April 23, 2019

A celebration of The Ohio State University that is 150 years in the making includes a new scholarship program designed to develop current students into future leaders.

February 01, 2019

Ohio State University is working to address the supply and demand issue through the launch of a “Path2BSN” community college option. The program was designed to help boost the proportion of nurses with a bachelor’s degree in Central Ohio.

Path2BSN allows students from seven Central Ohio community colleges – including Columbus State – to transfer seamlessly into Ohio State’s online registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing program, saving them money and time, said Wendy Bowles, assistant professor of clinical nursing in the College of Nursing.

“It’s critically important that we continue to provide high-quality educational opportunities to our nursing students so they’re prepared to enter the nursing field and practice at the top of their license,” she said. “This is why we’ve developed partnerships like our Path2BSN community college option. This pathway creates another opportunity for students to obtain their (bachelor’s degree) in a timely and affordable manner. It’s also a testament to the collaborative nature of educational institutions across Central Ohio looking to address the demand for nurses in the area.”

Enrollment in Ohio State’s bachelor of science in nursing program has remained steady over the past five years: there were 166 students in 2014, 165 the next three years and 167 in 2018. The registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing program has grown from 121 in 2016-17 to 168 in 2018-19.

Ohio State plans to continue to work to diversify its nursing student population through several initiatives. The Summer Institute for Future Nurses is a three-day experience where students get an inside look at the life of a nursing student, including interaction with state-of-the-art patient simulators. It’s open to all students but targeted to underrepresented groups like men.

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.

August 01, 2018

The National League of Nursing (NLN) announced it has named The Ohio State University College of Nursing an NLN Center of Excellence (COE). The college will be formally recognized during the Honors Convocation at the 2018 NLN Education Summit, on Friday, Sept. 14. Fifteen other nursing programs nationwide, across the academic spectrum of higher education in nursing and leading teaching hospitals and clinical sites, shared the distinction of being named NLN Centers of Excellence this year.

“This continuing designation recognizes our excellence in creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development,” said Cindy AndersonPhD, RN, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for academic affairs and educational innovation and associate professor at the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at the College of Nursing. “The recognition is based on exceptional outcomes in socializing students to new roles, professional involvement, commitment to lifelong learning and creativity. Our innovative program design and curricula prepare graduates to LIVE WELL and to engage in high quality evidence-based practice and conduct cutting-edge research needed for the future of health and healthcare. Our exceptional faculty lead these efforts that make real differences for students and the individuals, families and communities they serve.” 

The LIVE WELL (teaching students to Lead, Innovate, Vision, Execute and be Wellness-focused, Evidence-based, Life-long learners, and Lights for the world) philosophy at the College of Nursing, Anderson said, guides the full complement of academic programs, supporting faculty in providing a learning environment that teaches students how to dream, discover and deliver.

"Congratulations to these exceptional institutions who comprise the 2018 class of NLN Centers of Excellence," said NLN President G. Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, FAAN, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion/chief diversity officer and professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. "The individuals behind this label, the faculty, deans and administrators, deserve our deepest gratitude for creating and sustaining educational excellence in nursing. COE faculty and staff bear a responsibility to share their experience, knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of everyone in nursing education."

"Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community," NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, said.

Each year since 2004, the NLN invites nursing schools to apply to become a COE in Nursing Education institution based on their ability to demonstrate in measurable terms sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research or student learning and professional development.

For more information, click here.

About the National League for Nursing
Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

March 26, 2018

Open house planned for April 2, 2018

Ohio State Lima students, employees and dependents will now have access to onsite healthcare in the Student Services Center on campus through the Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima health center, utilizing telehealth equipment connected to the Columbus campus.

The media and interested community members are welcome to an open house to celebrate the grand opening from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Monday, April 2, 2018. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and short program will be held at 11 a.m. in the west end of the Student Services Center. Jessica Campbell, RN, will be onsite to answer questions, and the telehealth equipment will be available for demonstrations.

