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Admissions Requirements

Application for the Traditional Track (RN), Blended Track and LPN to RN Track

Prospective and incoming transfer students should first follow the Get Started Guide to get enroll at Columbus State and then follow the guidelines below. Once you are accepted to Columbus State, contact Academic Advising (website, (614) 287-2779) to set up an appointment with an advisor. 

Pre-Nursing Advising:

If waiting to start nursing, students should first complete admission requirements and then work on general education(G) and basic related courses (B) 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.

Current students: Students who have completed application to Columbus State and have taken placement tests or have had their transfer credit evaluated should follow the guidelines below

Once students are accepted into the Nursing Program they will be assigned a faculty advisor.


Application 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.

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

It is highly recommended that those with an interest in nursing make an appointment to meet with a Health and Human Service Completion Advisor by calling 287-2779. There are two tracks available for the Nursing program, the blended track and the traditional track. Students may apply to only one track per application period.  Information about the admission criteria, application dates and admission process are posted on the Nursing Departmental Homepage: Applicants should review Standards Essential for Nursing Students prior to applying to the Nursing Program.

Admission into nursing requires completion of the following criteria:

1. High School Diploma or GED

Applicants must have a high school transcript, GED, or college transcript verifying a degree on file with the Office of the Registrar. Applicants should verify their document(s) is on file prior to applying to the Nursing Program.  You may contact the Telephone Information Center via telephone at 614-287-5353 or via e-mail at to verify if the documents have been received.

2. GPA or ACT score

Students applying to the Nursing Program must have college GPA of 2.6 or above. If the applicant does not have a college GPA, then the applicant must have a high school GPA of 2.6 or an ACT composite score of 18 or above. (ACT scores may be used within the last 4 years from the date of the test.)

3. Nursing Information Session

Applicants must complete an online Nursing Program Information Session.

4. NURC 1001 Class with grade of "C" or better within the last 5 years, or N Credit for State Tested Nurse Aide (STNA) Card issued within the last five years.

5. 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 CSCC Bookstore. Scores from other schools will not be accepted. A copy of the results must be submitted with your nursing application. Learn more about the HESI A2

Additional Admission Information

1. The Columbus State admissions application form is on-line. Go to the Get Started Guide for admission to Columbus State. If it has been more than three years since you attended classes at Columbus State, call (614) 287-2543 or 1-800-621-6407 ext 2453 to reactivate your student file.

2. To register to take the A2 Admission Exam, create an account to obtain a username and password at The initial cost of the exam is $55 payable at The cost to repeat the exam is $65.  Detailed instructions and payment forms are available as a PDF on the Nursing homepage.  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 45 days 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.

3. Review information about the processing of college transfer credit from other colleges and universities on the Evaluation of Official Transcripts page.

4. Practical Nurse applicants should refer to "Admission Procedure to Associate Degree Nursing Program for Practical Nurses" available from the Nursing Program or online at

5. Applicants for admission from another program preparing students to take NCLEX-RN should contact the Nursing Program for more information.

6. Please be advised of the following:

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

(b) 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.

B. 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.

C. 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.

7. 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.

8. Admission to Nursing is offered for a specific semester 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. Students can only be admitted to the Nursing Program twice.

9. A minimum grade of "C" or better is required in all Nursing, Science, Psychology, English, and Math courses in the curriculum. Students accepted to the nursing program who do not achieve a minimum grade of "C" or better in all 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 2301 (Human Physiology); BIO 2215 (Introduction to Microbiology); PSY 1100 (Introduction to Psychology); PSY 2340 (Human Growth and Development); MATH 1025 (Quantitative Literacy); STAT 1350 (Statistics), ENG 1100 (Composition I), NURC 1104 (Basic Care Skills).

10. Students waiting to start nursing should first complete the admission requirements and then may work on general education and basic related courses listed on the plan of study. Students should continue to work with an academic advisor to complete their pre-admission checklist and plan a schedule of courses.

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 Health and Human Service Advisors at (614) 287-2779 and the Columbus State Nursing Homepage.

12. 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, essential duties and CPR which must be met prior to starting and while continuing the NURS sequence of courses.

13. Once a student accepts an offer of admission to a particular track (blended or traditional) the student must start in the admitted track and complete one semester before applying for a track change. Only one track change is permitted during the nursing program.