Reach the Highest Levels of Expertise in Nursing and Healthcare

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Earn a degree or certificate online from a top nursing college and advance your healthcare career.

Elevate your nursing practice to deliver the highest levels of patient care, or grow your clinical expertise in a new setting. The Ohio State University College of Nursing offers flexible online degrees and certificates for nurses and healthcare professionals from RNs to post-master's students and beyond. 

Advance your career as a family nurse practitioner, or tailor your expertise to become a school nurse or nurse educator. Our top online nursing programs may prepare students to seek board certification or licensure. See each description for more details.

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Undergraduate Program

Gain the academic foundation to succeed in the field from the #1 undergraduate nursing program in the nation.

RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is ranked the best online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the country. Graduates of the online RN to BSN program will be prepared to work in a variety of healthcare settings and have the foundation to pursue graduate degrees in nursing.

Graduate Programs

Grow your expertise in nursing, healthcare or clinical research with a graduate degree from the College of Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing

Ohio State’s online Master of Science in Nursing is ranked #4 nationally and #2 among public institutions. Advance your practice at the graduate level and prepare to become certified as a family nurse practitioner, a psychiatric nurse practitioner or clinical nurse leader.

Master of Healthcare Innovation

The Master of Healthcare Innovation (MHI) program will prepare students to innovate solutions and lead change within any healthcare organization. By taking courses in healthcare policy, administration and innovative leadership, you'll grow as a leader and advance your career in healthcare.

Master of Clinical Research

The Master of Clinical Research online program's coursework will prepare students to become effective research coordinators or regulatory compliance specialists. This online graduate program is strengthened by a multidisciplinary curriculum taught by faculty across the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine and Nursing.

Doctor in Nursing Practice

With the Doctor of Nursing Practice, students will be prepared to achieve the one goal that resides at the very core of nursing – improved patient outcomes. The online DNP program offers two pathways to the doctoral degree.

  1. BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway
  2. Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice pathway
     
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Certificate Programs

Specialize your skills in the healthcare field with an online certificate. Many certificates prepare students to seek board certification or licensure. See each description for details.

Registered Nurses in Primary Care

The Registered Nurses in Primary Care Certificate prepares Ohio RNs to practice to the full scope of their license in community-based primary care interprofessional teams. This online nursing program is designed to enhance the role of the registered nurse in episodic and preventative care, triage, documentation of health status, chronic disease management — including mental health and substance use disorders — hospital transition management, delegated care for illness, health coaching, supervision of other staff, quality improvement and leadership.

Nursing in School Health Services

The Nursing in School Health Services Certificate will expand your understanding of school health services in order to promote health and wellness in children grades K-12. While this online nursing program does not lead to school nurse licensure, the certificate can prepare nurses to administer school health services and update their understanding of contemporary issues in school nursing today.

If you are an Ohio RN interested in earning an Ohio Department of Education school nurse license, consider our other certificate for school nurses — the School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate

School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure

If you are an Ohio RN interested in earning your Ohio school nurse certification online, consider the School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate. You'll learn how to provide healthcare to children in the school setting, while expanding your knowledge and skills in promoting school health and wellness as a licensed school nurseCompletion of this certificate can lead to eligibility for the Ohio Department of Education School Nurse Professional Pupil Services License.

If you live outside Ohio and want to learn more about nursing in school health services, consider our other certificate — the Nursing in School Health Services Certificate, which does not lead to licensure or require a bachelor's degree

Nurse Coaching

The Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate educates registered nurses in the emerging science of behavior change to support patients in meeting treatment regimens and implementing lifestyle change. The coursework prepares students to seek nurse coaching certification.

Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator Certificate prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed to become a nurse educator. For nurses with master’s or doctoral preparation, these graduate-level courses contribute to your eligibility to take the national certification exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

School Nurse Wellness Coordinator

The School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate is designed to prepare Ohio school nurses to provide leadership and coordination for the wellness of students and their families, school staff, and the community at-large. Successful completion of the program will result in eligibility for endorsement through the Ohio Department of Education as a School Nurse Wellness Coordinator.

Health and Wellness Coaching

The Health and Wellness Coaching Graduate Certificate prepares you to use health coaching strategies to support holistic health promotion and lifestyle behavior change for your patients and clients. RNs interested in health coaching may apply for the Nurse Coaching Graduate Certificate.