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Online Nursing

The on-line program is for those students who have a bachelor's degree in another field of study, but now wish to become a registered nurse.

The program includes both online courses and hands-on experience. Therefore the student will still be committed to attend clinical and/or lab for 1 or 2 days per week depending on the number or credit hours per quarter and the class/clinical arrangements. (Central Ohio area only)

Instruction for each of the courses is divided into two parts. There is a theory portion of the course, which will be delivered totally online and will include: online lectures, videos, discussion groups and other learning activities that are suitable. The clinical and campus lab will be taught in the skills lab at Columbus State or the clinical site in the Central Ohio area. Clinical and Lab are offered in the evenings and on weekends when available and may require some flexibility from the student in scheduling.

You may want to complete an online assessment tool to be sure that this method of learning is best for you. This is very important. To do a self-assessment go to  and take the Distance Learning Assessment. While online learning has many advantages such as learning at your own rate/speed and when it is most convenient, it is not for everyone.

The online student will be held to the same standards and take the same examinations as the traditional students, but will be doing interactive learning online rather than in a large lecture, group or small face-to-face seminar. It is important to understand that while there is opportunity for online discussion boards and e-mail interaction, that there is much less peer-to-peer and instructor contact.

This method of learning requires a student who is able to learn independently and has a high degree of motivation and organization. Once a student has chosen this online nursing program and is offered and accepts admission, it is expected that the program will be completed online. Space in the traditional program is not guaranteed should a student decide that online learning is not for them and wish to switch to their program.

You must meet the same basic admission requirements (add hyperlink)as the traditional students along with having a bachelors degree or higher in another field of study and submit an essay describing why you would be a good candidate for this online degree program. Application is completed at

You will complete the program in 5 semesters by taking all the courses in sequence. There is no way to complete the program any faster. Required science/math/psychology courses may need to be taken if these or the equivalent were not completed in previous college work

The application process is competitive.  Due to the overwhelming interest in this program the competitive nature changes with each application period depending on the level of applicants. Meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the online track. The admission committee will review transcripts, GPA, HESI A2 score and the online essay.  The essay should start, “I feel online education is right for me because….”

Completion of a Nursing Information Session is required to obtain an application. 

The Associate Degree Nursing Program will take applications for the Traditional Track and Blended Track Spring 2015 Classes beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The application period will close on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.