Programs & Certificates

Nursing (NUR)


The Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing prepares graduate nurses who are eligible to take the national standardized nursing examination (NCLEX-RN) and upon passing, work as registered nurses. Graduates are members of the health team prepared to provide nursing care to clients with common health problems in a variety of settings.

Program application and selective enrollment requirements:
  • Applicants must be graduates of an accredited high school or provide evidence of high school equivalency by GED scores that meet standard core requirements set by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Applicants must have earned grades of C or higher in high school or college biology, chemistry, and algebra courses, and these courses must have been completed within seven years of the application for the Nursing program.
  • The applicant's college placement test scores must meet program requirements.
  • Applicants must also be Ohio state-tested nurse aides or LPN’s.
  • Applicants must complete the steps of the Nursing selective enrollment process to qualify to enter Nursing clinical courses. (Admission to the College does not guarantee entry into the Nursing program.) A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 is required for entry into the clinical courses.
Additional information about program selective enrollment requirements is available from the Program Director or Program Coordinator, and in the Curriculum section of this web page. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing program information session and meet with a program advisor prior applying for selective enrollment.

Other requirements:
  • Students must complete general education courses in the order listed in the curriculum, unless these courses were completed prior to the listed semester.
  • Students must meet all requirements of the program, including earning a minimum grade of C or Pass in all curriculum courses, attaining satisfactory clinical evaluations, and maintaining the required grade point average.
  • During the final semester of the curriculum, students must pass a nationally standardized comprehensive exam in order to pass the final theory course.
  • Students must have current certification in CPR for health care providers prior to taking clinical nursing courses.
  • Students must provide a recent physical exam with up-to-date immunizations, including Hepatitis B, prior to commencing course work.
  • ​Students must obtain a two-step TB skin test to enter the program and must obtain an annual TB test to remain in the program.

Prospective students are advised that when applying for the state licensure examination, they must answer a series of questions related to criminal convictions, reasons for dismissal from work positions, and mental health status. A positive response to any of these questions can result in disqualification as a candidate for licensure. (Ohio Revised Code 4723.28.) The licensure application may be viewed on the Ohio Board of Nursing website at

Students who wish to enter the program who have been convicted of felonies and/or misdemeanors must contact the Program Director to discuss their situation before applying for selective enrollment. During the selective enrollment process, background checks will be completed, per Health and Public Safety Division policy.

A positive background check may prevent a student from entering the program. Students who are convicted of possession and/or distribution of controlled substances, or have positive drug screens for non-prescription controlled substances while enrolled in the program are automatically dismissed.

Students who wish to transfer nursing credit from another nursing program to Cincinnati State must contact the Program Coordinator for specific information, after being admitted to the College and the Nursing program. Students may transfer a maximum of 17 semester credits (or 26 quarter credits) of clinical courses. Restrictions may be placed on nursing credit transfer for students who failed a nursing course or courses in another program.

Because nursing is a dynamic profession, the program reserves the right to change the curriculum and admission requirements as necessary.

Program Code



This Nursing Program is provisionally approved by The Ohio Board of Nursing 17 South High Street, Suite 400 Columbus, Ohio 43215-3413 Phone: (614) 466-3947 Website:

This Nursing Program is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road NE Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326 Phone: (404) 975-5000 Website:


Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Work in a variety of settings, from acute care units to extended health care facilities
  • Work with clients of various ages, from children to the elderly

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Registered Nurse

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$65,470 median annual salary. Shift differential will add to the base salary for those working second and third shift assignments.

Employment Outlook

Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 19 percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventative care; growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity; and demand for healthcare services from the baby boomer population, as they live longer and more active lives.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Ohio University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Wright State University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Drake Center
  • Mercy Health Partners of Southwest Ohio
  • St. Elizabeth Healthcare Summit Behavioral Center
  • TriHealth, Inc.
  • UC Health

Co-op Salary Projections

All clinical experience is unpaid


Nursing (NUR)

Students seeking admission to the Nursing program must complete specific selective enrollment requirements (described below). Students should meet with their academic advisor to discuss eligibility and deadlines for selective enrollment.

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
MAT 105 Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences ( G) 2 2 3
NUR 101 Nursing Concepts 1 ( B) 3 0 3
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
Semester 2      
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
NUR 102 Nursing Concepts 2 ( T) 3 9 6
Semester 3      
NUR 103 Nursing Concepts 3 ( T) 6 9 9
BIO 220 Microbiology ( G) 2 3 3
Semester 4      
NUR 201 Nursing Concepts 4 ( T) 7 12 11
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 5      
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology ( B) 3 0 3
NUR 202 Nursing Concepts 5 ( T) 6 9 9
Total Credits:   48 48 65


FYE Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3


Learn about the Health Program Selective Admission (Progression) process.

Nursing Special Admission Requirements

  • The core of courses taken by Nursing students is similar to the core of courses taken by all other students seeking degrees in allied health programs.
  • Nursing students are required to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in math and science courses. An admissions test will be required for students to progress into the clinical courses in the program.
  • High school or college biology and chemistry is a prerequisite to the science courses required by the Nursing program.
  • A background check is required before entering the clinical portion of the Nursing program. Anyone wishing to enter the Nursing program who has been arrested or charged with a crime should see the Program Director before choosing the Nursing major.
  • All students must be Ohio state-tested nurse aides or licensed practical nurses prior to beginning Nursing clinical courses. The required coursework is available at the College.
  • Please note: Graduation candidates must pass a nationally standardized exit exam in order pass the final course in the Nursing program.
  • Credentialing: Graduates must pass NCLEX-RN, the national standardized nursing examination, to practice as a registered nurse. 

Important Documents

Learn more about the TEAS Test


Program Chair
Janice Lockett, RN, MSN
(513) 569-1292
Co-op Coordinator
Joanne Johnson, RN, MSN, Experiential Learning Advisor
(513) 569-1295