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How long does the program take to complete?
The nursing courses take 3 years to complete. The program is a 4-year BSN program.

What are the prerequisites for application?
You need to have completed English Composition, General Chemistry, General Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology I & Anatomy & Physiology II with a grade of C or better.

What if I already have another BS in another field?
There is a generous transfer credit plan for students already holding another BS degree. All of the prerequisite courses mentioned above must still be completed prior to applying to the nursing program.

When are the classes offered?
The BSN courses are offered during the day and are taught in the classroom. There are some evening clinicals available. Some general education courses are taught in the evenings.

What courses will I take?
We have compiled a sample schedules to show you what courses you may take.

  • Prospective Student BSN SAMPLE Plan of Study
  • Current Students – grids posted on the website are for future semester programs. Please consult with your nursing advisor regarding how to proceed in your program during our semester conversion. Go into My O-Zone under student information to look up your advisor’s name.

What is your skills lab like?
We have newer skills lab facilities. We have a large lab with simulators. In addition we have a lab that is available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. that you may use on your own time for extra practice. We have a room set up as an ICU room for complex case learning scenarios.

What is the faculty availability?
We average one faculty for 20 students. Faculty are available by email, phone, and in person appointments.

How qualified are your faculty?
81% of our faculty have doctoral degrees and many are still in active nursing practice in addition to teaching. Faculty are experienced nurses and educators.

What other nursing programs does the university offer?
We have an ADN to MSN program. We offer MSN programs for Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia. We also offer post master’s degrees for Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse Educator and Nurse Anesthesia

What do you do to help me prepare for the state board exam?
In addition to curriculum that incorporates the National Council of State Boards of Nursing's (NCSBN) NCLEX test plan, we use Assessment Technologies Institute's (ATI) Nursing Education Learning System.  Materials from this NCLEX preparatory system are threaded throughout all courses, readying students from the beginning to end of Otterbein's Nursing Program to take and pass the NCLEX exam.

What is the undergraduate cost per credit hour?
Part-time study is 11 credit hours or less. You may research a detailed description of costs on the Otterbein University Business Office website.

Is there financial aid available?
The financial aid counselor can help you evaluate your personal status for financial aid. Please complete your FAFSA online prior to meeting with her. Phone: 614-823-1379.

Are the nursing program and university accredited?
Yes, the nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education). The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and several other national groups.

How do I get an appointment with the Nursing admission counselor?
Call 614-823-1356 and request an in person or phone appointment.

/ Department of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

Joy Barrick
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1614
f / 614.823.3131
e / jbarrick@otterbein.edu

Graduate Programs
Maureen Kaiser
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1188
f / 614.823.3131
e / mkaiser@otterbein.edu


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