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 here.

January 09, 2018

U.S. News & World Report ranks nursing graduate programs in the top three for 2017

The Ohio State University’s online degree programs have been named among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its 2017 rankings.

The College of Nursing online graduate programs ranked third (up from fourth in 2016) and Ohio State’s online bachelor’s degree offerings are ranked eighth by the publication. Also ranked are the university’s graduate engineering programs, which ranked 18th.

Online courses offer flexibility for students – especially students who work – and are gaining popularity. Ohio State offers 15 online degree programs and is dedicated to building an eLearning portfolio that makes the university a national leader.

The College of Nursing offers three online nursing degrees and two multidisciplinary programs. “We are proud to have our exceptional programs recognized by U.S. News, demonstrating that our world-class, caring faculty provide outstanding student education, support and evidence-based curricula online just as they do for our students on campus,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing and chief wellness officer for Ohio State. “At the College of Nursing, we mentor our students to dream big and have the confidence and skills to lead through personal wellness that transforms healthcare and improves patient outcomes through best practice.”

Ohio State online programs are available in most states. Degrees available in the College of Nursing include RN to BSN and MS in nursingdoctor of nursing practice (DNP)master of healthcare innovation (MHI) and master of clinical research (MCR).

January 09, 2018

U.S. News names online bachelor’s programs, including RN to BSN, No. 1 in the country, and nursing graduate programs No. 2 for 2018


The Ohio State University’s online degree programs are among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings.


Ohio State is first in the nation out of 357 for its online bachelor’s degree offerings, which includes the College of Nursing’s RN to BSN program. Additionally, the College of Nursing’s online graduate programs ranked second on the list of 159 programs.


Online courses offer flexibility for students – especially those who work – and are gaining popularity. Ohio State currently offers 19 online degree programs and is committed to building an eLearning portfolio that provides engaging, high-quality learning.


“We are incredibly proud to have our exceptional online graduate programs ranked second in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and to be the number one ranked public College of Nursing on this year’s list,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College of Nursing, vice president for health promotion and chief wellness officer for Ohio State. “This recognition demonstrates that our world-class, caring faculty [members] provide students with outstanding education, support and evidence-based curricula online, just as they do for our students on campus. We provide our students with terrific mentorship and the inspiration to dream, deliver and discover transformative change in healthcare locally to globally, while instilling the confidence and evidence-based practice skills they need to lead, improve patients’ lives and enhance their health and wellness outcomes.”


Ohio State’s online programs are available to students living in most states. Degrees available online in the College of Nursing include: the RN to BSN and MS in nursing, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP)the master of healthcare innovation (MHI) and the master of applied clinical and preclinical research (MACPR).  



Contact: Lainie Bradshaw, 614-688-1062, Bradshaw.162@osu.edu


December 14, 2017

The Center for Advancement of Science In Space (CASIS), which manages the International Space Station United States National Laboratory, will partner with the Innovation Studio to issue an innovation challenge on Jan. 8, 2018. This unique challenge, issued only to The Ohio State University, asks students, faculty and staff to pitch ideas to develop a product, service or solution with social impact that utilizes the International Space Station. Astronaut Greg Johnson, president and executive director of CASIS, will be in attendance to officially propose CASIS’s challenge at a reception on Jan. 8 at noon in the Dreese Laboratories building. The Innovation Studio will be in residence (Jan. 8–Feb. 21) at the College of Engineering in the Dreese Laboratories building. 

Submissions to the challenge need to be turned in by Feb. 14 to pitch on Feb. 21. “The Innovation Studio reviews submissions from across the innovation spectrum. From back-of-napkin concepts to working prototypes, we engage with interprofessional teams to help them turn their ideas into actions,” says Tim Raderstorf, MSN, RN, chief innovation officer of the College of Nursing, which created the Innovation Studio. Top teams may be eligible to send their innovations to the International Space Station for testing.

CASIS plans to present a webinar to discuss how research on the International Space Station can be used to search for new answers and solutions to problems facing our planet. Space research provides unique conditions not found on Earth including a microgravity environment, extreme conditions and a unique vantage point. Teams of two or more Ohio State students, faculty or staff from different disciplines may also be eligible for seed funding to further incubate their innovation.

