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College of Nursing
College of Nursing

113 and 216 Henderson Hall
Tel: 330-672-7911


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare practitioners for professional nursing, help them understand their role in society and prepare them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills and compassionate nursing practices. Students begin with courses that demonstrate the core foundations of the nursing profession and its historical roots. The capstone preceptorship exposes students to research and professional-practice concepts that will ensure their abilities to be nurse leaders and healthcare advocates. Throughout the program, students study life-span and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to their profession.

The BSN for Registered Nurses, within the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, allows RNs with a diploma or associate degree in nursing to earn a baccalaureate. Although there are basic core courses that nursing programs require, there is a variation among the programs. Upon admission, students receive an individualized education plan to complete the program. Students who have completed the majority of their Kent Core and foundation courses may be able to complete their nursing courses in an accelerated manner. This program is available online only.

The Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Nursing Program
A combined degree program for undergraduate KSU nursing students who have completed 60 semester hours and meet the GPA requirements delineated in Combined Baccalaureate/Master's for Degree students early in their undergraduate studies. Qualified students may apply for admission into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program of choice after gaining approval from the appropriate graduate faculty program director. Plan of substituting selected master's core courses for selected undergraduate courses should be carefully worked out with the faculty advisor. Following graduation and passing the state licensing examination (NCLEX-RN), students' MSN application may be activated for admission into the selected master's program.

Career Opportunities

As the largest healthcare occupation, registered nurses held about 2.7 million jobs in 2010. Hospitals employed the majority of RNs, with 60 percent of such jobs. About 8 percent of jobs were in offices of physicians, 5 percent in home healthcare services, 5 percent in nursing care facilities, and 3 percent in employment services. The remainder worked mostly in government agencies, social assistance agencies, and educational services.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Students: Admission to pre-nursing requires the completion of high school math, biology, and chemistry. In addition, students should have at least a 2.7 cumulative high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 22 (or an SAT combined critical reading+math score of 1020). Students with an ACT composite score of 21 (SAT combined critical reading+math score of 980) need a 3.0 high school grade point average; those with an ACT composite score of 20 (SAT combined critical reading+math score of 940) need a 3.3 cumulative high school grade point average.

Transfer Students: All transfer applications to the College of Nursing must submit both college and high school transcripts to the admissions office. Sophomore sequence admission takes place in both fall and spring semesters. Consideration will be given to applicants who have at least a 2.75 GPA, both as a cumulative average and in the first-year sciences (Structure and Function, Basic Microbiology, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry), based on 30 semester hours of college-level coursework. Students should contact the College of Nursing regarding special information and deadlines by calling 330-672-7911.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 122 total credit hours  and  39 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.


Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will demonstrate cultural competency as they meet individual course expectations throughout the program.
  2. Students will implement professional standards of care in patient teaching, team management, and evidence-based practice in the nursing leadership course (NURS 40045).
  3. Students will demonstrate mastery of program content sufficient to maintain a CON pass rate on the licensure examination (NCLEX) at 95% of the national average.


Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

There are relevant Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.

Program Fee

B.S.N. Nursing: $75/semester


Ohio Board of Nursing, State of Ohio Board of Nursing, Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing


Student Organizations

Students for Professional Nursing


Advanced Degree Programs

Nursing (M.S.N., PH.D.); Advanced Practice Nursing (D.N.P.); Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (77-81 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  BSCI 20021

Basic Microbiology*
General Microbiology*

Human Genetics*
Elements of Genetics*
  NUTR 33512 Nutrition 3
3/4xxxx NURS, PSYC or SOC elective (upper division) 3
  Choose from the following: 3-6
  BSCI 30030 Human Physiology* (4)  
    40430 General Physiology* (3)  
Mammalian Physiology I* (3) and
Mammalian Physiology II* (3)
  Statistics elective: choose from the following: 3-4
  BMRT 21004 Introduction to Business Statistics (3)  
  GEOG 39002 Statistics Methods in Geography (3)  
  MATH 10041 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)  
    12022 Probability and Statistics for Life Sciences (3)  
    30011 Basic Probability and Statistics (3)  
  MIS 24056 Fundamentals of Business Statistics (3)  
  PH 30002 Introductory Biostatistics (3)  
  PSYC 21621 Quantitative Methods in Psychology I (3)  
  SOC 32220
Data Analysis (3) and
Data Analysis Laboratory (1)
Additional Major Requirements (59 credits)
Students declaring the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration should instead take the requirements listed under that concentration. Accelerated/Second-degree students take NURS 25010 Introduction to Accelerated Nursing instead of NURS 10050 and NURS 20010.
  NURS 10050 Introduction to Professional Nursing*+ (1) 1
    20010 Interpersonal and Communication Skills for Health Care Professionals*+ 2
    20020 Foundations of Assessment and Communication in Nursing* 3
    20030 Foundations of Nursing Intervention* 5
    20950 Human Growth and Development for Health Professionals* 3
    30010 Parents and Newborn Nursing* 4
    30020 Health Care of Children* 4
    30030 Nursing of Adults* 5
    30040 Nursing of Adults with Rehabilitation Needs and/or Gerontologic Changes* 4
    30050 Basic Nursing Informatics* 2
    30060 Basic Pharmacology for Nursing Practice* 2
WIC   40005 Professional Nursing Development** 3
    40010 Nursing of the Critically Ill* 4
    40020 Community Health Nursing* 4
    40030 Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Nursing Care* 4
ELR   40045 Integration of Leadership and Management in Nursing* 6
    40872 Introduction to Nursing Research* 3
Type Course Title Credits
PSYC 11762 General Psychology 3
SOC 12050 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Kent Core Additional 3
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each) 9
  General Electives (lower or upper division) number of credits required depends on meeting minimum 122 credit hours and minimum 39 upper-division credit hours 4--8
  Choose from the following: 4-6
KBS BSCI 11010^
Anatomy and Physiology I for Allied Health* (3)and
Anatomy and Physiology II for Allied Health* (3)
KBS   20020^ Biological Structure and Function* (5)  
    30518 Vertebrate Anatomy* (4)  
  Choose from the following: 3-5
KBS CHEM 10050 Fundamentals of Chemistry*** (3)  
KBS   10060 General Chemistry I* (4)  
KBS   10960 Honors General Chemistry* (5)  
KBS   10961 Honors General Chemistry* (5)  
  Choose from the following: 2-4
KBS CHEM 10052 Introduction to Organic Chemistry* (2)  
    20481 Basic Organic Chemistry II* (4)  
    20482 Basic Organic Chemistry II* (2)  
    30481 Organic Chemistry I* (3)  
    30482 Organic Chemistry II* (3)  
  Choose from the following: 3-5
KMC MATH 11009 Modeling Algebra * (4)  
KMC   11010 Algebra for Calculus * (3)  
KMC   11012 Intuitive Calculus * (3)  
KMC   12002 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I * (5)  
KMC   12011 Calculus with Precalculus I * (3)  
KMC   12013 Calculus with Precalculus II * (3)  

