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Program Overview

Prepare for Your Nursing Career

The traditional, four-year BSN program at Ashland University prepares you to practice the art and science of professional nursing. It is designed for the student who has completed high school-level education or has transfer credit. 

Students complete core coursework in the first two academic years and begin clinical nursing coursework in their junior year. 

Nursing majors are introduced to:

  • A theoretical knowledge base for nursing
  • Research for evidence-based practice
  • International perspectives in healthcare
  • The nursing process for families and communities
  • The role of nurses as leaders and managers in legal, ethical and political settings
  • The highly technical and clinical skills needed to work with patients and their families
Nursing students in class

Learning Experience

Upon completion of the undergraduate nursing program, you will be able to:

  1. Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a liberal arts education as the basis for clinical judgment, reflective practice and decision making
  2. Incorporate professional standards in the practice of nursing
  3. Value integrity, caring, accountability, respect and excellence in nursing practice
  4. Collaborate with patients and health professionals to develop and implement culturally appropriate health promotion, disease prevention and illness care methods
  5. Select current theory and evidenced-based knowledge to guide and teach individuals families and populations regarding health promotion and illness prevention.
  6. Employ patient care technologies, information systems and communication devices that support safe nursing practice and development of nursing knowledge
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare policy, finance and regulatory environments that impact patient care
  8. Incorporate effective communication and collaboration skills, forming partnerships to provide care and to promote positive outcomes to a diverse society in a global context
  9. Apply leadership concepts, principles of advocacy and decision making in the provision of quality patient care, healthcare team coordination and accountability for care delivery in a variety of settings
  10. Collaborate with healthcare professionals to enhance quality improvement and safety initiatives at individual and system levels of care
  11. Investigate health-related social justice concerns within legal, ethical and political contexts
  12. Value lifelong learning for personal and professional growth to support excellence in nursing practice

Program Benefits

  • Interactive simulations at Ashland University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Center
  • Clinical experience in the surrounding medical community
  • Direct entry program with no further application required for clinical coursework
  • 1:8 clinical instructor-to-student ratio
Nursing student practicing using a syringe

Sample Curriculum

View the Academic Catalog for complete degree requirements.

Transfer Students

Students applying to transfer must file an AU transfer application

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the criteria below will be directly admitted to AU and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences for their freshman year.

Graduate Outcome

Ashland’s Traditional BSN program has a National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam) pass rate of 89% or above in the last five years, scoring higher than the state and national averages in 2021!

  • Ashland University BSN: 89.17%
  • Ohio: 79.07%
  • National: 86.06%
Nursing student preparing supplies

Contact Information

Reese-Kline, Juanita
Juanita Reese Kline, Ph.D., RN
Chair, Nursing Department; Director, Traditional Nursing Program; Director, Accelerated and Advanced Entry Programs; Associate Professor of Nursing
110 College of Nursing & Health Sciences