1 Pre-Nursing Handbook & Resource guide
2 Preface The Pre-Nursing Handbook and Resource Guide is designed to share information regarding the academic policies of The Ohio State University specific to pre-nursing students. The information presented throughout the guide will be helpful to you as you complete the prerequisite courses for admission into the baccalaureate nursing program. Our expectation is you will use the guide as your first point of reference when you have questions concerning the prerequisite coursework, nursing program, admission requirements, and course scheduling and academic policies. Please retain this guide while you are a pre-nursing student. In addition to reviewing the content of the Pre-Nursing Handbook and Resource Guide, you are encouraged to explore the university website to learn more information about campus events and resources. Please visit the following website to access information pertaining to student life at Ohio State: The staff of the Office of Student Affairs is prepared to assist you as you begin the prerequisite coursework and apply for admission into the College of Nursing. You may speak with an academic advisor or a member of the Student Affairs staff by calling or by scheduling an appointment to meet with the advising staff. The Office of Student Affairs is located in Newton Hall room 240. You are engaged in an exciting, challenging, and rewarding journey. While the primary responsibility for your success lies with each of you, many individuals stand ready to assist you in your efforts. On behalf of the Dean, the faculty, and the staff of the College of Nursing, I wish you continued success with your academic studies. Sandra Cody, MS Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
3 Orientation schedule
4 Schedule of events Day One: Academic Session with the College of Nursing 2:00pm-3:00PM: Independence Hall, Room 100 (Students & Guests) 2:00-2:10PM: Welcome and Video Presentation Sandy Cody, MS, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 2:10-2:30PM: Program Overview Molly Ward, M.S.Ed., First Year Experience Coordinator & Academic Advisor 2:30-2:45PM: Student Perspective 2:45-3:00PM: Q/A with Members of the Office of Student Affairs 3:00PM: Dismissal After dismissal students and parents are welcome to attend the optional sessions/tours by University Orientation. Notes:
5 Schedule of events Day Two: Academic Session with the College of Nursing 11:15am- 2:05pm: Newton Hall, Varies Locations (Students Only) The academic session on day two is designed for students only. Parents and families are encouraged to attend sessions offered by the University during this time. Students: Please refer to your name tag for your assigned group and designated time/location. Academic Session: Students will be assigned to one of three 50 minutes academic sessions. During the 50 minute session students will meet with a small group of their peers and members of the academic advising team. Each student will receive a copy of their Autumn 2014 class schedule. Involvement Fair and Technology Learning Complex Tour: 11:00am- 2:00pm: Newton Hall, First Floor Lobby Students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the services and opportunities offered through the College of Nursing by visiting the various tables including: Health and Wellness College of Nursing Student Organizations Office of Diversity and Inclusion Nursing Learning Community Peer Advisors And MORE! The Technology Learning Complex (TLC) located on the second floor of Newton Hall will also host an open house during this time. The TLC is the home of patient simulators and other hospital equipment used in the teaching of nursing and clinical skills. Students are welcome to visit the TLC to learn more about the technology offered in the College of Nursing. ** Students are encouraged to attend the Involvement Fair and TLC Tour before or after their assigned academic session. Notes:
7 The office of student affairs directory and mission statement
8 The office of STUDENT AFFAIRS directory Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Sandy Cody, M.S Graduate Program Manager Tamara Dunaeff Program Coordinators/Advising Staff Nicole Fette, M.Ed. Kristin Gebhart Craig Farmer, M.A. Jeanette Russ, M.S. Molly Ward, M.S.Ed. Amy Butterfield Melanie Hlahol Emily Sparks Clinical ID Coordinator and Office Manager Teresa Landholt Student Affairs Outreach Coordinator Courtney Fetter Undergraduate Ombudsperson Louis Gresham Undergraduate Records Manager Paul Sharp Student Data Manager Daniel Barnes, M.A Graduate Outreach Jacqueline Min Megan Alexander M.A. Office of Diversity and Inclusion Jen Robb, MPA, M.A. Joshua Roush M.Ed. Shane Gahn Sydney Alexander
