The Cincinnati State Bethesda School of Nursing (NUR)

The Cincinnati State Bethesda School of 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. 

The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited with conditions by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone (404) 975-5000.

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 include:

  • 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. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Nursing program information session and meet with a program advisor prior applying for selective enrollment.

Other requirements include:

  • 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 http://www.nursing.ohio.gov.

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

For more information, please contact the Health and Public Safety Division at (513) 569-1670.

To apply for this program at Cincinnati State, visit our Admissions Page

Nursing (NUR)

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

Semester 1LecLabCredits
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
MAT 105Quantitative Reasoning for the Sciences ( G) 223
NUR 101Nursing Concepts 1 ( B) 303
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
Semester 2  
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
NUR 102Nursing Concepts 2 ( T) 396
Semester 3  
NUR 103Nursing Concepts 3 ( T) 699
BIO 220Microbiology ( G) 233
Semester 4  
NUR 201Nursing Concepts 4 ( T) 71211
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
Semester 5  
SOC 105Introduction to Sociology ( B) 303
NUR 202Nursing Concepts 5 ( T) 699
Total Credits:  484865

Electives

FYE Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum. 

G = General Education course in this curriculum

B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum

T = Technical course in this curriculum

NUR Courses

NUR 100 Orientation to Nursing
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on building knowledge and skills essential to success for students entering the Nursing associate degree program. Topics include: the nursing process, professionalism, critical thinking, time management, study skills, and communication.
Prerequisites: None
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NUR 101 Nursing Concepts 1
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the role of the RN in the healthcare system, including cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills. Topics include: academic success skills, communication, math, health and wellness, cultural awareness, regulatory guidelines, safety, patient education, and basic nursing skills.
Prerequisites: Admitted to the NUR program, high school biology and chemistry within the past 7 years, and STNA (minimum grade C for all courses)
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NUR 102 Nursing Concepts 2
6 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 9 Lab Hours.

A continuation of NUR 101 . Topics include: holistic care of patients with common health problems, nursing processes, communication, evidence-based practice, cultural sensitivity, and effective decision making skills. Students apply specific nursing and assessment skills in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NUR 101 , BIO 151 , MCH 100 and (ENG 101 or ENG REQC) (minimum grade C for all)
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NUR 103 Nursing Concepts 3
9 Credits. 6 Lecture Hours. 9 Lab Hours.

A continuation of NUR 102 . Topics include: nursing care of children and adults across the life span. Students apply clinical reasoning and nursing skills in simulations and in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NUR 102 and BIO 152 and 6 credits of English Composition (minimum grade C for all)
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NUR 104 Academic Success Strategies for Nursing
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on strategies for academic success in the Nursing associate degree program. Topics include: using college resources; building skills in critical thinking, studying, mathematics, and test-taking; and improving time management skills.
Prerequisites: Instructor consent
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NUR 105 Nursing LPN to ADN Transition
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course for the LPN who is transitioning into the Associate's degree Nursing program. Topics include: concepts and skills distinctive to the LPN and RN, nursing roles and academic programs, and skills applications in laboratory and clinical settings.
Prerequisites: Unencumbered LPN license in Ohio, and BIO 151 and ENG 101 (minimum grade C for both)
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NUR 106 Nursing LPN/ADN Bridge
4 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 6 Lab Hours.

A course for the Licensed Practical Nurse entering the Associate's degree Nursing program. Topics include: nursing care of children, and nursing skills and competencies. Students apply clinical reasoning and nursing skills in simulations and in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: Unencumbered LPN license in Ohio, and BIO 151 and ENG 101 (minimum grade C for both)
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NUR 150 Nursing Advanced Standing - LPN to ADN
11 Credits. 11 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

Students may receive up to 11 semester credit hours for prior training as an LPN that applies to credits required in the Associate's degree Nursing program. Nursing Program Chair approval is required.
Prerequisites: Program Chair consent
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NUR 198 First Year Special Topics in Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Nursing, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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NUR 199 First Year Independent Project in Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Nursing that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Nursing faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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NUR 201 Nursing Concepts 4
11 Credits. 7 Lecture Hours. 12 Lab Hours.

A continuation of NUR 103 . Topics include: nursing care of individuals and families in multiple clinical settings, including mental health/psychiatric nursing, obstetrical nursing, and medical-surgical nursing. Students apply specific skills in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NUR 103 or NUR 105 , and BIO 152 (minimum grade C for all)
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NUR 202 Nursing Concepts 5
9 Credits. 6 Lecture Hours. 9 Lab Hours.

A continuation of NUR 201 . Topics include: managing care of patients experiencing complex, acute, and emergency variations in health status; preparing for the NCLEX-RN exam; and preparing for transition to the role of professional nurse. Students apply specific skills in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NUR 201 , and COMM 105 or COMM 110 (minimum grade C for all)
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NUR 298 Second Year Special Topics in Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Nursing, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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NUR 299 Second Year Independent Project in Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Nursing that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Nursing faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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PN Courses

PN 101 Practical Nursing Concepts 1
8 Credits. 5 Lecture Hours. 9 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the practical nursing role with applications of basic nursing skills in lab, simulation, and clinical settings. Topics include: pharmacology, safety, nursing process, nursing history and law, and alterations in health.
Prerequisites: Admitted to the Practical Nursing Certificate program, high school biology and chemistry within the past 7 years, and STNA (minimum grade C for all courses)
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Instructor Consent Required

PN 102 Practical Nursing Concepts 2
10 Credits. 7 Lecture Hours. 9 Lab Hours.

A continuation of PN 101 , with applications of clinical reasoning and nursing skills in classroom, lab, simulation, and clinical settings. Topics include: mental health, and care of the patient with alterations in health across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: PN 101
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PN 103 Practical Nursing Concepts 3
6 Credits. 4 Lecture Hours. 6 Lab Hours.

A continuation of PN 102 focusing on preparation for transition to the role of the practical nurse, with applications of nursing skills. Topics include: care of the patient with complex alterations in health, women?s health/OB, and the professional role.
Prerequisites: PN 102
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Instructor Consent Required

PN 125 Academic Success Strategies for Practical Nursing
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on strategies for academic success in the Practical Nursing Certificate program. Topics include: building skills in critical thinking, studying, mathematics, and test-taking; improving time management skills; and developing effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
Prerequisites: Instructor consent
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PN 185 Practical Nursing Role Transition
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 8 Lab Hours.

Students apply practical nursing knowledge and skills while working with diverse groups of patients. Topics include: professionalism, and transition from student to practical nurse role. To pass the course, students must achieve a predetermined score on a national standardized exam.
Prerequisites: PN 122 (minimum grade C), and PN 182
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Instructor Consent Required

PN 198 First Year Special Topics in Practical Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Practical Nursing, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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PN 199 First Year Independent Project in Practical Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Practical Nursing that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Practical Nursing faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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PN 298 Second Year Special Topics in Practical Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Practical Nursing, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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PN 299 Second Year Independent Project in Practical Nursing
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Practical Nursing that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Practical Nursing faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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Faculty

Program Chair/Assistant Director

Professor Janice Lockett, RN, MSN
janice.lockett@cincinnatistate.edu

Program Coordinator

Professor Joanne Johnson, RN, MSN
joanne.johnson@cincinnatistate.edu