Frequently Asked Questions - BSN Program

1. Can I live at one of the regional campuses?

There are no residence halls on the Hamilton or Middletown campuses, although certainly students could get an apartment in either of those cities.

2. I am a high school senior and want to be a regional BSN nursing major at Miami. What do I need to do?

Students planning to be a Hamilton or Middletown student should first apply as a regional campus student. Go to the regional Office of Admission and apply to the University by January of your senior year. Indicate your major as BSN.

Next, submit a SEPARATE BSN online application for the nursing program.  Regional BSN applications are due by February 1st.

3. What are the high school qualifications for admission as a regional BSN nursing student?

To be admitted into the nursing program from high school, the following must be met in high school:

  • minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0
  • college-prep Chemistry and Algebra I and II completed
  • minimum high school science grade point average of 3.0
  • minimum ACT composite score of 23 (or SAT combined score of 1060)

Note: This does not guarantee admission to the nursing program, but is the minimum requirement.

Submit your nursing application by February 1. If admitted to nursing as a freshman student, then you must maintain a 2.5 GPA to stay in the nursing program.

4. What if I have been majoring in something else, or have been out of high school for a few years and decide to change my major to nursing? What is the process?

Prospective students may only apply to nursing once a year (from early October through February 1) for admission to the class in the following fall, which means starting nursing courses as a sophomore. These are the criteria to be eligible to apply for admission to the nursing program:

  • Have completed 12 semester hours (100 level or high) with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.
  • Have a grade of C or better in TWO of the following sciences: BIO 171, BIO 172, CHM 131 or 141 and 144, and MBI 161.
  • Admission decisions are based solely upon the overall GPA and the science GPA.

5. What is the curriculum for the nursing program?

See the 4 year BSN curriculum guide. Please note the following:

  • As a freshman, it is important to take the correct science and liberal education courses.
  • In the sophomore year, nursing students take their first nursing courses and the rest of their non-nursing courses.
  • In the junior and senior years, the student takes mostly nursing courses.

6. What if I am not accepted into nursing?

Students who are not accepted into the nursing program may re-apply the following year. We do not maintain any waiting lists, so the applicant pool is different each year.

7. What if my college credits are over ten years old?

You may petition that credits more than ten years old be validated by Miami University and accepted for graduation, normally done close to graduation. An academic advisor can best advise you about how your specific circumstances affect your application. Phone (513) 727-3266/MUM or (513) 785-7752/MUH or email nsginfo@miamioh.edu to arrange an advising appointment.

8. Can I test out of any courses by taking an exam?

You may test out of lower-level support courses by taking either a departmental test or a CLEP examination. Typically, students may not test out of BSN nursing courses unless they have taken a comparable course at another university. In that case, syllabi for the course must be submitted for review to the department's Admission, Progression & Graduation Committee.

9. I’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field. Will this help me with my nursing degree?

A previously earned bachelor’s degree should help you fulfill some requirements, especially if your degree is from Miami University and you have completed the Miami Plan requirements. Please contact Miami Regionals Academic Advising at 513-785-3129 to arrange an advising appointment or schedule an appointment online.