Nursing Program Major 1+2+1 - Defiance College - Defiance, Ohio

Nursing 1+2+1

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Nursing 1+2+1

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree was developed at Defiance College in response to the community identifying the need for baccalaureate prepared nurses. The BSN offers expanded career options for persons in the nursing field by combining technical aspects of nursing with the leadership skills necessary in today’s dynamic healthcare environment. Students at DC have the best of two worlds: outstanding liberal arts and advanced nursing education at Defiance College with top-quality technical education at Northwest State Community College (NSCC).

In DC’s 1+2+1 nursing program, we offer the BSN degree in partnership with NSCC. NSCC is located 14 miles from Defiance College’s campus. The first year is taken at DC. As a freshman, students get the full college experience at Defiance College. Courses taken as a freshman will include pre-professional and liberal arts requirements. During this year, students are required to take the nursing PAX pre-admission exam to be eligible to attend NSCC.

NSCC reserves a limited number of seats for Defiance College students. Those who attain admission complete the associate degree in nursing at NSCC during their sophomore and junior years. During this period, students continue to be DC students and are able to participate in activities and access college resources.

After completing the RN degree requirements, successfully passing the NCLEX-RN Exam, and demonstrating good academic standing at 2.5 GPA or above, the student will return to DC for their senior year. In this year, they complete the advanced major nursing courses and any other credits needed to fulfill the 120 total credit hours needed for their BSN degree.

Students will work closely with DC faculty to develop critical thinking and decision making skills that will help them work effectively in interpersonal and group situations. Along with incorporating quality and safety practice standards within our curriculum, graduates will have the ability to provide safe, patient-centered and evidence-based care, be effective in a team and collaborative setting, promote quality improvement, and work in a digital informatics world.

Defiance College understands the compassion, intelligence, and skill it takes to be a nurse. Join the nursing program and prepare to care. 

Admission Requirements  |  Sample Course Schedule 

1+2+1 Student Handbook (PDF)  |  RN to BSN Student Handbook (PDF)  |  RN to BSN Preceptor Guide (PDF)


Benefits of the Program

Related Programs

Nursing RN to BSN Completion

The Defiance College RN to BSN completion program is designed for associate degree- or diploma-prepared nurses who have graduated from an accredited nursing program, have a current and unencumbered Ohio RN licensure, and wish to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The program builds on the experiences of the Registered Nurse through advanced nursing and liberal arts courses designed to prepare you for leadership positions, advancement into other health care opportunities, and the challenges of today’s ever-changing health care needs of individuals and communities.


Defiance College is willing to accept minor interests. Any interests should be discussed with the Director of Nursing.

Nursing 1+2+1
After College — What’s Next?

Many opportunities are available to those holding a BSN. They include but are not limited to:

Nursing management and leadership positions, staff nursing, community health nursing, physicians offices, case manager positions, and clinical nursing

Graduate school is another option after obtaining a BSN to continue education and move into another career such as: advanced practice nurse, nursing educator, nurse anesthesiologist, forensic nurse, or areas such as genetic research and informatics.



At Defiance College, the Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. Defiance College has received authorization from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Northwest State Community College is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. (NLN contact: 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000; fax: 404-975-5020).

Student Quotes

"Nursing school at NSCC is extremely challenging, but at the end of the program the hard work will be well worth it. I have found that studying is extremely important, but it is also important to take time for yourself. Hard work and determination are key in being successful. If you want a challenge and a degree in a rewarding field, the 1+2+1 program with Defiance College and NSCC is the perfect fit. It prepares you for the future and will help make you an excellent nurse."
--Nikki Schroeder, Sophomore


"The 1+2+1 nursing program at Defiance College and Northwest State Community College has given me the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and attributes it takes to become a successful nurse. I feel my education has prepared me to excel as a Registered Nurse in the health care field and I look forward to using my degree towards a career of providing quality patient care."
--Rebecca Kain, Senior


Cheryl Hinojosa, MSN, RN, CNM
Assistant Professor of Practice of Nursing
Director of Nursing
Phone: 419-783-2448

Kristen Stelzer
, Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs, 
may be an additional resource at 419-783-2551 or