“Onsite healthcare adds another dimension of health and wellness to the Ohio State Lima campus,” said Interim Dean and Director Joseph Brandesky. “Our students and employees now come from more than half of the 88 counties in Ohio. Some of them drive long distances or those living near campus are a fair distance from their primary healthcare providers. The facility provides a means for them to address day-to-day health concerns.” 

With Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima, the Ohio State College of Nursing will offer a nurse-practitioner-led comprehensive primary-care practice as part of a pilot program that takes a telehealth approach to health and wellness. 

“We are so excited to bring primary-care health services to Lima through our nurse practitioner-led facility,” said Ohio State College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, who also serves Ohio State as vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer. “Our team approach to care benefits patients in many ways by focusing treatment on the whole person.”

Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima offers an interprofessional team approach to integrated physical and mental healthcare for students, employees and their dependents. A registered nurse will be available on-site and a certified nurse practitioner will be accessible through a remote telecommunications system. 

“Offering telehealth services gives us a wonderful opportunity to extend our primary care services and provide that team approach to healthcare,” said Candy Rinehart, DNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, executive director of Advanced Practice and Community Partnership, nurse practitioner and director of Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Ohio State Hospitals East. “In addition to family nurse practitioners, we can access mental health nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, social workers and other providers to support total patient care. Exams and conversations will take place in real time, with our registered nurse serving as our hands in the clinic, and the nurse practitioner in Columbus providing direction for both the exam and treatment.”

The new facility will be located in the west end of the Student Services Center. Renovations to a conference room have resulted in space for an examining room, office and storage area. The state-of-the-art telehealth equipment will allow the nurse practitioner and the patient to interact much like they would in person. What the onsite registered nurse sees as she conducts an exam in Lima is instantly available to the nurse practitioner in Columbus.

Ohio State Total Health and Wellness at Lima will be open 15 hours a week. Services will include health and wellness screenings, education and vaccines, physical exams, evidence-based management of new health problems or complaints, contraception counseling and management, integration of mental health services to complement Ohio State Lima’s Counseling and Consultation Services and healthy lifestyle programs. Patients are seen by appointment only. Please call (567) 242-6546 to schedule a visit.

Ohio State Lima is the first regional campus to offer telehealth through the three-year pilot program funded and administered through the College of Nursing. Future plans call for Ohio State Total Health and Wellness facilities using telehealth technology at all of Ohio State’s regional campuses.


March 10, 2018

The Ohio State University College of Nursing master’s program jumped 10 spots, landing in the top 25 in rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.

The college moved to 22nd in the rankings, putting it in the top five percent of nursing programs in the country. Rankings were based on quality assessment by deans and graduate studies deans at nursing schools, student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources and research activity. Previous rankings were based solely on peer assessment.

“Our new ranking provides evidence of the exemplary education that we provide in our college,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “Our world-class innovative faculty equip our students with the highest level of skills to transform lives and the future of healthcare.”

Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the College of Nursing in the top 10 for master’s and undergraduate online education.

The mission of the College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

Full details of the U.S. News rankings and methodologies are available here.

January 16, 2018

For the first time, The Ohio State University College of Nursing ranked in the nation's top 10 for master’s and undergraduate online education, according to 2015 rankings by U.S. News and World Report, announced today.

Ohio State’s online master’s programs in nursing jumped to sixth in the nation for 2015, from 32nd in 2014 and 47th in 2013. Rankings were based on student engagement, faculty credentials and training, peer reputation, student services and technology and admissions selectivity.

Ohio State also ranked eighth for online bachelor’s degree programs, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program.

“We are delighted that our outstanding and innovative faculty, staff and curricula have been recognized among the very best in the nation,” said Dean Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN. “At the College of Nursing, our online students receive the same high-caliber education as students on campus. They graduate from our programs with superb knowledge and skills to promote health and transform healthcare.”

The College of Nursing started the full-time online program in 2010 after receiving competitive federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Workforce for the development of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner online programs.

The mission of the Ohio State College of Nursing is to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. More information is available at nursing.osu.edu.

Full details of the U.S. News rankings and methodologies are available at http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/nursing/rankings?int=a4f009.