Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Kent State's Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year pre-licensure program that will prepare you to meet the challenges of today's healthcare needs as a professional registered nurse.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program is designed to prepare practitioners for professional nursing, help them understand their role in society and prepare them for graduate study. The program emphasizes professional knowledge, skills, and compassionate nursing practices.

Learning through a combination of classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinical setting instruction, Kent State nursing students graduate with a solid foundation of nursing knowledge.

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.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • 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 95% average NCLEX pass rate
  • High graduate placement — you will be in demand

Get Your 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.

Admission Requirements

Nursing Major Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds. 
Prospective applicants must have completed high school mathematics.  The College of Nursing recommends students complete a high school level biology and chemistry course. 
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.
  • Minimum 3.0 overall high school grade point average (on a 4.0 scale). 

Admission to the Nursing major is selective; the process is competitive, and acceptance is never guaranteed.

Transfer Students

Transfer Students are required to request all official transcripts from each college or university attended other than Kent State University. Transfer students are required to apply to Kent State University and be accepted prior to acceptance into the Nursing program. Call the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911 for additional information.

Professional Nursing Sequence Requirements

Students can apply for admission to the professional nursing sequence upon meeting these requirements:

  • 30 semester hours of college-level coursework, including in-progress
  • A 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • An overall average 2.75 GPA in the required science courses, with a 2.0 (C) or better in each of those courses
  • Completion of the required math course with a 2.0 (C) or better
Admission into the professional nursing sequence is highly competitive and is not guaranteed.


You will begin with courses that demonstrate the core foundations of the nursing profession and its historical roots. The capstone preceptorship will expose you to research and professional-practice concepts that will ensure your ability to be a nurse leader and healthcare advocate.

Throughout the program, you will study life-span and cultural diversity issues while applying evidence-based practice to the profession. 

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Plan

Year 1

Semester 1

  • BSCI 21010: Anatomy and Physiology I / 4 credits
  • CHEM 10055: Molecules of Life / 3 credits
  • MATH 11009: Modeling Algebra  / 4 credits
  • NURS 10060: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • UC 10097: Destination Kent State: First Year Experience / 1 credit

Semester 2

  • BSCI 21020: Anatomy and Physiology II / 4 credits
  • BSCI 20021: Basic Microbiology / 3 credits
  • PSYC 11762: General Psychology / 3 credits
  • Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits
  • Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits
Year 2

Semester 3

  • NURS 20020: Foundations of Assessment and Communication in Nursing / 3 credits
  • BSCI 30050: Human Genetics / 3 credits
  • NURS 20950: Human Growth and Development for Health Professionals / 3 credits
  • SOC 12050: Introduction to Sociology / 3 credits
  • Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits

Semester 4

  • NURS 20030: Foundations of Nursing Intervention / 5 credits
  • NURS 20025: Pharmacology and Alternations in Physiological Functioning I / 3 credits
  • NUTR 23511: Science of Human Nutrition / 3 credits
  • Approved Statistics Elective / 3 credits
Year 3

Semester 5

  • NURS 30035: Nursing of Adults Across the Lifespan / 9 credits
  • NURS 30025: Pharmacology and Alternations in Physiological Functioning II / 3 credits
  • NURS 30070: Health Care Policy / 3 credits

Semester 6

  • NURS 30010: Parents and Newborn Nursing / 4 credits
  • NURS 30020: Health Care of Children / 4 credits
  • NURS 30050: Basic Nursing Informatics / 2 credits
  • NURS 40872: Introduction to Evidence Based Practice / 3 credits
  • Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits
Year 4

Semester 7

  • NURS 40020: Community Health Nursing / 4 credits
  • NURS 40030: Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Nursing Care / 4 credits
  • NURS 40005: Professional Nursing Development / 3 credits
  • Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits

Semester 8

  • NURS 40010: Nursing of the Critically III / 4 credits
  • NURS 40045: Integration of Leadership and Management in Nursing / 6 credits
  • NURS 45060: NCLEX Review Preparation / 3 credits
  • General Elective or Kent Core Requirement / 3 credits

View All Requirements in University Catalog

Tuition & Financial Aid

Paying for college is an important aspect of realizing your academic goals. Kent State's affordable tuition helps you keep costs low as you pursue your education.

New Tuition Guarantee

Beginning with the fall 2018 academic year, Kent State is offering all eligible new first-year undergraduate and transfer students the certainty that the Ohio resident tuition rate (i.e. instructional and general fee), career services fee, as well as room and board plan charges will not increase for their applicable cohort rate.

Learn more about the Tuition Guarantee program

Regional campuses have a different tuition rate. See your campus' website for more information. 

Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's BSN program is right for you. Advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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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.