Jun 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Nursing, Pre-Licensure Program (B.S.N.)

Major code BS1221

College of Health Sciences and Professions 
School of Nursing 
Grover Center E365
Phone: 740.593.4494
Phone: 800.560.0144
Fax: 740.593.0286


Deborah Henderson, contact person

The School of Nursing offers a traditional, pre-licensure four-year B.S.N. program (BS1221). The program offers a combination of face-to-face classes and online classes. Included within the curriculum are upper-division coursework in nursing, General Education Requirements , and upper-division courses outside of nursing.

Several pre-licensure B.S.N. nursing courses 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.

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 one time (i.e., initial registration and one retake). 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. There are specific requirements for progression in the pre-licensure B.S.N. program.

Upon completing the pre-licensure 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.

Students interested in the pre-licensure program will enter Ohio University with a premajor code of ND1220 (Pre-Nursing). To apply, you must be a high school graduate or hold a certificate of high school equivalency (GED). A high school GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is expected. To be reviewed by the selection committee, you must have completed courses in English, biology, algebra, social sciences, and chemistry at the high school or college level with a grade of C or better in each course. Recommended high school courses include physics, foreign language, anatomy and physiology or additional courses in social sciences. ACT or SAT scores are also required. Transfer applicants must have an overall college GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.  If you have earned fewer than 45 credits of college work, you must also submit official high school transcripts, as well as official copies of all college transcripts. Please refer to the School of Nursing website for current scores and more detailed criteria for admission.

To be admitted to the pre-licensure B.S.N. major, you must apply and be accepted after the successful completion of the specified prerequisite and general education courses with a grade of C or higher in each and achieving an accumulative GPA of 2.75 or better.

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 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.

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

Choose one option from the following:

Note: MATH 113 or Math Placement Level 2 is a prerequisite to Chemistry.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Choose five courses from the following:

 Take three courses the first year and the remaining two the second year.

Choose one of the following:

Admission into the Nursing, Pre-Licensure Program

The guidelines and forms needed to apply to be admitted into the Pre-Licensure B.S.N. Program are available on the School of Nursing website. Only students who are in the pre-nursing major code (ND1220) will be considered for admission.  Students who start at Ohio University in another major need to file the Application for Update of Program(s) at the beginning of Winter (January) or Spring (March) Quarters to be selected into the pre-nursing code by the due date for filing your application. Completed applications and support materials must be submitted to the School of Nursing (Grover E356) early spring quarter of the year you are completing your first year of prerequisites and general education courses. Please check the School of Nursing website for specific dates for when the application and supporting materials are due.

Items that must be on file:

  1. Application to the B.S.N. (BS1221) major. Form is available online.
  2. Completion of the prerequisite and general education courses listed above.
  3. Report of the HESI pre-nursing examination.
  4. Report of a history and physical exam.
  5. Documentation of the completion of required immunizations (list attached to the history and exam form).
  6. Documentation of the completion of recommended immunizations or a signed waiver of responsibility.
  7. Documented results of a Mantoux two-step tuberculosis test.
  8. Report of a clear criminal background check (both BCI and FBI).

A point system will take into consideration the following:

  1. Cumulative GPA across all college coursework
  2. Cumulative GPA across the specified prerequisite courses
  3. Score on the HESI pre-nursing exam
  4. Work experience in general and/or health related work.
  5. Volunteer work in health related areas or in service related organizations.

Nursing, Pre-Licensure Major Requirements

Complete each course with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Note that the upper-level nursing courses are still in development and progressing through the curriculum approval process of the University at the time of the publication of this catalog. Check with your adviser, your DARS report, or the School of Nursing’s website for an updated list of upper-level nursing requirements.

Required Related Courses

Some courses may have been completed for admission to the program.