Kathleen Rose-Grippa, Interim Director
The School of Nursing offers a RN-to-B.S.N. program 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 program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
The major in nursing includes upper-division coursework in nursing, University General Education Requirements, and upper-division courses outside of nursing. It is possible to complete a minor in another discipline while completing the major in nursing. The School of Nursing offers interactive online (Web-based) courses in the RN-to-B.S.N. program. This method of course delivery increases the availability of professional development and career mobility for registered nurses.
Admission to and progression through the 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 nursing courses; and (5) complete the rest of the required courses for the degree.
Several nursing courses have a clinical component. Clinical experiences occur in a broad range of traditional and nontraditional health care and health maintenance settings. Students, with advising, arrange for clinical experiences close to where they reside. You are responsible for transportation to the clinical experiences.
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 sequence.
Note: Most undergraduate courses offered through the School of Nursing can be retaken up to two times (i.e., initial registration and two retakes). Variable credit courses usually cannot be retaken (i.e., 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 RN-to-B.S.N. program requirements, you will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The requirements consist of 90 quarter hours consisting of 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 advisor and the School Nurse License advisor 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. Graduates of diploma programs in nursing may earn 36 quarter hours of credit for lower-division nursing upon completion of specified ACT-PEP exams.
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 may be required to determine equivalent coursework.
EDCS 400 School, Society, and the Prof. Educator Credit: 4
HCCF 360 Human Sexualities Credit: 4
HLTH 204 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Credit: 4
HLTH 345 School Health Credit: 4
NRSE 300 Transitions in Nursing Credit: 5
NRSE 305 Intro to School Nursing Credit: 4
NRSE 310 Health Appraisal Credit: 4
NRSE 325 Health Intervention in Nursing Credit: 5
NRSE 330 Family Nursing Credit: 4
NRSE 341 Nursing: Community Health Credit Hours: 5
NRSE 461A School Nurse Seminar: Early Childhood Credit: 1
NRSE 461C School Nurse Practice: Early Childhood Credit: 4
NRSE 462A School Nurse Seminar: Middle Childhood Credit: 1
NRSE 462C School Nurse Practice: Middle Childhood Credit: 4
NRSE 463A School Nurse Seminar: Late Childhood Credit: 1
NRSE 463C School Nurse Practice: Late Childhood Credit: 4
PSY 233 Psychology of Personality Credit: 4
or PSY 332 Abnormal Psychology Credit: 4
PSY 273 Child and Adolescent Psychology Credit: 4
PSY 275 Educational Psychology Credit: 4