BSN FAQs

Do students have to complete a CNA/PCA/STNA program before start of the BSN program?

No, you do not need to complete any STNA courses before the start of the BSN program. You may do so if you would like the license to work somewhere, however it is not required for Post Admissions into the BSN program.

How far will my clinicals be from campus? Will I need a car in order to complete my clinicals?

Most clinicals will take place at Ohio State’s medical campus, including Wexner main house, Ross Heart Hospital, James Cancer Center and Harding Psychiatric Hospital. These buildings are about a two minute walk from the College of Nursing. Some clinicals will require you to visit Ohio State East Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital or Riverside Hospital, which are all about a 7-10 minute drive away from campus. This is the furthest you will have to travel to get to clinical and you can arrange a carpool with your classmates.

How will I know what courses to complete and what year I should complete them? Do I get to pick what year I can complete certain clinicals?

Ohio State’s BSN program is a lock-step program. When you are admitted, you will be assigned a curriculum plan. This will be your schedule of nursing courses and clinicals for the next three years. You may add a general education course or other courses to your schedule as you see fit, however your nursing courses cannot be modified. While you are waiting for your curriculum plan to be assigned, you can view the sample curriculum to get an idea of what your schedule may be like. Keep in mind, this is a sample and your schedule may differ.

Who is my BSN academic advisor? Where can I find this information?

Traditional BSN students will be assigned to Kelsey Palazeti. Honors BSN students are assigned to Hillary Stanley. You can find the name of your advisor on your Buckeyelink home page under the advisor section of the page.

How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?

Please call 614-292-4041 to schedule an advising appointment. Please check-in at the Office of Student Affairs and Success located in 106 in Newton Hall. A front desk staff member will assist you when you arrive. 

Will I be eligible to sit for the NCLEX after completion of this program?

All students who graduate from Ohio State’s BSN program will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX. You will begin the process of registering to take the NCLEX in your senior year and you will be allowed to schedule your test shortly after graduation.

What types of classes will I be taking for the BSN?

Each semester, starting in your second semester in the program, a student will be assigned to one clinical rotation at a time. Each clinical rotation will have a lecture component to provide information about the specialty you are practicing for that clinical. In addition to this course, students will take a variety of courses to round out their education such as:

  • Therapeutic Communication, which provides students with the tools to communicate with patients in a helpful and nonjudgmental way
  • Pharmacology, which focuses on medications we give to our patients
  • Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), which emphasizes the importance of using EBP in your nursing care
What are the employment opportunities for the BSN major? Will I only be able to work in a hospital setting?

Students can choose to be employed while in the BSN program, though it is not a requirement. You can work anywhere that will accommodate with your clinical schedule, and it doesn’t have to be medical-related. Keep in mind that clinicals cannot be changed or modified to fit your work schedule, so it is important to work somewhere that will be mindful of this.

How can the College of Nursing help prepare me for future careers in nursing?

Career Services are offered to BSN students. Our Academic Advisor, Kelsey Palazeti, offers individual appointments to help review resumes, conduct mock interviews and learn more about the online interview experience. Call 614-292-4041 to schedule an appointment to help strengthen your knowledge of career development.


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