The Innovation Studio is a moveable maker space that travels from college to college across campus, created by the College of Nursing to foster interprofessional collaboration and healthcare innovation. It houses an array of tools and provides project mentors, daily technical support and workshops on product development. For more information about the Innovation Studio and the CASIS challenge, see the Innovation Studio's webpage, or contact Tim Raderstorf at Raderstorf.3@osu.edu.

August 16, 2017

The Ohio State University Total Health and Wellness Center at University Hospital East has qualified to provide expanded primary-care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay after receiving a significant federal designation.

The Total Health and Wellness Center (THW), established in late 2012 as Ohio State’s first health practice to be run entirely by nurses, has been awarded Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alike status by the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Primary Health Care. Under this designation, THW is recognized as an organization that provides high-quality preventive and primary healthcare to patients regardless of their ability to pay. 

With Look-Alike designation, THW will receive increased reimbursements, improve access to qualified healthcare providers and develop a pharmacy with reduced pricing on prescription and non-prescription medications for patients. 

“We are very dedicated to continuing to provide critically needed comprehensive primary-care services to optimize health and well-being in our community,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion and dean of the College of Nursing. “Our team approach to care is led by nurse practitioners and includes interprofessional health professionals who are dedicated to providing the best evidence-based physical and mental healthcare.”

THW is located at University Hospital East and operated by The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Led by Director Candy Rinehart, DNP, FNP, ADM-BC, FAANP, the center offers a distinctive nurse practitioner-led comprehensive primary-care practice with a multidisciplinary team providing an evidence-based approach to integrated physical and mental healthcare for people across the lifespan. The staff at the center is composed of family nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners and mental health counselors, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers, as well as nursing and other health science students. 

“The Total Health and Wellness Center provides timely access to comprehensive healthcare for our local community for both prevention and chronic-disease care,” said THW Board President Carolyn Slack. “The community’s response has been exciting, and the practice is growing, primarily by word of mouth. The center and Ohio State are strong assets that our community trusts.”

THW serves neighboring communities in Columbus and Franklin County, including patients covered by commercial insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and the uninsured. Services include: 

  • family practice care to individuals of all ages, including children and adolescents
  • health and wellness screening and education
  • management of new health concerns
  • care and ongoing management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart failure and others
  • routine physical exams, health and wellness screenings and vaccines
  • basic women’s services, including pap smears and birth control, as well as plans to soon provide prenatal care
  • health education to help reach optimal wellness
  • mental health counseling and evidence-based programs for conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • healthy lifestyle programs

The THW is the 50th health center in Ohio to receive FQHC designation, which indicates that it meets all of the eligibility requirements of an organization that receives a Public Health Service Section 330 grant, but does not receive grant funding. With this designation, the THW will ensure healthcare for underserved communities and vulnerable populations.

THW has provided nearly 16,000 patient visits since it was established. For more information, visit the Total Health and Wellness webpage.

July 18, 2017

Two PhD candidates in the Ohio State College of Nursing have been awarded Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowships, also known as F31 grants, from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH/NINR).

Randi Bates, a certified nurse practitioner and PhD candidate, has been awarded an F31 grant for her study, “The influence of early life contexts on child self-regulation: A key to lifecourse wellness.” The study deals with identifying chronic or persistent stress in young children, “with contextual markers, behavior (self-regulation), or with a biomeasure (cortisol) in hair,” Bates said. During her PhD studies at Ohio State, Bates also earned her MS in nursing with a focus in family nurse practitioner. She is sponsored for this fellowship by Jodi Ford, PhD, RN, of the College of Nursing; Pamela Salsberry, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the College of Public Health; and Laura Justice, PhD, of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Education and Policy/College of Education and Human Ecology.

