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Application and Admission

The following are requirements for admission into Otterbein's undergraduate nursing program. For general undergraduate requirements, visit our Admission site. Also learn more about our Graduate Nursing Programs.

Prior to enrollment in our B.S.N. nursing program, you must first complete and/or meet the following requirements:

Application Process

BSN Application Procedure for Traditional Students

Students enrolled at Otterbein in their freshman year as pre-nursing majors will be reviewed for admission into the nursing program in the spring of their freshman year. The Nursing Application Form must be received by the last Friday of January. The nursing program sequence begins fall semester with Nursing 2600.

Each academic year, select high school senior applicants to the Otterbein Nursing program will be given guaranteed admission into the nursing major. These select candidates must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 24 or higher or an SAT score of 1110 (Math and Reading). The Otterbein application must be received by May 1, and the guarantee is only applied to that academic year. Guaranteed admission students must still meet the prerequisites required for all pre-nursing freshmen to progress from pre-nursing into the nursing program their sophomore year.

Remaining seats in the class will be filled by the most qualified pre-nursing candidates. These applications mus be submitted in the spring of the freshmen year.

Students transferring to Otterbein into the nursing major must submit a Nursing Application Form to the Nursing Department after obtaining admission to the University. For priority consideration, applications must be received by the last Friday of January. Notification of admission status will be mailed by March 15. The nursing program sequence begins fall semester with Nursing 2600.

BSN Application Procedure for Adult and Transfer Students

Adult and Transfer BSN Applicants must complete the Otterbein University Undergraduate Application. See instructions on this page. Submit separate official transcripts from all previous college work to the Office of Adult and Transfer Student Services, Otterbein University, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081-2006

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the B.S.N. program, you must first be admitted to Otterbein University. Then you must achieve the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the following courses at a C level or above by the end of spring semester the year you plan to enter nursing:
  • CHEM1100 General Chemistry, co-requisite CHEM 1110 General Chemistry Lab
  • INST 1500 Freshman English
  • PSYC 1000 General Psychology
  • PSYC 2000 Developmental Psychology
  • BIOL 1810 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIOL 1820 Anatomy & Physiology II

Full descriptions of these courses can be found in the Course Catalog.

Prerequisite courses with a grade less than a C must be repeated. Earning less than a C on the initial attempt at math, science, or nursing courses may negatively influence your admission status.

Post-Admission Requirements

/ Department of Nursing

Undergraduate Program

Joy Barrick
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1614
f / 614.823.3131
e / jbarrick@otterbein.edu

Graduate Programs
Maureen Kaiser
Science Center 236
p / 614.823.1188
f / 614.823.3131
e / mkaiser@otterbein.edu


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