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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Named a best nursing BSN program in the country by U.S. News and World Report

Ohio University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is focused on educating nurses who will provide the highest standards of patient care. As an OHIO nursing student, you will develop complex problem-solving skills through classroom lectures, cutting-edge simulation and skills lab experiences and real-world clinical settings. By graduation, you’ll be equipped with skills and knowledge that will set you apart, prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing health care environment.

OHIO’s School of Nursing is highly regarded and has been selected by Niche as the best nursing school in Ohio, while our BSN has been named a best nursing BSN program in the country by U.S. News and World Report. We also have a history of outstanding performance on the NCLEX licensure exam, with our students earning the highest NCLEX score in the state among public universities for 2021 (for first-time test takers on Athens campus).

In addition to academic excellence, we also offer opportunities to gain leadership skills and expanded knowledge through BSN student organizations. From the BSN Organization dedicated to applying the nursing practice standards of care to our surrounding and distant communities, to the Emergency Nursing Club, Pediatrics Club, and the Multicultural Nursing Student Association, you will have the opportunity to gain professional awareness and increase your leadership skills alongside other future nurses.

Traditional BSN students in clinical training

Traditional BSN Program

Students seeking admission to the Ohio University School of Nursing traditional (on-campus) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major, first apply to Ohio University as Pre-BSN major (ND1220) and complete prerequisite courses. Acceptance into the Pre-BSN program is selective. During spring semester students meeting all requirements apply for consideration for selection to the BSN program (BS1221). The selected group of students will have the opportunity to complete the final three years of the BSN program, graduate, and sit for the NCLEX licensing exam.

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) provides students with on-campus classroom lectures, simulation, and lab activities as well as clinical experiences. The BSN program (BS1221) is offered on the Athens, Chillicothe, Eastern, Lancaster, Southern, and Zanesville campuses with clinical experiences occurring in hospitals and clinics in the region. Please note that students selected for the BSN program will need to provide their own transportation to clinical sites, and some locations may be approximately an hour-long drive from campus. Please visit the Traditional BSN page for further details on the BSN program requirements.

Laptop computers are required in the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and are used in the classroom, in nursing skill laboratories, and during simulation scenarios. BSN students also use laptops for secure testing via a secure testing platform. The minimum system operating requirements for both MAC and Windows laptops can be found at "Examplify Minimum System Requirements". iPads and other tablets are not supported by the School of Nursing at this time.

Online BSN student at computer

Online RN to BSN Program

Ohio University’s Online RN to BSN program offers individuals who are currently licensed RNs a path to obtain the higher degree they need to advance their careers. The Online RN to BSN program is a degree completion program for those with an associate degree or diploma in nursing wishing to complete a baccalaureate degree (BSN). As a Best College Reviews’ national top five online nursing program, we offer a convenient, affordable, high-quality experience designed to fit the lives of working professionals. The program offers eight start dates per year. Learn more by visiting the RN to BSN Online page.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Ohio University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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