9 Mission statement: The office of student affairs The mission of The Ohio State University College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs is to: provide one-on-one advising, academic support, and student-centered programming to pre-nursing and nursing students encourage students personal, intellectual, and professional growth develop innovative recruitment and results-driven programming respect the diversity of current and prospective nursing students and alumni achieve recognition as a model student affairs unit Academic advising staff: The Academic Advising staff consists of five fulltime advisors and three peer advisors. In addition to academic advising, each staff member works with a particular area or student population including, social and educational programming, the RN to BSN program, study abroad, and student athletes. Students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor to discuss study skill strategies, course planning, and academic issues. Additionally, the academic advisors provide a variety of services to students including: 1. assistance with scheduling, including selection of General Education (GE) and elective courses 2. information regarding pass/non-pass enrollment, course audit, and course repeatability 3. information about minors/majors, dual degrees, graduate programs, nursing careers 4. interpretation of college and university rules and policies 5. assistance with the application process to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program 6. referral to university service areas for assistance with personal or academically related concerns 7. withdrawal from the university or transferring to another program at Ohio State Additionally, the peer advisors assist the academic advising staff and serve as a resource to students enrolled in the pre-nursing option and the BSN major. They hold regular office hours to meet and advise students on topics related to the nursing program, application process, course planning, graduation requirements and university policies and regulations. Contact information: o Nicole Fette, Associate Director of Student Services -Advises BSN students A-G, Honors Nursing Students -Advises students participating in the study abroad program o Kristin Gebhart, Academic Advisor -Advises BSN Students H-Z
10 o Molly Ward, First Year Experience Coordinator and Academic Advisor -Advises all Pre-Nursing students -Oversees the Nursing Learning Community and Nursing 1100 Course o Jeanette Russ, Admissions Coordinator of RN-BSN Program -advise all pre-rn to BSN students, and assist with the application process for the RN to BSN program o Craig Farmer, Academic & Administrative Advisor for Distance Learning -Advises Distance Learning students o Amy Butterfield: Peer Advisor, senior level BSN student -Advises Pre-Nursing and BSN students o Melanie Hlahol: Peer Advisor, junior level BSN student - Advises Pre-Nursing and BSN students o Emily Sparks: Peer Advisor, junior level BSN student - Advises Pre-Nursing and BSN students Our advising staff is professionally trained to assist with academic affairs such as scheduling, minors, course credits/transfer credits, resumes and other career resources, etc. To schedule an academic advising appointment with any member of our advising staff, please call: (614) Our office is located on the second floor of Newton Hall in room 240.
11 Registration and course information
12 IMPORTANT DATES To view the complete version of the Academic Calendar please visit the following website: The registration timeline and the add/drop deadlines for the academic year are provided on the following website: Fall Semester AUGUST 27: Classes begin SEPTEMBER 1: No classes, Labor Day OCTOBER 14: Last day of first-session classes OCTOBER 15-16: Final exams for first-session classes OCTOBER 17: Second-session classes begin NOVEMBER 11: No classes, Veteran s Day observed NOVEMBER 26-28: No classes, Thanksgiving Break DECEMBER 9: Last day of classes DECEMBER 11-17: Final exams for full semester and second-session classes Spring Semester JANUARY 12: Classes begin JANUARY 19: No classes, Martin Luther King Day FEBRUARY 27: Last day of first-session classes MARCH 2-3: Final exams for first-session classes MARCH 4: Second-session classes begin MARCH 16-20: No classes, Spring Break APRIL 27: Last day of classes APRIL 29-MAY 5: Final exams for full semester and second-session classes
