Make your world more
Ursuline College is one of the most affordable private liberal arts college in Ohio, according to the College Scorecard published by the US Department of Education. At Ursuline, students thrive in a community dedicated to teaching, programming, research, and action that heightens awareness of women’s contributions to the world. The undergraduate student body is more than 90% women, and our average class size of 11 students ensures you’ll find your voice and develop transformative mentoring relationships with expert faculty. Ursuline’s Breen School of Nursing boasts a 97% pass rate on the national NCLEX licensing exam and a 100% job placement rate upon licensure. Graduates are most commonly hired into Cleveland’s nationally ranked hospital systems.
Health care in Cleveland
Cleveland is one of the top three health care markets in the United States, home to world-class hospital systems including the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals HealthSystem, and MetroHealth Medical Center. Practitioners from these systems helped develop Ursuline’s Nursing curriculum, making it relevant,evidence based, and cutting edge. Extensive on-site clinical trainingin these and other hospitals includesa unique immersion practicum experience alongside a clinical practitioner in your area of interest.
Nursing at Ursuline
Nationally recognized and extensively published faculty and practitioners choose to teach in the Breen School of Nursing for the exceptional educational environment. The program is known nationally for research in geriatrics and its holistic approach to patient care and clinical skills. Ursuline is one of the only Nursing programs in the United States to graduate students with an endorsement from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, documenting that students have developed the necessary skills to work successfully and collaboratively in teams. This certification, known as TeamSTEPPS, is generally administered to new nurses in hospitals, putting Ursuline graduates a step ahead. The Breen School of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
• Applicants apply directly to the BSN program as high school seniors, guaranteeing admission to the Breen School of Nursing upon admission to Ursuline. There are no waitlists.
• BSN graduates have an average annual starting salary of $57,000 per year.
• Before interfacing with real patients, BSN students practice with high-fidelity patient simulators (lifelike manikins) in our Nursing Learning Resource Center, which is equipped to look and function like a hospital unit.
• The Breen Scholars Program is an excellent résumé builder and provides enhanced access to independent research.
• Nursing advisors guide each student every step of the way, from clinical placements to NCLEX preparation.
Other health care programs
For students interested in medical, dental, pharmacy, or veterinary school, Ursuline offers a pre-professional track to complete prerequisites while majoring in Chemistry, Biology, and Biochemistry. Ursuline has also established partnerships with other colleges, universities, and health care institutions, offering research internships, dual-degree programs, and articulation agreements for preferred entry to Medical and Pharmacy graduate programs. Other state and nationally recognized programs include Art Therapy, Psychology, and Social Work. Fieldwork in clinical settings is available, and many graduates select employment in hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, and other health care settings.
Dr. Patricia Sharpnack, the Dean of the Breen School of Nursing, was appointed in 2014 by Ohio Governor John Kasich to serve on the Ohio Board of Nursing, the only dean of a school of Nursing asked to serve on this board. Dr. Sharpnack has taught leadership, policy, and nursing education courses in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Breen School of Nursing for the past nine years. She has received several awards for her leadership and service to the nursing profession.