male nursing student with a stethoscope around his neck and a clipboard in his hands

In our 1+2+1 nursing program, we offer the
BSN degree in partnership with Northwest
State Community College (located 14 miles
from our campus) and Rhodes State College
(located 50 miles from our campus). Those
who attain admission complete the associate
degree in nursing at NSCC/RSC during their
sophomore and junior years.

View a sample course schedule here.

As a freshman, students get the full college
experience on the DC campus. In this year,
students are required to take the nursing
PAX pre-admission exam to be eligible to
attend NSCC/RSC. NSCC/RSC reserves a
limited number of seats for Defiance
College students.

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 to complete their BSN.

1+2+1 Admission Requirements  |  1+2+1 Student Handbook (PDF)


DC offers a standalone completion program designed for associate degree or diploma nurses who graduated from an accredited nursing program and have current active RN licensure.

Learn about our 100%-online RN-to-BSN program!


At Defiance College, the baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001; phone: 202-887-6791.

The associate degree nursing programs at Northwest State Community Collegeand Rhodes State College are 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).


Blanchard Valley Health System
Defiance College
Northwest State Community College
Parkview Physician Group
St. Rita's Medical Center
Wood County Hospital

Colleges of Distinction: Nursing Program


Heidi DeSota, DNP, RN