UC Blue Ash College

Nursing Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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 Board of Regents 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

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

Students may enroll in UC Blue Ash College if they graduated from an accredited high school or preparatory school, or have a GED certificate (minimum composite score of 45). Students entering as first time freshmen must attend a new student orientation where they will also receive academic advising. All other students should contact their advisor directly upon confirming acceptance to the college and completion of placement tests.  

New applicants can apply to the college and be admitted to the Pre-Health Professions, non-degree program. New applicants may also take prerequisite and non-clinical courses in preparation for selective admission process. Students in Pre-Health Professions may also take general education courses required in the program, as long as they do not exceed 30 credit hours.

Step 1. Apply for admission to the college.

Step 2. Transcripts/test scores should be sent to the UC main campus for processing. Request high school transcrips/GED and all college transcripts (if applicable) to be sent to UC Office of Admissions. If a student is applying directly from high school, ACT or SAT scores should also be sent to UC Office of Admissions. If a student is not applying directly from high school, the SAT or ACT is not needed.

Transcripts should be sent to:
University of Cincinnati
Office of Admissions
PO Box 210091
Cincinnati OH 45221-0091

Prerequisites for Nursing

Step 3. Take the Math Placement Test (MPT) and score greater than 420 for placement into College level STAT 1031.  Students may also meet the requirement with a 25 or higher on the ACT Math sub-test or an SAT math sub-score of 630 or higher.

Step 4. Take the college English Placement Test (EPT) and be eligible for English Composition, ENGL 1001 – and achieve a score of 5 or ACT combined English and Writing score of 18 or higher or an SAT writing score of 430 or higher.

Step 5. Meet with a staff advisor to determine what courses must be taken to meet the program's prerequisites. It is imperative that the students work with a staff advisor in completing prerequisites courses.

Minimum Requirements:

A. Biology: One year of high school Biology with lab and a grade of C or higher completed within 6 years of application or college biology as indicated below:

   1.  If high school Biology grade was C, but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I (BIOL1051C) with a grade of C or better.

    2. If high school Biology was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete both the Biology for the Health Professions and Technical Programs I and II (BIOL1051C and BIOL1052C) with grades of “C” or better.

   3. College Anatomy & Physiology I (BIO 2001C) completed with grade C or better within 6 years prior to application will also meet biology requirement.

B. Chemistry: One year of high school chemistry with lab and a grade of C or better completed within 6 years of application or CHEM 1030 (General, Organic, and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/ Biochemistry Lab) with grades of C or better.

   1.  If high school Chemistry grade was a C but was taken longer than 6 years prior to application, the student must complete CHEM 1030 (General Organic and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/ Biochemistry Lab) with grades of “C” or better.

    2. If high school Chemistry was not taken or if the student earned a grade below C, the student must complete CHEM 1030 (General Organic and Biochemistry I) and CHEM 1030L (Gen/Org/ Biochemistry Lab) with grades of “C” or better.

C. Minimum GPA: (A) un-weighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above; or (B) 2.8 GPA in college courses with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

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 and 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.    

TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) – students who have not graduated from a U.S. or English speaking high school must achieve a score of 100 or higher on the TOEFL examination.

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. Dates will be listed on website when application opens.

Additional selective admission criteria in addition to minimum requirements are:

A. Admission Test

B. A Reflective Essay

When completing the Selective Admission application, you will be asked to respond to the following two prompts in one essay of 300 words or less.

Essay Content

  • Briefly describe (3-5 sentences) why you have chosen to become a Registered Nurse.
  • Provide the top three characteristics that will make you successful as a nursing student and describe how they will help you become a good Registered Nurse.

Formatting Instructions

  • Essay must be in Times New Roman, size 12 font
  • Must be 300 words or less
  • Double-spaced with one inch margins on all sides, with the text aligned to the left only
  • The file name for the essay should include the following information: Last Name, First Name – Essay
  • Upload the essay as Word Documents where indicated on the online application.

The nursing program will review the academic records, admission test scores, and the reflective essay. Students may apply to the program via selective admission two times only. Applying to the nursing program does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Clinical Acceptance Requirements and Information

All students accepted in the nursing program are required to:

  • Complete the mandatory First Year Student Nursing Orientation/Information
  • Complete the Essential Functional Abilities for nursing students
  • Complete critical requirements such as immunizations, physical, health care provider CPR certification and background checks prior to the start of the clinical experience.
  • Obtain a laptop to meet the UC Blue Ash Technology Requirement 

In addition, some clinical agencies may require students to undergo drug testing.  Failure to meet the clinical agency requirements may prohibit students from completing clinical competencies; meeting the clinical objectives and successful completion of the program.

For further information about this program or other programs at UC Blue Ash College contact:

UC Blue Ash College
9555 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236-1096

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 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta GA 30326, (404) 975-5000 (acenursing.org).

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

Contact Information

Jackie Belew
9555 Plainfield Rd.
Blue Ash, OH 45236
(513) 745-5665

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