Nursing: BSN


Bachelor of Science in Nursing | College of Liberal Arts and Applied Science

What is Nursing: BSN?

Miami University's nationally recognized nursing program opens the door to a rewarding health care career. We offer a traditional four year Baccalaureate Nursing Program for you to pursue your goal as a nurse. We also offer a BSN completion program for persons who are already Registered Nurses.

A Miami nursing degree will give you career mobility in many different health arenas, as well as schedule flexibility, with plenty of opportunities to work part-time, full-time or flex-time. During clinical placements, students of Miami's nursing program benefit from a variety of outstanding experiences in health care systems, including acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation, pediatrics, and community agencies. In addition, the need for nurses is growing at a steady rate.

The Department of Nursing is located on Miami University's Hamilton and Middletown campuses.

What are the features of Miami’s program?


Accreditation by the Commission on College Nursing Education acknowledges the outstanding quality in all aspects of Miami's nursing programs. Job placement and employers' evaluations of nursing graduates are excellent. Miami nursing graduates also have a high pass rate on the state licensure examination.


The nursing faculty are highly qualified both academically and clinically. All nursing faculty hold either master of science or doctoral degrees. Faculty enhance their teaching effectiveness by maintaining clinical practice, attending educational seminars, and presenting their scholarly work and research.


The Nursing Resource Centers are staffed by Master's prepared directors and student employees. The Centers are sites for learning essential nursing skills using low-fidelity manikins, audiovisual materials and other medical equipment. The Centers have high-fidelity simulation manikins which are used in nursing theory courses to add greater depth to student learning.

Students have clinical rotations in area acute care hospitals and community agencies. Many of these agencies are recognized as exceptional healthcare facilities through accrediting organizations and other national organizations that monitor healthcare quality.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Admission to the Miami University Nursing program is selective and competitive. Applicants with the best overall qualifications will be offered admission.

Applicants to the traditional BSN program must have a minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 2.7 or above and have completed 12 semester hours of college credits (100 level or higher) at Miami including two of the required sciences (BIO 171, 172, MBI 161, CHM 131) with a minimum grade of "C" or better. Please note there are some Oxford courses that will substitute for the regional campuses courses.

High school students applying to the traditional BSN must meet the minimum criteria

  • Achieved a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Completed either the SAT or ACT college entrance examination. ACT/SAT must be taken no later than December in order for scores to arrive in time for consideration. Minimum requirements:
    • ACT composite score of 23
    • SAT combined score of 1060
Upon admission to the nursing curriculum, there are additional fees added to the tuition and fees set by Miami University. Clinical courses have a $200 per course fee. Students in the traditional 4-yr curriculum have added expenses beyond books each semester, as well as fees to pay for licensing upon graduation.

What courses would I take?

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

What can I do with this major?

The BSN program prepares graduates for leadership and management roles, including school nurse, research associate and occupational health nurse. Career advancement opportunities are greatest for BSN graduates. A BSN is required to enter a master's program. Nurses with a master's degree often become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, educators, researchers and administrators.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Nursing
Hamilton Campus
1601 University Blvd.
Hamilton, OH 45011

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