Kent State University’s College of Nursing offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The College of Nursing also offers a graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in nursing of the adult, parent/ child nursing, psychiatric mental health nursing and nursing administration. Preparation is provided for advanced practice as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners.

The Degree Programs

Graduates are eligible to apply for the state licensing examination to become professional registered nurses. Kent State’s program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

A dual degree master’s program in nursing and business administration is offered. A Ph.D. in nursing is available emphasizing teaching, policy, and research. M.S.N. to Ph.D. programs are also available in the graduate nursing program.

Baccalaureate Program Plan

Freshman-level courses provide an in-depth introduction to the biological sciences, chemistry, communications, social sciences, arts, and humanities. The nursing sequence spans the sophomore through senior years.

Freshman Admission

Students planning to attend Kent State should gain a broad academic background in high school. Admission to nursing requires the completion of high school math, biology, and chemistry. In addition, admission to nursing from high school is based on a sliding scale. Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • 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 new SAT total of 1100 (1020 combined critical reading + math old SAT score);
  • a 3.0 high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 21 new SAT total of 1060 (980 combined critical reading + math old SAT score);
  • or a 3.3 cumulative high school grade point average AND minimum ACT composite and science reasoning scores of 20 new SAT total of 1020 (940 combined critical reading + math old SAT score).

Applicants not meeting one of the above criteria will be admitted to Undergraduate Studies as exploratory students. Advising is provided, and recommendations may be made for developmental coursework as a basis for the college courses.

To be admitted to the professional nursing sequence (beginning in the fall and spring of the sophomore year), students file a nursing sequence application with the College of Nursing during the semester prior to which they are looking to enroll. Students must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average in the three required biology and chemistry courses and a 2.75 cumulative GPA to be eligible for application. Completion of mathematics and 30 semester hours are also required.

Continuation in the program is based upon successful scholastic achievement and personal qualifications for the practice of nursing. Admission to Kent State as a nursing student must be made before a student can be considered for the professional nursing sequence by the College of Nursing.

Transfer Admission

Once transfer students are accepted by Kent State, they should consult with the College of Nursing to ensure that the courses taken at another institution will satisfy admission requirements for the nursing sequence. Because the professional nursing sequence begins each semester, application for a space in the nursing sequence should be made to the College of Nursing the semester prior to the student’s start date. Students enrolled in another baccalaureate program should consult directly with the College of Nursing concerning requirements and placement in the sequence.

Registered Nurses

The College of Nursing is pleased to offer an RN to B.S.N. program. An advisor in the College of Nursing is designated to work with registered nurses. Interested students should contact the college to receive pre admission counseling and assistance with course selection.

Registered nurses admitted to the program from approved diploma and associate degree nursing programs enroll in 30 semester hours of upper division nursing courses that are completed via distance learning. (Kent Campus only)

The RN may take examinations to establish credit in liberal education courses according to University policy. Prerequisites for those courses must be met prior to taking the examinations.

Application is made through the Admissions Office as a transfer student except for Kent State graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing who need to contact the Office of the University Registrar to have their record updated. Degree requirements may be completed through coursework taken at the Kent or Regional campuses.

Accelerated B.S.N.

Graduates having a non-nursing baccalaureate degree are admitted into the baccalaureate program and are eligible to apply for direct admission into the professional nursing sequence. Prerequisites include a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 and the completion of required first-year courses with a minimum grade of 2.75. A 15-month accelerated program with 3 cohort options is available.

An Eight-Campus Network

The first year of the baccalaureate nursing program is offered at each of the Kent State campuses. The complete B.S.N. program is offered at the Geauga, Kent, Salem, Stark and Trumbull campuses. The RN-B.S.N. program is offered at all Kent State Campuses.

Facilities Utilized

Nursing students gain clinical experience in many acute care, home and community settings, including: Cleveland Clinic, Veterans Administration (Brecksville and Wade Park), Metro Health and University Hospitals (Cleveland); Akron General Medical Center, Akron Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Summa Health Systems (Akron); St. Elizabeth Hospital Center (Youngstown); Robinson Memorial Hospital (Ravenna); Belcher Apartments; Massillon Community Hospital; Aultman Hospital and Mercy Medical Center (Canton); the Summit County Visiting Nurse Agency; Robinson Memorial Home Health and Hospice; Trumbull VNA; Salem County VNA; and other social and healthcare agencies.

Among the Faculty

The expertise of the College of Nursing faculty members provides for an enriched environment in which to study nursing. Students can study alongside nationally recognized faculty in their area of research.

Financial Aid

In addition to the financial aid available to all Kent State University students, nursing students are eligible for the following financial assistance: Federal Nursing Student Loan Program; Elizabeth Hudak Memorial Fund (for emergency loans); Work Agreement Scholarships with several area healthcare agencies; Army, Air Force and Navy nurse corps student programs; and several other scholarships.

Honors Program

Nursing students have the opportunity to apply to the Honors College, as well as the College of Nursing. Nursing courses are available in an honors format that facilitates inquiry into a variety of nursing and healthcare topics. Honors students have an opportunity to complete a senior honors thesis.