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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nursing is a profession dedicated to caring. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares students in the science and principles of nursing to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex health care systems. Students learn through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical instruction and graduate with the competencies to provide evidence-based practice care as a generalist nurse.

All five of Ohio University's regional campuses and the Athens residential campus offer BSN programs. Clinical education takes place at hospitals, clinics and other locations near each campus. Acceptance into the BSN program is selective. Application to the BSN major and selection to the program occurs in the spring of the first year of the program of study. Graduates of the BSN program will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensing Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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98% OHIO Lancaster first-year students received financial aid in Fall 2021*

Nursing Degree Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum includes courses in the sciences, humanities, and human behavior in addition to the nursing courses. Visit the BSN undergraduate catalog page to see the complete major requirements.  

Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum



    Potential Careers

    Registered nurses are employed in a variety of settings to provide care for individuals, families and populations. Graduates can also enter master's or doctoral programs in nursing, which prepare baccalaureate registered nurses for advanced nursing roles.


    Tuition and Fees

    The OHIO Guarantee takes the guesswork out of budgeting for college and provides a fixed rate table for tuition and most fees for four years (or 12 consecutive semesters). 

    Financial aid for undergraduate students (regardless of discipline) is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. Visit our Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships to learn more.


    West Virginia and Kentucky Residents

    Exploring the Southern or Eastern Campus? Residents of West Virginia can now qualify for in-state tuition. Kentucky residents in nearby counties can qualify for in-state tuition at OHIO Southern or Athens. Access the resources of a large, public university at an affordable, regional campus rate.


    Learning Environment

    Our nursing program provides dedicated learning spaces, which may include a simulation suite and nursing skills labs, featuring hospital beds, low and high-fidelity manikins and a pediatric manikin. Lab equipment may include an electronic medication dispensing system, a computerized nursing workstation on wheels, ECG monitor, automated vital sign machines, working suction equipment, and more.

Program Admission Requirements

First-Year Students

Anyone who holds a high school diploma or has a GED certificate is eligible for admission to any Ohio University regional campus. Regional campuses have a rolling admissions policy which means that students may be admitted anytime during the year. Applicants will be accepted until class begins each semester. However, prospective students are advised to begin the application process as soon as possible so that they may be given important dates and deadlines in a timely manner. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Transfer Students

You are a transfer applicant if you have completed nine or more semester (12 quarter) hours at another institution after you graduated from high school. If you have completed fewer than nine semester hours, you will apply as a freshman applicant. To apply as a transfer student, applicants are encouraged to complete an online application for enrollment.

Accreditation Information

Ohio University's BSN is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The pre-licensure BSN programs at Ohio University are approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

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Danielle Schabel, MSN, RN
Associate Professor of Instruction
Associate Director of Nursing, Lancaster


* Includes scholarships, grants, loans, federal work student and CARES/HEERF funding.