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A message from Dean Elizabeth Lenz
The Ohio State University College of Nursing: A tradition of excellence
The College of Nursing offers excellent preparation for leadership in the nursing profession at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Our undergraduate program provides a strong academic and clinical background for entry into professional nursing, as well as leadership preparation at the baccalaureate level for those who are already registered nurses. The faculty of the College of Nursing are known for their outstanding teaching and internationally recognized programs of basic and applied research and their leadership in nursing practice. I encourage you to look at their web pages to learn more about them. You will find a wide range of research projects and publications that address many important aspects of health care and nursing science, including risk reduction in vulnerable populations and the care of patients with acute and chronic illnesses. We are very proud of our commitment to excellence, and in the many accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. Our more than 10,000 alumni provide leadership in all aspects of the nursing profession. Welcome to The Ohio State University College of Nursing.
Today’s nursing professionals find a wide range of opportunities—from neonatal intensive care units and research laboratories to corporate offices and hospice programs. A degree from The Ohio State University College of Nursing prepares our graduates for their many diverse and dynamic career paths. As members of multidisciplinary health care teams, our nursing graduates collaborate with other health care professionals in a variety of settings, from rural practices to organ transplant units. Our nurses are at the forefront of developing programs and delivering care that responds to our profession’s changing needs. As leaders in research and education, our doctoral graduates are defining the future of health care today. The College of Nursing offers diverse academic opportunities so that every student experiences a unique learning path. The college is one of the university’s most advanced units in terms of offering distance learning, and students have the flexibility to work with faculty in shaping their own learning experiences within the framework of the curriculum. Faculty members are teachers, clinical practitioners, and researchers who have national reputations for scholarship. Thanks to its broad networks, the faculty is able to find clinical experiences to meet all students’ needs. Our graduates have consistently scored higher than the national average on the NCLEX licensure exam, which speaks highly of the academic preparation they receive. We also require senior nursing students to take an assessment exam during spring quarter to highlight areas in which they may need additional preparation. Faculty members work with students to strengthen those areas to ensure that they are properly prepared for the NCLEX exam. The College of Nursing shares The Ohio State University’s commitment to excellence and diversity. Faculty, staff and administrators strive to create a welcoming learning environment for students of all backgrounds and work to facilitate their academic, personal and professional success.
Elizabeth R. Lenz, PhD, RN, FAAN Dean, The Ohio State University College of Nursing
Our master’s program
Master of Science
“It was obvious to me that the College of Nursing faculty believed in my potential as a family nurse practitioner and were committed to helping me achieve my goals.” —Sarah DiRamio
The Master of Science is the graduate degree at the master’s level of the College of Nursing. The graduate program in nursing provides a broad range of clinical and classroom-based education with a strong emphasis on patient-centered practice. Several options are available which give students a solid background in theory and foundations of nursing, and expose them to the latest technology and ideas in nursing. By entering our graduate program, you will become a part of one of the nation’s premier research universities. Our students have access to exceptional faculty and research facilities and the support services of a large university, while benefiting from the high degree of personal attention and student interaction usually found in much smaller departments. We encourage you to review the information on our graduate program and the various options available to you as a student in the College of Nursing. The Traditional Master of Science The Traditional MS Program provides an opportunity for students with a baccalaureate degree in nursing to earn a Master of Science in nursing. The Graduate Entry option The Graduate Entry option provides an opportunity for students with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing to earn a Master of Science in nursing. Graduate specialties Graduates of the master’s program are eligible for certification as a Nurse Midwife, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Leader, or Nurse Practitioner in a variety of different specialties. A list of specialty tracks is available on our website at www.nursing.osu.edu/specialties. Graduate minors and specializations There are many opportunities for students to engage in interdisciplinary study through minors and specializations, both with the College of Nursing and the Graduate School. Post-Master’s study option The Post-Master’s study option provides the opportunity for practicing nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing to prepare for advanced specialty certification. Continuing Education The College of Nursing offers two ongoing continuing education programs in pharmacology to meet the needs of advanced practice nurses.
College of Nursing academic overview
The College of Nursing offers excellent preparation for leadership in the nursing profession at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Our undergraduate nursing major provides a strong academic and clinical background for entry into professional nursing, as well as leadership preparation at the baccalaureate level for those who are already registered nurses. The master’s program is designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, or clinical nurse
specialists; and as nursing and health services administrators. At the doctoral level, our PhD program prepares nurse scientists and scholars who are skilled researchers and will advance the knowledge of the discipline. The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program enhances the preparation of leaders for the nursing profession in direct patient care, the mentorship of others in nursing practice, nursing administration, or the crafting of health policy.
The College of Nursing provides the academic foundation that will allow our graduates to keep pace with change as well as to set the pace for the profession. This mission is fulfilled through teaching, research, clinical practice, and service. Nursing education at Ohio State has grown steadily in size and reputation since its first program was created in 1914, yet one characteristic remains constant—a tradition of excellence in pursuing the highest standards of academic preparation.
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