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Accelerated BSN

Nursing - B.S.N.

Accelerated (Second Degree)

Kent State's Accelerated (Second Degree) BSN, developed for students who already hold a bachelor's degree, leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as few as 15 months. The Accelerated Second Degree BSN (ABSN) concentration prepares practitioners for professional nursing, helps them understand their role in society and prepares them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills, and compassionate nursing practices. Please note our program is not 100% online, and rather a majority in-person commitment at the Kent, Ohio campus, and at hospitals across Northeast Ohio. Clinicals cannot be completed in any other area/state.

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Cohort(s)

Fall

Apr. 1 – Jun. 1

Daytime

Evening & Weekend: Akron Cohort (even years)

Evening & Weekend: Cleveland Cohort (odd years)

Spring

Jul. 1 – Sep. 1

Daytime

Summer

Dec. 1 – Feb. 1

Daytime

Kent State University College of Nursing hosts online Information Webinars for students interested in the Accelerated BSN program.

College of Nursing Virtual Information Webinars

Daytime, Evening & Weekend Options

Kent State offers three Accelerated BSN cohort options to meet the needs of a wide range of students. Each cohort option is distinct with different start dates and duration. 

Daytime Cohort (admits fall, spring, & summer)

The Daytime Cohort is a four (4) semester sequence.

  • This cohort will have traditional classroom hours (generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Clinical hours are generally 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Class and clinical will be any day Monday through Friday, but clinical may occur on Saturday or Sunday.
  • Clinical rotations will occur at any number of facilities in Northeastern Ohio, especially those facilities concentrated in Summit (Akron) and Cuyahoga (Cleveland) counties. Students may also have clinical in Mahoning (Youngstown), Stark (Alliance), Trumbull (Warren), or Portage (Ravenna) counties.
  • The Daytime Cohort accepts students for the Fall, Spring, and Summer* terms.
    *Due to application trends and required enrollment minimums, Summer admission is currently under review. Whether or not the College will take on a Summer 2024 cohort and/or future summer cohorts is yet to be determined. We are optimistic as the Summer 2023 ran successfully. 
Evening & Weekend Cohort: Akron Cohort

The Akron Cohort is a five (5) semester sequence.

  • This cohort typically has class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kent campus. Clinical hours will primarily be on Saturdays or Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations will typically take place at Summa Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic Akron General located in Akron. Three exceptions are NURS 30020, which will be held at Akron Children's Hospital; NURS 40020, which will be held at multiple locations throughout Summit County, and; NURS 40045, subject to preceptor location and shift availability.
  • The Akron Cohort accepts applicants every-other-Fall (even years). The Akron Cohort will next be offered in Fall 2024.
Evening & Weekend Cohort: Cleveland Cohort

The Evening & Weekend Cohort is a five (5) semester sequence.

  • This cohort typically has class on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Kent campus. Clinical hours will primarily be on Saturdays or Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; however, a weekday clinical may be required during the third, fourth, and fifth semesters.
  • Clinical rotations will take place in the Cleveland area. The Weekend Cohort is available in partnership with University Hospitals and Cleveland Clinic.
  • Admission to the Weekend Cohort is available every other Fall on an odd-year basis. The fall 2023 application is the next term one might apply for admission to the Weekend Cohort. The Cleveland Cohort will next be offered in Fall of 2025.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing prepares practitioners for professional nursing, helps them understand their role in society and prepares 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 curriculum, students study life-span and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to their profession.

The Nursing major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The Accelerated Second Degree concentration is for students who hold a bachelor's degree and wish to pursue the B.S.N. degree in an accelerated manner.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

New Students

Traditional Admission

Admission to the Nursing major is selective; the process is competitive, and acceptance is never guaranteed. Prospective applicants must have completed:

  • High school level mathematics, biology, and chemistry.
  • In addition, students must have achieved one of the following:
    • Minimum 2.7 overall high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale); and a minimum 22 ACT composite or a minimum 1100 SAT score; or
    • Minimum 3.0 overall high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale).

Early Admission

Early admission students are granted admission to the professional nursing sequence as new students provided they meet the early admission criteria and maintain the progression requirements. Students must signify they want to be considered for early admission and agree to declare Kent State as their college of choice in early September. The early admission program has a limited number of seats, with an emphasis on students who can enhance the College of Nursing's mission to improve healthy living in a diverse, changing society. 

Transfer Students

Traditional Admission

Admission to the Nursing major requires a minimum 2.750 overall GPA and completion of 12 college credit hours from an institional-accredited college or university.

Transfer students who have successfully completed minimum 12 credit hours at Kent State University will be evaluated on their Kent State overall GPA only along with the pre-requisite criteria for admission into the Professional Phase.

Direct Admission

Admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence of the Nursing major requires meeting prerequisite criteria. Students who have failed out of another nursing program are not eligible for admission to Kent State's B.S.N. degree.

Transfer students from another accredited B.S.N. degree who have completed at least one laboratory or clinical course must have achieved the following for admission to Kent State's B.S.N. degree:

  • Minimum 3.200 overall GPA in all college-level coursework
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA for the required (or equivalent) science courses in Kent State's B.S.N. degree (BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020, BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171 and CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
  • Minimum C grade in the following prerequisite courses:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020)
    • Microbiology (BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171)
    • Genetics (BSCI 30050 or BSCI 30156)
    • Chemistry (CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
  • Good academic standing at current college or university

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration

Admission to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration requires a completed bachelor's degree with a minimum 2.750 overall GPA. Students who have failed out of a nursing program are not eligible to apply to the Accelerated Second Degree concentration. Accelerated students must have all college-level core and nursing prerequisite courses complete:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020)
  • Microbiology (BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171)
  • Genetics (BSCI 30050 or BSCI 30156)
  • Chemistry (CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
  • Psychology (PSYC 11762)
  • Human Growth and Development (NURS 20950)
  • Sociology (SOC 12050 or SOC 22778)
  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA and minimum 2.750 science GPA
  • Minimum C grade in all science and mathematics courses

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Meet educational eligibility requirements to take the registered nurse licensing examination (National Certification and Licensure Exam).
  2. Acquire competencies based on professional standards to assume the role of the professional nurse and for career advancement, including graduate studies.
  3. Diversify the student population to provide equitable evidence-based, culturally sensitive care.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 20021BASIC MICROBIOLOGY (min C grade for either course)3-4
or BSCI 30171 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
BSCI 30050HUMAN GENETICS (min C grade for either course)3
or BSCI 30156 ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
MATH 10040INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR) (min C grade for either course)4-5
or MATH 10041 INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
NURS 20025PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I (min C grade)3
NURS 20950HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS (min C grade)3
NURS 30010PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 30020HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN (min C grade)4
NURS 30025PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II (min C grade)3
NURS 30035NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN (min C grade)9
NURS 30050BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS (min C grade)2
NURS 30070HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) (min C grade) 1,23
NURS 40010NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL (min C grade)4
NURS 40020COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) (min C grade)4
NURS 40030PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING (min C grade)4
NURS 40035SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
NURS 40045INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) (min C grade)6
NUTR 23511SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
BSCI 21010ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) (min C grade) 34
BSCI 21020ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II (min C grade) 34
CHEM 10050FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS) (min C grade in one course)3-4
or CHEM 10055 MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
PSYC 11762GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
or SOC 22778 SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
UC 10001FLASHES 101 1
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Additional3
Additional Requirements or Concentration
Choose from the following:21-23
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120-122
1

Students who travel abroad can opt to take NURS 40089 to fulfill the NURS 30070 requirement.

2

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

3

Students who have successfully completed ATTR 25057 (or EXSC 25057) and ATTR 25058 (or EXSC 25058) with a minimum C grade may use those courses in place of BSCI 21010 and BSCI 21020.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring a Concentration

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
NURS 10060INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 20005CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING I 1
NURS 20015CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING II 2
NURS 20020FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 13
NURS 20030FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 15
NURS 40005PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
NURS 40872INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:23
1

Students admitted into the LPN to BSN sequence and the LPN and Allied Health sequence will take NURS 20040 instead of NURS 20020 and NURS 20030.

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements (courses count in major GPA) (min C grade required in all courses)
NURS 20035ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 40025PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
NURS 45060NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 2-3
or NURS 45075 NCLEX SUCCESS
Statistics Elective, choose from the following:3
NURS 31010
APPLICATIONS FOR STATISTICAL FINDINGS FOR EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
PH 30002
INTRODUCTORY BIOSTATISTICS
PSYC 21621
QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN PSYCHOLOGY I
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
General Elective (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:21

Progression Requirements

  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have a minimum 2.000 overall GPA each semester to continue in the program; failure to achieve this GPA each semester will result in not permitted to continue in the program.
  • All students in the B.S.N. degree must have earned a minimum C grade in each science course required in the B.S.N. curriculum. All required chemistry and biology courses must be successfully completed with a minimum C grade to graduate with the B.S.N. degree.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated concentration must have a minimum C grade in each of the sophomore nursing courses to progress to the junior nursing sequence.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated concentration must have a minimum C grade in each of the junior nursing courses (NURS 30010, NURS 30020 and NURS 30035) to progress to the senior nursing sequence.
  • Students in the traditional and accelerated Nursing major must have a minimum C grade in each of the senior nursing courses (NURS 40005, NURS 40010, NURS 40020, NURS 40030, NURS 40045 and NURS 40872) to progress and graduate.
  • Students in the accelerated concentration and LPN and Allied Health to B.S.N. sequence may take junior- and senior-level courses concurrently as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the traditional Nursing major may take a maximum of two clinical courses each semester.
  • Students in the accelerated concentration and LPN and Allied Health to B.S.N. sequence are permitted to take three clinical courses each term, as specified by their curriculum.
  • Students in the accelerated concentration and LPN and Allied Health to B.S.N. sequence who do not earn a C or better in any nursing courses will be transferred to the traditional B.S.N. course schedule.

Professional Nursing Sequence. Students are eligible to apply to the Professional Nursing Sequence during the semester in which they anticipate completing or have completed 30 credit hours.

Admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence is based on overall; and science GPA. Students who completed required prerequisite science courses while in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program may elect to repeat prerequisite science courses to be used in the calculation of the science GPA.

Students must meet all the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the Professional Nursing Sequence:

  • Minimum 2.750 overall GPA
  • Minimum 2.750 GPA in the required sciences:
    • BSCI 21010
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060
  • Minimum C grade in each of the prerequisite science courses:
    • BSCI 21010
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060
  • Candidates who meet the admission criteria for the Professional Nursing Sequence will be selected using a holistic admission process including the individual's personal experiences, attributes and metrics.
    • LPN and Allied Health to B.S.N. Sequence: Students who are pursuing the nursing major will need to complete all core and prerequisite coursework to be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence. Admission is competitive and is never guaranteed.

Admission checklist for the Professional Nursing Sequence for LPN and Allied Health to B.S.N. students:

  • Students are eligible to make application during the semester in which they anticipate completing, or have completed the core courses, along with:
    • UC 10001
    • Approved statistics course
    • SOC 12050 or SOC 22778
    • NUTR 23511
    • NURS 20950
    • PSYC 11762
    • Chemistry electives (CHEM 10050, CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060)
    • BSCI 30050 or BSCI 30156
    • BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171
    • BSCI 21020
    • BSCI 21010
    • NURS 10060
    • Students must have a 2.750 overall GPA, and a 2.750 science GPA
    • Students must earn minimum C grade in all science and mathematics courses
    • Unrestricted practice license (priority admission is given to students with two or more years of practice in their field)

The collage dean may review the student's educational files to determine if adequate progression has been made.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000
  • Minimum C grade is required in all specified NURS, BSCI, CHEM and Kent Core MATH courses.
  • Students in the Nursing program must earn a combined minimum 2.750 GPA in BSCI 21010, BSCI 21020 and BSCI 20021 (or BSCI 30171) and CHEM 10050CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060.
Roadmaps

Roadmaps

Nursing Major (No Concentration)

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
CHEM 10050
or CHEM 10055
or CHEM 10060
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
!MATH 10040
or MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR)
or INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
4-5
NURS 10060 INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL NURSING PRACTICE 3
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
BSCI 20021
or BSCI 30171
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
Requirement: Students must be admitted to the Professional Nursing Sequence to progress.  
BSCI 30050
or BSCI 30156
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
NURS 20005 CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING I 1
!NURS 20020 FOUNDATIONS OF ASSESSMENT AND COMMUNICATION IN NURSING 3
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
SOC 12050
or SOC 22778
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Four
NURS 20015 CLINICAL CALCULATIONS IN NURSING II 2
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
!NURS 20030 FOUNDATIONS OF NURSING INTERVENTIONS 5
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
 Credit Hours13
Semester Five
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 30025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
!NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070 HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
!NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
!NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
!NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
NURS 40872 INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Seven
Requirement: minimum overall 2.000 GPA  
NURS 40005 PROFESSIONAL NURSING DEVELOPMENT 3
!NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) 4
!NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40035 SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
!NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
!NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
!NURS 45060 NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:122
 

