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About the Nursing Program
  • The Mission

    Educating professional nurse leaders for lives of service promoting health and healing within our diverse community.

    The Philosophy

    Capital University is a comprehensive, private, church-related university philosophically committed to providing a liberal arts education within a caring environment. Based on the University's fundamental commitment to its Lutheran heritage, the School of Nursing encourages the pursuit of moral, ethical, and social growth as well as attainment of intellectual goals Faculty expects all undergraduate and graduate students to participate actively in the learning process.

    Professional education is geared toward the attainment of a specialized body of knowledge pertaining to a discipline through commitment to the social, ethical, and scholarly standards of the profession. Faculty expects students to commit to lifelong learning and contribute to society. Professional education fosters the acceptance of responsibility for critical thinking and decision making congruent with level of practice. Baccalaureate education provides opportunities for the development of personal qualities such as creativity, maturity, and the expansion of intellectual and cultural perspectives. Graduate education extends the development of these qualities both in depth and scope.

    Preparation for baccalaureate professional nursing practice is based on a program of studies that includes nursing science, physical and behavioral sciences, and the humanities. Synthesis of theories, principles, and research from nursing and related disciplines enhances the specialized body of knowledge in the nursing profession. Preparation for graduate professional nursing practice is based on a program of studies that includes theories, research, and advanced clinical skills within a multidisciplinary context.

    The central concern of nursing is the health of people within the contexts of their culture and social systems. Health is a state of well-being that is culturally defined, valued, and practiced. Health reflects the ability of individuals, families, and groups to perform daily activities to their optimum potential. Transition describes the process by which individuals progress towards optimal health. Similarly, students progress along a continuum of professional growth. Nurses assist individuals to obtain or maintain optimum levels of health using problem solving that involves assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as collaboration with individuals, families, groups, and health team members.

    Capital University School of Nursing faculty believes that individuals learn through their experiences in a culture that values learning. Creation of this culture is the mutual responsibility of learners and teachers. Faculty fosters a personal commitment to critical thinking, caring, and communication among each other, students, and clients of nursing care.

    The History

    Capital's nursing program was established in 1950 as a department of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1965, the School of Nursing became an independent college of the university, furthering Capital's mission to prepare students with a liberal arts education for lives of service. Over 2,000 Capital nursing graduates now practice throughout the United States and around the world, continually earning a reputation for caring and critical thinking.

    Through the years, the School of Nursing has been characterized by innovation, creativity and service. During the 1950s students traveled to the rural South for public health nursing experiences. Nursing faculty and students participated in space research at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in the 1970's, and a number of graduates have served in military nursing positions around the globe. An early revision of the curriculum incorporated holistic health concepts. A senior precepted learning course incorporating internships has been widely emulated in other programs.

    The 1970s also saw the award of a Federal grant to the School of Nursing, which allowed faculty to take the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to registered nurses in rural areas of southeastern Ohio. This activity enhanced the faculty's skills in adult education and laid the groundwork for the BSN-completion program. 

    In the 1980s, the faculty welcomed computer technology -- first as they achieved computer literacy themselves and then as they offered an elective course for students. The Helene Fuld Health Trust Nursing Resources Laboratory, dedicated in 1990, houses state-of-the-art microcomputer and audiovisual technology for use by nursing students.

    Theta Theta Chapter, Capital's affiliate of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, has been recognized with a Key Award. Currently, there are over 350 chapters on campuses in five countries. The School of Nursing is mentoring the first Sigma Theta Tau Chapter in Sweden. Since 1991, students have participated in off-campus learning opportunities. This fall, the sixth group of students will spend a semester at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, studying child health and community nursing. Since 1993, groups of students have spent eight weeks at the Health Care for the Homeless Project in Washington, DC, providing psychiatric and community health nursing care to the homeless under the guidance of Sister Roni Daniels, recipient of an honorary degree from Capital. Beginning Fall, 1997, students will study in Sweden at Mälardalens Högskola University and in England at the University of Luton. Students have also traveled to northern Ohio to learn about child-birthing practices among the Amish and spent time at a summer camp for children with disabilities.

    Our faculty members have also spent time abroad to learn about other cultures, schools of nursing, and health care systems. Countries visited include Australia, Botswana, Chile, China, Costa Rico, England, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, and Taiwan.

    In 1994, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was launched in cooperation with the Graduate School of Administration (now the School of Management), the Law School, and Trinity Seminary. This collaborative approach offers leadership at the interdisciplinary frontier in health care. Students enroll in a variety of options. The single MSN degree offers concentrations in nursing education, administration, legal studies and theological studies. Dual degrees include the MSN/MBA, the MSN/JD, and the MSN/MTS.

    In 1996, the School was named a Partner in Nursing Education by the US Army ROTC program, one of 41 schools across the nation to receive this honor. This designation was given in recognition of academic excellence and high retention.

    Long-standing affiliations with all major hospitals and health care agencies in the Columbus area are used to expand students' horizons and enhance their skills. Faculty members are adept practitioners as well as expert educators. The current enrollment of 500 traditional, registered nurse, and graduate students serves the community's need for well-educated professional nurses who bring critical thinking and compassion to health care.