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    Ohio State University offers nurses flexibility with online courses, programs


    Ranked among the top 20 national public universities by U.S. News & World Report’s 2013, “America’s Best Colleges,” Ohio State University (OSU) is the preeminent university in the Buckeye State. Established in 1870, OSU’s main campus in Columbus is considered one of the   largest and most comprehensive in the country featuring 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master’s, doctoral, and professional degree programs. The Ohio State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

    The Ohio State University College of Nursing has been educating nurses since its founding in 1914. Recently, the university was included among the top 50 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report in 2014. The programs of The Ohio State University College of Nursing are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

    Online programs

    Due to the flexibility of OSU’s distance-learning system, degree programs are now able to extend beyond the traditional on-campus classroom. This allows working and traveling professionals, greater flexibility to earn their degree and still being able to meet family and work responsibilities. Students can access all required nursing courses completely online. The clinical nursing courses are tailored to registered nurses’ previous experiences and can be completed near home. Students may choose between full or part-time participation. In addition, to an RN to BSN Program, web-based options include an MS in nursing program with two areas of specialization: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.  Post-masters students may enroll in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, which is taught in a fully online format.  

    RN to BSN

    The OSU College of Nursing provides strong leadership preparation at the baccalaureate level for those who are already registered nurses. This program presents participants with advanced nursing concepts that will prepare them for leadership and managerial roles. Participants use their skills and knowledge to determine the appropriate nursing interventions including health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management. Graduation requires the completion of 120 semester hours including prerequisite courses, general education curriculum courses, and the required nursing core classes. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours must be completed at OSU for degree completion. Credit transfer from other higher education institutions can be used for prerequisite, general education, and nursing coursework. Applicants must have an unrestricted, active RN license; a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher; and an Associate degree in nursing (or diploma in nursing) from a AACN-accredited institution.

    Karin Marcus
    Karin Marcus is a freelance writer living in North Woodmere, New York.


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