Accelerated Second Degree Concentration

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester PrerequisiteCredits
BSCI 20021
or BSCI 30171
BASIC MICROBIOLOGY
or GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
3-4
BSCI 21010 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I (KBS) (KLAB) 4
BSCI 21020 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II 4
BSCI 30050
or BSCI 30156
HUMAN GENETICS
or ELEMENTS OF GENETICS
3
CHEM 10050
or CHEM 10055
or CHEM 10060
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY (KBS)
or MOLECULES OF LIFE (KBS)
or GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS)
3-4
MATH 10040
or MATH 10041
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS PLUS (KMCR)
or INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (KMCR)
4-5
NURS 20950 HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 3
NUTR 23511 SCIENCE OF HUMAN NUTRITION (KBS) 3
PSYC 11762 GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS) 3
SOC 12050
or SOC 22778
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (DIVD) (KSS)
or SOCIAL PROBLEMS (DIVG) (KSS)
3
Statistics Elective 3
Kent Core Composition 6
Kent Core Humanities or Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Humanities 3
Kent Core Fine Arts 3
Kent Core Additional 3
General Elective 3
 Credit Hours57
Semester One
Requirement: combined minimum 2.750 GPA in CHEM 10050 or CHEM 10055 or CHEM 10060; and BSCI 21010; and BSCI 21020; and BSCI 20021 or BSCI 30171  
NURS 20025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING I 3
NURS 20035 ACCELERATED CLINICAL CALCULATIONS 2
NURS 20040 FUNDAMENTALS OF NURSING 8
NURS 30050 BASIC NURSING INFORMATICS 2
UC 10001 FLASHES 101 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester Two
NURS 30025 PHARMACOLOGY AND ALTERATIONS IN PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTIONING II 3
NURS 30035 NURSING OF ADULTS ACROSS THE LIFESPAN 9
NURS 30070 HEALTH CARE POLICY (WIC) 3
NURS 40025 PROFESSIONAL AND EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE 3
 Credit Hours18
First Summer Term
NURS 30010 PARENT AND NEWBORN NURSING 4
NURS 30020 HEALTH CARE OF CHILDREN 4
NURS 40020 COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSING (DIVG) 4
 Credit Hours12
Semester Three
NURS 40010 NURSING OF THE CRITICALLY ILL 4
NURS 40030 PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSING 4
NURS 40035 SENIOR LEVEL SKILL COMPETENCY LABORATORY 1
NURS 40045 INTEGRATION OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING (ELR) 6
NURS 45060
or NURS 45075
NCLEX REVIEW PREPARATION
or NCLEX SUCCESS
2-3
 Credit Hours17
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Geauga Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Kent Campus (Nursing major and Accelerated Second Degree concentration)
    • Salem Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Stark Campus (Nursing major only)
    • Trumbull Campus (Nursing major only)
Accreditation

The B.S.N. degree in Nursing at Kent State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Why Kent State?

We offer:

  • Individual advising, program planning and guidance by experienced academic advisors
  • Clinical experiences at major hospitals and health care facilities throughout northeastern Ohio
  • Hands-on learning experiences in our state-of-the-art simulation laboratories
  • A 90% average NCLEX pass rate
  • High graduate placement — you will be in demand
Get BSN Close to Home

Locations in Ohio where the BSN program is offered

As part of our mission to address the health care needs of Ohioans, the BSN program is available at 5 area campuses. Depending on which campus you are enrolled in, you will complete some or most clinical hours at hospitals and facilities in the local community.

The entire program can be completed at the Kent, Geauga, Salem, Stark and Trumbull campuses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have a job while going through the sequence?

Some students have worked while in the sequence, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Summa Cohort or Weekend Cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we highly recommend that you focus more on the sequence than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 16 hours a week are less likely to complete the sequence.

How competitive is the sequence and how many people apply?

The sequence is very competitive. We receive 60-120 applications each round and - on average - 50% of eligible candidates earn admission to the professional cohort each application cycle. Participate in an ABSN Information Webinar to gather further specifics. 

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Registered nurses

7.2%

faster than the average

3,096,700

number of jobs

$75,330

potential earnings

Teaching assistants, postsecondary

3.4%

about as fast as the average

169,600

number of jobs

$36,250

potential earnings

Medical and health services managers

31.5%

much faster than the average

422,300

number of jobs

$104,280

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

Accolades & Accreditation

The Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to award the Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree. Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the National Certification and Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). For specific state RN licensure, students should contact the states in which they are interested in working. See the National Council of State Boards website and the Kent State Professional Licensure website for specific information about each state.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.

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