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To become a licensed registered nurse in the state of Ohio, a person must graduated from an accredited registered nursing program and successfully pass the National Council License Examination (NCLEX-RN).

Students in Bluffton's nursing program will complete their RN degree requirements through dual enrollment at Northwest State Community College, which prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN exam.

Upon successful completion of the NCLEX-RN exam, students complete advanced nursing course requirements for the bachelor of science in nursing degree at Bluffton.


Sherri Winegardner

Our faculty

Dr. Sherri Winegardner, director of nursing and associate professor of nursing

"There’s a big push for area hospitals and other providers to hire nurses with bachelor’s preparation. It’s an excellent fit for the university and this area needs a nursing program with additional flexibility." >>>Sherri's story



At Bluffton you will find:

  • Small liberal arts, Christian school in which to study for and obtain a BSN registered nursing degree.
  • Each student has an advisor dedicated to his/her success who will provide personal mentorship to guide the student through a rigorous academic program.
  • Strong cross-cultural program to prepare students to work in a variety of settings.
  • Mission-driven curriculum which prepares students to live out their values in their personal and work lives, their communities and the world.
  • Opportunities to participate fully in campus life and athletics.
  • Clinical fieldwork experiences in a variety of community health care settings.
  • Outstanding liberal arts and advanced nursing education coupled with top quality technical nursing education in a dual-degree nursing program in collaboration with Northwest State Community College.

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