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.
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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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Room & Board2
- Based on 12-18 semester hours (one academic year, two semesters for a full-time student). Program and special course fees are additional. A $499.90 per-credit-hour fee applies to all enrolled semester hours above 18 credits.
- Based on a standard double room and The Blue board plan. Other room types and board plans at different prices are available. Please see the room and board rates tab above for more details.
- 2019-2020 Non-Ohio Resident Surcharge. This rate is subject to change for Fall 2020.
Begin Your Transformation
Discover why Kent State's BSN program is right for you. Advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.
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.