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Nursing

WANT TO SERVE ON THE FRONT LINES OF HEALTH CARE? BECOME A NURSE. NURSES WORK DIRECTLY WITH PATIENTS EVERY DAY, RESTORING THEIR BODIES AND SPIRITS THROUGH COMPASSIONATE CAREGIVING.

SERVE ON THE FRONT LINE

ONU offers an exceptional education to prepare you to become an outstanding nurse. Our program combines rigorous coursework with hands-on learning in the lab and during clinical experiences. You’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to communicate, problem-solve, collaborate and lead in today’s changing health care environment. ONU’s Nursing program is accredited by CCNE, Ohio Board of Nursing and Ohio Board of Regents.

For academically prepared students, our nursing program provides direct-admission as a freshman nursing major. This means you can concentrate on your program the moment you step on campus, eliminating stress and competition so you can focus on learning and collaboration. Your sophomore year, you’ll be in the lab working with professors and lab instructors using the latest equipment and simulation technologies. 

You’ll also begin clinical rotations your sophomore year. You’ll spend many hours in the clinical setting (840 total) working side-by-side with skilled professionals. Our goal is to expose you to a wide range of situations and health care settings. You will build skills and confidence in all areas of nursing practice.

Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and lasting friendships. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, labs, clinical rotations, and post-graduate or career preparations. 

Upon graduation from ONU’s nursing program, you’ll have the confidence and preparation to successfully care for different populations.

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Curriculum

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Minor
Preprofessional Program
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Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

NORTHERN NURSES

Want to get involved with helping those less fortunate? Join Northern Nursing Without Borders! This unique program works to plan, design, aid and implement projects related to healthcare disciplines in underserved populations. Nursing students are involved in the program at every level and collaborate with other organizations both within and outside of Ohio Northern to ensure project success and/or benefit those served. A true win-win for patients and students. 

GET INVOLVED

Join a professional organization and you’ll meet new people and learn about opportunities in your field and meet new people. Students in ONU’s chapter of the National Student Nurses Association, for example, travel to regional meetings and advocate for the nursing profession. There are dozens of student organizations and honorary societies – geared toward many different interests – active on campus.



Kimberly Reid

THINK SUCCESS

KIMBERLY REID BSN WITH A MAJOR IN NURSING ’14

Whether it’s becoming a bedside nurse, pursuing research or becoming a nurse practitioner, ONU will get you there. The amount of resources at ONU is infinite, and your professors will become the best mentors you could ask for. When it comes down to it, they care about you and they know the potential your future holds.

Kimberly Reid majored in nursing because of her love for science and her longing to help people. At ONU, she became involved in the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and she went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. These experiences cemented her passion to make a difference. After graduating, she worked at Cleveland Clinic before deciding to pursue a doctorate in nursing (DNP) at Ohio State University. She accepted a position on the acute leukemia unit at the James Cancer Center, and she currently is working to become a family nurse practitioner. “Nursing is challenging, empowering and, at times, even scary. But it will fill you with joy and satisfaction to know that you are making a difference. You are not only helping to save someone’s life with your knowledge, but you are giving them hope and a future.”

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • We’ve been recognized as one of the “Great Schools for Nursing Majors” in The Princeton Review’s since 2013.
  • In the past five years, our nursing graduates have consistently achieved a 95.4 percent passage rate (above the national average) on the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination) – the national licensing exam for registered nurses.
  • In the past five years, 93 percent of our nursing majors found full-time employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Average starting salary ranges from $49,556-$64,500.
  • Our nursing graduates have entered some of the nation’s finest graduate programs, including Lourdes University, Ohio State University, Otterbein, Duke University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, Northeastern University and the University of Cincinnati.

COURSES

You will need 120 credit hours to earn a BS in Nursing. Examples of courses that you will take include:

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Biology
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Medical Terminology
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Nursing Research
  • Medical Surgical Nursing
  • Case of the Child and Family
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Case of the Older Adult
  • Pathophysiology Professional Concepts Leadership and Management
  •  Senior Capstone

WHERE COULD YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

  • Staff nurse
  • Emergency nurse 
  • ICU nurse 
  • Nurse manager/director
  • Pediatric Nurse  
  • Travel nurse 
  • Nursing Education 
  • Graduate school

ALUMNI SUCCESS

Several of our recent nursing grads have gone on to work in teaching hospitals such as: Cleveland Clinic, Ohio State University Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospitals.

Department of Nursing

Melissa Keifer

419-772-3944
nursing@onu.edu
Mathile 124
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed