Welcome From The School Director
Welcome to The University of Akron School of Nursing website.
As you browse our information, I encourage you to look critically at our programs, our people and our philosophy; I hope you find answers to the questions you have about why this School provides a unique and special environment for student nurses. Across our curriculum, from our Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to our PhD program, the School of Nursing is committed to our mission of transforming lives.
The RN-to-BSN program offers licensed RNs the opportunity to attend classes in an online program or in one of six locations – Main Campus, Wayne College, Lorain County Community College University Partnership, Medina County University Center, UA Lakewood, and The Holden Center at Lakeland Community College. Close to home or online, this program is a convenient way for nurses to obtain their degree.
Our Accelerated BSN program helps those degreed individuals in other disciplines to enter the nursing profession after four semesters of classes. Our Master's degree program in Anesthesia is among the best in the country boasting enviable pass rates on the national certification exam combined with unparalleled retention rates. Our other Master degree program tracks for nurse practitioners or nurse specialists in a wide-range of disciplines provide exceptional preparation for our students.
At The University of Akron School of Nursing, we understand that nursing is a special vocation. Nursing combines an in-depth knowledge of science with an understanding of the humanities to create the art of nursing, and the opportunity to change lives.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the School of Nursing at the University of Akron.
Elaine M. Fisher, Ph.D., RN, CNS
Interim Director/Chief Nurse Administrator
School of Nursing
College of Health Professions
About the School
Founded in 1967, the School of Nursing has a long tradition of excellence. The School offers multiple educational programs designed to meet the needs of students aspiring to become professional nurses and practicing professional nurses seeking career and professional advancement.
Located on The University of Akron campus in Mary Gladwin Hall, the School offers several degrees
- Baccalaureate program (BSN)
- Second degree BSN (Accelerated BSN) for students who hold at least a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing
- BSN for RN sequence for registered nurse graduates of associate degree and diploma programs
- BSN for LPN sequence for licensed practical nurses aspiring to become professional nurses
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- MSN for RN sequence for registered nurse graduates of associate degree and diploma programs who meet graduate standards.
The University of Akron and Kent State University offer a Joint Ph.D. in Nursing (JPDN) program, a doctoral program with a single, unified doctoral nursing faculty and student body. With a JPDN, you can be a
- consultant, or
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program has also been approved.
The School employs faculty with a broad range of research and clinical backgrounds.
- 46 full-time faculty members
- 45 part-time faculty members
- 54% hold doctoral degrees
Get clinical experiences in a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional settings and with diverse patient populations, including
- care of adults in hospitals, community agencies, and homes
- care of well and ill elderly
- care of newborns and children
- care of persons with mental health problems in hospitals and community agencies
- critical care
- extended care and rehabilitation.
The School is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Faculty and Staff Profiles
Contact information for individual faculty and staff is located on their profile pages.
News and Events
The School of Nursing is newsworthy. Follow the link below to our news archive, where we publish items that identify the School of Nursing as an important part of the local and regional health care discussion.
Sigma Theta Tau Delta Omega Chapter
Delta Omega is the University of Akron chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. Sigma Theta Tau International is the national honor society for nursing whose mission is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.
Commitment to Diversity
The School of Nursing prepares nurses to be culturally competent in accord with the core values of the profession. Nursing values diversity in all forms, including national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status; and seeks to recruit, retain and graduate a diverse student population. The School of Nursing advances excellence in student learning, collaborative clinical service delivery, community service, and the scholarship of practice, integration, application, and discovery.