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Nondegree Nursing Early Start Program

Ohio University’s Nondegree Nursing Early Start Program helps students earn a bachelor's degree faster. Nursing Early Start students may complete up to 28 credit hours toward the BSN degree with a choice of eight start dates! 

Admission Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in an associate degree in nursing program from a CHEA recognized regionally accredited institution. Regional accrediting organizations recognized by CHEA are as follows:

    • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)

    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

    • New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

    • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

    • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from all prior colleges or institutions attended

  • Successful completion of Foundations of Nursing I in your associate degree program

Apply today and take your first class, NRSE 4510 for FREE* this spring!

Apply for Spring 2023

Application Deadlines

The following dates outline the deadlines associated with each start term during the academic year.

Entering Semester Application Priority Date* Transcript Deadline


Fall 2

Fall 3

June 15

July 15

August 15

July 1

August 1

September 1


Spring 2

Spring 3

November 15

December 15 

February 15 (Extended!)

December 1

January 1 

February 15 (Extended!)


Summer 2

March 15

April 15

April 1

May 1

Sub-term options available for the RN to BSN program only.
*Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis.

Schedule an appointment with an OHIO Online enrollment advisor for help with any questions you may have.

**Applications will be considered after this date on a space-available basis.

How to Apply

Ready to apply? Complete the undergraduate application for admission by selecting your preferred term, "e-campus Non-degree" as your application type, and "Nondegree Nursing Early Start" as your admission type.

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Completion of the Nursing Early Start Program gives you an academic and financial head-start toward your nursing degree. So don't wait! Apply for spring 2023 to earn an Incentive Scholarship* and take your first nursing class, NRSE 4510, for FREE! Or apply for summer 2023 and take 50% off your first nursing course!

Students who complete the first nursing course (NRSE 4510) as a Nondegree Nursing Early Start student do not have to re-apply to complete subsequent nursing courses. They should contact their advisor for registration instructions.

Submit Transcripts 

You must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended. Official transcripts are encouraged, but not required. An official transcript is one that is submitted directly from an institution.

Unofficial transcripts must meet the following criteria:

  • An official transcript issued to the student that is still in a sealed envelope at the time it is submitted to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • An unofficial transcript sent directly from the college or university where the credit originated.

These items can be submitted electronically or mailed to:

Undergraduate Admissions
Chubb Hall 120
1 Ohio University Drive
Athens, OH 45701

Electronic submissions from secure transcript-sharing networks may be sent to

If you would like more information or have questions, provide your contact information in the Request More Information form, and an OHIO Online team member will follow up with you. You can also schedule an online appointment with an OHIO Online Enrollment Advisor.

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*The Incentive Scholarship may not be combined with other awards. The scholarship award ranges from 50% off the cost of course tuition and fees for a summer 2023 term to the full cost of course tuition and fees for spring 2023. Certain terms and restrictions apply. Both tuition and fees are subject to change by OHIO's Board of Trustees; additional fees may apply. Students enrolled in nondegree programs are generally not eligible for federal or institutional financial aid.