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Admissions Requirements

Columbus State Community College makes every effort to inform prospective students of the admission requirements for the Nursing program. Students are responsible for maintaining awareness of the admission requirements, application periods, and any changes made over time.

The online track is available for those who have a Bachelor’s degree in another field of study. Admission to the online track is competitive based on GPA, A2 results, and requires an essay submission.

Candidates must complete all of the following Admission requirements before the application date to be eligible to apply to the online track (RN) nursing program.

1. Achievement of a minimum GPA of 2.6

An application specific to nursing must be submitted to the Nursing program through the nursing homepage,, after all the admission criteria have been completed. Information about application periods will be posted at that site also.

Achievement of a minimum GPA of 2.6 on a 4-point scale based on completion of courses at the school or college most recently attended (high school, vocational program, or higher education institution).  Official transcripts must be on file in the Records and Registration Office to verify GPA by the deadline dates.   Students who do not have a minimum 2.6 GPA for their most recent coursework must complete at least 12 credit hours of college-level coursework at Columbus State with a minimum GPA of 2.6 for admission to the Nursing program.  The minimum 2.60 GPA must be maintained through the start of classes in Nursing.

2. Compass Placement Tests:

Math Skills- Placement above MATH 1030 (Beginning Algebra II) or completion of MATH 1030.  Students with transfer credit by Columbus State for MATH 1030 meet the Math admission requirement and are not required to take the Math Skills Test.  For students with transfer credit for MATH other then MATH 1030 requirement.

Writing Skills- Placement into ENGL 1100 (Composition I) or completion of ENGL 0190(Introduction to Composition). Students awarded transfer credit by Columbus State for ENGL 1100 are not required to take the Compass Writing Skills Test.

3. College course completion:

NURC 1101  (Nurse Aide Training Program)  Please note: A completed health record must be completed prior to registration for this course. Students who are currently Ohio State tested Nurse Aides can apply for prior learning assessment credit (“N” credit). Click here for Prior Learning assessment application and directions for submitting. Students who hold a current Ohio practical nurse license (LPN) can be waived from this course by submitting a copy of their license to the Nursing Department.  Learn more about NURC 1101

NURC 1102 (Patient Care Skills) or copy of current Ohio practical nurse license (LPN).

CHEM 1113 (Elements Organic/ BioChemistry) Incoming transfer students with Chemistry credit other then CHEM 113 please click here for more information.

PSY 1100 (Intro to Psychology) or PSY 2340 (Human Growth & Development)

4. Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) Admission Assessment (A2) Exam

Completion of the HESI A2 with a score of 75 is required for admission.  This score reflects a necessary reading, science, and math knowledge foundation to be successful in the Nursing Program.  Applicants are encouraged to utilize the Evolve Reach Admission Assessment Exam Review by HESI prior to taking the A2 exam. This exam review is available for purchase at the bookstore. Learn more about the HESI A2

Scores from other schools will not be accepted. It is the student’s responsibility to notify Nursing of any name change or your application will be rejected.


Additional Admission Information

1. The Columbus State admissions application form is on-line. Go to the Step-by-Step Enrollment Guide for admission to Columbus State. If it has been more than three years since you attended classes at Columbus State, call (614) 287-5353 or 1-800-621-6407 ext 2453 to update your student file.

2. Placement tests are administered in the Student Success Testing Center, Aquinas Hall, Room 002. See the COMPASS web site for specific hours and sample questions. 

3. To register to take the A2 Admission Exam, contact the Testing and Talent Assessment Center at (614) 287-5750. The initial cost of the exam is $45 payable at the Cashier Office, Rhodes Hall. The cost to repeat the exam is $65. On the day of the test, bring a picture ID and paid receipt to the Testing and Talent Assessment Center, Center for Workforce Development, Room 223. Retesting eligibility begins 6 months from the date of the previous A2 exam. The A2 exam may be taken a maximum of 2 times. A2 exam scores from other schools will not be accepted. The Nursing Program will maintain scores for a period of 4 years.

