College of Nursing and Health



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • The R.N.-to-B.S.N. program was redesigned to meet the needs of working nurses. The online program also incorporated elements from the Institute of Medicine’s report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing.
  • In the wake of devastating disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, the College of Nursing and Health created the Flight and Disaster Specialization for the Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist program.
  • Undergraduate clinical nursing courses have integrated significant clinical simulation time, and faculty collaborate with the Boonshoft School of Medicine for innovative scenarios for nursing students across the curriculum.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • The College of Nursing and Health launched a marketing and recruitment campaign that aligned its curriculum to match current standards of the accrediting body.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • The College of Nursing and Health forged a strong relationship with nursing leadership at the Dayton VA Medical Center and started a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program to care for veterans returning from conflicts.
  • The College of Education and Human Services revised its agreement with nine local school districts to align with the agenda of the National Network for Educational Renewal and the design principles for Clinically Based Teacher Preparation.
  • The College of Nursing and Health collaborated with area partners, including Sinclair Community College, Miami Valley Hospital, and Graceworks, to re-launch the Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio.
  • The College of Nursing and Health established an Academic Community Advisory Board composed of representatives of industry, nonprofits, local nursing schools, hospitals, health departments, and long-term care facilities.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • Cameos of Caring increased to 18 the number of participating health care agencies. The event has raised thousands of dollars to support student scholarships, with over $162,000 awarded since 2008. 

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • The College of Nursing and Health hired a student success coordinator to focus on program assessments for students and address outcomes.
  • Nursing students continue to support the Student Mentoring Retention Team, which serves the academic and emotional needs of pre-nursing and nursing students through mentoring, education, and resource support.
  • In the last five years, 69 adult gerontological acute care nurse practitioner students and 93 family nurse practitioner students passed the national certification exam in their specialty area on the first try.

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • College of Nursing and Health faculty agreed to require that 14 percent of undergraduate clinical courses include a simulation.
  • The College of Nursing and Health utilized the Living Laboratory at Bethany Village, high-fidelity mannequins, and standardized patients to provide students top-tier simulation experiences.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • The College of Nursing and Health received $1.08 million from Health Resources and Services Administration to support graduate students studying to become nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and school nurses.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • The College of Nursing and Health added a clinical component to its assessment course.
  • The College of Nursing and Health offers an International Service Learning option to Tanzania, working and living in Dar es Salaam, where students are immersed in the culture, engaged in daily reflection, and involved in community-based nursing.
  • A high-fidelity simulator provided training to Kindred Hospital–Dayton staff and clinical experience to Wright State nursing students.

Objective C
Offer degree and other education programs consistent with regional and state needs.

  • The R.N.-to-B.S.N. program was created in response to community needs.
  • The College of Nursing and Health partnered with the VA to develop and operate a psych/mental health nurse practitioner program.
  • The College of Nursing and Health collaborated with the National Center for Medical Readiness to develop the country’s first flight/disaster nursing certificate.
  • The Youth and Community Engagement minor was created through a collaboration among the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to improve the academic achievement of students in urban schools by attracting more students into urban education as a career field, by better preparing teacher education majors for work in urban settings, and by promoting a sense of civic responsibility among K–16 students.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective A
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.

  • A leader in working on wellness initiatives for faculty and staff, the College of Nursing and Health plans to offer weekly physical activities and other initiatives.
  • The College of Nursing and Health started an Alumni Association. 

Objective B
Enhance fiscal and operational management.

  • The Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Miami Valley Hospital formed the Wright State University & Premier Health Partners Neuroscience Institute with a $4.35 million gift from the Miami Valley Hospital.

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • The Nursing Institute is working on several new revenue-generating facets, including a nurses aid training program.
  • The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio runs the Living Laboratory at Graceworks Lutheran Services, training health care professionals using the latest simulation technology.

Objective D
Increase investments in facilities/technologies to achieve strategic goals.

  • The College of Nursing and Health invested in high-fidelity mannequins to serve as simulators for students’ clinical experiences.
  • The College of Nursing and Health collaborated with the National Center for Medical Readiness to develop the country’s first flight/disaster nursing certificate.