NSHS Admissions

Application Deadlines
Summer 2021
Opens: November 2
Deadline: March 1
Autumn 2021
Opens: March 2
Deadline: June 18
Summer 2022
Opens: June 19
Deadline: November 1

Admission Requirements

You must meet the following criteria to qualify for admission to the Nursing in School Health Services certificate:

Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale

Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at the undergraduate level and are calculated by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions office.

Active RN license

You must have an active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where you practice.

Successful completion of a nationally accredited nursing program as the basis for RN licensure

Your nursing education must have been completed through a degree program accredited through ACEN or CNEA.

Reside in an authorized state

To participate in the Nursing in School Health Services Certificate, you must reside in an authorized state. Please visit the state authorization website to find out if your state of residence is authorized.


Application Process

To apply for the Nursing in School Health Services certificate, you must complete the following by the application deadline: 

1. Apply online

You can complete an application online on Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions website. A $60 application fee is required at the time of submission.

Apply online

2. Submit all college transcripts

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web-based documents, online grade reports and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent directly from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office website. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 614-292-9444 or to gpadmissions@osu.edu.

3. Submit a summary of your RN license

A summary of your RN license must include your full name, license number and the expiration date or you license. A screenshot of this information can be taken at the corresponding Board of Nursing website for your state. Submit this summary document as a PDF file at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader.

Most applicants may review the status of their application anytime at appstatus.osu.edu


Admission Timeline

The Nursing in School Health Services certificate admits every semester.

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration. Applications for certificate programs are not reviewed until after the application deadline. 

You can download an overview of the admissions timeline here, which includes information on when you can expect a decision on your application.

Once admitted, you will be given two weeks to accept the offer. Newly admitted students to Ohio State are required to pay a $100 acceptance fee. This acceptance fee is not required for current Ohio State students.

You are not able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.


For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at nursing@osu.edu.

In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices. 

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect. Please click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.

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