Ohio University Nursing School Review

Ohio University (OU) provides enrichment through a very diverse educational experience. Their diversity is shown in various forms, as well, in order to enrich the unique educational experiences of their students, staff and faculty.

Ohio University – School of Nursing

The nursing program at Ohio University has been around since 1970. It offers a wide range of teaching methods and degree options to prepare students for careers in healthcare in the future.

There are three regional campuses available for Ohio University’s nursing programs: the Chilicothe campus, the Southern campus in Ironton and the Zanesville campus.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

This program has three main categories in terms of required courses: general education, prerequisite and nursing courses. Students will need to get a minimum grade of C in all of the prerequisite courses. Other than that, they also need to submit their high school transcripts, any college transcripts if applicable, and their official ACT scores.

Graduates will be allowed to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). They also have the option to join the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for two more years of education in advanced nursing. If preferred, the BSN program can be taken online.

This program has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Ohio Board of Regents and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

ADN Advanced Placement Program

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) need to meet the exact same admission requirements as students who want to apply for the regular ADN program. However, this program is only intended for practical nursing graduates who have already passed the NCLEX-PN exam.

LPN to RN Transitional Degree

To apply, students need to submit their high school transcripts, any college courses if applicable, a statement of purpose, and their LPN license number. They also need to have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or a minimum college GPA of 2.75, and a minimum grade of C in all of their completed courses. They will need to take the COMPASS placement test, as well.

RN to BSN Transitional Degree

This program provides RNs with the education that they need to get a BSN. It provides the option of online learning, as well, so students who cannot attend classes on campus still have the chance to broaden their educational experiences. In general, this program offers three options: the online bachelor completion option, the academic outreach initiative program and the 10-week program.

Online Bachelor Completion Program

This program exists for students who want to take the classes at Ohio University or through the Community College partnerships. However, students who aren’t affiliated with Ohio University in any way can still pursue this program online.

Academic Outreach Initiative Program

This online program mainly exists for nurses who already work at healthcare facilities and are looking for more convenient and affordable ways to continue their education.

To apply, students will need to be employed by a partner healthcare organization or facility.

10-Week Program

All of the courses offered in this program can now be accessed through Ohio University’s Blackboard Learning Management System.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

This program takes four years to complete and provides both clinical experiences in Southeast Ohio clinics and hospitals, and classroom courses in their main Athens campus.

To apply, students will need to be high school graduates who have successfully completed the college preparation program. They will also need to submit their high school transcripts, as well as have a minimum grade of 24 in their composite ACT and a minimum grade of 1590 in their SAT.

Graduates of this program will be able to sit for the licensing exam.

Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

This program was launched in 2005 and consists of four different specialties: nurse administrator, nurse educator, acute care nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Students are allowed to pursue several tracks at once if they wish.

In general, this program takes six years to complete and students will need to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in order to stay in the program.

To apply, students need to be registered nurses with valid licenses in Ohio, have a bachelor’s degree, have a minimum GPA of 3.00, complete all of the required courses and submit three recommendation letters and a statement of purpose.

ADN to MSN Bridge Program

Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline and an ADN can enter this program, even if they do not have a BSN. This way, they can complete all of the BSN prerequisites and a specific set of BSN courses, so that they can eventually apply for the MSN program.

School Nurse License

Licensed RNs in Ohio can take this program as needed. RNs with a BSN can opt to  only take the extra courses needed to meet the licensure requirements. Conversely, RNs who want to complete the BSN at the same time can take this course along with the BSN program. RNs who want to complete a degree in another course, however, need to talk to their major advisors before applying for this program.

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