4. Contact the Records and Registration Office, Room 201, Madison Hall, (614) 287-2658, for information about the processing of college transfer credit from other institutions of higher education.

5. Applicants currently licensed as Practical Nurses should refer to “Admission Procedure to Associate Degree Nursing program for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)” available from the Nursing Program or online at

6. Applicants for admission from another program preparing students to take NCLEX-RN should refer to Nursing Procedure for Transfer Students. The information is available from the Nursing Program.

Please be advised of the following:

7. From the Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4723.09 License Application:

For an applicant who entered a pre-licensure nursing education program on or after June 1, 2003, the criminal records check of the applicant that is completed by the bureau of criminal identification and investigation and includes a check of federal bureau of investigation records and that bureau submits to the board indicated that the applicant has not been convicted of, has not pleaded guilty to, and has not had a judicial finding of guilt for violating section 2903.01, 2903.02, 2903.03, 2903.11, 2905.01, 2907.02, 2907.03, 2907.05, 2909.02, 2911.01, or 2911.11 of the Revised Code or a substantially similar law of another state, the United States, or another country, (c) For all applicants, the board determines that the applicant has not committed any act that is grounds for disciplinary action under section 3123.47 or 4723.28 of the Revised Code or determines that an applicant who has committed any act that is grounds for disciplinary action under either section has made restitution or has been rehabilitated, or both.

1b. It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify the Nursing Program Chairperson of felony convictions, as admission may be revoked due to clinical placement denial.

1c. From the Ohio Revised Code 4723-5-12:

(13) A student shall not self-administer or otherwise take into the body any dangerous drug, as defined in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code, in any way not in accordance with a legal, valid prescription issued for the student.  (14)  A student shall not habitually indulge in the use of controlled substances, other habit-forming drugs, or alcohol or other chemical substances to an extent that impairs ability to practice.  (15)  A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of habitual or excessive use of drugs, alcohol, or other chemical substances that impair the ability to practice.  (16)  A student shall not have impairment of the ability to practice according to acceptable and prevailing standards of safe nursing care because of a physical or mental disability.

8. A new federal law, PRWORA, known as the "Personal Responsibility Act" limits licensure to U.S. citizens and other qualified applicants. The State Board of Nursing is required to keep assurance of citizenship on record with applications for licensure.

9. Admission to Nursing is offered for a specific quarter only. Students who decline the offer of admission or who fail to respond must re-apply if they wish to be considered for a future class and must meet the admission criteria in effect for that class.

10. A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Nursing, Science, Psychology and Math courses in the curriculum. Students accepted to Nursing who do not achieve a minimum grade of "C" or better in any of the following support courses must retake the course(s) prior to the start of their NURS classes or during the semester in which the course(s) is(are) required in the curriculum plan, in order to remain a student in good standing in the program: BIO 2300 (Human Anatomy); BIO 2232 (Human Physiology); PSY 2340 (Human Growth and Development); BIO 2215 (Introduction to Microbiology); BIO 2263 (Human Pathophysiology); STAT 1350 (Elementary Statistics).

11. Columbus State Community College makes every effort to inform prospective students of the admission requirements for the Nursing program. Students are responsible for maintaining awareness of the application periods, of the admission requirements and any changes made to those requirements over time. Any questions about admission criteria should be directed to Columbus State Advising Services at (614) 287-2668.

12. If waiting to start nursing, students should first complete admission requirements and then work on general education and basic related courses listed on the plan of study. Please continue to work with academic advisor to complete your pre-admission checklist and to plan a schedule of other courses.

13. Clinical agencies have set requirements for patient safety. Students accepted to the program will be informed of the specific requirements for health, fingerprinting, drug screening and CPR which must be met prior to starting and while continuing the NURS sequence of courses.

14. Once a student accepts an offer of admission to a particular track (online or traditional) then the student must start the admitted track and complete one quarter before applying for a track change.