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School of Nursing

Grover Center E365
Athens, OH 45701

Deborah Henderson
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Undergraduate Admissions

120 Chubb Hall
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45710

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Nursing (preprogram)  

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and The Ohio Board of Regents and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Upon completion of the associate degree, the graduate is prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination which leads to licensure as a Registered Nurse. Graduates of the associate degree program may choose to enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for two additional years of advanced nursing education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Program is offered online. The Associate Degree Nursing Programs at Ohio University Southern, Zanesville, and Chillicothe enjoy an established reputation for graduating well prepared, high quality nurses.

Career Opportunities

If you are licensed as an RN in Ohio, you are eligible to apply for admission to the School Nurse License program. You can complete the program under one of three plans:

   1. If you are an RN with a B.S.N. degree, take only the additional courses required to meet the Ohio Department of Education’s licensure requirements.
   2. If you are an RN who wishes to complete the B.S.N. and the School Nurse License simultaneously, follow the B.S.N. program of study and use the required School Nurse License courses as part of that degree.
   3. If you are an RN who seeks to complete a B.S. degree not in nursing, consult with both your major adviser and the School Nurse License adviser to develop a program.

If you do not have a B.S. degree in some area, you will have to earn one. This involves meeting University General Education requirements and graduation requirements, in addition to the major requirements and School Nurse Licensure requirements. Your file will be reviewed, and credit transferred from other accredited institutions will be used to meet requirements wherever possible.


Special Features

• The School of Nursing is home to Sigma Theta Tau, an International Honor Society.

• Most students in the RN-to-BSN and MSN programs are place- bound, so the program serves to upgrade the health services in Appalachian Ohio

Our Faculty

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 There are two programs within the School of Nursing: Nursing, Pre-Licensure Program (B.S.N.) and Nursing, RN-to-B.S.N. Program (B.S.N.):

•The School of Nursing offers a traditional, pre-licensure four-year B.S.N. program. The program offers a combination of face-to-face classes and online classes. Included within the curriculum are upper-division coursework in nursing, General Education Requirements , and upper-division courses outside of nursing.
Several pre-licensure B.S.N. nursing courses have a clinical component. Clinical experiences occur in a broad range of traditional and nontraditional health care and health maintenance settings. You are responsible for transportation to the clinical experiences.
•The School of Nursing offers a RN-to-B.S.N. program designed for licensed RNs who are graduates of state-approved associate’s degree or diploma schools of nursing. The purpose is to prepare generalists for the professional practice of nursing and to provide a foundation for graduate study. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
For both nursing majors upper-division coursework in nursing, General Education Requirements , and upper-division courses outside of nursing are included. In the RN-to-B.S.N. program it is possible to complete a minor in another discipline while completing the major in nursing. The School of Nursing offers interactive online (Web-based) courses in the RN-to-B.S.N. program. This method of course delivery increases the availability of professional development and career mobility for registered nurses.

College of Health Sciences and Professions

The youngest of Ohio University's academic units, the College of Health Sciences and Professions is home to about 100 staff and faculty members and 2,500 students. The College was launched in 1979 under the name Health and Human Services, and was renamed in 2010 during an academic realignment that migrated several of its programs to other campus units.

The College began with three schools in 1979 and had grown to include six by the time it was restructured in 2010. Today it includes four academic units: the School of Nursing; School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness; School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences; and Department of Social and Public Health.

All four are housed in Grover Center, a state-of-the-art facility that underwent an extensive renovation, completed in 2001, that for the first time brought all of the College’s academic programs under one roof.

While the four academic units form its core, the College over the years has branched into outreach initiatives that serve the surrounding community while providing valuable practical experience for students. These include WellWorks nutrition and fitness center; Ohio University Therapy Associates’ Hearing, Speech, Language and Physical Therapy clinics; Atrium Café; and Kids on Campus afterschool and summer programs.

Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.