New for Fall 2022! OWU and Mount Carmel College of Nursing are partnering to offer two different pathways to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. You choose the option that best fits your personal and career goals.
About the Pathways
With Ohio Wesleyan's new nursing pathway program, you can earn an OWU Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in almost any field plus a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as 4-5 years total. Or you can earn a nursing degree in 4 years, including 2 years at one of America's top liberal arts universities.
The pathways are an ideal option if you are interested in a nursing career and want an undergraduate experience that allows you to study abroad, play varsity athletics, join fraternity and sorority life, or participate in any of the academic and residential campus opportunities available at Ohio Wesleyan. You will spend 2-4 years at OWU, then complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Mount Carmel College of Nursing (MCCN), one of central Ohio’s premier nursing schools.
MCCN guarantees admission for a minimum of 15 qualifying participants a year in each of these OWU programs.
Benefits of the Two Pathways
Second Degree Accelerated Program (SDAP). Complete a 4-year B.A. or B.S. degree at OWU in the major(s) of your choice. You can earn an OWU degree in less than four years by taking summer classes or earning college credits while in high school. After graduating from OWU, you enroll at Mount Carmel, where you can complete your BSN in either 13 or 18 months. MCCN's 13-month SDAP program begins in January, and the 18-month program begins in August.
Gain greater career flexibility with dual degrees, combining your BSN with an OWU degree in Spanish, psychology, sociology, exercise science, communication, business, and more. OWU offers more than 70 majors.
Take advantage of generous financial aid opportunities.
Benefit from OWU Connection opportunities to travel, conduct mentored research with professors, and get real experience with valuable internships.
Participate in NCAA Division III varsity athletics, theatre, music, and the full college experience.
Enjoy life on a beautiful, 200-acre campus, where two-thirds of all students are living in new housing, including new apartments.
Advanced Placement Program (APP). You complete two years at Ohio Wesleyan, taking a core set of classes along with several electives. You must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and earn a C or higher in each of the required classes. Then you spend two years (five semesters) at Mount Carmel, where you will graduate with your BSN degree. New APP class cycles begin every summer at Mount Carmel. (Note: This program is not related to Advanced Placement courses offered in high schools.)
Play two years of competitive D-III sports on any of OWU's 24 varsity teams.
Participate in theatre, music, and dozens of clubs and activities.
Enjoy life on a beautiful, 200-acre campus, where all first-year students and two-thirds of all students are living in new housing.
Complete a BSN in four years -- and possibly less.
International students: Please note that Mount Carmel College of Nursing does not issue Immigration Form I-20 from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Therefore, MCCN is not eligible to accept new or transfer international students who need I-20 credentialing. MCCN welcomes international applicants who do not require an I-20 clearance.
Undergraduate research, performed under the mentorship of expert faculty, is a central component of The OWU Connection.
A Theory-to-Practice Grant could fund your original research, internship, or creative project throughout the world. You can also apply for the Summer Science Research Program, a 10-week intensive research program where students work closely with faculty and present their results at an all-campus Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium in the fall.
OWU offers a variety of ways for you to expand your learning off campus - and around the world. In Travel-Learning Courses, you can journey to a distant land and learn how classroom theory truly connects with real-world experience. Some recent Travel-Learning Courses have taken students to Italy for studies of obesity, food philosophies, and traditions - and to East Africa to study biology.
You also can study overseas for a full semester, including OWU's Spanish immersion program in Pamplona, Spain.
At OWU, you connect the classroom and the real world. OWU students have participated in internships at medical centers such as the Mayo Clinic and Nationwide Children's Hospital and at research universities. Others have completed internships with health and exercise centers, the Cooking Matters program, the Delaware Public Health District, and other public health agencies.
An OWU Connection Grant could help fund your internship.
The OWU Women in Science (WinS) organization is a collection of students who share a passion for mathematics and the natural and social sciences. WinS strives to cultivate a love of science and research and provide information about research opportunities, graduate school positions, and summer jobs and internships. WinS promotes discussion of issues facing women in science, brings guest lecturers to campus, arranges field trips, and participates in community service.
Top-of-the-line instrumentation exists throughout the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center, including a scanning transmission electron microscope, enabling you to carry out research that’s often impossible at other liberal arts colleges. The Simpson Querrey Fitness Center includes classroom and lab space for Health & Human Kinetics students.
The Pre-Health Club helps students understand and overcome the challenges of entering medical school to make the preparation more manageable. They also help educate the public about illnesses, preventative measure to take to remain healthy, and how to perform self-exams.
OWU offers more than 70 majors, providing options to combine your BSN with an OWU degree to match your interests and expand your career options. Enhance your BSN with a degree in Spanish, Exercise Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communication, Women's & Gender Studies, Zoology, or dozens of other majors and minors.
Kat Zimmerly graduated from OWU in 2011 with a degree in sociology. She then completed MCCN's 13-month accelerated BSN program. Today, she is the Bariatric Nurse Navigator for Mount Carmel Health System. She says, "Ohio Wesleyan provided me with the tools necessary to be a more compassionate individual who could more readily adapt to the fast-paced demands of the nursing profession."
More Nurses Needed
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for registered nurses is expected to grow 9% from 2020 through 2030, with an estimated 194,500 openings for registered nurses projected each year during the decade.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RN salaries average $80,010 per year, and nurse practitioner salaries average $114,510 annually. Nurse practitioners have a wider range of responsibilities, and having a second college degree can help prepare and qualify them for such work.