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Admission Information

Individuals interested in the Associate Degree Nursing Program must first gain admission to Ohio University.  The nursing program is a select program with specific selection criteria.  Applicants must complete a review card designating the entry term they want their file reviewed for admission.  Applicants will only be considered if ALL selection criteria is met.  The Zanesville Campus admits students to this nursing program spring semester.

Admission to Ohio University Zanesville

  1. Complete the application form (available in hard copy & online) $20.00 fee.
  2. Submit official high school transcript (must be mailed) or copy of GED scores.
  3. Submit official transcripts for all previous college courses (must be mailed).
  4. High school students must submit ACT College Entrance Examination.  Those who have been out of high school for more than a full calendar year are exempt.
  5. Math and English placement is based on ACT scores. If no ACT was taken, placement exams will be required.  To schedule the exam on the Zanesville campus, call the Student Success Center at (740) 588-1510.

Selection Criteria of Associate Degree Nursing Program

  1. Applicants must be placed into Level 1 Math based on their ACT scores.  If there are not ACT scores or if they are not placed in Level 1 Math, a University Placement exam may be taken.  Students are expected to test at Level 1 Math.  If a student does not score at the expected level, they will need to complete additional course work to be eligible. To schedule the exam on the Zanesville campus call Student Success Center at (740) 588-1510.
  2. The applicant must be a high school graduate or hold a certificate of High School Equivalency (GED).  A high school graduate must have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
  3. The applicant is a transfer or current OU student, they must have an established college grade point (GPA) average of 2.75 or better out of 4.0 scale.  If the student has other college work, a combined GPA will be calculated.
  4. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology, and chemistry with a grade of “C” or better at the high school level or college level.
  5. The applicant must submit a “Statement of Education and Career Goals”.  The statement should be no more than one page typed or no more than 500 words.
  6. Return postcard indicating requested review semester.
  7. Complete a nursing admission’s exam at the applicant’s expense.

Admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program is by a completive and selective process.  Admission to Ohio University and meeting the above selection criteria does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.  In addition to the requirements listed on the Admission page, applicants to the nursing program must also complete the admission requirements to the nursing program.


Application deadline: The deadline for admission to be eligible for selection is listed below.

  • Spring Semester Admission: October 1

Advance Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)

  • For Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) students there is an Advance Placement option.  Please contact the nursing office at (740) 588-1515 for more information.




Semester 1

NURS 1111 Foundations of Nursing Practice 4.5
NURS 1112 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 2.5
NURS 1131 Pharmacology I 2
BIOS 1300 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 4
CFS 2710 Individuals and Families over the Lifespan* 3

Total Credit Hours


Semester 2

NURS 1211 Medical Surgical Nursing I 7
NURS 1221 Mental Health Nursing 4
NURS 1231 Pharmacology II 2
BIOS 1310 Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4

Total Credit Hours


Semester 3


NURS 2111 Medical Surgical Nursing II 7
NURS 2121 Maternal-Newborn Nursing 3
NURS 2131 Pediatric Nursing 3
BIOS 2010 OR BIOS 2210 Elementary Microbiology OR Microbes and Humans 3


Total Credit Hours


Semester 4

NURS 2211 Medical Surgical Nursing III 5.5
NURS 2221 Integrated NSG Practice 6
PSY 1110** Elementary Statistical Reasoning 3



Total Credit Hours


This course can be completed anytime throughout the program

ENG 1510


Freshman Composition


*EDEC 1600 or PSY 2410 can fulfill the CSF 2710 requirement.

**PSY 2110 or MATH 2500 can fulfill the PSY 1110 requirement.

Non-nursing courses required towards the OU RN-BSN Program:  General Education Tier II courses in Humanities, Fine Arts, Cross cultural perspective, Junior English, College level chemistry, NUTR 1000, PSY 1010, and SOC 1000.

The ADN program at Ohio University is accredited by:

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Ohio Board of Nursing
17 South High Street, Suite 660
Columbus, OH 43215-3947


The ADN program at Ohio University is accredited by:

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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA  30326