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  • Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP)

    The Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), by promoting excellence in the nursing profession through scholarship and service, prepares their nursing graduates to excel in any healthcare environment.

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    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Athens, Ohio
    • Programs ASN/ADN, BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-BSN, Entry-Level BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
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    Ohio University is a public institution that was founded in 1804.

    Ohio University has a long tradition of graduating exceptional nurses starting with the first graduating class 45 years ago. The program is continually evolving to the highest quality education to meet the healthcare demands of the 21st century.

    In 1975, Ohio University launched an RN to BSN completion program through distance learning technologies. This was a uniquely innovative practice back in 1975, but its inception provided a way for registered nurses to further their education and careers. Presently, all nursing courses for the RN-BSN program can be completed online.

    Undergraduate Majors


    RN to BSN

    This course and all nursing courses required for the program are 100% online.

    Offered in the following states: Ohio, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, New York, Minnesota, Montana, Kansas, Nevada, and Texas. The program is also available in Washington D.C.

    Associate Degree Programs

    A two-year associate degree is an available option at Ohio University's Chillicothe, Southern and Zanesville campuses.

    Prerequisites (not all inclusive)

    1. General education requirements
    2. Nursing courses
    3. Competitive scores for the required standardized test, grades in prerequisite courses, grade point average (GPA), and the individual’s statement of goals

    LPN to RN

    The LPN to RN pathway is for active LPNs to become RNs at the Associate of Science Degree level, or ADN. LPNs may be eligible to receive credit for previous academic work.

    • Completion of program can be done in as little as 3 semesters
    • The LPN to RN program is offered at the Ohio University Chillicothe, Southern and Zanesville campuses

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    The four-year traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing offers classroom and clinical education to prepare undergraduate students to become licensed Registered Nurses (RN).

    Classes are held at Ohio University’s main campus in Athens as well as the regional campuses of Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville.

    Clinical training is available at local hospitals and clinics in southeast Ohio. Some clinical placements may require transportation to the site, provided by the student.

    Those accepted into the program are admitted as pre-BSN majors. During summertime between the first and second years, pre-majors are selected to advance to the BSN major.

    After year three of the program, students are eligible to sit for the RN NCLEX and be licensed in their individual state(s) as an RN.

    Ohio University’s online RN to BSN offers non-traditional students as well as distant learners an option to advance their degrees online. This program is designed to be flexible enough for the working nurse. It is also known for a high quality experience.

    The RN-BSN online program offers eight start days a year.

    Requirements for First-Year Applicants to be considered for Pre-BSN (not all inclusive)

    • High school GPA of a minimum of a 3.00
    • Successful completion of the college preparation program with a grade of 2.00 (C) or better
    • Completed application and admission to Ohio University
    • Official copies of high school transcripts
    • Composite ACT score of 23 or better or a SAT score of 1060 or better

    Requirements for TRANSFER applicants to be considered for Pre-BSN (not all inclusive)

    • College GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
    • Completed application and admission to Ohio University
    • Official copies of high school transcripts if fewer than 45 credits of college work completed
    • Official copies of all college transcripts

    Requirements for CURRENT Ohio University Students requesting to change their major to Pre-BSN (not all inclusive)

    • Completed Update of Program form
    • Overall minimum college grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
    • Grade of C or better in one of the following: BIOS 1300, BIOS 1310, CHEM 1210, CHEM 1220, CHEM 1510, CHEM 1520
    • Grade of C or better in three of the following: PSY 1010, SOC 1000, COMS 1010, PSY 2410/ EDEC 1600, or NUTR 1000

    Admission criteria for the RN to BSN online program (not all inclusive)

    Ohio, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or West Virginia residents:

    • Associate degree or diploma in nursing
    • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher
    • Active nursing license

    Graduate


    Master of Science in Nursing

    • Master of Science in Nursing
    • Online Master of Science in Nursing
    • Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Master of Science: Nurse Educator

    MSN Nurse Educator

    Blended learning with one campus visit per month or online with two campus visits during the two-year program.

    Offered in the following states:  Ohio, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.

    MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

    Blended style of learning with one campus visit per month or online with three campus visits over the two-year program.

    Offered in the following states: Ohio, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and West Virginia.

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Ohio University's Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for active BSN registered nurses to advance their studies with the flexibility of online courses. There are tracks available for the nurse educator or a family nurse practitioner.

    The MSN program offers two formatting options for obtaining an MSN:

    • Blended course platform where classes are web-based, but students meet periodically on campus with professors throughout the semester (about once per month)
    • Online course platform where courses are completed only online (three campus visits required over the course of the two-year program for FNP track, two campus visits required for NE track)

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    The MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to become Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN).  The program is part-time including:

    • 41 credit hours (six semesters to complete)
    • 650 Clinical Hours
    • Three on-campus intensives (one at the beginning, one mid-way through and one at the end of the program)

    Nurse Educator

    The Nurse Educator specialization track prepares nurses to become educators in the clinical setting or academic setting.

    The MSN-Nurse Educator program is offered part-time and includes:

    • 33 credit hours (six semesters to complete)
    • 200 hours of teaching experience 
    • Two on-campus intensives (one at the beginning and one at the end of the program)

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    The Ohio University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed for nurses who would like to advance their clinical or executive practice to becoming an advanced nurse clinician or administrator. Classes are offered in both online and on-campus intensives (OCIs) throughout each course.

    DNP students will have three campus visits over the program of study at the Athens or Dublin Campus.Also, available are the Post-Masters BSN to DNP and Post-Master's to DNP programs.

    This is a blended learning environment with three campus visits over a two year period.

    Offered in the following states:  Ohio, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia.

    Accreditation and Approval

    Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

    Ohio University'S BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has also accredited the MSN program.

    The ADN program is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ohio University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

    The BSN program is also approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

    The ADN program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019)

    • #171 (tie) in National Universities
    • #91 (tie) in Top Public Schools
    • #658 (tie) Best Global Universities
    • #149 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
    • #2 in Best Online Master's Nursing Programs

    Forbes (2019)

    • #247 America's Best Value Colleges
    • #416 Top Colleges
    • #139 in Public Colleges
    • #177 in Research Universities
    • #95 in the Midwest

    The Princeton Review (2018)

    • The Best 384 Colleges
    • Best Midwestern
    • Green Colleges

    NICHE (2019)

    • Best Colleges for Nursing in America #25
    • Best College Campuses in America #30
    • Best Big Colleges in America #71
    • Top Public Universities in America #84
    • Best Colleges in America #243
    • Best College Locations in America #507
    • Most Liberal Colleges in America #640
    • Best Value Colleges in America #726
    • Best College Campuses in Ohio #2
    • Best Colleges for Nursing in Ohio #2
    • Top Public Universities in Ohio #4
    • Best Big Colleges in Ohio #4
    • Best Colleges in Ohio #11
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Ohio #13
    • Best College Locations in Ohio #18
    • Most Liberal Colleges in Ohio #18
    • Best Value Colleges in Ohio #30

    The Ohio University RN to BSN online program is listed as the seventh-most affordable online BSN completion program at a public university in the entire nation, according to Nurse.org.

    Ohio University is ranked #694 by MONEY Magazine in their Best Colleges For Your Money (2018).

    Ohio University has been named in the National top five online nursing programs per the Best College Reviews.

    2018 NCLEX Pass Rates (Ohio)

    ADN - 95.97%

    BSN - 93.35%

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