UC Health, UC College of Nursing Launch RN to BSN Online Cohort Program

Partnership enables UC Health to invest in its nurses by pre-paying tuition costs

CINCINNATI (Nov. 1, 2018)—UC Health and the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing have launched a new program to support nurses who wish to advance their education while also working full time.

The University of Cincinnati RN to BSN Online Cohort Program pre-pays 100 percent of tuition for a select group of UC Health nurses to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. The college offers full-time and part-time options for this nine-course, flexible program. UC Health chose the 12-month schedule, which requires nurses to take three courses each semester. The program’s reputation, adjustable academic plan and easy credit transfer from previous associate degree programs were key factors when choosing UC College of Nursing as a partner.

“We’re excited to see our partnership with UC Health get broader and stronger every day,” said UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer, PhD. “The UC College of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of educating nurse leaders, and we are honored to have the opportunity to educate a passionate, intelligent group of leaders to continue our legacy within the Academic Health Center.”

UC Health nurses will be selected by the organization’s nursing leadership to participate in spring, summer and fall semester cohorts for the next three years. In order to qualify for the program, nurses must be employed by UC Health for at least a year prior to participating in the program with no corrective actions, work at least 20 hours a week during the first year of employment, and meet all University of Cincinnati admission requirements. Those selected must agree to continue working at UC Health for at least two years for an average of 20 hours per week after attaining a BSN degree.

“This program embodies a critically important component of our tripartite mission of providing education, clinical research and the highest standard of patient care,” said Clarence Pauley, UC Health senior vice president and chief human resources officer. “UC Health strongly believes in investing in advancement and growth opportunities for its nurses, who are integral to the patient journey and to our organization.”


About UC Health
UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving the Greater Cincinnati region. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching – a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians (includes nearly 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute; UC Cancer Institute; and UC Heart, Lung & Vascular Institute. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at uchealth.com.

About UC College of Nursing
The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing is committed to educating nurses that are empowered to think critically; advocate for patients and the profession; and explore, generate and apply nursing knowledge in any setting. As the first college of nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1916, we remain on the forefront of nursing education by leveraging technology and innovation, embracing equity and inclusion, promoting interprofessional collaboration and enabling experiential learning.
For more than 125 years, we’ve been preparing a diverse, culturally competent group of nurses to provide all patients with the best care possible and serve our community as a responsible and compassionate caregiver, as well as a leader in the nursing profession.

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