSY 1010 or transfer acceptable credit to Ohio University


Semesters Effective Fall 2012-2013

Credit Hours
Total Lecture Clinical
Clock Hours/Week
Lect   Lab   Clinical
Semester 1
NURS 1110
NURS 1130
BIOS 1300
CHEM 1210
Nursing Found.& Assessment
Anatomy & Physiology
Chemistry (Math 1200 or PL 2 math prerequisite)
Total Credit Hours
7             6             1
3             3            
5           3          5
Semester 2
NURS 1210
NURS 1220
BIOS 1310
PSY 1010
Adult Health I
Mental Health Nursing
Anatomy & Physiology
Introduction to Psychology
Total Credit Hours
7            5             2
3            2             1
5           4         2
3        1.8       4.2
ENG 1510
PSY 1110
Freshman Composition
Statistics (Tier I math if needed)
Semester 3
NURS 2110
NURS 2120
NURS 2130
BIOS 2010
PSY 2410 or
EDEC 1600
Adult Health II
Maternal-Newborn (7 weeks)
Child & Adolescent (7 weeks)
Child Psychology or
Introduction to Child Development
Total Credit Hours
7             5           2
3             2           1
3             2           1
3 or
5         4           2
2         2           1
2         2           1
Semester 4
NURS 2210
NURS 2220
Adult Health III:  ADN
Integrated NSG Practice
Total Credit Hours
5             4           1
7             4           3
4           3
4           9
Suggested Courses for elective hours:  General Education Tier II courses in Humanities, Fine Arts, Cross cultural perspective, and Junior English (required for any bachelor’s degree); NUTR 1000, SOC 1000, PSY 1110 (required for RN to BSN program).