History, Mission, Vision

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was first proposed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in 2004 as entry to practice for advanced nurse practitioners and executives. DNP builds on the baccalaureate and master’s educational foundations and was initiated in 2017 at Ohio University. 


The Ohio University School of Nursing will provide accessible state-of-the-discipline undergraduate and graduate nursing education. The school will focus on fostering preservation, promotion and restoration of health in the global community. Our graduates will be highly competent practitioners, leaders and scholars who are grounded in a sense of inquiry and committed to human caring within a climate of diversity.


The Ohio University School of Nursing’s mission is to augment the students’ education to prepare them to succeed in any organizational environment. The faculty is committed to providing a curriculum that is sensitive to the cultural diversity in the society and the changing demands for health care through utilization of local, state and international partnerships and collaboratives. The school also promotes excellence in the profession through scholarship and service.