HW Admissions

Application Deadlines
  • Autumn 2023
    Opens: Oct. 1, 2022
    Deadline: July 1, 2023

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To be considered for admission to the major, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of all prerequisite college-level courses with a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (or equivalent quarter credit hours) by the end of spring semester of the year of intended enrollment in HW.
  • A grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses.
    • For undergraduate students who took general education and/or elective courses in Spring 2020, Autumn 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 please visit our pass/no pass policy page for more information on requirements. Please note that Pass/No Pass cannot be applied to HW major or minor courses.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale for all collegiate academic courses.

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.


Direct Admission Option

In a recent decision, the College of Nursing modified the entry points into the HW major. There will not be a direct admission option available for HW during the 2022-2023 academic year. All new first year students to Ohio State admitted to the Columbus campus with an interest in HW will be admitted as Pre-HW majors and are welcome to apply to the HW program between January and July of each year. The change in the admission process allows for our staff to provide greater support to students as they complete the prerequisite course during their first year at Ohio State.


Department Ohio State Course Semester Credit Hours

2300 Human Anatomy,
3300 Advanced Human Anatomy,
EEOB 2510 Human Anatomy,
3300.01 Anatomy or 3300.02 Anatomy


1101 Introductory Biology,
1110 Biology for Health Sciences,

1113.01 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development or
1113.02 Biology  Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development PLTL*

English 1110 Writing and Information Literacy 3
Physiology 3200 Human Physiology or
EEOB 2520 Human Physiology or
PHR 3100 Human Physiology and Disease
Sociology 1101 Introductory Sociology 3

*1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development will fulfill the biology requirement

Application Process

Applicants from any major at Ohio State or students currently attending another college or university may apply while they are completing their prerequisite coursework at Ohio State or another college or university. Successful applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record and potential for success.


Application Review and Course Equivalencies:

All transfer credit will be reviewed by The Office of 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 HW application. The traditional HW program does not accept general (GEN), special (SPL), or technical (TECH) credit for prerequisite courses. Applicants that have been awarded GEN, SPL or TECH credit or have other deficiencies will be notified through the “To-Do List” in the Applicant Center, which is managed by the Office of Professional Admissions. The “To-Do List” will include further instructions.

Questions or concerns regarding your transfer credit should be directed to the Office of Professional Admissions at 614-292-9444. Please note the following:

  • Applicants will not be considered for admission if coursework does not meet the required direct equivalencies or if they do not meet all other admissions requirements.
  • The College of Nursing will not inform applicants of any unfulfilled prerequisite courses.


Admission Timeline

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.

You can view the admissions timeline here. Decisions will likely be released in late-July.

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 click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.


Resources for Current Ohio State Students

Current Ohio State students who would like additional information about the HW major may call and schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Office of Student Affairs and Success.

We advise applicants who are currently enrolled at Ohio State to run a Degree Audit Report (DARS) to verify the completion of the prerequisite courses. This includes applicants who recently transferred to Ohio State. Use the following resources to verify the completion of the prerequisite courses for admission into the HW major: 


Resources for Applicants Not Currently Enrolled at Ohio State

We advise applicants not currently enrolled at The Ohio State University to verify the completion of prerequisite courses by using the following resources: 

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