History, Mission, Vision

The Ohio University nursing program began in 1968, with the establishment of an associate degree in nursing. A two-year associate degree is still an option at Ohio University's Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville campuses.

In 2013, the School of Nursing graduated the first class of its four-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) on the Athens Campus. The traditional BSN is now also offered on the OHIO regional campuses of Chillicothe, Eastern, Southern, and Zanesville. Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs first apply to Ohio University as Pre-BSN majors (ND1220) and complete pre-requisite courses.

All undergraduate School of Nursing programs are approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN). In addition to approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Ohio University School of Nursing holds several accreditations.


The Ohio University School of Nursing will provide accessible state-of-the-discipline undergraduate and graduate nursing education. The school will focus on fostering the preservation, promotion, and restoration of health in the global community. Our graduates will be highly competent practitioners, leaders, and scholars who are grounded in a sense of inquiry and committed to human caring within a climate of diversity.


The Ohio University School of Nursing’s mission is to augment the students’ education to prepare them to succeed in any organizational environment. The faculty is committed to providing a curriculum that is sensitive to the cultural diversity in society and the changing demands for health care through the utilization of local, state, and international partnerships and collaboratives. The school also promotes excellence in the profession through scholarship and service.