Apr 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Nursing Major (B.S.N.)

Major code BS1221- Traditional B.S.N.

College of Health Sciences and Professions 
School of Nursing 
Grover Center E317
Phone: 740.593.4494
Phone: 800.560.0144
Fax: 740.593.0286

Program Overview

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 healthcare systems.  The BSN curriculum includes courses in the sciences, humanities, and human behavior in addition to the nursing courses. 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.  Graduates of the BSN program will be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program: 

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate clinical reasoning skills using the nursing process that results in the application of theory to safe professional nursing practice.
  2. Students will be able to employ effective communication skills when interacting with patients, families, members of the community, and members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team.
  3. Students will be able to execute evidence-based practice (EBP) principles within the BSN scope of practice to ensure quality of care to culturally diverse individuals and populations.

Admissions Information

First-Year Admission

Students are not directly admitted to BS1221. Individuals interested in the BSN program should apply to the pre-BSN major (ND1220) and complete specified prerequisite courses required for the BS1221 major.

Requirements for First Year Applicants to be considered for the pre-BSN (ND1220) include:

  • Graduation from high school with a minimum 3.00 grade point average on a 4-point scale
  • Composite ACT score of 23 or better or a composite SAT score of 1140 or better
  • Math Placement Level 1 (ACT Math: 20, SAT Math: 520)

BSN (BS1221) selection:

Individuals must apply and meet specific School of Nursing requirements in order to be considered for selective admission into the BSN program (BS1221).  Admission to the BS1221 is competitive, and success in the pre-BSN major (ND1220) does not guarantee admission to the BSN program.  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required for consideration of admission to the BSN major.  Meeting minimum program requirements does not guarantee admission.  Individuals interested in the BSN program major (BS1221) should speak with a School of Nursing academic advisor or refer to the School of Nursing website for additional program information and specific requirements for admission.

Change of Major Policy

Individuals seeking to change their major to ND1220 (pre-BSN) need to contact the School of Nursing, schedule an advising appointment, and complete the required paperwork.  All applicants must meet specific School of Nursing requirements.

External Transfer Admission

Transfer students from other BSN programs are reviewed individually for admission to the BSN major. Requirements for Transfer Applicants to be considered for the pre-BSN (ND1220) include:

  • Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.75 on a 4-point scale
  • Accumulated at least 30 credit hours at the undergraduate level
  • Transfer equivalent of CHEM 1205 and CHEM 1205L, or CHEM 1210 or, Math Placement Level 1 or higher

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates are eligible to sit for the registered nursing licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed RNs.  Upon successful passing of the NCLEX-RN, graduates can be employed in a variety of settings to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare systems. Graduates are prepared to enter master’s or doctoral programs in nursing, which prepare baccalaureate registered nurses for advanced nursing roles.


Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Health Sciences and Professions .

Nursing Major Prerequisites

Complete the following courses with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better and a C (2.0) or better grade in each course (18 hrs minimum).

Upon successful completion of the requirements you must seek admission to the major.

Additional Courses

Complete 3 of the 5 courses with a C or better grade to seek admission to major. The remaining 2 courses must be completed before graduation:  (15 hrs)

Nursing Major Requirements

Complete the following with a C or better:

Upon admission to the nursing major, complete one of the following with a C or better: (5 hrs minimum)

Additional Course:

Complete one of the following (3 hrs minimum)


Complete an elective course for a minimum of 3 semester hours.