Welcome to the College of Nursing.  Congratulations on the start of your new journey as a proud Buckeye graduate student.  You will find the College of Nursing to be a welcoming, student-centered environment dedicated to exceptional learning.  We are committed to your academic and professional development as nurses, leaders, researchers, and health professionals who LIVE WELL (Lead, Innovate, Vision, Execute, and are Wellness Focused, Evidence-based, Life Long Learners, and Lights for the World, locally to globally), equipped to effectively promote wellness, impact policy, and improve health outcomes across multiple settings with diverse individuals, groups, and communities.

This College of Nursing PhD in Nursing Student Handbook is designed to share information, procedures and policies specific to students enrolled in the College of Nursing.  The information presented here will be helpful as you negotiate your way through your PhD studies.  Our expectation is that you will use this handbook as your first point of reference when you have questions concerning your program of study or academic policies within the college.

The primary reference for rules, policies, and procedures concerning graduate education at The Ohio State University is the Graduate School Handbook published by the Graduate School.  You may access it via the Graduate School web site: gradsch.ohio-state.edu.

It is expected that all PhD in Nursing students become familiar with the policies and rules contained in the Graduate School Handbook and that PhD in Nursing students are also familiar with the contents of the PhD in Nursing Student Handbook.  We hope you find the guidance in the handbook useful, providing information on a variety of topics including academics, technology resources, dress code, compliance requirements and professional expectations.

While the primary responsibility for your success lies with each of you, many individuals stand ready to assist you in your efforts.  We hope this handbook helps you make the most of your experience in the College of Nursing. If you have a question you don’t find the answer to here, contact your advisor who will be happy to help. You’ve made the right choice by choosing The Ohio State University College of Nursing.   We’re proud to count you among our Buckeye nursing family. As you know, you represent an exceptional group of the brightest and the best students.  We really believe in you and are with you on your journey to Dream, Discover and Deliver!


-Cindy M. Anderson, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Educational Innovation