Marliese Nist, who holds a BS and MS in nursing from Ohio State, was awarded an F31 for her study, “Inflammatory Mediators of Stress Exposure and Neurodevelopment in Very Preterm Infants.” The objective of this study is to examine the indirect effect of stress exposure on neurodevelopment, mediated by inflammation, a potentially modifiable factor. “The goal is to provide evidence that can be used to improve the long-term outcomes of preterm infants,” Nist said. Nist's sponsors are Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN; Tondi Harrison PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN; and Deborah Steward, PhD, RN, all from the College of Nursing.

Another PhD candidate, Lisa Blair, received an F31 grant in August of 2016, making a total of three PhD Nursing students at Ohio State currently supported by F31 grants. Her sponsors are Cindy Anderson, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, from the College of Nursing.

“Randi and Marliese are carrying on a strong tradition at the [Ohio State] College of Nursing in their successful bids to obtain this highly competitive and prestigious NIH award. As T32 Fellows, they have acquired quite a bit of research training; their new awards provide them further opportunity to develop advanced research skills and knowledge,” said Pickler, PhD Program Director. “These awards are quite an honor for our students and their sponsors as well as the college.”

The NIH awards F31 grants to provide predoctoral students with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas leading toward the research degree. The NIH states that the purpose of the F31 award is “to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.”

March 14, 2017

Rankings are the highest ever achieved in College of Nursing history


The Ohio State University College of Nursing master’s programs and doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program each jumped more than 15 spots to rank fifth in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings, released today. This achievement also ranks the College of Nursing as the No. 1 public college of nursing in the country for master’s programs and No. 2 for DNP.


“When I came to Ohio State five years ago, my charge was to propel the college ahead to be a national leader in nursing education, research and evidence-based practice,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “I’ve encouraged our outstanding faculty and staff to dream big and persist until our dreams come to fruition. The dramatic rise in these rankings demonstrates the power of our collective dreams when combined with excellence and hard work to achieve our goals.”


The ranking from U.S. News places the college’s master’s program in the top 1.7 percent in the nation, and the DNP program in the top 2.6 percent. According to the publication, rankings were calculated using four categories of data: quality assessment by peers, student selectivity and program size, faculty resources and research activity.


“Ohio State is deeply committed to academic excellence, and we are very proud to see our exceptional nursing programs recognized among the country’s top five,” said President Michael V. Drake. “The jump in rankings confirms what we at Ohio State already know – our College of Nursing’s advanced-degree programs are leading the way in shaping the future of outstanding patient care.”


Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the College of Nursing third in the nation for its online graduate programs.  


Nurses are increasingly encouraged to continue their education and earn graduate degrees to enhance their knowledge of emerging research and apply new techniques to improve patient care, safety and outcomes. The College of Nursing offers continuing education that encourages innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to advance leadership skills in the rapidly changing field of healthcare, and it is also home to the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice, which will host an inaugural national summit this October. 


The College of Nursing is conducting cutting-edge research that improves quality of life and health outcomes through its Center for Women, Children & Youth and the Center of Excellence in Critical and Complex Care, with more than 130 faculty members. Nearly 1,900 students are enrolled in the college across bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. In 2016, the college introduced two new degree programs: master of healthcare innovation and bachelor of science in health and wellness innovation in healthcare.


Click here to learn more about the 2018 Best Nursing Schools rankings and methodologies.


Contact: Lainie Bradshaw, 614-688-1062, Bradshaw.162@osu.edu

August 05, 2016

Two faculty members from The Ohio State University College of Nursing have earned one of the highest honors in their field.


Sonia A. Duffy, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, were recently inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI). The two were honored alongside 17 other nurse researchers at STTI’s 27th International Nursing Research Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Created in 2010, the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame recognizes nurse researchers who have achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession and the people it serves.


Duffy is the Mildred E. Newton Professor of Nursing and Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, as well as director of the PhD and MS in nursing science programs. 


Duffy's research interests have focused on health-behavior change among cancer patients, veterans and blue-collar workers. For 16 years, Duffy has tested and refined the Tobacco Tactics intervention across a variety of populations. Recently, she designed and tested the Sun Solutions intervention among blue-collar workers. She is also an expert in implementation and dissemination research.


