College of Health and Human Services
Grover Center E365
Mary Bowen, Director
Cheryl Brimmer, Administrative Associate
Kathy Chapman, Administrative Associate
The School of Nursing offers a B.S.N. program (BS1221) designed for pre-licensure students. The School of Nursing also offers a RN-to-B.S.N. program (BS1203 or BS1222) designed for licensed RNs who are graduates of state-approved associate’s degree or diploma schools of nursing. The purpose is to prepare generalists for the professional practice of nursing and to provide a foundation for graduate study. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Ohio Board of Nursing.
The major in nursing includes upper-division coursework in nursing, University General Education requirements, and courses outside of nursing. It is possible to complete a minor in another discipline while completing the major in nursing (RN-to-B.S.N.). The School of Nursing offers interactive online (Web-based) courses in the RN-to-B.S.N. program (BS1222). This method of course delivery increases the availability of professional development and career mobility for registered nurses. The School of Nursing offers a combination of interactive online courses and classes on campus in the pre-licensure B.S.N. program.
Admission to the pre-licensure nursing program include specific high school coursework, minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point scale, and test scores. See the School of Nursing website for specific information regarding the requirements for entering freshmen and transfer students.
Several nursing courses in the pre-licensure B.S.N. program have a clinical component. Clinical experiences occur in a broad range of traditional and nontraditional health care and health maintenance settings. You are responsible for transportation to the clinical experiences which could include settings outside of Athens.
Admission to and progression through the RN-to-B.S.N.program include the following steps: (1) you are admitted to Ohio University; (2) after a review of your records of previous coursework, you are informed of the program prerequisites you must meet and are oriented to the expectations and structure of the program; (3) you are admitted to the nursing major, and, if needed, you enroll in courses to complete prerequisites; (4) register for NRSE 300 to begin the required RN-to-B.S.N. nursing courses; in the RN-to-B.S.N. and (5) you complete the required courses for the degree.
Regardless of program, you must earn a grade of 2.0 (C) or better in each course offered by the School of Nursing (NRSE series). If you do not earn a grade of C, you must retake the course before progressing to the next course in the B.S.N. program.
Note: Most undergraduate courses offered through the School of Nursing can be retaken one time (initial registration and one retake). Variable credit courses usually cannot be retaken (with the possibility of the initial grade no longer being figured in the accumulative grade point calculation), but can be repeated for credit to count toward your degree.
Upon completing the pre-licensure B.S.N. program requirements, you will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Upon completing the RN-to-B.S.N. program requirements, you will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The requirements consist of 90 quarter hours comprising lower-division nursing and General Education courses and 102 quarter hours of upper-division nursing, General Education, and support courses, and an official application for degree conferral.
School Nurse License
If you are licensed as an RN in Ohio, you are eligible to apply for admission to the School Nurse License program. You can complete the program under one of three plans:
- If you are an RN with a B.S.N. degree, take only the additional courses required to meet the Ohio Department of Education’s licensure requirements.
- If you are an RN who wishes to complete the B.S.N. and the School Nurse License simultaneously, follow the B.S.N. program of study and use the required School Nurse License courses as part of that degree.
- If you are an RN who seeks to complete a B.S. degree not in nursing, consult with both your major adviser and the School Nurse License adviser to develop a program.
If you do not have a B.S. degree in some area, you will have to earn one. This involves meeting University General Education requirements and graduation requirements, in addition to the major requirements and School Nurse Licensure requirements. Your file will be reviewed, and credit transferred from other accredited institutions will be used to meet requirements wherever possible.
If you hold a B.S.N., you will likely have met the nursing course requirements (NRSE) listed below. If you earned your B.S.N. at another university, course descriptions from previous schools might be required to determine equivalent coursework.
School, Society, and the Prof. Educator Credit: 4
Human Sexualities Credit: 4
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Credit: 4
School Health Credit: 4
Transitions in Nursing Credit: 5
Intro to School Nursing Credit: 4
Health Appraisal Credit: 4
Health Intervention in Nursing Credit: 5
Family Nursing Credit: 4
Nursing: Community Health Credit Hours: 5
School Nurse Seminar: Early Childhood Credit: 1
School Nurse Practice: Early Childhood Credit: 4
School Nurse Seminar: Middle Childhood Credit: 1
School Nurse Practice: Middle Childhood Credit: 4
School Nurse Seminar: Late Childhood Credit: 1
School Nurse Practice: Late Childhood Credit: 4
Psychology of Personality Credit: 4
or Abnormal Psychology Credit: 4
Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit: 4
Educational Psychology Credit: 4