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Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

The four semester, accredited Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Nursing program at Southern has an established reputation for graduating high-quality nurses. Ohio University also offers a three semester LPN-to-RN advanced placement track for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) desiring to obtain an associate degree in nursing. As a nursing student you will take a variety of general education and nursing courses and will learn through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical experiences. 

Ohio University’s A.A.S. in Nursing programs are offered at Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville campuses. Clinical education takes place at hospitals, clinics, and community agencies near each campus. Acceptance into the A.A.S. in Nursing program is selective.

Following successful completion of the A.A.S. in Nursing degree, the student will be eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students enrolled in the A.A.S. in Nursing program may be eligible for dual enrollment in the Ohio University online RN-to-BSN program.

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Course of Study

View the undergraduate catalog page to see the complete major requirements

Additional Program Information


    Potential Careers

    • Graduates with an associate degree in nursing work in a variety of settings. Some of these include hospital-based medical centers, clinics, long-term nursing facilities, and private practice.
    • As of May 2023, registered nurses in Ohio earn an annual mean wage of $72,280.
    • Ohio employment demand for registered nurses in Ohio is projected to grow by 5-8% by 2032.

    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 include a simulation suite and three nursing skills labs that simulate real healthcare settings. Students will learn nursing skills using both low and high-fidelity manikins, including infant, child, adult, and obstetric manikins and simulators. Students will also learn to use medical equipment, like an electronic medication dispensing system, ECG monitors, infusion pumps and more.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Individuals seeking admission to the traditional associate degree or LPN-to-RN advanced placement track must first be admitted to Ohio University. Students who are admitted to Ohio University and meet the selection criteria are not guaranteed admission to the nursing program. Selection for admission to the nursing program is a competitive process with specific selection requirements.

Interested students should first complete an application to an Ohio University regional campus with pre-associate of nursing listed as your major or complete a change of major to pre-associate nursing if already an Ohio University student.

Potential applicants are responsible for submitting all required information by the deadline. Incomplete files will not be reviewed during selections. For information about changing your major, please make an appointment with a School of Nursing Academic Advisor by contacting a School of Nursing Academic Advisor at your desired program site.

Minimum requirements for Admission for Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Program:

  1. The applicant must be accepted to Ohio University. The applicant must submit official transcripts from all previous schools attended, including college, vocational/technical programs, and high school/GED.
  2. The applicant must have earned a high school diploma, or a GED. 
  3. Currently enrolled Ohio University and college transfer students must have an established college grade point (GPA) average of 2.75 or greater on 4.0 scale. If the applicant has other college work, a combined GPA will be calculated. Applicants entering directly from high school (with no college credit) must have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry at the high school or college level with a minimum grade of “C” or better.
  5. The applicant must take the ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, at their own expense and achieve a minimum adjusted total score of “basic” level or greater. Only tests taken within one calendar year of application will be accepted.

Additional Requirement for LPN-to-RN Advanced Placement Track:

  1. The applicant must have a current, unencumbered LPN license.

Other Considerations for Applicants

Ohio University nursing students are required to successfully complete a variety of clinical experiences to satisfy graduation requirements for their degree. Participation in these clinical experiences requires that our students comply with the health and safety requirements of our clinical partners at various sites across the State of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Prior to the start of clinical experiences students will be required to complete other required items.

Failure to complete the requirements by the deadline will result in removal from the course and an inability to progress in the program.


The Associate in Nursing program at Ohio University at the School of Nursing located in Athens, Ohio is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate in Nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. The date of the last accreditation visit was January 20-22, 2015. The next site visit is scheduled for spring 2023.

The Ohio University Associate Degree Nursing Program has full approval status through the Ohio Board of Nursing. The approval status was granted July 2021. The date of the last site visit was June 9, 2021.

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