Pickler’s research on the care of preterm infants spans over 35 years. Her research has improved care provided to preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), particularly feeding care. Building on her research, she is now advancing knowledge and care provision to improve short- and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants who are born preterm.


“This prestigious award is a testimony to the outstanding contributions Drs. Duffy and Pickler have made in their respective areas of research,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Ohio State’s associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Both are so deserving of this esteemed honor.”


The honorees’ research projects will be shared through STTI’s electronic repository, enabling nurses around the globe to benefit from their discoveries and insights.







November 16, 2015

The RN to BSN program at The Ohio State University College of Nursing has been named the nation’s very best, according to recent rankings from TopRNtoBSN.com.

Ohio State’s program was ranked No. 1 overall in the 2016 ranking of the nation’s Top 50 Online RN to BSN Programs. Top RN to BSN only considered schools that are fully accredited by a national nursing accreditation agency. It then ranked programs based on cost, graduation rates (an indicator of whether the school provides a supportive environment to help students graduate) and loan repayment (a rough measure of graduate success in obtaining well-paying, secure jobs). Each of these measures was equally weighted and obtained from publically available sources, including the National Center for Education Statistics, and circulated tuition rates for each school.

“The No. 1 ranking for the RN to BSN program at the College of Nursing is a wonderful acknowledgement of excellence within the program,” said Wendy Bowles, PhD, RN, CPNP, program director and assistant professor.  “Our program is built on faculty innovation in online learning and evidence-based practice. This ranking solidifies the extraordinary education we provide to students who graduate from our program.”

Top RN to BSN is an online information source for current and prospective nursing students, which offers independent information and advice about nursing degree programs and nursing career options. To learn more about the award and view the ranking in its entirety, visit toprntobsn.com/rankings/best-online-rn-bsn.

June 01, 2015

Two organizations dedicated to improving the health of Ohioans are teaming up to target crisis levels of cardiovascular disease in the state.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing and the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) have partnered to expand participation in the Million Hearts® Initiative, a national effort launched in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. In Ohio, heart disease and stroke are the first- and fifth-leading causes of death, respectively, for both men and women, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

“Nurses are well equipped to assume a leadership role in reaching the goal of the Million Hearts initiative,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, CPNP/PMHNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing at Ohio State. “As prevention and health-promotion specialists, nurses are powerfully positioned to aggressively prevent, assess and manage cardiovascular disease risk factors. We are delighted the Ohio Nurses Association is joining us on our quest to prevent heart attacks and strokes in our state and our nation.”

The College of Nursing offers a free online educational module that empowers healthcare professionals to provide cardiovascular community screenings, individualized patient education and referrals for abnormal screenings. As part of the partnership, ONA transformed the modules into free nursing continuing education for its members, for which they may earn up to 3.46 contact hours. The module was first created when the college launched the National Interprofessional Education and Practice Collaborative to Advance Million Hearts, which has resulted in more than 35,000 individuals being screened for and educated on cardiovascular disease throughout Ohio and the nation.

"The Ohio Nurses Association is thrilled to have formed this collaboration with The Ohio State University in an effort to reduce heart attack and stroke in the citizens of Ohio," Lori Chovanak, MN, RN, APRN-BC, CEO of ONA, said. "This collaborative model is the perfect conduit for our nurses to reach out to their communities and provide one-on-one attention to individuals and talk with them about their risk. If every ONA nurse reaches 10 members in their community, Ohio Nurses Association will provide 100,000 Ohioans with a free preventative screening and support for improving their overall health."

A free toolkit is available on ONA’s website to assist ONA, its members and other healthcare professionals in hosting Million Hearts events. It is designed to be a one-stop place for patient-education materials, assessor tools, event-planning tips and more.

After screenings, ONA and its members will provide anonymous data for the Million Hearts database so statewide impact can be tracked. Data to be tracked includes blood pressure, BMI, age and others.

Those interested in adding the free Million Hearts assessments to their community events may contact Molly Ackley at the Ohio Nurses Association at mackley@ohnurses.org. The free health assessments may also be conducted at workplaces as an employee benefit.