July 31, 2019

Many of the 20 million new students starting college this fall will have to manage their health and well-being on their own for the first time. As families review materials related to classes, meals and housing, The Ohio State University Chief Wellness Officer and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have created a wellness checklist to help students develop a plan to maintain their well-being.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has spotlighted The Ohio State University's efforts to reduce the growing concern of burnout among practicing clinicians and medical, nursing, and health sciences students and trainees.

Ohio State became the first university to be featured by NAM as a role model in wellness and prevention, per College of Nursing spokesperson Phil Saken.

July 31, 2019

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience released a comprehensive and groundbreaking case study today about how The Ohio State University is working to stem the growing epidemic of clinician burnout in healthcare settings.

June 12, 2019

Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, announced that the Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) application process for the 2019-20 academic year is now open.

The NFLP, funded by a grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides funding to eligible doctoral students who are interested in becoming an educator after finishing their terminal degree. The program was created to address the growing shortage of nursing faculty across the country. In exchange for full-time, post-graduation employment as nurse faculty, this program authorizes cancelation of up to 85 percent of loans for a period of four years after graduation. Students who complete additional coursework through the college’s nurse educator certificate while enrolled in their doctoral program will receive distinct consideration.

You can find more details about the program, eligibility and a link to the application on the “Loans” page of the Ohio State University College of Nursing website. The deadline for applications and supporting materials is July 15, 2019.

March 12, 2019

Ohio State’s nursing program encourages its students to study abroad, and some programs even require it. But the students heading to Honduras during spring break are looking forward to more than just an academic experience.

January 15, 2019
U.S. News & World Report recognizes top-tier program to educate outstanding nurses at a time of great need in healthcare

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. News & World Report ranked The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online Master of Science in Nursing program #2 in the country for the second year in a row and #1 among public institutions in new rankings released today. This is the fifth consecutive year that this online master’s in nursing program has ranked in the top 10 overall nationally.

The College of Nursing’s program and those of other institutions across the country were judged on student-faculty engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and education, expert opinion of the quality of the program and student excellence.

“We are delighted and honored that our world-class innovative faculty, staff and curricula have once again been recognized among the very best in the nation, demonstrating the sustained excellence of our online program,” said Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “Our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus and are prepared with superb knowledge and skills to dream, discover and deliver the highest quality of evidence-based care to transform health and improve lives.”

“It’s critically important that we create high-quality online educational opportunities that prepare advanced nursing practice leaders and providers for the future of healthcare,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation at the College of Nursing. “Our online Master of Science in Nursing program prepares students to address current challenges in healthcare and to make a meaningful positive impact in improving health outcomes across the state, nation and globe.”

In 2017-18, the College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing online program educated nearly 180 students in four key disciplines of nursing: psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, neonatal nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner. Among other attributes, the program offers in-state tuition no matter where the student lives, the same high-quality faculty online as on-campus, classes that suit the scheduling needs of working professionals, and special focus on evidence-based practice, personal wellness and clinical experience using technologies, including telehealth.

“I’ve benefited from the diversity of people that I have met in the program, as well as the relationships I’ve built with others in my program and with my professors. The faculty want to see everyone succeed,” said Joann North, an online student in the Clinical Nurse Leader specialization of Ohio State’s traditional Master of Science in Nursing program. “Ohio State helps make the program manageable when you’re working. They understand being in school and working and still trying to have a home life as well. The flexibility makes it easier to have that happen.”

U.S. News & World Report also released new rankings today using similar criteria that cover the best online bachelor’s programs across the university spectrum. The Ohio State University as a whole ranked #3 in the country and #1 in Ohio on that list. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Ohio State was ranked in the top 10 nationally for online bachelor’s offerings. The College of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program constitutes more than half of Ohio State’s online undergraduates.


The College of Nursing is currently hiring for new faculty. You can find job openings in the college by clicking on this link.


