Hiram College

California Students Welcome Here

From hospitals to in-home care, nurses are an essential part of the health care industry. While nursing is one of the largest growing occupations, a shortage of individuals with a bachelor’s degree in nursing still exists in California and other states around the country. This shortage is expected to continue until 2030. Finding the right educational facility is the first step in reaching your goal of becoming a nurse.

Why Hiram?

Hiram College is unlike anywhere else, and each student’s experience is distinct. As a Hiram student, you won’t be just like everyone else. You’ll become a person who can answer tough questions, solve complex problems, and communicate your ideas. You’ll excel in your chosen field of study while acquiring the broad skills you need to make your mark on the world, wherever you’re called to be.

Direct Entry Program

While many colleges and universities, including many of those in California, enroll more students than their program can accept, Hiram College ensures that all qualified students who enroll in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are guaranteed a seat in the program. Our students are never impacted by over enrollment.

To meet the needs of California students pursuing nursing degrees, Hiram has established essential enrollment pathways.


Application Pathways for California Students

California students may pursue a degree at Hiram directly out of high school or as a transfer student. Hiram College’s nursing curriculum provides students with top-notch nursing instruction that combines the best of the sciences, blended with The New Liberal Arts™ and humanities coursework that Hiram excels in … ensuring that nursing graduates are compassionate caregivers – who are clinically competent, ethically grounded and socially and culturally responsible.

High School Applicants

Students who enroll to Hiram directly out of high school will find the application process quick and easy. Hiram’s Nursing recruiter is on hand to assist through the process and students are encouraged to visit campus or take time to view our Virtual Tour to get a better view!

Virtual Tour

Hiram College and the Nursing Program use a holistic review in determining admission. In addition to the general Hiram College admission requirements, it is recommended that students interested for direct admission to the nursing major have:

  • A 2.8 or higher high school GPA
  • An ACT composite score of 22, with a math and scientific reasoning sub-score of 22 or higher, or
  • An SAT combined score of 1000 or higher (combined reading and math)
  • Completion of high school Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra I and II with a grade of “B” or better

*Students that do not meet direct admission criteria may be eligible for admission to Hiram on a modified curriculum to increase student success in the program.

Transfer Applicants

Hiram College accepts transfer credits from most California four-year universities and community colleges. We work with students to develop a personalized transfer plan that fits their needs. Students who have less than twelve credit hours of college coursework are required to submit a high school transcript and scores on the ACT or SAT Assessment.

Courses Hiram generally accepts for credit are those courses in which students have earned a “C” or better and are comparable to courses offered at Hiram.  Transfer students must complete the Hiram Core Requirements and a minimum of 45 semester hours at Hiram to receive a degree.


California Merit Scholarship

Enrolling in a college half-way across the country can be overwhelming, but California students who are ready for an adventure are sure to enjoy Hiram’s beautiful campus and friendly environment. Those students enrolling at Hiram College may also be eligible for the California Merit Scholarship. No special application is needed for the scholarship, but you are encouraged to talk to Hiram’s Nursing recruiter about your eligibility.


Upon completion of the nursing program, students receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree with a minor in Biomedical Humanities. They are eligible to apply to take the national licensing examination (NCLEX-RN) and apply for licensure as a registered nurse. Some states may have additional requirements for licensure eligibility. It is the responsibility of the student to inquire regarding eligibility for the state in which they wish to practice.




The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Hiram College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org) and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing.


There are three ways to apply for the nursing program: