BSN admissions


Admission to the nursing major is highly competitive. Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic record which indicates their potential for success in the nursing program as well as critical thinking and writing skills demonstrated in the essays. A student's academic record includes all grades earned at the college level. Admission decisions are made after the application deadline, and applicants are notified in writing by mid-June.  Some applicants may be placed on an alternate list, and will receive an admission decision by July 1. The admissions process occurs once per year. Admitted students will begin coursework Autumn semester.

Admission Statistics

The College of Nursing received 388 applications for Autumn 2016 enrollment. Of those, 173 (45%) applications were from Ohio State pre-nursing students, 105 (27%) of whom were offered admission. The remaining students were admitted from other majors at OSU, regional campuses, and transfer students from other colleges and universities who have completed equivalent prerequisite courses. The average overall GPA of accepted applicants was 3.73 on a 4.0 scale. The average prerequisite GPA for accepted applicants was 3.7. Admission to the College of Nursing remains extremely competitive. In addition to the student's GPA, essay responses are strongly considered.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent
  • Completion of 30 semester credit hours of college course work (25 of which are prerequisite courses) by the end of spring semester of the year of intended enrollment in the nursing major 
  • Minimum grade of C+ or better in all prerequisite courses*
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale on overall collegiate academic courses

Post-Admission Requirement

Students admitted to the college are required to complete a Nursing Assistant course BEFORE beginning the program Autumn semester. More information on this requirement can be found here.

*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.


Prerequisite Courses

Department Ohio State course Semester cr. hrs.
Anatomy 2300 Human Anatomy or
2510 EEOB
Biology 1101 Introductory Biology or
1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development
Chemistry 1110 Elementary Chemistry    5
English 1110 First-Year English Composition   3
Psychology 1100 Introduction to Psychology   3
Sociology 1101 Introductory Sociology or
1500 Introduction to Rural Sociology
Physiology (EEOB) 2520 Human Physiology   3

For applicants who completed the prerequisite courses on the quarter system please contact our office for further instruction.


Application Process

Applications may be submitted between October 1 and January 15. The deadline for submitting an application is January 15. Applicants must apply online

Each year begins a new application process. Applicants must complete all prerequisite coursework by the end of spring semester, prior to beginning nursing courses. Please note that applicants that have completed prerequisite coursework outside the University must submit an official transcript, including Spring grades, to the Office of Professional Admissions by May 18.

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 BSN application. The traditional BSN 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, (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. 

Resources for Current OSU Students:

We encourage currently enrolled OSU students to attend an application process overview hosted by the Office of Student Affairs. The overview will provide information related to the College of Nursing BSN application process, admissions timeline, and selection process. The following overview sessions will be held in Newton Hall during the Autumn 2016 semester:

Date: Time: Location:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 168 Newton Hall
Thursday, November 3, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 198 Newton Hall
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 116 Newton Hall
Thursday, December 1, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 116 Newton Hall

We advise applicants who are currently enrolled at OSU to run a Degree Audit Report (DARS) to verify the completion of the prerequisite courses.  This includes applicants who recently transferred to OSU.

The essay is one of the components considered by the Admissions Committee. For assistance with your essay, please contact the The Writing Center, (614) 688-4291.

Please use the following resources to verify the completion of the prerequisite courses for admission into the nursing major:

Resources for Applicants from Outside OSU:

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


See BSN Introduction
See BSN Coursework
See BSN Honors program
See BSN Schedule a campus visit
See BSN Contact us