Pre-Nursing Admissions

Pre-Nursing Admissions

First-year students:
Admitted first-year Ohio State students who have an ACT of 25 or higher or SAT of 1200 or higher may enroll as a Pre-Nursing student. Admitted first-year Ohio State students who do not meet this criteria can enroll in the health professions exploration program to consider alternative majors.  Please note that students who are not in Pre-Nursing can still complete all the Nursing application requirements to successfully apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing option.

Current Columbus campus students: Ohio State students can learn more about switching their major to Pre-Nursing by viewing a Major Change Overview and completing the associated quiz. Click here to watch the video and complete the quiz. Further instructions are given at the end of the quiz.  Students are eligible to switch to Pre-Nursing provided they have at least 12 hours of Ohio State credit and a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Current regional campus students: Students from a regional campus may request to change to the Columbus campus and into the Pre-Nursing major. Students at a regional campus are required to submit the Campus Change Request form to the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing prior to the applicable deadline. Please refer to the table below regarding the request to change deadline. In order to be eligible to change to the Columbus campus, regional campus students must have 30 Ohio State credit hours in progress and maintain a minimum Ohio State GPA of 3.2 or higher.   

Term:             Deadline to apply for campus change:

Autumn         July 1
Spring           December 1
Summer        March 1

Transfer students: Admitted transfer students to Ohio State can enroll in Pre-Nursing provided they have at least 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of transfer credit and at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA on all previous college coursework. Transfer students who have less than 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours will need an ACT of 25 or higher or an SAT of 1200 or higher to enroll in Pre-Nursing. Transfer students who do not meet this criteria can enroll in the health professions exploration program to consider alternative majors. Contact Undergraduate Admissions for more information about transfer policies.

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Prerequisite courses for the BSN option:

English 1110 Psychology 1100
Chemistry 1110 Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500
Biology 1101 or 1113 EEOB 2520 (Physiology)
Anatomy 2300 or EEOB 2510

Sample schedule during the Pre-Nursing year+

Autumn Semester Spring Semester

Chemistry 1110* English 1110*
Psychology 1100*   EEOB 2520*
Biology 1101 or 1113* Anatomy 2300 or EEOB 2510*
GE^ Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500*
Nursing Survey 1100**   Human Nutrition 2210 or 2310

*Nursing major prerequisites
**Only required of first-semester, directly enrolled freshmen, but may be replaced by another department's 1100-University Survey course
^General Education courses - may be completed prior to admission to the nursing major. Please click here
for more information about GE options for the College of Nursing.

College Credit Plus for Prospective Pre-Nursing Students
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is comprised of pre-requisite courses, General Education (GE) coursework, nursing major classes, and electives. Students who plan to apply to the BSN major should be aware of the following considerations when completing coursework through College Credit Plus:

  • Credit will transfer following the State guidelines. Credit that does not meet a specific degree requirement will be elective credit.
  • Not all College Credit Plus courses apply to the degree requirements for the nursing major.
  • The College of Nursing requires applicants to complete the direct equivalent coursework to the prerequisite requirements. Students completing College Credit Plus are encouraged to use to confirm the transferability of coursework.
  • Although a student may have a significant amount of College Credit Plus, this may not reduce time to graduation. The BSN is a full 3-year, lock-step program, that cannot be expedited.
  • Students are still required to apply to the major, despite the amount of credit earned.

For more general information on College Credit Plus, please visit the Undergraduate Education webpage:

Admission into the BSN major
Admission to the nursing major is a formal and very competitive process. Students should plan to apply to the BSN program during their Pre-Nursing year. Applications may be submitted between October 1 and January 15, with January 15 as the application deadline. Students are admitted to the BSN major for an autumn semester start.* The application can be found at

For more information regarding the BSN program, please click here.

Pre-Nursing Student Handbook
Policies, procedures and additional information about the Pre-Nursing program can be found here.


See Pre-Nursing Introduction
See Pre-Nursing Orientation                                                                                             
See Pre-Nursing FAQs                                                                                                   
See BSN Introduction