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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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About the BSN Program

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will complete four years of full-time study, consisting of general education course, nursing courses and nursing clinicals. The first-year nursing curriculum consists of general education courses like Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, English, and Psychology. 

All high school students will apply directly to the nursing major, where they will compete for Direct Admission into the BSN major. Transition and transfer students will complete the first-year nursing curriculum, after which they will compete for any open spots into the sophomore year. Once admitted to the sophomore year, students will begin their nursing clinicals and course work, which takes three full-time years to complete.

BSN Graduation Requirements

The requirements for conferring the bachelor's degree in nursing are:

  • Successful completion of:
    • the required courses in the program of study for the College of Nursing (121 credit hours);
    • degree requirements within seven years from date of matriculation;
  • A minimum of a 2.0 current and cumulative grade point average;
  • Filing of the appropriate degree application forms with the University of Cincinnati by the defined deadline;
  • Payment of all delinquent university/college obligations;
  • Recommendation by the faculty of the College of Nursing.

The requirements for certifying program completion to a board of nursing are:

  • Conferred BSN degree;
  • Successful completion of college exit exam.


The University of Cincinnati is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The baccalaureate program at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.


For additional information about the undergraduate nursing major at University of Cincinnati, contact the College of Nursing at 513-558-3600 or