13 Course information Math Placement The mathematics placement code indicates the level of math the student is permitted to take at Ohio State. The math requirement for nursing is Math 1116 or higher. Placement Code L M N R 1050, 1075, 1116 S 1050, 1075 T 1050 U Undetermined Eligible for Math Course: 1116*1131, 1151, 1161, Others 1051, 1116*,1130, 1150, Others 1051, 1116*,1130, 1148, Others *Acceptance of Math 1116 for students at these levels is a College of Nursing exception. If a student pursues a different academic plan they may be required to take an additional Math course(s). General Education (GE) Courses The General Education (GE) courses at The Ohio State University are a set of courses designed to expose students to a breadth of topics while the College of Nursing core curriculum provides students the depth to make an impact within the health care community. The College of Nursing requires completion of courses in the following areas: Writing and Related Skills Quantitative and Logical Skills Social Sciences Natural Sciences Historical Survey Arts and Humanities For a complete list of classes and the summary of GE goals please visit: Nursing 1100 Survey Course During the Nursing 1100 Survey course students will be introduced to campus resources and the academic policies of the university. Furthermore, the instructor, who also serves as the prenursing advisor, will provide information regarding the admissions process and requirements of the BSN program. The instructor will help students identify interests outside of the nursing field that they may pursue as an alternative course of study. The course is designed to educate students about the university, ease the transition to college life, and expose students to the opportunities made available at The Ohio State University. The Nursing 1100 Survey course is taught during the autumn semester of each academic school year.
14 ENROLLMENT INFORMATION In Nursing 1100, Pre- Nursing students learn how to use and navigate the SIS Student Center and enroll in courses. However, below is a resource for students to reference as they prepare for the class session which will review the Spring 2015 registration process. Enrollment Instructions: 1. Open a browser window. Note that you may need to log in using your name.# and password. If you have not activated your account or have forgotten your password please contact IT Help and Support at HELP. 2. Navigate your web browser to Buckeye Link at buckeyelink.osu.edu. Under Enrollment and Academic History, click Add a Class. 3. Log in using your name.# and password (the same that you use to log in for your OSU account). 4. If prompted, select 1152 Spring 2015 and click CONTINUE on the Select Term page. 5. On the Select Classes to Add page, click the SEARCH button. Input the appropriate course subject and course number information and click SEARCH again to find open sections of the courses you ve been approved to enroll in. 6. When you find a section that fits your schedule click on the SELECT CLASS button for that section. Follow the pages (either adding other courses components for that course or simply confirming your choice by selecting the NEXT button) until that course appears in your shopping cart. 7. Repeat steps 5-6 until all of your approved courses have been added to your shopping cart. A word of caution: the shopping cart feature will allow you to put a class in your cart even if you do not meet the prerequisites or if the class is full or if it creates a time conflict with another course in your schedule. However, the registration system should catch these errors before you finish enrolling. 8. Click the PROCEED TO STEP 2 OF 3 button to confirm the courses in your shopping cart. 9. Click FINISH ENROLLING. If your enrollment is a success, you will see that message and a green next to each course successfully added to your schedule. If there is an error, you will see the reason for the error and a red instead.
