Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Pre-Baccalaureate Nursing

Major code ND1205

College of Health Sciences and Professions 
School of Nursing 
Grover Center E317
Phone: 740.593.4494
Phone: 800.560.0144
Fax: 740.593.0286


Program Overview

This major code is for currently licensed registered nurses (RN) seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree who have not completed some of the prerequisities for admission to the R.N.-to-B.S.N.  program.

All RN to BSN NRSE courses are delivered online. The Ohio University RN to BSN program builds on the experience and competencies of the registered nurse (RN) and provides additional coursework to enhance skills in the areas of clinical reasoning, leadership, management, and evidence-based practice. The RN to BSN program prepares students in the science and principles of nursing to provide care for individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare systems. The RN to BSN curriculum includes courses in the sciences, humanities, and human behavior in addition to the core nursing courses.

Admissions Information

  • Residents with an active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in one of the Ohio University RN to BSN authorized states. For a list of current states, please visit www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/rn-bsn/eligibility
  • Associate degree or diploma in nursing from a state board of nursing approved program
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher

Applicants must be a graduate of an approved program (or its equivalent) that prepares individuals to sit for the registered National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and be a resident of one of the Ohio University authorized states. Check the Undergraduate Admissions website or call the School of Nursing for a list of currently approved states.

External Transfer Admission

The majority of students in this program are considered transfer students in that they completed the basic registered nurse preparation and possibly general education courses at another institution. All work completed previously at an institution other than Ohio University will be evaluated according to the academic requirements of the RN to BSN major and Ohio University transfer credit policy. All transfer students who have never attended Ohio University must complete an application for to become and Ohio student.

Students who previously attended Ohio University do not need to apply for admission. Previous OHIO students must submit a re-enrollment form to the Ohio University Office of the Registrar and complete an Update of Program form with the School of Nursing. Call the School of Nursing or visit www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/knowledge-center/rn-bsn.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

As this is a pre-major code, the intent for students in the code is to transfer into the R.N.-to-B.S.N. program following completion of the requirements listed below. For more information regarding opportunities upon graduation, please see the BS1203  program page.


R.N.-to-B.S.N. Program Prerequisites

The following courses are required for admission into the R.N.-to-B.S.N. major (BS1203 ).

English Composition

Complete (or have transfer credit) for the following course:

Non-NRSE Required Support Courses

Complete (or have transfer credit for) the following courses:

Biological Sciences

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:


Complete (or have transfer credit for) the following course set or one of the other listed courses:

Child Development/Psychology

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:

Elementary Statistics

Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:


Complete (or have transfer credit for) ONE of the following courses:

Lower Division Nursing

Complete (or have transfer credit for) a minimum of 27 semester credits in lower division nursing courses from a prelicensure program.