Jun 12, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 [Archived Catalog]

Nursing, School of

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

Deborah Henderson, Director
Cheryl Brimner, Operations Coordinator
Kathy Chapman, Services Specialist

Mission and Vision

The Ohio University School of Nursing’s mission is to augment the student’s education to prepare them to succeed in any organizational environment.  The faculty is committed to providing a curriculum that is sensitive to the cultural diversity in the society and the changing demands for health care through utilization of local, state, and international partnerships and collaboratives. The School also promotes excellence in the profession through scholarship and service.

The Ohio University School of Nursing’s vision is to provide accessible state-of-the-discipline undergraduate and graduate nursing education. The School will focus on fostering preservation, promotion, and restoration of health in the global community. Our graduates will be highly competent practitioners, leaders, and scholars who are grounded in a sense of inquiry and committed to human caring within a climate of diversity.


The School of Nursing offers a traditional campus-based Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Athens, Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville (BS1221 ) as well as an online RN-to-BSN program (BS1203 ) designed for licensed RNs. The purpose is to prepare nurse generalists for professional practice and to provide a foundation for graduate study. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

The majors in nursing include upper-division coursework in nursing, University, and College requirements. It is possible to complete a minor in another discipline while completing the major in nursing. The traditional BSN program (BS1221 ) provides students with on-campus classroom lectures and simulation lab activities as well as regionalized clinical experiences.The School of Nursing offers interactive online (Web-based) courses in the RN-to-BSN program (BS1203 ). This method of course delivery increases the availability of the BSN completion degree for registered nurses.

Regardless of program, students must earn a grade of 80% (B-) or better in each course offered by the School of Nursing (NRSE series). 

Upon successful completion of nursing, University, and College requirements, students in major codes BS1203  or BS1221  will receive the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


Admission to the pre-nursing major (ND1220) is competitive and includes specific high school coursework, a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 (4.0 point scale), and minimum established ACT/SAT scores. See the School of Nursing website for specific information regarding the requirements at www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing. Admission to the pre-licensure BSN program (BS1221 ) is a selective process.  Please refer to the website for specific information.

Clinical experiences are a large component of the pre-licensure BSN program (BS1221 ).  These experiences occur in a broad range of traditional and nontraditional health care and health maintenance settings. Students are responsible for transportation to the clinical experiences that include settings away from campus.

The Ohio University BSN Program is available on the Athens campus and the regional campuses of Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville.


For students interested in the online RN-to-BSN program (BS1203 ), see the program’s website for admission information: www.ohio.edu/nursing/RNtoBSN. Admitted students will receive an information packet detailing policies, procedures, and program instructions.

School Nurse Certificate Program

The School of Nursing has an approved School Nurse Certificate program for those who have graduated with a BSN degree from Ohio University.  The School Nurse certificate requires a minimum of 15 credit hours and is for students interested in obtaining an Ohio Department of Education Pupil Service License to be a School Nurse in the state of Ohio.  Required courses include courses through the School of Nursing, as well as a course from psychology or health.  The majority of courses are delivered online, although some elective courses could require classroom attendance.  Students who are completing the Ohio University RN to BSN program may take these courses concurrently.  Students who hold a nursing baccalaureate degree (BSN) from another institution can also complete the requirements as a non-degree seeking student.

For additional information visit https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/certificates or contact the School of Nursing by emailing nursing@ohio.edu.

Student Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau (Honorary)

Lambda Omega Chapter

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  Potential members who meet eligibility criteria are invited to join.

Nursing Student Organizations (pre-licensure students only)

Nursing student organizations are available for membership for students under the Nursing or Pre-nursing major. The focus is to provide opportunities for future nurses to practice their skills and give back to the community.  Please contact your School of Nursing campus office (Athens, Chillicothe, Southern, Zanesville) for details on student organization opportunities at your location.