Ohio University

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Ohio University School of Nursing is scheduled for review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for continued accreditation consideration for our BSN (including RN to BSN), MSN, and DNP programs and our Post-Graduate certificates. The visit by CCNE’s evaluation team is scheduled for April 7 - 9, 2021. In accordance with CCNE procedures, program constituents and other interested parties are provided the opportunity to submit, in writing, third-party comments. Third-party comments regarding Ohio University School of Nursing’s BSN (including RN to BSN), MSN, and DNP programs and/or Post-Graduate certificates must be received by CCNE by no later than March 16, 2021.

Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. Comments are shared only with the CCNE appointed evaluation team members and are not shared with the nursing program under review. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment, please submit to: thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org

Or mail comments to:
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x268.


The traditional (on-campus) Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) major provides the classroom and clinical education needed to prepare graduates for the challenges of complex and changing healthcare systems. Classes are held on Ohio University’s main campus in Athens as well as the regional campuses of Eastern, Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville. Clinical training takes place at hospitals and clinics in southeast Ohio. Students will need to arrange transportation to some of these sites. 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. After completing the final three years of the program, student nurses graduate and take a licensing exam.


Contact Info

Susan Dowell, DNP, MSN, MBA, RNC
Assistant Professor Nursing

Admissions Info

Lisa Jeffries
Recruitment Coordinator

Program Requirements

Ohio University Catalog

Students seeking admission to the School of Nursing apply to Ohio University as Pre-BSN majors (ND1220) and complete prerequisite courses outlined below. 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. Information about the selection process appear below.

The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) provides students with on-campus classroom lectures and simulation lab activities as well as regionalized clinical experiences. The BSN program (BS1221) is offered on the Athens, Eastern, Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville campuses with clinical experiences occurring in hospitals and clinics in the southeastern Ohio 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.

Read about the Traditional BSN [PDF] for further details on the BSN program requirements.

Requirements for First Year Applicants to be considered for Pre-BSN (ND1220)

  1. Graduation from high school with a minimum 3.00 grade point average on a 4-point scale
  2. Successful completion of the college preparation program that includes: English (4 units); college-prep mathematics (3 units); social sciences (2 units); biology and chemistry (2 units). Each course is to be completed with a grade of 2.00 (C) or better.
  3. The following courses are recommended but not required: foreign language, anatomy and physiology, and/or a third unit in social science.
  4. Completed application and admission to Ohio University
  5. Official copies of high school transcripts
  6. Composite ACT score of 23 or better or a composite SAT score of 1130 or better; Math Placement Level 1 (ACT Math: 20, SAT Math: 520)

Requirements for Transfer Applicants to be Considered for Pre-BSN (ND1220)

  1. Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale
  2. Completed application and admission to Ohio University
  3. Official copies of high school transcripts if fewer than 45 credits of college work completed
  4. Official copies of all college transcripts
  5. Accumulated at least 30 credit hours at the undergraduate level
  6. Transfer equivalent of CHEM 1205 and CHEM 1205L (lab), or CHEM 1210, or Math Placement Level 1 or higher

Requirements for Current OHIO Students Requesting to Change Their Major to Pre-BSN

  1. Completed Update of Program form (available in the School of Nursing)
  2. Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale
  3. Grade of “C” or better in one of the following: BIOS 1300, BIOS 1310, CHEM 1205 and CHEM 1205L (lab), CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220, CHEM 1510, CHEM 1520
  4. Grade of “C” or better in three of the following: PSY 1010, SOC 1000, COMS 1010, PSY 2410/EDEC 1600, or NUTR 1000

For information about changing your major, please make an appointment with a School of Nursing academic advisor by contacting the School of Nursing office at your preferred campus:

  • Athens: 740-593-4494
  • Eastern: 740-699-2504
  • Chillicothe: 740-774-7282
  • Southern: 740-533-4633
  • Zanesville: 740-588-1514