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College of Nursing

College of Nursing

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 degree. 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), 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 120 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 while practicing the nursing role in a variety of clinical settings.
  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.


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


Student Organizations

Students for Professional Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau


Advanced Degree Programs

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