BSN Admissions

Application Deadlines

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

  • Autumn 2022
    Application closed
  • Autumn 2023
    Opens: October 1, 2022
    Deadline: January 15, 2023

Who We Are Looking For | Admission Requirements | Prerequisites | How to Apply

BSN Transfer Applicants | Admissions Timeline | Licensure and Cerfitication

Decisions are made after the application deadline, and applicants are notified through the Applicant Center and via email (sent by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions) by mid-June. Some applicants may be placed on a waitlist and will receive an admission decision later in the summer. 

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at For further assistance and information on applying, you may RSVP to attend one of our Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing. 


Who We Are Looking For

The application process for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing is highly selective and involves a comprehensive evaluation of all eligible and complete applications. Our goal is to build a class that exemplifies the values of our college and the university. We receive far more applicants than we can accommodate in our program and are in a position to deny qualified applicants.  

While we are seeking individuals that are academically prepared for the rigors of nursing education; we also value diversity, collaboration, leadership and other qualities that will contribute to the nursing profession and healthcare field. Applicants are reviewed on a holistic basis. The below characteristics are not all encompassing, but include elements we look for as demonstrated through personal experience, in the applicant’s written personal statement, essay responses, recorded online video interview and other application materials:  

  • Experiences that demonstrate leadership, collaboration and/or community involvement 
  • The ability to overcome obstacles and challenges 
  • Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse community 
  • Aspire to make an impact on the healthcare field and improving peoples’ lives 
  • Ability to effectively communicate 

While a minimum cumulative college GPA is required to be considered for admission (see below), an applicant’s college GPA is not considered in the selection process. Similarly, applicants’ high school academics or SAT/ACT scores are not considered.

Autumn 2021 Admission Numbers

The College of Nursing begins every Autumn semester with a BSN class of 166 students. For Autumn 2021, 337 applications were qualified for review and considered for admission—49% (166) were offered admission.  

Of those 337 applicants: 

  • 223 (66%) were from Ohio State’s pre-nursing major 
  • 114 (34%) were from other majors at Ohio State, regional Ohio State campuses, or transfer students from other colleges and universities 
  • 114 (51%) of the 223 pre-nursing applicants were offered admission 
  • 52 (46%) of those “non-pre-nursing” applicants were offered admission


Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for consideration for the BSN program, applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements. For Autumn 2022 applicants, these requirements must be satisfied by May 23, 2022 or you will not be considered for admission. No exceptions can be made to this deadline. 

3.2 cumulative college GPA

This GPA is calculated on a 4.0 scale by the University’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office. It will include all graded undergraduate college coursework completed at all colleges and universities by the end of the Spring term during the school year of application. Graded college credit earned during high school will also be included. If an applicant has completed any graduate-level coursework, it must also meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.

Completion of seven (7) prerequisite courses with a C+ or higher

Applicants must complete a set of seven prerequisite courses by the end of the Spring term during the school year of application. Please see the Prerequisites section below for further details. 

For undergraduate students that have completed coursework in 2020 and in the Spring and Summer of 2021, please visit our pass/no pass policy page for more information on the Pass/No Pass and Emergency Pass policies.

Completion of 30 credit hours

Applicants must complete at least 30 undergraduate college credit hours by the end of the Spring term during the school year of application. Any transferred college credit, credit earned during high school and credit earned through Advanced Placement testing will all be included in this total.

18 years old by first clinical course

Applicants must be 18 years of age by the first clinical course (NURSING 2270), which occurs in the Spring semester following admission into the BSN program.



Applicants must complete seven (7) prerequisite courses. Each course must be completed with a C+ grade or higher and must be completed by the end of the Spring term during the school year of application. Courses completed outside of Ohio State must be deemed directly equivalent in transfer to one of the Ohio State courses listed below. 

For Autumn 2022 applicants, these courses must be completed and official transcripts reflecting a final grade for these courses received by May 23, 2022 or you will not be considered for admission. 

All applicants must complete one course in each of the following seven areas. Please refer to the course description in the course catalog to determine if you are eligible to enter the courses listed below. If you do not meet the requirements to enroll in the class, you will need to request permission of the instructor via email in order to enroll. Once permission is received, you must forward that to your academic advisor for enrollment. Click on each for further requirements and a list of satisfactory The Ohio State University courses:


Must include a laboratory component. 

  • BIOLOGY 1101 Introductory Biology 
  • BIOLOGY 1110 Biology for the Health Sciences 
  • BIOLOGY 1113.01 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development
  • BIOLOGY 1113.02 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development PLTL

Must include a laboratory component. 

