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.


Prerequisite courses for the BSN option

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


Application Process

Undergraduate Admissions Application (Indicate nursing on application)

College Credit Plus for Prospective Pre-Nursing Students
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is comprised of prerequisite 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:

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. January 15 is 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 visit the BSN webpage