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The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health (CoNH) provides excellence in innovative educational programs as the foundation for lifelong learning; serves our community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; performs scholarship that enriches and guides the profession of nursing; and empowers faculty, staff, students, and alumni to reach their full potential.


The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health will be a leader in the transformation of the educational enterprise in Ohio and beyond through collaborative partnerships, civic engagement, and service, supported by scholarship to advance and empower nursing in an inclusive, respectful environment.

Strategy Overview

The College of Nursing and Health is maintaining a position of strength with regard to student and faculty outcomes. The movement to invigorate the learning environment is bolstered by faculty research in pedagogy/andragogy, service activities, practice initiatives, international collaborations, and faculty expertise in a wide variety of areas. We will foster a student-centered environment through scholarships, tutoring, student involvement on committees, new instructional methods, and support of student organizations. The CoNH will support existing community partnerships and work to acquire new ones for development of practice sites, research partners, and clinical placement opportunities. Alumni are valued and will be sought to determine the role they play.

Strategic Plan 


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master's degree program in nursing at Wright State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Wright State University has full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing. Graduates of the pre-licensure pathways are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards Licensing Examination (NCLEX) to become licensed as registered nurses.


The College of Nursing and Health supports Wright State University's mission of teaching, research, and service. The faculty believe in the acquisition of knowledge, the exploration for new knowledge, the advancement of lifelong learning, and the search for basic truth. The faculty share the commitment of the University to respond to issues affecting the diversity of the global community.

The Faculty Believe:

The human community consists of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. An individual is a dynamic being whose body, mind, and spirit develop over the lifespan.  Individuals have inherent worth, dignity and the potential to be discerning, caring, creative, and rational beings within the context of their developmental stage and life situation. Individuals make choices which create the self and provide opportunity for change.

Individuals are members of families who may serve as cohesive, dynamic support systems providing nurturance and protection as well as transmitting cultural values. Individuals form groups, organizations, and communities to share responsibilities and meet human needs. Vulnerable and underserved groups require shared responsibility by all humanity for communication, understanding, and peaceful coexistence.

Individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities affect and are affected by their interactions with the environment. The environment is the context of human existence; the quality affects the human potential for health.

The human community has a responsibility to protect, conserve, and promote the health of the environment.

Health and illness are dynamic coexisting processes which influence balance, harmony, and vitality within each individual. Both processes depend on environmentally affected and genetic capabilities, initiative, knowledge, individual choice, and value judgments. Well-being is a perception held by the individual of his or her ability to function in society and attain satisfying relationships with self and others as well as their ability to seek or find meaning in existence.

The discipline of nursing integrates knowledge derived from empirical, aesthetic, ethical, and personal sources to provide safe care that is scientifically and culturally sound. Professional nursing is grounded in liberal arts education and requires knowledge in nursing, the other sciences, arts, the humanities, and technology. Liberally educated nurses bring a unique blend of knowledge, judgment, skills, and caring to the health care team that delivers treatment and services in complex, evolving health care systems. Nursing's social mandate is to promote health and wellness, prevent disease and disability, and care for those who are ill or dying in the settings in which they are found. Professional nurses function autonomously, as well as collaboratively with clients and interprofessionally within a multifaceted health care system providing basic organizational and systems leadership.

Professional nurses use critical thinking and methods of scientific inquiry to generate new knowledge, analyze data, recognize patterns, establish priorities, and promote evidence-based practice. Professional nurses address issues important to the profession of nursing, question dominant assumptions, and solve complex problems related to individuals, groups, and population-based health care. The professional nurse epitomizes an appropriate set of values and ethical framework for practice by consistently demonstrating core values of altruism, excellence, caring, ethics, respect, communication, and accountability. As advocates for quality outcomes and safety for all individuals, professional nurses must be knowledgeable and active in health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments.

Nursing education is an interactive teaching-learning process within a collegial and interdisciplinary environment. Education facilitates critical thinking and inquiry, ethical insight, caring, communication, creativity, an appreciation of the past, sensitivity to societal diversity, and professional competence. Teaching includes assessing, advising, guiding, facilitating, modeling, sharing knowledge, and evaluating. Learning is a lifelong self-directed process of change that includes synthesizing knowledge, skills, and values necessary for expanding the dimensions of the individual, which increasingly will include graduate study for the professional nurse.


