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:

  • Articulate a Wesleyan theology of missions as distilled from the Old and New Testaments.
  • Understand the uniqueness of Christianity among the religions of the world and its transforming influence within culture, society and individuals.
  • 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/Confirm one's role in the task of world evangelism.


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.

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

Elective History Elective 3 credits

LA101 English Composition I 3 credits

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 credits

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.

MI109 Mission Field Experience I 1 credit

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.

MI347 Cross-Cultural Communication 3 credits

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.

NT102 New Testament Survey 3 credits

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.

OT101 Old Testament Survey 3 credits

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.

PH302 Ethics 3 credits

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.

PS100 Student Success 1 credit

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.

PS102 General Psychology 3 credits

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.

SI131 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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.

SO100 Worldviews 3 credits

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.

SO101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

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

SO211 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits

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

RELIGION - 21 Credits

In addition to the specific courses listed below, three (3) hours of Bible Electives are required.

CM202 Personal Evangelism 2 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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 credits

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.

TH404 Theology Capstone for Religion Majors 2 credits

The doctrine of entire sanctification is considered in the light of Scripture and other theological schools of thought. Various views in the Wesleyan position are studied. Formerly known as Sanctification Seminar.

TH201 Basic Christian Beliefs
TH401 Systematic Theology I
TH402 Systematic Theology II
Graduating Seniors Only.

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.

Leadership Series

MG206 Leadership Forum I 0 credits

The Leadership Forum is held every year in April. The Leadership Forum brings in accomplished business and leadership experts from around the country. The Forum is designed to give students an opportunity to be exposed to leadership principles, shared experiences, and how a Christian worldview is applied to the business world, as well as any leadership role. Students are required to attend at least two roundtables during their college career in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.

CM207 Toler Leadership Institute 0 credits

The Toler Leadership Institute provides proven practical leadership tools for ministerial students by conducting two on-campus events each year and by conducting workshops on various subjects designed to help develop leaders for the next generation.

Learning Community Meetings

CM101 Learning Community Meetings 0 credits

The Religion Department holds a Learning Community Meeting at the beginning of each academic year. The goal of the meeting is to allow students to interact with others in their learning community (faculty and peers), learn of upcoming department events, and ask questions. It also allows Religion Faculty and returning to students to welcome new members into the learning community, helping them to become oriented to their programs, meet their faculty advisors, and learn about the various learning, career and networking opportunities that they will have over the course of their time in their programs.

Offered every fall.

Students must complete two of these.

Professional Development Series

CM107 Connection Corner 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of Connection Days. The purpose of Connection Day is to connect students with successful practitioners in the field of ministry. Students will have the opportunity to interact with practitioners in chapel, classes, and at Connection Corner which is an evening meal and time of Q & A.

Offered every semester.


CM208 Theology Roundtable 0 credits

The Religion Department hosts a number of roundtable discussions over various theological topics. The goal is to prepare students to critically think through theological issues and to learn to speak to those issues clearly and effectively.

Offered every semester.

Students must complete one of these.

MG330 Career Development Seminar 0 credits

The Career Development Seminar is a practicum designed to assist and give the student practical strategies and skills related to career searches, preparing for job interviews, resumé preparation, networking, and developing a career portfolio. Special emphasis will be given to developing career goals and plans. The seminar will be held 6 times every other fall semester. Students must complete 4 of the 6 sessions in one semester to receive pass/fail credit for this seminar.

Students must complete two of these.