By the Numbers

  • History of U.S. News & World Report rankings for The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s online graduate master’s in nursing programs:
    • 2013: #47
    • 2014: #32
    • 2015: #6
    • 2016: #4
    • 2017: #3
    • 2018: #2
    • 2019: #2 (#1 public college of nursing)
  • 2017-18 school year: 176 online students
    • Overall advanced practice certification pass rate: 95%
  • College of Nursing overall numbers:
    • 1020 active undergraduate students, 1040 active graduate students
    • More than 13,000 living alumni spread out among all 50 states and at least 10 countries abroad


Phil Saken, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University

December 05, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Innovation Studio received the 2018 BizTech Award for Outstanding Service from Columbus Business First, the business news and information authority in Central Ohio.

Columbus Business First began the annual BizTech Awards four years ago in order to recognize promising startups, entrepreneurs and innovations in the city. The Innovation Studio was among 21 other businesses and individual entrepreneurs to win an award in one of the nine different categories.

“The Innovation Studio is about people. People are our most valuable technology at Ohio State, and the Innovation Studio affords a new avenue for our students, faculty and staff to converge in solving the big problems that impact our community,” said Tim Raderstorf, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing. “Receiving the BizTech Outstanding Service Award provides the Innovation Studio with a broad platform to connect and collaborate with the community and showcase the value that every technology begins and ends with people.”

An award ceremony to celebrate the winner’s accomplishments was held on Tuesday, December 4 at Vue Columbus in the Brewery District.

Watch our short video to learn more about the Innovation Studio.

December 05, 2018

A parent’s exposure to dirty air before conception might spell heart trouble for the next generation, a new animal study suggests.

November 19, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing’s Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care has been renamed the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care to more accurately reflect the research conducted at the center, which aims to generate evidence that will improve health and care delivery to adults and older adults across settings.

With a mission consistent with that of the College of Nursing, the goal of the center’s work is to improve clinical care and health outcomes through exemplary transdisciplinary research in the areas of aging, self-management, critical and complex care especially within vulnerable populations.

The new center name was sparked by an expanded focus that encompasses research in healthy aging and health promotion. “The change to the center’s name reflects our goals to conduct research that will result in healthier lives, enhance quality of life for those with multiple comorbid conditions and dementia, and prepare the next generation of scholars and scientists who will advance gerontology, self-management science and critical care,” said Dr. Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care.

Research in the Center for Healthy Aging, Self-Management and Complex Care highlights the processes, progression and outcomes of disease recovery in a variety of settings and populations. Center faculty develop and test interventions at the individual-, practitioner-, and organizational levels for disease prevention, health promotion and disease management.

Studies implemented at the center will target Hispanics, Asian Americans, refugees and immigrants, African Americans and Appalachian individuals through diabetes prevention programs, hypertension treatment, stress reduction and self-care strategies.

The center is committed to supporting health and wellness for older adults by advancing the science of prevention, care and recovery from critical and complex conditions; addressing pain and common geriatric syndromes; and addressing effectiveness and risk of treatment and care management strategies especially for those with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

November 02, 2018

The College of Nursing received the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, for the third year in a row.

“The College of Nursing embraces inclusive excellence as a core principle in producing the highest caliber of nurses and leaders. Our differences, shared with respect, dignity and integrity, offer learning opportunities and unlimited potential for mutual understanding, innovation and cooperation. The success of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts across all of the facets of our College, sets our graduates up for success in lifelong, dynamic and responsive service to local, national and global healthcare needs,” wrote Kathy Wright, PhD, RN, CNS, PMHCNS-BC, College of Nursing chief diversity officer and Rachel Choto, MSW, College of Nursing Equity and Inclusion Program manager.

The College of Nursing was among 35 institutions of higher education to receive this year’s HEED Award. The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. health schools and centers and is issued by INSIGHT Into Diversity, an online and print magazine that focuses on the role diversity plays in higher education.

The College of Nursing was eligible to win this award due to its high commitment to diversity and inclusion. Some of the initiatives which promote diversity on our campus include the Summer Institute for Discovering Nursing (SIDN), which strives to increase the number of students in nursing from underrepresented populations and NSPIRE, a student organization that raises public awareness of, and provides education about, healthcare inequities in underserved populations. The College of Nursing also offers a Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare certificate, which incorporates required participation in activities such as volunteering, implicit bias training, watching diversity-related videos and participating in health screenings in vulnerable communities.

As a result of receiving the HEED award, the College of Nursing will be featured in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.