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Why study Pre-Nursing?

Registered nurses (RNs) are on the front lines of patient-centered health care. RNs perform basic duties that include treating patients, educating patients and the public about various medical conditions, and providing advice and emotional support to patients’ family members. RNs record patient medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests, operate medical machinery, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.

RNs teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury, including post-treatment home care needs, diet and exercise programs, and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. RNs also run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.

RNs can specialize in one or more patient-care specialties. The most common specialties can be divided into roughly four categories:

  • by work setting or type of treatment
  • by disease, ailment or condition
  • by organ or body system type
  • by population

RNs may combine specialties from more than one area — for example, pediatric oncology and cardiac emergency — depending on their personal interest and their employer’s needs.

This transfer-oriented program provides you with the first year of study needed to become a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a high school diploma or GED and the desire to succeed in college. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study.

As a first-year student, you will need to take an English and mathematics placement test if you have not obtained the minimum ACT/SAT score required for exemption. These tests do not affect your admission; however, the results are essential for your proper placement in classes. You must complete placement tests before you register for English or mathematics courses. All placement tests are given free of charge.

You should plan to start pre-nursing in the fall because the required basic series of foundation coursework starts in the fall and continues sequentially through the spring.


You should be caring, sympathetic, responsible and detail oriented. You must be able to direct or supervise others, correctly assess patients’ conditions and determine when consultation is required. You need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies and other stresses. A high tolerance for blood, other bodily fluids and odors is also essential.

The pre-nursing program is rigorous and requires students to study and prepare outside of the classroom. Though some students do work, many find it difficult to be successful in this program while working many hours. You are expected to spend a minimum of two-three hours of outside study per week for each credit hour of college coursework you take. (That means if you are taking a full-time course load of 15 credit hours, you should expect to spend another 30-45 hours of time on your own studying and doing homework.)

Employment opportunities for nursing graduates include the following:

  • nurse
  • shift supervisor
  • floor director
  • training director
  • nurse practitioner
  • school nurse
  • nursing home director

You must pass a licensing exam before you may enter the practice of nursing. If you acquire your bachelor’s degree (BSN) as well as your RN, you will have more choice in career opportunities and future promotions.

You should note that when you apply for the state licensing exam, you will be required to indicate whether or not you have been convicted of a felony or other crime. If you have, it will very likely disqualify you from licensure.

Academic advising is an essential part of your educational experience.

We are committed to providing advice and assistance throughout your academic journey. You and your advisor work together to create an academic plan based on your goals.

Questions? Email us at clermont.advising@uc.edu or call 513-732-5205 to schedule an appointment.

The UC Clermont campus is located on 91 wooded acres in Batavia, Ohio, in the heart of Clermont County. Our faculty-to-student ratio is low. You will find small class sizes and personal interaction with your instructors create the ideal learning environment. Parking is convenient and at no additional charge. Plus, our tuition is the lowest of the UC colleges.

UC Clermont's Academic Success Center is committed to helping students become successful, independent learners through partnerships that promote individual interests and abilities. We encourage and support opportunities for self-discovery in an informal environment that promotes academic skill development.

The best students recognize that they can sometimes use a little extra help to achieve their academic goals. Seeking tutoring is a responsible choice, demonstrating that students care about their academics enough to go the extra mile to succeed. Stop by the ASC in Jones 104 and meet our highly trained team of tutors who are ready and willing to assist you.

You must complete an application for degree the semester before you expect to graduate. You should see your advisor in the Advising Center for assistance. 

We accept transfer applications all year long, and you may start any semester, provided your transcripts arrive in time to be evaluated before the start of the semester you wish to attend.

If you have not taken college-level mathematics or English, you will need to take the placement test.

Other UC students may transfer into UC Clermont College by completing the application for change in college and program. You are urged to see your advisor before transferring into a different major to minimize any impact on your degree progress.

You must demonstrate English proficiency. You must also meet admissions deadlines and visa requirements, and provide documentation of sufficient funds before we can complete your admission. Please call the International Admissions Office (513-556-2069) for details or email international.admissions@uc.edu with questions.

Learn more about becoming an international student at UC Clermont.

Application Deadlines

For specific deadline information, visit the Admissions webpage.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Clermont College
4200 Clermont College Drive
Batavia, OH 45103
(513) 732-5319

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