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Associate in Nursing


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Program Description

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


Opportunities Upon Graduation

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


Admission Requirements

Individuals interested in the Associate Degree in 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)

Spring Semester LPNs only (Fall bridge and transition)

Spring Semester Admission

February 1

May 15

October 1


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



First Semester (18 semester hours)

NURS 1110 – Foundations of Nursing and Assessment Across the Lifespan

NURS 1130 – Nursing Pharmacology

BIOS 1300 – Anatomy and Physiology

CHEM 1210 - Chemistry


Second Semester (17 semester hours)

NURS 1210 – Adult Health I

NURS 1220 – Mental Health Nursing

BIOS 1310 – Anatomy and Physiology

PSY 1010 – Introduction to Psychology


Summer (6 semester hours)

ENG 1510 – Freshman Composition

PSY 1110 – Elementary Statistical Reasoning


Third Semester (19 semester hours)

NURS 2110 – Adult Health II

NURS 2120 – Maternal and Newborn (7 weeks)

NURS 2130 – Child and Adolescent (7 weeks)

BIOS 2010 – Microbiology

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PSY 2410 – Child and Adolescent Psychology

EDEC 1600 – Introduction to Child Development


Fourth Semester (12 semester hours)

NURS 2210 – Adult Health III

NURS 2220 – Integrated NSG Practice



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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).


The ADN program at Ohio University is accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326


The ADN program at Ohio University is approved by:


Ohio Board of Nursing

17 South High Street, Suite 400

Columbus, OH 43215