BA in Intercultural Ministries: Nursing

Bachelor of Arts
Consortial Program with Ohio University-Chillicothe

Ohio Christian University offers a Nursing program in a consortial agreement with Ohio University-Chillicothe. This program is coordinated for students who plan to combine nursing skills with intercultural ministry work either in North America or overseas.

Students who successfully complete the program are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and the Higher Learning Commission of the NCA, and is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded an Associate of Arts degree from Ohio University-Chillicothe in nursing and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Christian University.

Admittance to this program by Ohio Christian University does not guarantee admittance to the corresponding program at Ohio University-Chillicothe.

Upon admittance to the program by Ohio Christian University it is the responsibility of the student to apply for admittance to Ohio University-Chillicothe and meet all prerequisites for matriculation in the corresponding program at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Academic counselors at Ohio Christian University will assist students with this process.

The curriculum at Ohio Christian University requires cores in Religion and General Education as well as a major area of study. These programs provide the student with the opportunity to concentrate in nursing in a two-year program, and to concentrate in religion in a four-year program. Because the program is a dual-degree program students may need to plan for an additional one or two semesters to complete requirements at both institutions.

In order to receive a recommendation from Ohio Christian University for admission to the Nursing program at Ohio University-Chillicothe, students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 through all course work attempted.

Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in this consortial program should be able to graduate with an associate’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University-Chillicothe prior to completing graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ohio Christian University.


Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Possess a biblically-based Wesleyan theology of missions.
  • Be able to demonstrate the uniqueness of Christianity.
  • Understand the principles of cross-cultural communication and how these dynamics can affect cross-cultural ministry.
  • Experience a significant cross-cultural exchange and exhibit ability to adjust within a culture other than one’s own.
  • Affirm a personal calling to a cross-cultural ministry.


In addition to the specific courses listed below, fifteen (15) hours of General Education Electives must be completed at Ohio University Chillicothe and transferred to OCU.

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 hours

This course includes rational expressions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, radicals and exponents, quadric functions, conic sections, and exponential functions. Students must have foundational knowledge of linear equations and polynomials.

SI122 Beginning Algebra
High School Algebra I

Offered every spring.

SI152 College Algebra 3 hours

This pre-calculus algebra course includes equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, conic sections, sequences, series, and probability.

SI131 Intermediate Algebra
Placement test.

Offered every other fall.

SI141 Statistics & Analysis 3 hours

A course introducing the formation, interpretation, and application of statistics in research studies. Analysis in the fields of business, education, sociology and psychology will be emphasized.

SI131 Intermediate Algebra
Permission of instructor.

SI160 General Chemistry 4 hours

An introduction into the basic concepts of chemistry including the scientific method, metric system, structure of atoms, the periodic table, chemical bonds, mole concept, chemical calculations, states of matter, gas laws, solutions, acids, bases and salts, oxidation/reduction reactions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, nuclear, organic and biological chemistry. The course includes a weekly virtual chemistry laboratory. (Lab fee).

SI131 Intermediate Algebra
Recommended completion of high school algebra or chemistry with a grade of C or above.

LA101 English Composition I 3 hours

This course is an introductory study of composition emphasizing writing as a process (prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing). Assignments in this course will focus on the different styles and uses of argument. Students will gain and refine skills of developing a thesis, organizing content, controlling tone, and expressing ideas in clearly communicated language. In addition, students will conduct library research and incorporate researched material into papers using APA format.

Offered every fall.

LA102 English Composition II 3 hours

This course is an intermediate course designed to extend and refine students’ expository and creative writing experiences. Student writing will reflect university-level writing skills, such as principles of logical/critical thinking and reasoning, effective organization, APA research and documentation, and content-rich development of ideas.

Offered every spring.

MI347 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 hours

This course outlines the principles of communication, describes the challenge of overcoming cross-cultural barriers to communication, presents the techniques and skills used within cross-cultural communication.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology

Offered alternate years.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 hours

A survey and introduction to the Old Testament focusing on the historical, cultural, religious and geographical setting of the ancient Near East as it brings to light the faith of Israel expressed in the Old Testament. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER OLD TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 hours

A general survey course in the New Testament. Special emphasis is on the historical background of the New Testament, the beginning of Christianity and the development of the apostolic church. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL OTHER NEW TESTAMENT COURSES.

Offered annually.

PH302 Ethics 3 hours

An introduction to Logic and Ethics with special attention given to methodologies whereby those disciplines may be applied in Christian ministry. Attention is given to induction and deduction, principles of clean statement and valid reasoning, and fallacies. The moral theories of various philosophical schools are examined and their relationship to the development of a biblical ethic is considered.

Offered every spring.

Elective Fine Arts, Music, Art or Literature Elective 2 hours

Elective History Elective 3 hours

PS100 Student Success 1 hour

Orientation is designed to help the student make adjustments to college life. The course acquaints the student with the library, counseling service, suggestions for study, and various aspects of college life.

Students who transfer to OCU may substitute any general education elective for this course when 30 hours or more of academic work has been completed at another college with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.

Offered each semester.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 hours

Interrelationships and group activity are focused upon, including dyadic groups, primary groups, secondary groups, institutions, and society.

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 hours

A study of the elements of culture and processes of enculturation. Special studies are made of primitive cultures in today’s world. An appreciation for the diversity of man’s way of living and an attempt at objectivity are two indispensable corollaries.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions
SO101 Introduction to Sociology

PS102 General Psychology 3 hours

A comprehensive survey of the field of psychology including a Christian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on theories of psychology and how you can apply what you have learned as a result of an appropriate understanding of a particular psychological foundation.

Offered each spring.

SO100 Worldviews 3 hours

This course introduces the concept of worldview and provides a survey of the plurality worldviews that constitute western culture. Special attention will be paid to the Christian worldview and how competing worldviews both challenge and reinforce it. This course is meant to help students build an internal paradigm through which they can evaluate the bases of value statements in society, pop culture, politics, and religion and to do so from a Christian perspective.

MI109 Mission Field Experience I 1 hour

Students are encouraged to take a 10-21 day mission trip to encounter mission work in other cultures in tasks such as building projects or ministry opportunities. These experiences may include WGM task force teams, local church teams, or other approved individual experiences.

Offered on demand.

RELIGION - 21 Credits

In addition to the specific courses listed below, three (3) hours of Bible Electives are required. These electives should be fulfilled using courses in Bible, such as individual book studies (GB300), Bible seminars (GB400), or courses with NT or OT prefixes.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 hours

Class instruction in scriptural principles and methods in personal witnessing coupled with field experiences in soul winning is employed to equip the student to proclaim Christ on a person-to-person basis.

Offered annually.

GB100 Bible Study Methods 2 hours

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of observation, interpretation, and application in the study of the Bible. A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL BIBLE COURSES 200 AND ABOVE.

Offered annually.

MI100 Introduction to Christian Missions 3 hours

This course is designed to present the biblical and theological foundations upon which missions rests, provide an overview of missions history, promote an understanding of the world’s religions and prepare students to respond to God’s leading in their lives. Prerequisite of all 300 and 400 level MI courses.

Offered annually every semester.

NT202 Gospels 3 hours

Study of the synoptic relationship of the first three Gospels and the major themes and theological features of the fourth Gospel.

NT102 New Testament Survey
GB100 Bible Study Methods

Offered annually.

OT201 Pentateuch 3 hours

A study of the first five books of the Old Testament with special emphasis upon historical backgrounds, beginnings of the Israelite nation, and Hebrew worship. Primary attention is given to outlines, analysis, and exposition of especially important sections.

GB100 Bible Study Methods
OT101 Old Testament Survey

Offered annually.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs 3 hours

A basic course in Bible doctrine with emphasis upon the Scriptural foundations. Includes a study of such doctrines as Man, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, The Holy Life, the Ordinances, and Last Things.

SO100 Worldviews

Offered annually.


Nursing courses and the nursing degree will be from Ohio University-Chillicothe. Please see Ohio University-Chillicothe catalog for admissions requirements and current program requirements. Nursing and related courses transferred from Ohio University-Chillicothe to Ohio Christian University include 71 semester hours.