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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 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 WV, OH, and KY Tri-State area. Candidates accepted to the program, both freshmen and transfers 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. Selection is competitive. After completing the final three years of the program, student nurses graduate and take a licensing exam.

Stop by the Nursing Office at Ohio University Southern to make sure your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program application file is complete today!

ALL of the following requirements must be satisfied and in the Nursing Office before 5:00p.m. February 1st of the year in which you want your file to be reviewed (considered) by the selection committee. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his/her file is complete.
OUS Nursing Students
  1. Complete a Nursing application in the Nursing office.
  2. Complete an application to Ohio University with Pre-Nursing (ND 1220) listed as your major, along with the $20 nonrefundable application fee (or complete a change of major to Pre-Nursing ND1220 if already and 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 out of high school. Students who have been out of high school for more than a full calendar year or who have any college credit are exempt from taking the ACT or SAT.
  5. Submit to the nursing office a statement of educational and career goals essay (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 point scale for students wishing to enter the program straight from high school).
  7. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology & chemistry at the high school or college level with a minimum grade of a C in each course before the deadline.
  8. COMPASS Placement test is required for all new students. Please contact your campus student services office to schedule an appointment. You must place into a Tier I Math and English or complete the required developmental courses PRIOR to the deadline.
  9. HESI A2 Nursing Admissions Exam, students must have an overall score of a 75% on the A2 in both Math and English. This test will be administered each Fall Semester. You can call the Learning Center at 740-533-4596 to make an appointment. Test codes and preparation booklets are to be purchased in the bookstore.
  10. Applicants will be required to have a completed FBI and BCI fingerprint report (criminal background check) on file with the Nursing office in order to start the program. 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.

 OUS Nursing Students

We encourage you to begin taking support courses at Ohio University as soon as possible. All 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. Support courses must be taken before 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.

Support Courses:

ENGL 1510: Freshmen Composition

PSY 1010: Intro to Psychology

CHEM 1210: Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 1220:Organic and Biochemistry

BIOS 1300: Anatomy and Physiology

BIOS 1310:Anatomy and Physiology II

SOC 1000: Intro to Sociology

COMS 1010: Into to Communication

NRSE 1110: Clinical Judgment I

BIOS 2010: Microbiology OR BIOS 2210 & 2215 Microbes & Humans (and lab)

NUTR 1000: Nutrition

PSY 2410 or EDEC 1600: Into to Child Development

PSY 1110: Statistics

ENG 3080J: Junior Composition

One course in the area of Fine Arts

One courses in the area of Cross Cultural Perspectives

Ohio University School of Nursing
Traditional Baccalaureate Program
Semester Plan

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2 


BIOS1300,Principles Human A&P I

BIOS 1310, Principles Human A&P II   

CHEM 1210, Principles of Chemistry I                


CHEM 1220, Principles of Chemistry II              


ENGL 1510,Writing & Rhetoric I         


COMS 1010, Fund Human Communication       


MATH 1200, College Algebra                              


SOC 1000, Intro to Sociology 3  


PSY 1010, General Psychology     


NRSE 1110,  Clinical Judgment I  


Total Credits                             18


Total Credits                      14/17


 *Students who do not need college algebra may take NRSE 1110 in fall or spring semester. 

Year 2

Semester 3      

Semester 4     


NRSE 2110, Clinical Judgment II


NRSE 2210, Clinical Judgment III


NRSE 2120, Pathophysiology


NRSE 2220, Foundations Nsg Practice


NRSE 2230, Health Assessment


NRSE 3120, Diversity & Ethics & Gero


BIOS 2210, Microbes & Humans


NRSE 2240, Pharmacology in Nsg.

BIOS 2215, Microbes & Humans Lab


OR BIOS 2010 Elementary Microbiology


NUTR 1000, Nutrition


PSY 1110, Elementary Statistical Reasoning


PSY 2410, Child & Adolescent Psych  OR          
EDEC 1600,Intro to Child Development


Total Credits 17/ 18


Total Credits 16


Year 3

Semester 5

Semester 6


NRSE 3110, Clinical Judgment IV


NRSE 3210, Clinical Judgment V


NRSE 2250, Research & Evidence-based Px 


NRSE 3230, Nursing Care of Adults II


NRSE 3130, Nursing Care of Adults I 


NRSE 3140, Mental Health




Gen Ed Tier I Junior composition

Gen Ed Tier II (2F) 


Gen Ed Tier II (2C)


Total Credits  16


Total Credits 18


Year 4

Semester 7
Semester 8
NRSE 4110,
Clinical Judgment VI                       
2 NRSE 4210, Clinical Judgment VII 2
NRSE 4120, Management 3 NRSE 4400, Capstone Clinical 8
NRSE 4140, OB, Women, Peds 5 NRSE 4600, Nursing Excellence
T3 equivalent
NRSE 4150, Family/Community Health 5    
Total Credits                               15      

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)