The registered nursing program is designed to prepare students to provide nursing care in a variety of healthcare settings and for licensure and employment as a registered nurse. The four-semester program incorporates interactive face-to-face classes, web-enhanced classes, labs, and clinical experience to prepare students to function as a member of the healthcare team.

All full-time RN nursing faculty have a master’s degree in nursing or higher and are Certified Nurse Educators; a nationally recognized certification for academic nurse educators.

Nursing faculty are available to advise each student as they progress through the program. Successful completion of the program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN), which allows the graduate to practice as a registered nurse. There are also opportunities to transfer into a four-year degree program at partnering institutions.

Admission Requirements

Pre-Admission Examination
The National League for Nursing Pre Admission Examination (NLN PAX) for registered nursing programs “PAX-RN” is a standardized entrance exam for potential nursing students who seek admittance into nursing schools nationwide.
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The Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal

Northwest State Community College requires students to take the pre-admission exam and receive a score > 50th percentile for each of the three areas tested in order to be admitted to the nursing program. It is recommended that students complete the admission requirements of biology, chemistry, MTH 090 and any developmental English courses needed prior to attempting the pre-admission exam. Students register and pay for the exam at

Additional Requirements
Advising Checklist
Ohio Board of Nursing Criminal History Fact Sheet

Program Details

Review the program sheet for information on required courses, sequence and more. See this program’s estimated expenses.

How to Apply

A separate application is required, in addition to the College application. The nursing admissions committee usually meets once a semester. Any applications received at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting are reviewed; applications received after are reviewed at the next meeting. There are no set dates when applications need to be in.

Questions should be directed to Marsha Buehrer, administrative assistant, at or 419.267.1246.


All programs in the Nursing Division are fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. The RN program is also accredited by:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
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