Expected Student Outcomes

The BSN graduate will:

  1. Meet the requirements for graduation which encompasses the arts, the sciences, and nursing for the basis of professional nursing practice. (Essential I)
  2. Use basic organizational and systems leadership skills for client safety and quality client care. (Essential II)
  3. Integrates current relevant evidence in professional nursing practice. (Essential III)
  4. Implement health care information technology in the management of client care. (Essential IV)
  5. Analyze legislative and regulatory processes relevant to the provision of health care. (Essential V)
  6. Use effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication and collaboration to improve client health outcomes. (Essential VI)
  7. Implement health promotion and disease prevention interventions at the individual and community levels to improve population health. (Essential VII)
  8. Exhibit professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice. (Essential VIII)
  9. Practice at a baccalaureate nurse generalist level with clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings; considering the variation, complexity, and resources necessary for the provision of care. (Essential IX)

The MS graduate will:

  1. Examine scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings 
  2. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary for ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective to promote high quality and safe patient care
  3. Apply quality principles within an organization and articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality
  4. Apply evidence-based outcomes 
within the practice setting, resolving practice problems, working as a change 
agent, and disseminating results  
  5. Use communication strategies and patient-care technologies to integrate, coordinate, deliver, and enhance care
  6. Examine the policy development process and advocacy strategies necessary to intervene at the 
system level to influence health and health care
  7. Use communication strategies necessary for interprofessional collaboration and consultation to manage and coordinate care
  8. Integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations
  9. Demonstrate advanced level of understanding of nursing and relevant sciences as well as the ability to integrate this knowledge into practice including both direct and indirect care components that influence health care outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

About the Dean

Deborah L. Ulrich, associate dean for undergraduate programs at the Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, has been named interim dean of the college.

Ulrich has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Ohio State University, a master’s in nursing from Ball State University and a Ph.D. in family relations and human development/sociology from Ohio State.

Ulrich was an assistant professor of nursing at Wright State from 1981 to 1988 and an associate professor and professor of nursing at Miami University from 1988 to 2005. She was director of nursing education at RETS College in Centerville from 2005 to 2006 and dean of nursing programs at Hondros College of Nursing in Westerville from 2006 to 2011.

As associate dean for undergraduate programs at Wright State, Ulrich’s responsibilities included the traditional BSN, RN-to-BSN and second-degree baccalaureate programs. She was also responsible for hiring and mentoring undergraduate nursing faculty and adjunct nursing faculty. In addition, she facilitated Board of Nursing and regional accreditation of undergraduate nursing programs


In September 1973, following studies conducted in the 1960’s by interested community health care administrators and nurse educators revealing a need for a baccalaureate nursing program, Wright State University College of Nursing and Health started the first baccalaureate nursing program with sixty-one students. In 2013, about 700 undergraduate students were enrolled. The undergraduate programs include a traditional and RN-BSN for licensed registered nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The College of Nursing and Health first received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing in May 1976. The latest full accreditation was awarded by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in November 2014 for the maximum of 10 years. 

In January 1978, the College of Nursing and Health admitted the first students to its master’s program. Just a year and a half later, in June 1979, the first graduates completed the program.  Within six months, the College received accreditation from the National League for Nursing for a period of eight years for the master's program. Currently, approximately 220 students are enrolled in the graduate program. Beginning in 1993, a number of graduate specialties were added to the master’s program, including Family Nurse Practitioner, Child and Adolescent Health, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Administration, and Nursing Education. In April 2005, the College of Nursing and Health received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for 10 years. The Doctorate of Nursing Practice was started in January 2008. Two additional graduate programs, the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program began in Fall 2013, and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program began in Fall 2014. 

In June 1984, the school entered into a collaborative agreement with the Division of Nursing at Miami Valley Hospital to form a Center for Excellence in nursing education. This agreement affords unique opportunities for research, clinical practice, and education. The College of Nursing and Health has contracts with 48 other agencies in the area which are used for clinical experiences and research.

In 1993, H.B. 478 established Wright State and Case Western Reserve universities as Advanced Practice Nursing pilot projects. This legislation allows advanced practice nurses to be reimbursed through the Ohio Department of Human Services and gives advanced practice nurses prescriptive authority. ODHS has established rules and regulations for reimbursement of advanced practice nurses. The bill requires a formulary committee of advanced practice nurses appointed by the Ohio Board of Nursing, MDs appointed by the Ohio Board of Medicine, a pharmacist appointed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Commissioner of Health to recommend rules and regulations for prescriptive authority, develop a formulary, and approve prescriptive protocols for advanced practice nurses in the pilot projects.