* Minimum C (2.000) grade is required in all specified NURS, BSCI, CHEM and Kent Core MATH courses.
**A minimum C (2.000) grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement. Students declaring the combined degree program with the master of science in nursing will satisfy the writing-intensive requirement with NURS 60101 Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice I.
***Student may substitute CHEM 10054 General and Elementary Organic Chemistry for  the CHEM 10050 and 10052. Minimum C (2.0) grade is required. All three courses fulfill the Kent Core.

^ Students who have successfully completed ATTR/EXSC 25057/25058 Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II may use those courses in place of BSCI 20020 Biological Structure and Function or BSCI 11010/11020 Anatomy and Physiology in Allied Health I/II.

+ NURS 25010 Introduction to Accelerated Nursing is taken instead of NURS 10050 Introduction to Nursing and 20010 Interpersonal and Communication Skills for Health Care Professionals.

Special Major Note:

  • Students not declaring the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration must earn a combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 11010 and 11020 (or BSCI 20020 or 30518) and BSCI 20021 (or BSCI 30171)  and CHEM 10050 (or CHEM 10060 or 10960 or 10961) and CHEM 10052 (or CHEM 10054 or 20481 or 20482 or 30481 or 30482).
  • Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 122 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:
    • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
    • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
    • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
    • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
    • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
    • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.


BSN for Registered Nurses concentration

For semester-by-semester course sequencing for this program, view the 2013-2014 Roadmap.

Registered nurse students take the same 36 credits of Kent Core and 19 credits of foundational courses that are required of all BSN  students. Once RN/BSN students enter the BSN for Registered Nurses concentration, they take 27 credits of nursing courses specially designed for the RN and a 3 credit upper-division health care or nursing elective. After successful completion of Nursing 41000, Concepts and Issues for Professional Nursing Practice, the BSN for Registered Nurses student receives up to 33 University credits in nursing following the Ohio Nursing Articulation Model. Students must have 122 credits to graduate.

I.   CONCENTRATION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (63 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  NURS 40075 Information and Patient Care Technology for Professional Nursing Practice+ 3
    40085 Inquiry and Research for Professional Nursing Practice+ 3
    41000 Concepts and Issues for Professional Nursing Practice+ 3
    42000 Leadership and Management for Professional Nursing Practice+ 3
    43000 Health Promotion for Professional Nursing Practice + (clinical) 3
    44000 Population-based Nursing for Professional Nursing Practice + (clinical) 3
    45000 Health Maintenance and Restoration for Professional Nursing Practice + 3
    46000 Health Care Policy + 3
WIC   47000 Capstone Clinical Course for Professional Nursing Practice + 3
    Upper-division nursing or health care elective*+ 3
  Escrow credits** 33

*Permission of undergraduate program director required.
**BSN for Registered Nurse students will receive credit for up to 33 University semester hours of nursing courses upon completion of NURS 41000 Concepts and Issues in Professional Nursing Practice.
+ Minimum C (2.000) grade is required in all specified NURS, BSCI, CHEM and Kent Core MATH courses.

The student must complete all nursing courses with a 2.000 grade point average or higher. The student may not repeat any clinical course more than one time and no more than two clinical courses may be repeated. Students attaining two failures in clinical nursing courses are automatically dismissed from the nursing program. A grade of C (2.000) must be obtained on repeat to avoid dismissal from the nursing program.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is granted to registered nurses who complete the planned program of study with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 (C) and a minimum of 2.000 in each nursing course. Students also need to meet all other university requirements for graduation and complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Kent State University.