Ohio University - Home
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Associate Degree


Bachelor of Nursing

Accelerated BSN

Contact Info


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 887-6791
Fax: (202) 887-8476


American Association of Colleges of Nursing


This program is part of the College of Health Science & Professions.


Stop by the Nursing Office at Ohio University Chillicothe to make sure your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program application file is complete today!

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is the only Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education accredited four-year program in southeast Ohio, serving to upgrade Appalachian Ohio health services. The four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) provides the classroom and clinical education to prepare graduates for the challenges of complex and changing health-care systems. Classes are held at Ohio University Chillicothe. Candidates accepted to the program, both freshmen and transfers enter as pre-BSN majors. During the summer between the first and second years, successful pre-majors are selected to advance to the BSN major. Selection is competitive. After completing the final three years of the program, student nurses graduate and take a licensing exam.


ALL of the following requirements must be satisfied and in the Nursing Office before 5:00 p.m. February 15th of the year in which you want your file to be reviewed (considered) by the selection committee. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that his/her file is complete.

1. Complete an application to Ohio University with Pre-BSN (ND1220) listed as your major, along with the $20 nonrefundable application fee (or complete a change of major to Pre-BSN ND1220 if already an OU student in a different program).

2. Complete a Nursing application (available here) or from the Nursing office.

3. Submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all previous schools attended, including College, Vocational/Technical Programs, and High School/GED.  Student must be a graduate of high school or hold certificate of high school equivalency (GED).

4. COMPASS Placement test is required for all new students. Please contact your campus student services office to schedule an appointment. You must place into a Tier I Math and English or complete the required developmental courses PRIOR to the deadline. Transfer students: Are not required to complete the COMPASS placement exam if you are transferring in credits for Math and English. You must have at least a 2.75 college grade-point average on a 4-point scale for review

5. Submit to the nursing office a statement of educational and career goals essay (typed; no more than 1 page).  This is your opportunity to tell the selection committee why you should be chosen for the nursing program.

6. An established minimum college grade point average of 2.75 (or a high school gpa of 3.0 on a 4 point scale for students wishing to enter the program straight from high school).

6. The applicant must have completed courses in algebra, biology & chemistry at the high school or college level with a minimum grade of C in each course before the deadline.

7. HESI A2 Nursing Admissions & Critical Thinking Exams: Students must have an overall score of 75% on the A2, and a 75% in each of the following areas: math, reading, vocabulary, and grammar. A score of 750 is required on the critical thinking section of the exam.  Go to https://evolve.elsevier.com/cs/Satellite/StudentHome?Audience=Student (click on Admission Assessment (A2) Testing at Prometric Center, Get Registration Information). Please be sure to register for the proper exam: Admission Assessment with Critical Thinking. Preparation booklets are available to be purchased in the bookstore. For a step by step guide to register for this exam please (select this link). Applicants will be required to have a completed FBI and BCI fingerprint report (criminal background check) on file with the Nursing office in order to start the program. This will be completed after you have been selected for the program.

Students are responsible for submitting all required information by the deadline and incomplete files will not be reviewed during selections.


We encourage you to begin taking support courses at Ohio University as soon as possible. All courses taken in the nursing curriculum must be completed with a grade of C or above in order to have your file reviewed for selections and to remain in the program once selected. Support courses must be taken before or during the semester in which they fall in the curriculum map shown below. Prior to February 15th, you must have completed all support courses listed on the curriculum in Semester 1 with a C or better.



Tuition costs are subject to change without notice at the discretion of Ohio University. Please refer to a schedule of classes for further tuition information or to the Ohio University Chillicothe website located at www.chillicothe.ohiou.edu.

Tuition - click here for details.

Books and supplies: Books are purchased for each semester, with you first semester being the largest expense of approximately $900.00.

Criminal background checks (BCI&I and FBI) - $60.00 to start the program and $60.00 prior to graduation for the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Course Fees: Approximately $400.00 per Semester

- Lab Kit: approximately $50.00

Uniforms: Average- $150 (one time cost).

Course Fees (Lab Fees and Achievement Tests) - $180 per clinical course.

Liability Insurance - $36 per year.

