Who is my academic advisor?

Students admitted to the HW major are assigned a designated academic advisor through the College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs and Success. Contact information for the advising staff can be found here.

As a parent of a HW student may I contact the academic advising staff?

Parents are welcome to contact the academic advising staff. However, much of the information pertaining to your child's academic work and progression is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and cannot be discussed with parents without the student's official written consent documentation on file.

Where should I send my AP scores?

Please send AP scores to the following address:

The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
Student Academic Services Building
281 West Lane Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Do I really have to take a Foreign Language Placement Exam?

Although the College of Nursing does not require students to take a foreign language, we encourage students to take the Foreign Language Placement Exam. Depending on the placement score, students may receive elective credit required for graduation.

What if I cannot get into the prerequisite courses?
The academic advisors will assist you in scheduling and help you register for the required classes.
Should I buy my books prior to the start date of the academic year?

You will have your class schedule at the end of orientation; therefore, you will have the appropriate information needed to purchase textbooks. You are welcome to buy books at the campus bookstores or visit online sites at a later time.

How do I apply for the HW major?

HW Online ApplicationYou must apply by July 1 in order to be eligible for admittance in the next academic school year.

What is the decision-making process for acceptance into the HW major?

The faculty will consider your GPA and prerequisite grades when selecting applicants to the program. The faculty will consider a minimum GPA of a 2.75 overall collegiate GPA, and a C or better in the prerequisite coursework.

Where will I do my practicum?

A student’s practicum may take place in a worksite, hospital or clinic, community-based setting, school or healthcare organization. 

What are the employment opportunities for the HW major?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for health promotion is projected to experience above-average growth with an anticipated increase of 16 percent by 2026. This growth is driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. Employment opportunities will vary and may include settings such as a worksite, hospital and clinical health, insurance company, school, healthcare organization or community-based setting. A graduate of the HW major will be considered a health promotion professional upon graduation. Students are also prepared to apply for graduate professional programs.

What is the difference between a health coaching certification and the HW major?

A health coaching certification allows an individual to become a certified health coach, and to coach populations on health topics such as exercise, nutrition, stress management and tobacco cessation. A graduate of the HW program might earn a health coaching certification, other graduates may decide to pursue employment in alternative settings.

What opportunities do I have for certifications?

Certifications with the HW major will vary, depending on the interests and goals of the graduate. Certifications can include health and wellness coaching and nutrition certifications. Students will learn the knowledge in their academic career necessary to take and pass certifications in their area of interest. It is important to note that the H&W major is not a nursing degree; therefore, an individual may not sit for the NCLEX examination, required of all Registered Nurses (RN).

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Courtney Sowul
Courtney Sowul, current student

“This program focuses on wholesome wellness. We look at the entirety of an individual and the problems they face and we help them take steps in the right direction to become a healthier and happier person.”

NBHWC The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching approved training program
This program is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC).