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 health science, medical and nursing 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%.
The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to educate individuals to become healthcare professionals who are committed to health-related practice, leadership and service.
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.
As a nursing, physician assistant, or health science 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.
"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 Physician Assistant student, register to attend one of our Physician Assistant Open Houses. 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 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.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ashland University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Ashland University. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-ashland-university/.