15 10. To view your class schedule in a weekly-view format, click either the MY CLASS SCHEDULE button under the results box or the tab at the top of the page and then select the weekly view button. This view is only available after you have finished enrolling (i.e. it is not available from the shopping cart). 11. Close all open browser windows, return the scheduling form, student profile, and evaluation to an advisor before leaving. Notes:
16 Sample Schedules The sample schedules may be used as a guide while planning and completing the prerequisite courses during the pre-nursing year. The schedules illustrate how a student might schedule in relation to his/her unique incoming credit situations. Pre-nursing students are encouraged to contact their assigned advisor prior to the registration of classes for spring semester. The advisors will be able to assist pre-nursing students in the selection and registration of courses as well as provide feedback and information based on a student s particular situation. Student with NO incoming AP or PSEO Credits: Course Name: Credit Hours: Nursing Chemistry Biology Sociology GE (Theater 1110) 3 Total Credits: 16 Student with incoming AP credits (Biology 1101 and English via AP credit) Course Name: Nursing Chemistry GE (History 1151) 3 Sociology GE (Theater 1110) 3 Total Credits: 15 Credit Hours: Student with NO incoming credits, but wants to pursue a Biology major for a back-up plan (requiring higher level biology) Course Name: Nursing Chemistry Biology Psychology GE (Yiddish 3399) 3 Total Credits: 16 Credit Hours: Student with NO incoming credits in the University Honors program Course Name: Nursing Chemistry Biology Sociology 1101H 3 GE (Comparative Studies 2264) 3 Total Credits: 16 Credit Hours:
17 University forms & Policies
18 Important forms Here are some of the more frequently used forms at Ohio State and the College of Nursing. Below is a brief description of each form and when they are used. Course Enrollment Form The Course Enrollment Permission form may be used for multiple purposes. However, the form is most commonly used for adding a class after the deadline has passed. Please refer to the following website for the add/drop deadlines: A student must receive the signature of the faculty member and/or the signature of the department chair before submitting the completed form to the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing for processing. Upon approval, the advisors in the College of Nursing will make the necessary changes to the student s schedule. For a copy of the form please visit the Office of Student Affairs located in room 240 Newton Hall or link to the University Registrar website at: To access the form please follow the steps listed below: 1. Click on the Current Student tab located on the top of the page 2. Click on Online Forms 3. Select Course Enrollment Permission Form Curriculum Petition This form is used when a student wants to take over 18 credit hours in one semester or when a student wishes to drop a class after the drop deadline. Please note, if you take more than 18 hours you will be charged a higher rate of tuition per OSU policy. You can obtain a copy of this form in the Office of Student Affairs and return it to your advisor once completed. Policies Freshman forgiveness This form is used when a student wishes to use the freshmen forgiveness policy. If a student receives a D+, D, E, or EN in a class during freshman year (before earning 30 credit hours) the student may apply the Freshman Forgiveness rule and retake the course. Once the Freshman Forgiveness rule is applied, the first grade will be dropped from the cumulative point-hour ratio. Although the original grade will be dropped from the cumulative point-hour ratio, the grade will remain on the student s official permanent record. Graduate or professional programs, including the academic programs offered at Ohio State, may consider and recalculate the original grades for the purpose of admission into an academic program. A student may only retake the course once and must do so before earning 90 credit hours. If the student receives a lesser grade after completing the course for the second time, that grade counts, not the higher grade from the first attempt. A student can use the forgiveness rule for up to 15 credit hours. You can obtain a copy of this form in the Office of Student Affairs and return it to your advisor once completed. Please be aware that transfer credits count toward the 30 credit hour limit, while examination (EM) credit does not.
19 Pre-nursing handbook
20 Program Overview: The pre-nursing Major Students accepted to Ohio State as freshmen who indicate an interest in the nursing major and meet pre-nursing admission criteria (ACT composite score of 25 or above, or combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of 1150 or above) will be enrolled in the College of Nursing as pre-nursing students. Transfer students with 1.) 