Academic Advising

Mission of the Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion

The mission of The Ohio State University College of Nursing Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion is to:

• Provide one-on-one advising, academic support, and student-centered programming.
• Encourage students’ personal, intellectual, and professional growth.
• Develop innovative recruitment and results-driven programming.
• Respect the diversity of current and prospective nursing students and alumni.
• Achieve recognition as a model student affairs unit.

Through our efforts to help students achieve their highest potential, we support the mission of the College of Nursing.

The Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion is the primary source for academic planning and advising. The office is located in 106 Newton Hall.

Students are responsible for following the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) to meet the requirements for graduation. Sample curriculum plans are provided as a guide to how degree requirements can be fulfilled. The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is available to assist students with degree planning. A degree audit is a computer-generated report that shows how students’ course work applies toward graduation requirements. It provides an instant analysis of required, completed, and needed courses. A degree audit is a tool used to monitor students’ progress toward degree requirements and is not intended to replace contact with an academic advisor. Students should check their degree audit each semester and report any discrepancies to their academic advisor. To generate a Degree Audit Report log onto and click on the Degree Audit link found in the Enrollment Information box.

The advising staff monitors students’ clinical scheduling. If students should drop out of sequence for nursing clinical course work, their expected graduation date may be delayed by at least one term. Students who find it necessary to modify their nursing course schedule for a given semester should contact the Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to revise their academic plan as soon as possible.

Students are responsible for scheduling coursework to meet any remaining degree requirements in the areas of support courses and general education courses. Students are permitted to enroll in free elective courses on a pass/non-pass basis for a maximum of 20 credit hours. Furthermore, students are prohibited from registering for more than 18 credit hours per semester. If a student would like to exceed the credit hour limit, the student must receive approval from the Undergraduate Studies Committee. The request must be submitted to the Undergraduate Studies Committee one semester prior to the term in which the student plans to exceed the credit hour limit. Please note, an additional fee will be assessed to a student if he/she registers for more than 18 credit hours per semester.

It is imperative that students read all information that is provided on the web site of the Office of the University Registrar. It is especially important that students pay attention to changing deadlines for adding and dropping courses and for possible related fee increases or reimbursements. This information is available at

Students are permitted to schedule only one nursing course that has a clinical component per semester except when scheduling Nursing 4260 with Nursing 4280 and Nursing 4340 with Nursing 4240.

No student is permitted to schedule a course with a time conflict with another course.

The advising staff in the Office of Student Affairs, Equity and Inclusion has walk-in hours the first week of each semester. At other times, students may schedule appointments as necessary. Advisors can help students in several ways, including:
1. Assistance with scheduling, including selection of electives.
2. Information regarding pass/non-pass enrollment, course audit and course repeatability.
3. Information about minors, dual degrees, and other majors.
4. Interpretation of college and university rules and policies.
5. Graduate school and career information.
6. Sources of financial aid that are not managed through the Office of Admissions and
Financial Aid.
7. Referral to university service areas for assistance with personal or academically related concerns.
8. Withdrawal from the university or transferring to another enrollment unit within the university.