Path2BSN Admissions

Application Deadlines
Autumn Semester
Opens: April 1
Closes: June 30
Spring Semester
Opens: July 8
Closes: October 30
Summer Semester
Opens: January 16
Closes: March 31

This information is intended for students who will be enrolled in courses at one of our associate degree partner institutions and at Ohio State’s RN to BSN program at the same time, through concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment is when a student is enrolled in coursework required of their associate degree in nursing program while at the same time enrolled in coursework required for the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program. Certain conditions for concurrent enrollment depending on the school may exist and this agreement does not guarantee financial aid.

If you are a soon-to-be or recent graduate from an associate degree nursing program, please visit the RN to BSN webpage for more information on how to apply.


  • Completed all prerequisite courses
  • Currently enrolled as a student in one of our partner school associate degree nursing programs
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Beginning July 1, 2021, applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75-3.2 on a 4.0 scale will be evaluated on an individual basis for admission.
    • Cumulative GPAs include all coursework attempted at the undergraduate level and are calculated by Ohio State’s Graduate and Professional Admissions Office.
    • If you have previously earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, you are required to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Prerequisite Coursework

The following prerequisite courses or equivalents taken at other institutions are required prior to enrollment into the Path2BSN program. These courses must be completed with a C- or better.

  • Chemistry (1110 Elementary Chemistry)
  • English (1110 First year English Composition)
  • Biology* (1101 Introductory Biology or 1113 Biological Sciences)
  • Anatomy* (2300 Basic Human Anatomy)
  • Microbiology (4000 Basic and Practical Microbiology)

Chemistry and microbiology courses must include a lab component.

*A combination of six hours of biology, anatomy or physiology will be accepted for biology and anatomy prerequisite.

You are responsible for verifying that all the prerequisite courses taken (or planned) meet the College of Nursing’s requirements. To determine the suitability of credit completed at another institution, you can refer to Transferology, a web resource containing transfer information for courses offered at colleges or universities in the State of Ohio. 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. 

Prerequisite courses that are not able to be identified for equivalency at Ohio State by the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions will need to be evaluated by the transfer credit evaluators in the individual departments in which the course is taught. You will be required to provide syllabi to the individual department transfer credit evaluators for this determination.

Application Process

Admission to the Path2BSN program is available each semester through the RN to BSN application.

1. Submit the online application.

You must submit your application through the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions by the posted deadline.

2. Submit your resume.
  • Your resume should include examples of leadership, committee work and certifications received.
  • Your resume should be submitted at the same time as your application.
3. Submit your personal statement.

A one-page, single-spaced (12 point font, 1-inch margins) personal statement, written in a narrative format. Here are some recommended topics to consider when composing your statement:

  • Current and future educational and/or career goals
  • Academic record and its reflection on your academic potential (GPA, course grades, etc.)
  • Any formal leadership experiences (charge nurse, department store manager, etc.)
  • Awards or certifications you have received (work-related, educational, nursing or non-nursing certifications, awards from volunteering, etc.)
  • Community service or volunteer activities
Your personal statement should be submitted at the same time as your application.


4. Submit your official transcripts.

You must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you previously attended at either the undergraduate or graduate levels. This includes transcripts for any post-secondary courses taken during high school or of coursework that appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Transcripts from Ohio State do not need to be submitted. All transcripts must be received by the application deadline.

Transcripts should be sent directly by the sending institution by mail or electronic transfer to be considered official. Please request your transcripts be sent early so they arrive before the deadline. Transcripts can be sent to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

You may also upload a copy of an official transcript at the time of application or after by way of the Admissions Uploader. Web-based documents, online grade reports, and related materials are not acceptable. Documents submitted in this manner are considered unofficial, but will suffice for the purposes of application. If you are admitted, you will be required to supply official transcripts sent direct from your previous institutions.

For details regarding these methods of submitting transcripts, please visit the Graduate and Professional Admissions Office website. Please direct all transcript related questions to the Graduate and Professional Admissions office at 614-292-9444 or to

Transcripts must be postmarked no later than the following dates for each term of admission:

  • July 15 for Autumn admission
  • November 15 for Spring admission
  • April 1 for Summer admission
5. Complete your prerequisite courses.
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  • If you are taking prerequisite courses prior to admission, you must also submit updated transcripts prior to enrollment in the Path2BSN program to demonstrate successful completion of the courses.

You can review the status of your application anytime at If you have any questions about the Path2BSN program or the application process, please email

Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted 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 listed deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

Application decisions are made on a rolling basis. Most applicants will receive a decision on their application within one month of submitting a complete application. You can view an overview of the admissions timeline here.

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.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact

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.