The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health

The future of nursing at OCU

Because the profession of nursing is the largest segment of the nation’s health care workforce, nurses are a key player in leading change and advancing the health of our country. In 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a non-governmental advisor to the nation to improve health, appointed a committee to prepare recommendations as a diagram for transforming the profession of nursing. In October 2010, the committee issued a landmark report on The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. A brief summary of the report reveals four key recommendations to be considered by the nursing profession as it defines its role in the changing health care system of America.

Ohio Christian University’s Nursing Program has responded to the IOM recommendation that “nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved educational system that promotes seamless academic progression.” OCU’s RN to BSN program is designed to be a convenient, affordable, and a transfer-friendly option for nurses who wish to advance their career and earn the BSN degree.  Because OCU places value on higher education, the Nursing program curriculum is intended to prepare the students for graduate studies.

Fully accredited, the RN-BSN program offers courses entirely online in an asynchronous format or onsite in a once-a-week classroom format, taught by experienced nursing educators with selected clinical practice expertise. Program distinctives include credit for prior learning, professional practice model, servant leadership, Christian worldview, and demonstrated learning.

 BSN cohorts have already started in Circleville, Lancaster, and online, and new groups are forming now. To request more information or apply for an upcoming cohort at one of our 14 locations or online, call 1-855-OCU-GRAD1-855-OCU-GRAD or visit

OCU is hosting a BSN information session in Circleville on Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at 587 Lancaster Pike. Call 1-740-412-03211-740-412-0321 for more information.