Frequently Asked Questions
- How many students are admitted per semester?
- How do I know what transfers?
- How and when do I apply to KSU?
- How and when do I apply to the Accelerated program?
- What are the prerequisites?
- Can I be enrolled in the prerequisite courses when I apply to KSU/Accelerated program?
- What courses in the curriculum, if any, can I take before being enrolled in the program?
- Who can references come from? How many do I need?
- How competitive is the program and how many people apply?
- What GPA do I need to be competitive?
- About how long will I wait before I hear back after applying?
- Do you have a waiting list?
- Do you offer nights or weekend programming?
- What is the UH Cohort?
- What is the Evening/Weekend Cohort?
Costs and Financial Aid:
- What is the cost of tuition?
- Can I qualify for student loans or federal/state aid, and does the College of Nursing offer any scholarship?
- Can I take any courses at other universities while in the program?
- How long does the program take to complete (including/not including prerequisites)?
- Can I complete the Accelerated Program at a regional campus?
- At what hospitals will I be completing clinicals?
- Can I have a job while going through the program?
- How many credit hours will I take each semester?
- What are the average times of day that classes are offered?
- Do you have any online courses?
- Can I take more classes so that I can finish the program in a shorter amount of time?
- Does the nursing program at KSU offer any specializations such as forensic nursing?
- Do you offer STNA or LPN certification training?
Each term is slightly different depending on the cohorts that we are admitting. Generally 24 students are admitted every fall, spring, and summer. Special evening and weekend cohorts are offered at different intervals. An additional 20 students are admitted to these special cohorts.
- Students can complete a transcript evaluation form for an evaluation. Only courses applicable to the Nursing major will be evaluated. Copies of all previous transcripts must be attached and mailed to the College of Nursing at:
Kent State University College of Nursing
PO Box 5190
216 Henderson Hall
Kent, OH 44242
- Prospective students can visit KSU's Transfer Center
- Prospective applicants should also apply to Kent State University at www.kent.edu/Admissions and send official transcripts to Kent State Admissions. The Transfer Center will conduct an official evaluation of all transfer credits.
Ideally, you will want to apply at least one semester prior to when you want to start at KSU. You should apply to the University prior to completing the Accelerated application. Applications to Kent State are available at www.kent.edu/Admissions.
We require that you already have earned a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and have completed the science prerequisites and college algebra prior to the program start date. You will first need to apply and get accepted to the university. The accelerated program application is online, and is available:
- Fall: April 1-June 1
- Spring: July 1-September 1
- Summer: December 1-February 1
In order to begin the Accelerated program, students must have completed the below courses. Students who are in the process of completing these courses can apply for the program so long as they will be completed before the program begins:
- Structure and Function (BSCI 20020)
- Basic Microbiology (BSCI 20021)
- Fundamentals of Chemistry (CHEM 10050)
- College Algebra (MATH 11009) or higher.
In addition to the above courses, all applicants must have a baccalaureate degree.
Yes you can - as long as you are finished with your prerequisites by the end of the semester prior to your desired acceptance.Preference is given to students who have completed the prerequisites at the time of application, but all applicants who will have the prerequisites completed before classes begin and who have the appropriate GPA (2.75) will be considered.
Please note that no clinical courses can be completed prior to the start of the Accelerated program. However the following non-clinical courses can be completed in addition to the prerequisites:
- PSYC 11762: General Psychology
- SOC 12050: Introduction to Sociology
- Upper Division (junior or senior level courses) Sociology, Psychology, or Nursing elective
- Domestic and Global Diversity Requirement
- NURS 20950: Human Growth and Development (Prerequisites: PSYC 11762)
- BSCI 30030: Human Physiology (Prerequisites: BSCI 20020, BSCI 20020, CHEM 10050)
- NUTR 23511: Science of Human Nutrition
- BSCI 30050: Human Genetics (Prerequisites: BSCI 20020, BSCI 20021, CHEM 10050)
You will need two references. These can come from professors, teachers, clergymen, or employers. Recommendations forms are emailed directly to the references once the student's application is submitted. All recommendations are due by the application deadline in order to be considered. Students who re-apply must obtain new recommendations.
