OWU and Mount Carmel College of Nursing partner 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

OWU offers two direct pathways to Mount Carmel College of Nursing, one of central Ohio's top nursing programs.

Ohio Wesleyan's nursing pathways allow you to earn an OWU Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in almost any field plus a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in as little as five years total. Or, you can earn a BSN in four years, with your first two years at OWU, 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 experience and engage with the OWU Connection, 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 and Features 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 accelerated 13-month SDAP program begins in January, while the traditional 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 pre-professional experience with valuable internships.
  • Participate in theatre, music, NCAA Division III varsity athletics, 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). In the APP, you first 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. You will then spend 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 I-20 clearance.


Graduate Outcomes

Katlin Zimmerly '11

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."


Department Contact Info


Director: David Markwardt
Slocum Hall 308
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3880
E ddmarkwa@owu.edu