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  • Nursing is more than a career. It’s a calling. To help people wherever, whenever you find them in need.

    Degree Offerings

    Traditional Undergraduate
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

    Graduate and Adult Continuing
    Nursing Accelerated Program
    BSN-Completion program
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Certificate of Nursing
    Post-Masters Nurse Educator

    A major in nursing can lead you in many directions. Down a pathway to an exhilarating career. Toward the fulfillment of a deep-seated passion for helping others. Into the rapidly growing field of health care, where you will play an integral role in an evolving profession. Maybe your goal is to work in the fast-paced environment of an emergency room. Or to develop a specialty in one of several high-demand areas. Perhaps you see yourself as the future leader of a major health care system. Whatever your goal, if nursing is your calling, Capital is your answer. 

    Our nursing program will prepare you for a career, but it will also prepare you for life. It begins with a broad educational foundation in Capital’s liberal arts core curriculum and integrates the strong emphasis in the sciences and ethical thought that are necessary for today’s health practitioners. Capital’s nursing program flows out of a mission to educate professional nurse leaders for lives of service promoting health and healing within a diverse community.

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    • Putting the calling to action

      Throughout your time at Capital, you will have meaningful opportunities to put your newly honed skills into action, benefiting from real-world field experiences with some of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals and health care organizations, located right here in Columbus.

      Your sophomore and junior years will challenge you with rewarding opportunities for hands-on clinical experience working alongside professionals at the Arthur James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth’s Grant Medical Center and Riverside, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and St. Ann’s. You’ll gain knowledge and community health experience at places like Faith Mission, Columbus Public Schools, the Franklin County District Board of Health, and LifeCare Alliance, among several others.

      And as a senior, your learning opportunities could extend far beyond the boundaries of campus and even Columbus to other parts of the world. You’ll have the chance to study in Sweden or Scotland for eight weeks of your first semester. You can choose to complete a short-term exchange program in Guangxi, China. You can spend your spring break serving in medical clinics in Central and South America. Or you can spend weekends in impoverished communities in Appalachia to provide health care to the uninsured or underinsured.

      With such diverse hands-on experiences, your calling to help others is sure to be fulfilled at Capital.

    • Degree offerings

      Capital’s nursing program offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing within a total of four programs. We have two pre-licensure programs: one for individuals seeking a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and another accelerated program — Capital Nursing Accelerated Program — for working professionals who have degrees in other fields, but who now want a career in nursing. We offer two post licensure programs: the BSN-Completion program, for RNs returning to school to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and one for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing.
    • Your future is calling

      Whichever path you choose, you will graduate prepared to complete licensure requirements for your profession. You will have developed the critical thinking skills and professional judgment to reach informed decisions on patient care. You’ll possess the confidence and experience to begin making a positive impact on the lives you touch. And you’ll be recruited. By hospitals and healthcare systems eager to hire nurses with bachelor’s degrees. By businesses and other large employers that invest in occupational health nurses to maintain a healthy and productive workforce. By community and home-based care providers who serve populations with special health needs. And even by the armed forces, who commission our graduates as officers.

      For more information about Capital University’s nursing program, please contact Capital’s Admissions Office at admissions@capital.edu or call (888) 544-6175 or (614) 236-6101.

    • Ann Peden, Ph.D

      Professor of Nursing

      Meet Ann Peden

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      • Biography

        Dr. Ann R. Peden is professor and Dean of Nursing at Capital University. Previously she was a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing in Lexington, Ky.

        Her research funding includes grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Nursing Research and focuses on decreasing negative thinking in individuals at risk for the development of depression. The intervention has been tested with college women, low-income single mothers, pregnant women who smoke, and individuals with heart failure. The intervention continues to be refined and used with a variety of clinical populations. Dr. Peden has presented her findings at the international, national, state and local level.

        She was selected as on of 60 Visionary Leaders by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. Dr. Peden received the Best of Journal of Nursing Scholarship Award in the Clinical Scholarship category from Sigma Theta Tau International at the 39th Biennial Convention for the article "Testing an intervention to reduce negative thinking, depressive symptoms, and chronic stressors in low-income single mothers," (with M.K. Rayens, L.A. Hall, and E. Grant, 2005) in Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She also is the recipient of an Honorary Award from Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali during the International Conference on Health and the Changing World in Bangkok, Thailand, November 2008.

      • Degrees

        Ph.D - Doctor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
        Master of Science in Nursing, University of Kentucky
        Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Texas Woman's University

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