30 or more credit hours, and 2.) at least a 3.2 grade point average (GPA) on all previous college coursework, will be enrolled in the prenursing major. Additionally, current Ohio State students may enroll in the pre-nursing major provided they have completed at least 12 hours of Ohio State credit and maintain a minimum Ohio State grade point average (GPA) of a 3.2. For more information regarding the admissions requirements to the pre-nursing major please visit: Pre-nursing students take prerequisite courses including Biology, Anatomy, Chemistry, English, Psychology, Physiology, and Sociology during their first year. Students may apply to the nursing major while completing the prerequisite courses. The knowledge and skills students will acquire from the pre-nursing major include: enhanced communication skills a broad pre-professional base in the social, physical, and biological sciences skills to ease the transition from high school into the university setting deeper knowledge and understanding of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) and the nursing field Requirements to remain in the Pre-Nursing major: Pre- Nursing students are expected to achieve and maintain a minimum Ohio State cumulative grade point average of a 3.2. Those that fall below the minimum GPA will be dismissed from the pre-nursing major at the conclusion of the semester in which they failed to meet the eligibility requirements. The academic advising staff will review student records at the end of each academic semester to ensure pre-nursing students meet the minimum grade point average required for eligibility. Upon review, the students below the minimum GPA requirement will receive a letter from the Office of Student Affairs. The letter will notify the student of his/her dismissal from the prenursing major. At that time students will be instructed to change to a new major offered at Ohio State. Students will be prevented from registering for courses in future terms until they change majors. However, those that are dismissed from the pre-nursing major may apply to the BSN program if they meet the admissions requirements. To re-enroll in the pre-nursing program students must view a virtual presentation and meet the pre-nursing major eligibility requirements of a 3.2 minimum GPA. The virtual presentation can be found on the College of Nursing homepage. High standards are put in place for pre-nursing students due to the highly competitive nature of the nursing program. The majority of successful
21 applicants into the nursing major earn a 3.7 GPA or higher. The application process is highly competitive and not all qualified applicants will be admitted into the major. Prerequisites for the Nursing Major During the pre-nursing year, students work to complete a total of 30 or more credit hours. The prerequisite courses are worth a total of 25 credit hours. To achieve the required 30 hours students will need to complete GE or elective course(s) during the freshman year. Please note, AP and transfer credit will be applied to the 30 hour requirement. The prerequisite courses provide a broad pre-professional base in the social, physical, and biological sciences. The classes consist of the following: Chemistry 1110 or 1210 (with lab) (5 credit hours) Biology 1101 or 1113 (with lab) (4 credit hours) Sociology 1101 or Rural Sociology 1500 (3 credit hours) English 1110 (3 credit hours) Psychology 1100 (3 credit hours) Physiology EEOB 2520 (3 credit hours) Anatomy or Anatomy 3300 or EEOB 2510 (4 credit hours) 25 credit hours For information about course equivalency and transfer credit please refer to registrar.osu.edu, or contact the Professional Admission Office at Academic advisors may assist in the scheduling process; however students are responsible for the planning, registration, and completion of the prerequisite classes for admission into the BSN program.
22 Pre-Nursing Students in the University Honors Program: Incoming students with strong high school academics and high ACT/SAT scores may apply to participate in the University Honors and Scholars Program at OSU-Columbus. Admission to the BSN Program is guaranteed for university honors students provided that they complete all of the admissions requirements and maintain their honors status. OSU-Columbus honors students will be guaranteed admission into the nursing major if they meet the following criteria: Declare pre-nursing as his/her major by the end of the first week of classes in spring 2015 Submit a nursing application by the January 15, 2015 deadline. Successfully complete the prerequisite courses with a C+ or better Maintain honors status for two or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer) Maintain honors status by meeting the following standards: o Earn a cumulative OSU GPA of 3.5 or higher* o Complete three, three-credit hour honors classes by the end of spring 2015 semester Second Year Honors Students: In the case of a second year honors student at OSU-Columbus, he/she will be eligible for guaranteed admission if the student completed a total of six honors classes and has met the following criteria: Declare pre-nursing as his/her major by the end of the first week of classes in spring 2015 Submit a nursing application by the January 15, 2015 deadline Successfully complete the prerequisite courses with a C+ or better Maintain honors status by meeting the following standards: o Earn a cumulative OSU GPA of 3.5 or higher through spring 2015* o Complete a total of six, three-credit hour honors classes by the end of spring semester 2015 There are many honors courses from which to choose including classes at the 4000 level and above (example: Microbiology 4000). For pre-nursing honors students, honors courses are available that fulfill specific General Education (GE) categories and the prerequisite courses needed to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Honors prerequisite courses include: Honors English ; Honors Psychology 1100; Honors Sociology 1101; and Honors Biology Once admitted into the nursing major, students may choose to apply to the College of Nursing Honors program. Participation in the College of Nursing Honors program is required in order to maintain honors status. Pre- Nursing honors students who do not maintain honors status will be reviewed for admission to the BSN program on an individual basis. These students will apply to the BSN program just as other non-honors applicants do and go through the competitive review process.* Admissions conditions may change. Changes will be posted on the College of Nursing website.
