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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 online 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
Colleges of Distinction: Nursing Program

  • Small classroom size with more individual attention
  • Four-year baccalaureate degree at an affordable cost
  • Many hospitals are moving toward requiring a BSN degree; therefore, more career choices will be available with a BSN degree
  • Ability to obtain an RN job after junior year and passing RN licensure exam
  • NSCC students’ exceptional first-time pass rates on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) exceed state and national averages
  • Residential experience at Defiance College for students attending NSCC
  • Student activities/sports at Defiance College
  • Pilgrim Library resources and Student Academic Support Services
  • Shadowing experiences are available upon request
  • Opportunities through the McMaster School to do service and research locally or in third world countries

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. Minor courses will not be guaranteed to be available online during senior year. 

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. 

The RN to BSN Completion Program at Defiance College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (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).

More information on the outcomes of our program can be found here.

Student Quotes
"I like the 1+2+1 program because I feel like I am getting the most out of nursing school without paying a huge price. The faculty at Northwest State are all very knowledgeable and motivated to help anyone who needs it. I have spoken with some of my other friends who go to other nursing schools and I realized how much Northwest State nursing really has to offer me and how much I am at an advantage compared to some other nursing schools!"
--Leah Anderson, Sophomore

"The 1+2+1 program is one of a kind. The ability to play collegiate football while studying to become a RN is definitely something that steered me toward Defiance College. The program gives you a great opportunity to meet a ton of new people who want to see you succeed and be the best you can. It is highly demanding, but the time being put in will surely be worth it."
--Cody Brown, Sophomore

"The 1+2+1 program at Defiance College and Northwest State Community College is a roller coaster experience. It is so enjoyable and fun to learn everything the program has to offer. It gives me butterflies when thinking of the opportunities I have been given, and also have yet to be granted. The knowledge and skills that this program has and will provide me with will lead me on the path to become a successful nurse. Not only is my major nursing, but I am also minoring in business, which allows me to see the business side of nursing, and will open more doors for me in the future, as I plan to continue my education after receiving my Bachelor’s. I look forward to learning, growing, and aspiring as both a nursing and a business student at Defiance College and NSCC."
--Arica Castillo, Junior

"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, Senior 

"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

Heidi DeSota
Assistant Professor of Practice of Nursing
Phone:  419-783-2372