The program is very competitive. There are generally 100 - 125 applications per admission cycle.
The average GPA is a 3.5 for acceptance. (This means that we have accepted higher and lower). To be competitive you will also need to have relevant experience in the helping field (social work, tutoring, volunteering, etc.). Past experience in healthcare with patient contact experience is desirable.
Yes, Kent State offers two different programs for students seeking evening and weekend options: the University Hospitals (UH) Cohort and an Evening/Weekend cohort on the Kent Campus.
The College of Nursing has partnered with University Hospitals (UH) in Cleveland to offer the Accelerated program in Cleveland, OH. Students admitted to the UH cohort take a vast majority of their courses at University Hospitals in Cleveland and all clinical courses will be held at a UH facility in the greater Cleveland area. We admit a cohort (five semester option) every fifteen months at UH. The next UH cohort will begin in 2015.
Similar to the UH Cohort, this cohort admits 20 students once every other year. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-9:00pm at the Kent Campus with clinical on Saturday. Saturday clinicals are held at Summa Health Systems in Akron, OH. Some semesters will also require clinical work on Friday and/or Sunday. The next Evening/Weekend cohort (five semester option) will begin in the Fall of 2014.
Changes occur on a yearly basis, please visit our Tuition & Costs page.
Can I qualify for student loans or federal/state aid, and does the College of Nursing offer any scholarship?
- The most common form of funding is student loans provided by the Federal Government by filling out a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. This award is up to $10,500 per year for students who have already earned a degree.
- Kent State offers a few scholarship opportunities. Learn more about those on our Financial Aid & Scholarships page. In addition, you may wish to seek outside scholarships through the Ohio Board of Nursing and healthcare companies such as Johnson & Johnson.
- If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for state or federal grant programs designed for re-educating students. Contact your local One Stop, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, or the Department of Jobs and Family Services for more information.
- Some hospitals and other healthcare agencies will provide tuition assistance if the student signs a multi-year contract to work for the agency following graduation. Contact your local and regional agencies.
Some students have worked while in the program, mostly part-time in the evenings or weekends. Students in the Evening/Weekend cohort or UH cohort can work part-time during the regular work week. It can be done, but we recommend that you focus more on the program than work because it is an intensive program. Students who work more than 20 hours a week are less likely to complete the program.
You may take non-clinical courses at other universities. Once you are admitted to KSU, you will need to complete a Transient form in Student Services to determine if the course(s) will transfer. To verify course equivalencies, please visit the transfer credit guide.
The College of Nursing Accelerated program is an extensive program lasting four to five (4-5) consecutive terms in length (not counting prerequisites). Prerequisites generally take two semesters to complete.
The program is offered at the Kent campus only.
You will have hospital based clinicals at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Akron General, or Akron City to name a few. We also work with non-hospital agencies such as Jennings Center for Older Adults, Town Hall II, and Coleman Professional Services to name only a few. We use over 90 clinical sites.
You will be taking classes full-time. Most semesters are at or near 18 credit hours. The program curriculum can be found on our website.
The normal daytime Accelerated classes are offered primarily during the day on weekdays. The UH Cohort takes classes nearly exclusively on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Evening/Weekend Program takes courses 2 nights a week and on Saturdays.
Select courses are offered online giving students the opportunity to have both online and traditional learning experiences.
Review of applicants begins immediately following the application due date. Top candidates are then invited to the Kent campus for an interview. Generally, admissions decisions are made within three weeks of the application deadline.
No, we do not. If you are not accepted for a semester, you will need to reapply for the following semester to be considered again.
No, because nursing courses are offered in a sequence (one is a prerequisite for the next, etc.) the clinical courses are not able to be taken out of order or earlier. Once you are accepted into the program, it is four or five semesters, depending on the cohort.
No, it does not. Instead, we offer a broad amount of clinical experience that will prepare you for such areas as gerontology, pediatrics, etc.
No, we do not.