23 Declaring a Minor: Students may begin working toward a minor while enrolled in the pre-nursing program. However, students can not officially declare a minor until accepted into the BSN program. Students should consult with an advisor in the minor program for guidance on minor requirements and appropriate coursework to fulfill the requirements. Please visit for a list of minors offered at OSU. Major Overview: The Nursing Major The College of Nursing at The Ohio State University has one of the finest baccalaureate programs in the United States. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Undergraduate education has both general and professional components; therefore, the baccalaureate program comprises a minimum of one year of pre-nursing course work and an additional three years of nursing and other related course work. The baccalaureate program can be completed in a minimum of four years, including the year of prerequisite work. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to earn the BSN. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the National Nursing Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to practice as a registered nurse (RN). The program prepares students for entry-level professional practice positions and is the prerequisite for advanced graduate study. Application and admission to the nursing major are required before students are permitted to enroll in nursing courses. Also, students must complete prerequisite courses designed to develop their communication skills and a broad pre-professional base in social, physical, and biological sciences before enrolling in nursing courses. Application Process into the College of Nursing: Admission to the nursing major is highly competitive. Applicants may apply from any major or university and are selected on the basis of their academic record and potential for success. Decisions will be posted to the applicant s application center between the months of May through June. Some applicants may be placed on an alternate list, and, as space becomes available, admitted from the list through July 1 st. Applicants who need to schedule courses for autumn semester, but have not been informed of an admission decision, should schedule courses in line with their alternate plan (i.e., courses outside of the nursing major). If admitted into the BSN program, advisors will work with the students during the summer to change their schedule, as needed. Students should apply for admission to the nursing major during their pre-nursing year. Applications may be submitted between October 1 st and January 15 th. The deadline for submitting an application is January 15 th. Students are admitted autumn semester only, and applicants must apply online after October 1 st at
24 Admissions requirements: * Admissions conditions may change. Changes will be posted on the College of Nursing website *Listed below are the minimum requirements to apply to the BSN program: graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent completion of 30 semester credit hours of prerequisite course work by the end of spring semester during the year of intended enrollment in the nursing major grade of C+ or better in all prerequisite course work minimum GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale for all collegiate academic courses (The average GPA of students admitted for autumn 2013 was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. The college does not anticipate offering admission to any student with a GPA below 3.2) submit a completed application by January 15 th. Nursing Program Admission Statistics The College of Nursing received 363 applications for Autumn 2013 enrollment. Of those, 202 (56%) applications were from Ohio State pre-nursing students, 126 (62%) of whom were offered admission. The remaining students were admitted were from other majors at OSU and transfer students from other colleges and universities who had taken equivalent prerequisite courses. The average overall GPA of accepted applicants was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale. The average prerequisite GPA for accepted applicants was 3.7. Admission to the College of Nursing remains extremely competitive. In addition to the student s GPA, essay responses are strongly considered. It is suggested that applicants develop an alternate academic plan should they not be admitted into the nursing major. This could include either another major at Ohio State or another nursing program. Nursing Curriculum: The baccalaureate program in nursing prepares students for entry-level professional practice positions in a variety of settings and is the prerequisite for advanced graduate study. Undergraduate professional education in nursing is both a liberal and a professional education designed to prepare students to provide nursing care based on scientific and humanistic principles. Course requirements are designed to allow students to obtain knowledge needed for care of people of all ages and cultures. The study of professional nursing includes classroom and laboratory instruction in the art and science of nursing and supervised clinical instruction in a variety of hospital and community settings. Each year of the curriculum builds upon content from the previous one as students are prepared to care for individuals, families, groups and communities with increasingly complex health care needs and problems. In addition, with increasing complexity, students are given opportunities to collaborate and cooperate within a multidisciplinary team approach to health care.