aBSN Admissions

Application Deadlines

This program admits students once-per-year for the summer semester.

Summer 2024
Opens: December 1, 2023
Deadline: March 1, 2024

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Admission Requirements | Prerequisites | How to Apply | Admissions Timeline

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admissions, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements. 

  • Completed non-nursing bachelor’s degree
    • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institution.
    • Applicants still in process of receiving their bachelor’s degree may apply to the aBSN with a requirement that the degree will be conferred within the first month of the program.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 Cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale in the last degree earned
    • GPAs are reviewed by Ohio State's Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.



Applicants must complete all prerequisite coursework with qualifying grades by the application deadline of March 1, 2024. A grade of B- or better is required in each prerequisite course. A B will be required if (+) and (-) are not offered at institution.

Courses to complete:

  • Human Anatomy: Must include a lab, all body systems, three (3) semester credit hours 

  • Human Physiology: All body systems, three (3) semester credit hours 

  • Human Nutrition: Throughout the lifecycle, including sociophysiological factors, three (3) semester credit hours 

  • Microbiology: Must include a lab, microorganisms and their interaction with the human experience, three (3) semester credit hours 

  • Psychology: Three (3) semester credit hours 

  • Chemistry: Must include a lab, four (4) semester credit hours  

Prerequisites taken at Ohio State 

Prerequisite coursework may be completed at Ohio State during a bachelor’s program or as a non-degree student. To take undergraduate courses outside of a degree program, you must first apply as an Extended Education student. Applications can be completed through the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation. Please contact Extended Education to learn more about enrollment as a continuing education student at 614-292-8860 or e-mail extendeded@osu.edu

The following Ohio State courses fulfill the prerequisite course requirements:  

  • Human Anatomy
    • ANATOMY 2300
    • ANATOMY 3300
    • EEOB 2510  
  • Human Physiology
    • EEOB 2520
    • PHR 3100
    • PHYSIO 3101
    • PHYSIO 3102
    • PHYSIO 3200 
  • Human Nutrition
    • HUMNNTR 2410
    • HUMNNTR 2310   
  • Microbiology
    • MICRBIO 4000.01
    • MICRBIO 4000.02  
  • Psychology
    • PSYCH 1100 
  • Chemistry
    • Select from CHEM 1110, 1110, 1210, 1220, 1610, 1620, 1910H, 1920H, 2510, 2520, 2610, 2620, 2910H
    • BIO CHEM 2210 


Prerequisites taken at another institution 

For prerequisite coursework taken at another institution, please visit the equivalencies page or the Transferology website to see if the courses that you have taken or plan to take at another institution qualify. If you are unable to find results through these tools, then an evaluation of the courses will need to be done by the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions.  

As a prospective student, to submit courses for evaluation please prepare the following information on each course taken outside of Ohio State:  

  • Course Number  
  • Course Title  
  • Institution  
  • Semester of Completion 
  • Number of Credit Hours Earned  
  • Course Description from Institution’s Course Catalog  

Up to three courses can be submitted directly to ESUE-gpevaluation@osu.edu; be sure to clarify that you are submitting the courses in reference to the aBSN nursing program. If you have more than three courses that need evaluation, please complete this form and follow the instructions for submission contained therein. Results for course evaluations can take up four weeks and the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions may request further information on a course, such as a syllabus, and may refer you to contact an Ohio State transfer credit coordinator in the academic area for further review.  


How to Apply

To apply for the Accelerated BSN program, students must complete the following by the application deadline:

1. Submit the online application

You can complete and submit the online aBSN application through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. A $60 fee is required at the time of submission of the application.

2. Complete the personal statement and two essay questions embedded in the online application.

The personal statement and essay questions provide an opportunity for you to share your story and how you can contribute to the nursing profession and/or excel as a nursing student at Ohio State. See the Who We are Looking For section for further details.

The personal statement and essay questions are included in the online application, available starting in December, and must be completed before you submit that application. We recommend that you begin the application to find the prompt and questions, work on your statement and essays in a separate word processing software, and then copy and paste them into the application when you are ready to submit your application.

Employees of the College of Nursing cannot review or edit your personal statement or essay responses.

3. Complete the recorded online interview.

The recorded online video interview is another way you can exemplify the attributes and experiences desired in an applicant to the BSN program.

The recorded online video interview must be completed by March 1, 2024, for your application to be considered for admission.

Click here to access the recorded online video interview and instructions.

4. Submit your official transcripts.

All up-to-date transcripts and test scores (including those demonstrating completion of prerequisite courses) must be received by March 1, 2024, for your application to be considered for admission. No exceptions will be made for this deadline.

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended or currently attend. This includes transcripts for any college credit earned through dual credit (i.e. college credit plus) education programs, regardless of whether the credit appears on your high school transcript.

Applicants do not need to submit transcripts for coursework completed at Ohio State.

Official transcripts are submitted to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. Please refer to their website for instructions on how to submit your transcripts. If a transcript for a college or university is listed as required on your application To-Do List but you never attended that institution, please contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. You should also contact the College of Nursing at nursing@osu.edu to notify us of the requirement.

5. Provide English proficiency test scores (international applicants only)


Failure to complete all required steps of this application process by 11:59 pm EST on the day of the posted deadline will result in your application not being considered for admission.

You can review the status of your application anytime at appstatus.osu.edu. If you have any questions about the aBSN program or the application process, please email nursing@osu.edu.

Application Review and Course Equivalencies:

All transfer credit will be reviewed by The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions for meeting prerequisite requirements. Each applicant is responsible for verifying that all the prerequisite courses taken (or planned) meet the College of Nursing’s requirements. With this in mind, it is important to correctly include all current and planned transfer coursework in the prerequisite summary on the application.

Questions or concerns regarding your transfer credit should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at 614-292-9444. The College of Nursing will not inform applicants of any unfulfilled prerequisite courses.

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.


Admission Timeline

Decisions will likely be released prior to April 15 for the May start.

Once admitted, you will be given a short window of time 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 review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.