3-Year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Prelicensure)

The prelicensure Bachelor of Science in nursing degree at Kettering College is designed to prepare individuals for professional nursing practice. The degree consists of 127 semester credits, including 64 credits of arts and sciences general studies and 63 nursing credits. New cohorts enroll each fall; students begin by taking a prerequisite year of general education courses that provides a solid foundation to begin nursing courses in year two of the program. After completing at least 30 hours of prerequisite courses, students apply for acceptance into nursing by May 20 of their first year. Offers of admission are contingent upon successful completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better prior to entrance into the nursing program.

Students enroll full time in the program and attend courses year round—fall, winter, and summer semesters—over a period of three academic years, completing the degree in July. Graduates are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in the states of their choice. Clinical experiences begin in year two. As an integral part of the Kettering Medical Center and the Kettering Health Network, a rich array of clinical experiences occur within the hospitals of the Kettering Health Network, as well as in a variety of excellent health care facilities within the community.


Registered nurses (RNs) care for and educate individuals, families, communities and populations about various aspects of health care to promote optimum wellness. In partnership with the patient and the interdisciplinary health care team, nurses are highly educated individuals who assess, plan, implement, evaluate, and document nursing care in accordance with standards of professional nursing practice. Nurses provide physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual support to those entrusted to their care. Baccalaureate-prepared nurses from Kettering College serve as leaders to improve health care outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.

For more information about nursing as a career, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics web site.


Kettering College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, approved by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA), and authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) prelicensure degree has been granted full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.