Graduation - The final year of the program, expenses for graduation, licensure, NCLEX-RN exam, pinning, etc. will occur. You will need to plan ahead for these expenses. Expenses at this time can reach around $600

1. Physical Examination
2. Immunizations
3. Laboratory Tests


Complete information regarding financial aid is available through the Student Services office at Ohio University-Southern.  Various types of financial aid are available; some may be specific for students enrolled in nursing programs. The financial aid office phone number is 740-774-7228 or toll free 1-800-462-6824.


 Nursing Office: 




Student Services:


Toll Free:


Enrollment Services:


Learning Center:  


BSN CURRICULUM   See Quick Guide

Support Courses:

ENGL 1510: Freshmen Composition

PSY 1010: Intro to Psychology

CHEM 1210: Inorganic Chemistry

CHEM 1220:Organic and Biochemistry

BIOS 1300: Anatomy and Physiology

BIOS 1310:Anatomy and Physiology II

SOC 1000: Intro to Sociology

COMS 1010: Into to Communication

NRSE 1110: Clinical Judgment I

BIOS 2010: Microbiology OR BIOS 2210 & 2215 Microbes & Humans (and lab)

NUTR 1000: Nutrition

PSY 2410 or EDEC 1600: Into to Child Development

PSY 1110: Statistics

ENG 3080J: Junior Composition

One course in the Tier II area of Fine Arts

One courses in the Tier II area of Cross Cultural Perspectives

Traditional Baccalaureate Program Semester Plan

Year 1

Semester 1


Semester 2 

BIOS1300,Principles Human A&P I BIOS 1310, Principles Human A&P II   
CHEM 1210, Principles of Chemistry I                 4 CHEM 1220, Principles of Chemistry II               4  
ENGL 1510,Writing & Rhetoric I          3 COMS 1010, Fund Human Communication        3
MATH 1200, College Algebra                               4 SOC 1000, Intro to Sociology    3
PSY 1010, General Psychology      3   NRSE 1110,  Clinical Judgment I   3*  
Total Credits                             18 Total Credits                        14*/17

 *Students who do not need college algebra may take NRSE 1110 in fall or spring semester. 

Year 2

Semester 3      


Semester 4     

NRSE 2110, Clinical Judgment II 2 NRSE 2210, Clinical Judgment III 2
NRSE 2120, Pathophysiology 3 NRSE 2220, Foundations Nsg Practice  4  
NRSE 2230, Health Assessment 3 NRSE 3120, Diversity & Ethics & Gero 3
BIOS 2210, Microbes & Humans / BIOS 2215, Microbes & Humans Lab OR BIOS 2010 Elementary Microbiology 3/1


NRSE 2240, Pharmacology in Nsg.
PSY 1110, Elementary Statistical Reasoning 3 NUTR 1000, Nutrition  3 
PSY 2410, Child & Adolescent Psych  OR          
EDEC 1600,Intro to Child
Total Credits  17/ 18 Total Credits  16

Year 3

Semester 5


Semester 6

NRSE 3110, Clinical Judgment IV 2 NRSE 3210, Clinical Judgment V 2
NRSE 2250, Research & Evidence-based Px  4 NRSE 3230, Nursing Care of Adults II 7
NRSE 3130, Nursing Care of Adults I  7 NRSE 3140, Mental Health 3
 Gen Ed Tier II (2F)  3 Gen Ed Tier I Junior composition
    Gen Ed Tier II (2C)  3
Total Credits    16 Total Credits  18

Year 4

Semester 7


Semester 8


NRSE 4110,
Clinical Judgment VI                       
2 NRSE 4210, Clinical Judgment VII 2
NRSE 4120, Management 3 NRSE 4400, Capstone Clinical 8
NRSE 4140, OB, Women, Peds 5 NRSE 4600, Nursing Excellence
T3 equivalent
NRSE 4150, Family/Community Health 5    
Total Credits                                15    

Click here for the student handbook. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this document.

            Student Handbook                               FAQ                               RN to BSN                                  Ohio University School of Nursing

Ohio University-Chillicothe
101 University Drive
Chillicothe , Ohio 45601
Tel: 740-774-7200