UC Blue Ash College

Nursing Technology


Why study Nursing Technology?

The nursing program is an academic unit in the University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College. The program contributes to meeting the health care needs of the community, the mission of the college and university, the requirements of accrediting bodies and the service expectations of the Ohio Department of Higher Education by providing quality education culminating in an Associate of Applied Science Degree. 

Nursing, as defined by this program, is the art and science of human caring. It is designed to prepare graduates to care for people across the life span. Nurses provide culturally competent, safe and effective care in a variety of clinical settings.

RN Technology Track

The two-year curriculum combines nursing courses with general education courses in the humanities and sciences. In addition to classroom instruction, students engage in clinical activity in hospitals, long-term care facilities, community agencies, home care settings, or the college laboratories.

Our program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Licensure requirements by state can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN) website. This site will provide information on states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification.

Graduates of the UCBA nursing program matriculate easily into the RN-BSN online program offered by the UC College of Nursing.

The nursing program is admitting students through a selective admission process.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College

For information on admission to the college, please visit the UC Blue Ash Admissions website.

Students who succeed in the nursing program are individuals who have a strong science and math background. They are effective time managers, adept at setting priorities, possess effective organizational skills and demonstrate a willingness to work hard, think critically, communicate in a professional manner, and have a passion for caring for the art and science of Nursing. 

Registered nurses are health professionals who perform a wide variety of functions in various health care settings. Nurses gather information in a systematic manner in order to determine the health-related needs of patients. Once the nurse is aware of the adult's or child's health needs, there are many ways to intervene in the healing process and to maximize the potential for good health. Some of the ways nurses intervene include: assisting in the rehabilitation process, teaching procedures and health practices, administering medication, assisting persons who are in pain, comforting the dying, and supporting the families of those who are ill.

The UCBA nursing program was established in 1967. Since the graduation of the first class in 1969, the program has been approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN) and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

An advantage of UC Blue Ash College is the opportunity to complete this career-oriented program in a small college environment. Most classes are small to moderate in size. The nursing department has a low student-faculty ratio, which gives students many opportunities for personal contact with their professors. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of acute care and community settings. Faculty are well qualified. Many have advanced certificates in specialty areas of practice.

Graduates of the nursing program may transition to the RN-BSN online program at the University Of Cincinnati College of Nursing.

To qualify for the Associate of Applied Science in RN technology degree, students must fulfill the requirements of the program. In addition, the student must meet any university requirements for graduation and be in academic good standing. More information on the University Undergraduate Academic Standing Policy can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website. It is the student's responsibility to take the courses necessary for graduation.

In order to be fully evaluated for transfer credits to the nursing program, credits must be assessed as part of the college admission process and nursing course syllabi reviewed by the chairperson. 

English Proficiency Requirement – Students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must complete the TOEFL examination or other exam with the designated score, as listed below. With the following exceptions:

a.  Student has taken a full year of High School in the United States and earned a passing grade in one year of Standard English (not ESL)

b.  Student has earned a passing score on the O-Level English Exam

c.  Student has passed the first year of IB English (SL or HL) with a score of 5 or higher

d.  Student has attended a full year of school in a country in which has been deemed as English proficient

High Intermediate Ranges on Examination(s) (for students that do not meet a Four Bulleted Exceptions)


Overall: 72

Speaking sub-score: 20

Listening sub-score: 17


Overall: 6.0

Speaking sub-score: 6.5

Listening sub-score: 5.5


Overall: 50 (concords to 72 on the TOEFL)

CEFR level B2 (easiest)=51-58

CEFR level B2=59-75

Cambridge Assessment

English 175

IELTS 6.0 = 169-175

IELTS 6.5= 176-184

CEFR level: B2=160-179

Duolingo English Test (DET)

  1. Overall: 95
  2. Production sub-score: 112

Production= “the test taker’s ability to write and speak”

  1. Conversation sub-score: 88

Conversation= “the test takers ability to listen and speak”

Application Deadlines

Selective Admission to the Program

The UCBA nursing program admits students through a selective admission. Students who meet the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply to the nursing program. Electronic applications for selective admission to the nursing program will be accepted annually. Please see the UC Blue Ash Selective Program Admissions website for more information.

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


The UCBA nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The UCBA nursing program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215, (614) 466-3947.

Contact Information

Jackie Belew
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 558-9463

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Program Code: 28ASC-NSTN-AAS