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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the only Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education accredited four-year program in southeast Ohio, serving to upgrade Appalachian Ohio health services. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides the classroom and clinical education to prepare graduates for the challenges of complex and changing health-care systems. 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. Selection is competitive. After completing the final three years of the program, student nurses graduate and take a licensing exam.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) Printable Program Brochure [PDF]


ALL of the following requirements must be satisfied and in the Nursing Office before 5:00 p.m. February 15th of the year in which you want your file to be reviewed (considered) by the selection committee. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their file is complete.

1. Documents required in the Selection File:

  • Signed application to be admitted to BS1221 (form is available from School of Nursing).
  • The School of Nursing will run a final DARS once spring semester grades are recorded to verify successful completion of coursework in the specified prerequisite courses.
  • Report of completed physical exam performed within the past 12 months (form is available from the School of Nursing).
  • Documentation of the completion of the required immunizations (part of the physical exam report). Including documentation of Mantoux two-step tuberculosis test and completion of any follow-up recommendations (part of the physical exam report).
  • Report of FBI and BCI background check —- guidelines on how to obtain a background check will be provided by the School of Nursing.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.75. Note: If any of these items are missing the file will not be reviewed.
  • New students will need to take the ACCUPLACER and ALEKS examinations when they apply to Ohio University Chillicothe. Contact the testing center for additional information about exam requirements.

2. Criteria the selection committee will consider for selecting individuals for the BSN major. Cumulative GPA across all coursework:

  • GPA and grade of C or better across the required prerequisite courses.
  • Admission Assessment HESI Exam (A2): must be taken before the application deadline, receiving a score of a 75% or better cumulatively and a 75% or better on the English and Math sections. You are also required to take the science portion of this exam (not physics). Information regarding this exam is provided by the School of Nursing Office.
  • Clearance on FBI and BCI background checks completed in the past year.

Students are responsible for submitting all required information by the deadline and incomplete files will not be reviewed during selections.


All NRSE courses must be completed with no less than an 80% (this is a B- with the School of Nursing Grading Scale). All non-nursing courses required by the School of Nursing must be completed with a grade of a C or better. A grade of C- means that the course must be repeated. Support courses must be taken before or during the semester in which they fall in the curriculum map shown below.


The Ohio University Chillicothe School of Nursing is housed in Bennett Hall. The nursing program utilizes classrooms in Bennett Hall for lectures and testing. Bennett Hall houses one simulation suite and two Nursing Skills Labs which includes (10) hospital beds, (9) low fidelity mannequins, (2) high fidelity mannequins, and (1) high fidelity pediatric mannequin. Some of our lab equipment includes: an electronic medication dispensing system, a Computerized Nursing Workstation on Wheels, ECG monitor, automated vital sign machines, working suction equipment, and a variety of supplies for nursing skills practice & check-off sessions, which promotes student learning and course success.

The Quinn Library located in the Stevenson Center carries all required nursing materials; as well as, providing a quiet study section, several enclosed areas for group meetings, a comfortable seating area with a large number of computers for student access/research, a Student Success center for general tutoring, and a cafe' with a varied menu to meet the needs of all students.

The PACCAR Medical Education Center (PMEC) is located on the Adena Health System campus and serves as a learning site and conference center for both Adena staff and clients throughout Southern Ohio. From small meetings to large conferences, the PACCAR Medical Education Center can meet virtually any need you have. The Center includes:

  • The Kenworth Auditorium, which features full technological and teleconferencing capabilities and comfortable accommodations for up to 136 people.
  • A thoughtfully designed, interactive-video, distance-learning classroom for up to 32 people.
  • Modern, spacious, state-of-the-art accommodations.
  • Five standard classrooms, which can be recorded and/or broadcast to other classrooms.
  • Two additional conference rooms for up to 14 people each.

The David Meade Massie Virtual Hospital (also located in PACCAR) is our premier simulation facility promotes a realistic, safe learning environment using simulators that mimic 70,000 human responses to medications, tests and treatments. These simulators can be used to teach both healthcare providers and students new skills, evaluate current levels of performance and promote team communication. Through this incredible high-tech environment, you will be able to:

  • Experience a variety of departments. The virtual hospital includes an emergency department bed, an intensive care bed, two med-surg beds, a pediatric room and a crib.
  • Treat “patients” of all ages. With six simulators, ranging from infant to adult sizes, you will experience common scenarios and use equipment that is typically used in a live setting.
  • Perform multiple high-risk procedures. For example, you may practice defibrillation, chest tube insertion, needle decompression and intubation on one simulator.
  • Improve customer service. A nurse’s station can double as a front desk to focus on customer service training.
  • View and evaluate your performance. With the ability to record from any room or station, all simulations can be reviewed in one of three debriefing rooms.


Bennett Hall, located at the center of the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus, is home to the Nursing program. The Adena PACCAR Medical Education Center is located on the Adena Health System campus at 446 Hospital Road Chillicothe, OH 45601.


Tuition costs are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Ohio University. Please refer to a schedule of classes for further tuition information or to the Ohio University Chillicothe website.

  • Tuition – click (here) for details.
  • Books and supplies: Books are purchased each semester, with your first semester being the largest expense of approximately $900.00.
  • Criminal background checks (BCI&I and FBI): $60.00 to start the program and $60.00 prior to graduation for the Ohio Board of Nursing.
  • Course Fees: Vary per Semester.
  • Lab Kit: Approximately $100.00.
  • Uniforms: Average – $70 (one time cost).
  • Course Fees: (Lab Fees and Achievement Tests) - $180 per clinical course.
  • Liability Insurance: $40 per year.
  • Graduation – The second year of the program, expenses for graduation, licensure, NCLEX-RN exam, pinning, etc. will occur. You will need to plan ahead for these expenses. Expenses at this time can reach around $600.
  • Health documents - vary depending on student's health insurance coverage and location.
    • Physical Examination
    • Immunizations
    • Laboratory Tests


Students may be eligible for varying financial aid resources. These include:

  • Federal Grants and Loans
  • Ohio University Scholarships
  • State Grants and Loans

To begin the process, you should apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.gov as soon as possible. For Ohio University Chillicothe, use the University Federal School Code: 003100 and 003102.

For more information about the financial aid process, contact our Financial Aid Office at (740) 774-7289 or toll free at (877) GO-2-OUCH.


Ohio University believes that, as an educated person, you need certain intellectual skills in order to participate effectively in society. These include: the ability to communicate through the written word, the ability to use quantitative or symbolic reasoning, and broad knowledge of the major fields of learning. Therefore, students must take general education courses to complete a degree.


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Stop by the Nursing Office at Ohio University Chillicothe to make sure your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program application file is complete today!

Helpful Links:

➢ Please click (here) for the BSN Application Packet in .PDF format.

➢ Please click (here) for the BSN Curriculum in .PDF format.

➢ Please click (here) for the School of Nursing Student Handbook in .PDF format.


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