About Us

For nurses, compassion, empathy and critical thinking go without saying. University of Cincinnati nurses build on these traits to become leaders in whichever setting they choose to work.

A nationally recognized institution for our academic standards, diversity and inclusion efforts, technology application and research activity, we educate our students to put patients first, abide by ethical standards, innovate, open themselves to change and meet new workplace demands.

For more than 130 years, we have provided students and alumni with learning experiences that extend far beyond the classroom. Our mission is to ensure our graduates are empowered to think critically; advocate for patients and the profession; and explore, generate and apply nursing knowledge in any setting. We make that happen by leveraging technology and innovation, embracing equity and inclusion, promoting interprofessional collaboration and enabling experiential learning.

Today, our more than 20,000 living alumni proudly reflect our tradition of leadership and core values of collaboration, accountability, integrity, respect and excellence as they work to improve the health of individuals and communities around the world.

Develop nurse leaders who are empowered to generate, explore and apply nursing knowledge for evolving health care environments.

Through the creative leveraging of technology, innovation and inclusive excellence, we will lead and impact the transformation of health care through strategic partnerships.

ICARE: Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect and Excellence

1889 - Founded as the Cincinnati Training School for Nurses through the support of the Ladies Board of Managers.

1896 - Became an integral part of the Cincinnati Hospital, eventually accorded the rank of a professional school of the College of Medicine.

1916 - Became the first college to offer a Bachelor in Science of Nursing (BSN).

1956 - Among the first colleges to offer the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

1968 - Moved to Procter Hall.

1990 - Implemented the Doctoral program (PhD) in nursing and established the Center for Nursing Research.

1993 - Started offering the Accelerated MSN Program for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing.

2001 - Started offering international clinicals.

2002 - Started offering the nursing co-op program.

2005 - First distance learning (online) programs offered.

2010 - Implemented the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

2012 - Launched the iCoN Initiative, redefining traditional nursing education.

2014 - Becomes the only nursing college to earn the Apple Distinguished School designation.

2015 - Hosted the first iCoN Summer Institute, open to nationwide educators and health professionals.

2017 - Recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the second time.

2018 - Starts integrating the 1819 Innovation Hub into the BSN curriculum. Recognized as Apple Distinguished School for the third time.

2020 - Designated as a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in the "Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development" category.

2021 - Recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for the fourth time.

2021 - Added the position of Greer Glazer Endowed Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to direct the college's DEI efforts.