  • CHEM 1110 Elementary Chemistry* 
  • CHEM  1210 General Chemistry I**

*Students are eligible for CHEM 1110 when they: 

  • Submit an ACT math score of 22 or higher to the university at the time of initial application and/or; 
  • Submit an SAT math score of 530 or higher to the university at the time of initial application and/or; 
  • Receives a university math placement test score of L, M, N, or R

**Students are eligible for CHEM 1210 when they: 

If a student receives a score of “S” or “T” on the university math placement test, they must complete remedial Math 1050 and/or Math 1075. A student needing to complete remedial math course(s) will not be eligible to apply to the nursing major by the end of their first year at Ohio State. This will delay the student’s time to graduate.

Human Anatomy
  • ANATOMY 2300 Human Anatomy
    • Only currently enrolled pre-nursing students may enroll in 2300.03. Permission to enroll in Anatomy 2300.03 is not provided to non-pre-nursing students.
    • All other students must enroll in 2300.01.
  • ANATOMY 3300 Advanced Human Anatomy 
  • EEOB 2510 Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
  • EEOB 2520 Human Physiology 
  • PHR 3100 Human Physiology and Disease 
  • PHYSIO 3200 Human Physiology 
English Composition
  • Transferred courses may alternatively be equivalent to English 2367. Per university policy, students who have transfer or post-secondary/CCP credit for 2367 will be exempt from taking English 1110. 
  • ENGLISH 1110 First-Year English Composition 
  • PSYCH 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • RURLSOC 1500 Introduction to Rural Sociology 
  • SOCIOL 1101 Introductory Sociology 

A score of 3 or higher on the corresponding AP test is required to satisfy a prerequisite requirement. For Autumn 2022 applicants, scores must be received by May 23, 2022.  

Current Ohio State students should run a Degree Audit Report (DARs) through Buckeyelink to verify the completion of their prerequisite courses. This includes applicants who recently transferred to Ohio State and students with Advanced Placement or Post Secondary/College Credit Plus coursework. If scores or transfer coursework do not appear on your DARs, you will need to submit official scores and official transcripts to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions

Prerequisites taken at another institution

Prerequisite courses taken at other institutions must be considered direct equivalents to the Ohio State courses listed above in order to meet corresponding prerequisite requirements. To determine if a course completed at another institution will transfer as a direct equivalent, you can refer to Transferology, a web resource containing transfer information for courses offered at colleges or universities. You can also review the transfer credit charts created by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. If you are unable to locate your courses through these two resources, please email the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at to request assistance with evaluating your courses. All prerequisite courses completed outside of Ohio State are reviewed by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions. The College of Nursing is not involved in these determinations. 

You are responsible for verifying that all the prerequisite courses taken (or planned) satisfy prerequisite requirements. 

The following are other important aspects of completing prerequisite courses outside of Ohio State: 

  • Students taking prerequisite courses at institutions that do not award grades on a +/- scale must earn a grade of B or higher in each of the prerequisite courses in order to be eligible for admission. 
  • General (GEN), special (SPL), or technical (TECH) credit will not satisfy prerequisite requirements. 
  • If a transfer course is not considered a direct equivalent or you have other deficiencies related to your prerequisites, this information will be provided through the “To-Do List” in the Applicant Center, which is accessible once you have applied. The “To-Do List” will provide detailed instructions for you to follow. The College of Nursing will not inform you of any unfulfilled prerequisite courses or incomplete requirements. 
  • It is important to include all current and planned transfer coursework in the prerequisite summary on the BSN application. 
  • If you are required to have any of your prerequisite courses reevaluated, you will need to contact the corresponding Transfer Credit Coordinator. It is critical that you communicate the results of the reevaluation to the College of Nursing prior to the May admission requirements deadline. Results of the reevaluation should be emailed to
  • You will not be considered for admission if coursework does not meet the required direct equivalencies or if you do not meet all other admissions requirements. 

Questions or concerns regarding your transfer prerequisite coursework should be directed to the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions at 614-292-9444 or


How to Apply

To apply for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, you must complete the following steps:

1. Submit the online application.

You can complete and submit the online BSN 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 attributes and experiences that will make you a successful student in the BSN program. See the Who We are Looking For section above for further details. 

The personal statement and essay questions are included in the online application and must be completed before you submit that application by the application deadline. The statement prompt and essay questions will be available once the application is live in early October. 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, however, resources are available across campus to Ohio State community members such as The Writing Center. Students that are not currently attending Ohio State should inquire about writing assistance resources available to them at their current institution. 

3. Complete the recorded online video interview

The recorded online video interview must be completed by January 15 for your application to be considered for admission. 

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

Currently enrolled Ohio State students may reach out to Career Counseling for support in preparation for the interview process.

4. Submit official transcripts and test scores for all college coursework.

All up-to-date transcripts and test scores (including those demonstrating completion of prerequisite courses) must be received by May 23, 2022 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 post-secondary 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. 

Failure to complete steps 1, 2, and 3 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on January 15, 2022 and to complete step 4 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 23, 2022 will result in your application not being considered for admission, with no exceptions. The College of Nursing will not contact applicants who are deficient for admission requirements.

For international applicants 

Additional information for international applicants applying to the BSN program, including English proficiency testing requirements, may be found by visiting the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions website. For applicants that may need to start at the university as a pre-nursing student to complete prerequisite requirements to apply to the BSN program should consult the Office of Undergraduate Admissions here.

For students applying directly from high school 

Senior-level high school students can apply directly to the BSN program provided they meet the following criteria: 

  1. Meet the BSN program Admission Requirements and Prerequisite Requirements listed above completed by the posted deadline in May of their senior year of high school.  
  2. Complete The Ohio State University’s application process for freshman admission by the regular deadline. 
  3. Be admitted to The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus 
  4. Must be 18 years of age by the first clinical course (NURSING 2270), which occurs in the Spring semester following admission into the BSN program.

High school seniors must complete the application process listed above by its corresponding deadlines. This is in addition to the University’s application process.  

Please note that decisions for admission to the BSN program are not released until mid-June prior to the start of the Autumn semester. For high school seniors applying to the BSN program, this would be in the middle of the Summer between your senior year of high school and your first year in college. If admitted to the program, you will begin college as a sophomore with potentially only three years left to graduate. You would also skip over the pre-nursing program.


BSN Transfer Applicants

Students who are currently enrolled in an BSN program at another institution accredited through the CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA and have completed bachelor’s-level clinical experiences can apply to transfer to The Ohio State University and for admission into its BSN program. Like with all other applicants, transfer students can only apply during the regular application period detailed above and will follow the same admission timeline provided below. 

BSN transfer applicants must meet the Ohio State BSN program’s admission requirements, including prerequisite course requirements, to be considered for admission. 

To apply to the BSN program as a BSN transfer applicant, you must do the following: 

  • Complete the steps of the BSN program’s application process detailed above by the corresponding deadlines. 
  • Submit a personal statement. This statement should detail why you are requesting to transfer into Ohio State’s BSN program and how you plan to be successful within the program. This statement is different from the one that you will include in the online application for the BSN program. The statement must be submitted in a PDF format and emailed to by the January BSN application deadline posted above. 
  • Submit nursing coursework syllabi. Submit syllabi for nursing-specific coursework that you would like to have evaluated for transfer credit and will have completed by the time you begin coursework at Ohio State. Syllabi must be emailed to by the January BSN application deadline posted above.  

The evaluation of nursing-specific coursework toward the requirements of Ohio State’s BSN program will not be shared with applicants prior to when a student is offered admission. We cannot guarantee the application of nursing-specific coursework prior to this evaluation. 

Applying and being admitted to the BSN program also counts as applying and being admitted to The Ohio State University as a general undergraduate student for the Autumn semester. Likewise, not being admitted to the BSN program will also not admit a student to Ohio State. If a transfer student wishes to attend Ohio State regardless of their admission to the BSN program or they wish to complete non-nursing coursework at Ohio State prior to the Autumn semester, they should also complete the University’s transfer student application process in addition to the BSN application process.


Admission Timeline

All required application materials must be submitted by their published deadlines in order for your application to be considered. Please check your Application Status page to review your status and ensure all required materials are submitted by the deadline. If you have questions about your application checklist, please contact the Office of Graduation & Professional Admissions at

If you applied for Autumn 2022, you can view the admissions timeline here. This admissions timeline covers what you can expect throughout the application process, including an anticipated timeline for when admissions decisions will be released and next steps if you are offered admission.  

Once released, all admission decisions for the BSN program are final. 

Although the College of Nursing cannot provide individualized feedback on your admissions decision or materials including the essay responses, personal statement, or recorded online video interview, we will support denied applicants by offering guidance on the steps applicants can pursue following the release of decisions. Our Office of Student Affairs and Success can help applicants explore new majors and alternate pathways to a profession in nursing. We encourage parents/guardians to have their student reach out to our office for help when assistance is needed or when they have a question. 

Applicants to the BSN program who are interested in alternative pathways, such as HWIH or Path2BSN should contact or to schedule an advising appointment. 


Licensure and Certification 

In order to practice professional nursing as a Registered Nurse, you must pass a licensing examination (NCLEX RN) in the state in which you will be practicing. Applicants must submit their fingerprints to the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) in order to be eligible to sit for the licensing examination. A prior conviction for certain criminal offenses may bar the applicant from obtaining licensure. In the State of Ohio, this information is located in the Ohio Revised Code (e.g., O.R.C. Sections 4723.09). On the Ohio Board of Nursing website, a “Disqualifying Offenses Criminal History Fact Sheet” is also available. Admission to the College of Nursing in no way guarantees that an applicant will be eligible for licensure or employment as a Registered Nurse.


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 post-admissions policy.

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