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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)




Nursing B.S.N.

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing provides the classroom and clinical education to prepare graduates for the challenges of complex and changing health-care systems. Classes are held at Ohio University Southern, with clinical training taking place at hospitals and clinics in the W.Va., Ohio, and KY Tri-State area.  All candidates accepted to the program 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.
Application Process
ALL of the following requirements must be satisfied and in the nursing office before 5:00 pm on February 1st of the year in which you want your file to reviewed (considered) by the selection committee. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her file is complete.
  1. Complete a nursing application in the nursing office.
  2. Complete an application to Ohio University Southern with pre-nursing (ND 0210) llisted as your major, along with the $20 nonrefundable application fee (or complete a change of major to pre-nursing ND 0210 if already an OU student in a different program).
  3. Submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all previous schools attended, including college, vocational/technical programs, and high school/GED. Students must be a graduate of high school or hold certificate of high school equivalency (GED).
  4. Submit official ACT scores. A minimum of 23 is required for students wishing to enter the program straight from high school.
  5. Submit to the nursing office a  essay stating educational and career goals (typed; no more than 1 page). This is your opportunity to tell the selection committee why you should be chosen for the nursing program.
  6. An established minimum college grade point average of a 2.75 (or a high school GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for students wishing to enter the program straight from high school).
  7. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry at the high school or college level with a minimum grade of a C in each course before the deadline.
  8. ACCUPLACER Placement Test is required for all new students. Please contact the Resource Commons, 740-533-4596, to schedule an appointment. You must place into a Tier I Math and English or complete the required developmental courses PRIOR to the deadline. Transfer students do not have to take the ACCUPLACER exam if they have a course in English or Math that transfers from a previous college. This includes developmental courses, ENG 1510, and MATH 1200 or higher.
  9. HESI A2 Nursing Admissions Exam, students must have an overall score of a 75% on the A2 in both Math and English. It is also required to test in Science, no minium score required for this section. This test will be administered each fall semester. You can call the Resource Commons at 740-533-4596 to make an appointment. Test codes can be purchased in Student Services and study guides can be purchased in the bookstore.
  10. Applicants will be required to have a completed FBI and BCI fingerprint report (criminal background check). This will be completed after you have been selected for the program.
Students are responsible for submitting all required information by the deadline and incomplete files will not be reviewed during selections. We encourage you to begin taking support courses at Ohio University Southern as soon as possible. All support courses taken in the nursing curriculum must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or above in order to have your file reviewed for selections and to remain in the program once selected. All Nursing courses are required to have a grade letter of a 'B' or higher. Support courses must be taken from or during the semester in which they fall in the curriculum map shown below. Prior to February 1st, you must have completed all support courses listed on the curriculum in Semester 1 with a “C” or better.


Disclaimer: Even if all of the above is completed prior to the deadline, you will still have to go through the selection process to determine if you will be chosen for advancement into the second year of the BSN Program. Completion of all of the above does not ensure you will be accepted.


This program is approved by:

The BSN programs at Ohio University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.


One Dupont Circle, NW

Suite 530

Washington, DC 20036



The next CCNE review for the BSN programs will occur in 2021.

Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Program List (PDF)
For more information contact:
Stephanie Smalley
Administrative Coordinator,
School of Nursing
Mashawna Hamilton, MSN, RN
Associate Director of Nursing
Center for Nursing Education



Semester Plan
Semester 1:
BIOS 1300: Principles of Human A&P I (4 hrs)
CHEM 1210: Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs)
ENG 1510: Writing & Rhetoric I (3 hrs)
PSY 1010: General Psychology (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 14 hrs
Semester 2
BIOS 1310: Principles of Human A&P ll (4 hrs)
CHEM 1220: Principles of Chemistry ll (4 hrs)
COMS 1010: Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 hrs)
SOC 1000: Intro to Sociology (3 hrs)
NRSE 1111: Clinical Judgment l (2 hrs)
Total Credits: 16 hrs
Semester 3:
NRSE 2111: Clinical Judgment ll (2 hrs)
NRSE 2121: Pathophysiology (3 hrs)
NRSE 2231: Health Assessment (3 hrs)
BIOS 2210/2215: Microbes & Humans/Lab (4 hrs) OR
BIOS 2010 Elementary Microbiology (3 hrs) 
PSY 1110: Elementary Statistical Reasoning (3 hrs)
PSY 2410: Child & Adolescent Psych (3 hrs) OR
EDEC 1600: Intro to Child Development (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 14/15 hrs
Semester 4
NRSE 2211: Clinical Judgment lll (2 hrs)
NRSE 2221: Foundations Nursing Practice (5 hrs)
NRSE 2241: Pharmacology in Nursing. (4 hrs)
PSY 1110, Elementary Statistical Reasoning (3 hrs)
NUTR 1000: Nutrition (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 17 hrs
Semester 5:
NRSE 3111: Clinical Judgment IV (1 hour)
NRSE 2251: Evidence-based  Nursing Practice (3 hrs)
NRSE 3131: Nursing Care of Adults I (8 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier II Fine Arts (2FA) (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 15 hrs
Semester 6
NRSE 3211: Clinical Judgment V (1 hour)
NRSE 3231: Nursing Care of Adults II (8 hrs)
NRSE 3141: Mental Health Nursing (4 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier I Junior Composition (1J) (3 hrs)
Gen Ed Tier II Cross-Cultural Perspectives (2CP) (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 19 hrs
Semester 7:
NRSE 4121: Management and Leadership in Nursing (2 hrs)
NRSE 4141: Nursing care of Children and Families (6 hrs)
NRSE 4151: Nursing care of Populations: Family and Community (4 hrs)
Total Credits: 12 hrs
Semester 8:
NRSE 4211: Clinical Judgment VII (2 hrs)
NRSE 4401: Professional Practice in Nursing  (8 hrs)
NRSE 4600: Nursing Excellence (T3) (3 hrs)
Total Credits: 13 hrs