About the College

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ashland University is committed to advancing interdisciplinary health education and teaching the essential skills to serve a rapidly changing all-encompassing environment. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees for a well-rounded nursing and health sciences education to prepare students for a variety of career objectives, accenting each individual along the way.

Our students had a 91.34% pass rate on the 2022 NCLEX, compared to the state of Ohio average of 75.83%.

nursing students walking down stairs at the College of Nursing

Our Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to educate individuals to become health care professionals who are committed to health-related practice, leadership and service. 


Male nursing student in the lobby of the Schar College of Nursing building

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the premier College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Midwestern United States, educating graduates to serve a global and diverse society.

Ashland University nursing students in lab coats

Clinical Locations

As a nursing student at Ashland University, you’ll participate with clinical sites in diverse settings to apply the knowledge learned in your coursework and simulation experiences. 

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has affiliation agreements with more than 65 clinical agencies, including acute care facilities, community agencies and long-term care agencies. Clinical rotations take place within the state of Ohio. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

Nursing student prepares syringe tray

Choosing CoNHS

Dwight Schar College of Nursing foyer

"I came to Ashland from Oregon because of three things: reputation, cutting-edge technology and affordability. I called multiple hospitals in the surrounding vicinity and the managers who hired Ashland grads told me those nurses were well-trained, professional and intelligent. AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has excellent facilities and I feel very well-trained coming out of the program. It can be extremely expensive to achieve a nursing education, and Ashland has a very reasonable price point—it allowed me to move 2,000 miles from home and afford living expenses while completing the 15-month program.”
– Alex Deppert, 2018 Accelerated BSN graduate

Visits & Events

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences invites you to our College of Nursing & Health Sciences Open House for an in-depth look at Ashland University's programs. You will have the chance to interact with professors and current AU nursing students. You will tour facilities and observe our high-fidelity simulation labs. If you are a Nursing student wanting a personal visit, schedule your Mansfield Nursing Campus visit. Exercise Science, Dietetic, and pre-professional Health Science students can schedule an Ashland Health Sciences campus visit to experience our Rybolt Health Sciences and Recreation Center, Messerly Human Performance, and Food Labs. Register today using the links below!


Ashland University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, is a member of the North Central Association and is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ashland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate nursing program at Ashland University is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN), 17 South High Street, Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43125, 614-466-3947.

The Athletic Training Program at Ashland University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The program has been placed on Probation as of January 12, 2021, by the CAATE, 2001 K Street NW, Third Floor North, Washington, DC 20006.

The Dietetics Program at Ashland University has Candidacy Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASCEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-0040.

Contact Information

Nursing Facility - Mansfield Campus
1020 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906

Health Sciences Facility - Ashland Campus
Rybolt Sports Sciences Center

Wendi Weikel-Bigelow
College Administrative Assistant

Carrie Keib, Ph.D., RN


Gloria Sims
Administrative Assistant to Dean


Henry Stanford, Ed.D., MBA
Associate Director of Enrollment, Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Juanita Reese Kline, Ph.D., RN
Chair, Nursing


Randall Gearhart, Ph.D.
Chair, Health Sciences