BSN Admissions

There are three main application and program pathways for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Click on each pathway to view admission requirements and learn more. To compare pathways, use the chart below.

Visit this page to learn more about requirements related to vaccines, licenses and other requirements upon admission.


Comparing BSN Pathways

  Direct from High School Pathway Early Admissions Pathway Traditional Pathway
Senior Year
(high school)
  • Applied and accepted to Ohio State Columbus
  • Separately applied and accepted to Traditional BSN program
  • All BSN prerequisites completed through CCP/Dual Enrollment/AP courses by the end of spring term
  • Applied Early Action to Ohio State as Pre-Nursing 
  • Separately applied to Early Admissions (EA) BSN Pathway 
  • Accepted to Ohio State Columbus
  • Accepted to EA BSN Pathway
  • Applied and accepted to Ohio State
  • Declare Pre-Nursing major (optional)

1st Year
(Ohio State)

  • BSN program
  • Pre-Nursing program
  • Complete BSN prerequisite courses
  • Maintain EA BSN standards
  • Pre-Nursing program/other
  • Complete Traditional BSN prerequisite courses
  • Apply to BSN program

2nd Year
(Ohio State)

  • BSN program
If standards are met ...
  • BSN program
If accepted to Traditional BSN program ...
  • BSN program

3rd Year
(Ohio State)

  • BSN program
  • BSN program
  • BSN program
4th Year 
(Ohio State)
N/A (students expected to graduate in 3rd year)
  • BSN program
  • BSN program

Transfer students will follow the Traditional BSN application and program pathway. 


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

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. An ideal applicant will showcase his or her ability to uphold and live the college and university values.
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


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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