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Experiential Learning

As the institution that created cooperative education in 1906, the University of Cincinnati commands a rich history in experience-based learning.

Still at the core of the university’s curriculum, these real-world experiences promote professional maturity and enhance career opportunities after graduation. At the College of Nursing, every student puts his or her classroom knowledge to the test in our simulation laboratory and in clinical settings. Additionally, we offer undergraduate co-op and international programs that take experiential learning to the next level.

Undergraduate Co-Op

The college’s co-op program pairs Bachelor of Science in Nursing students with experienced preceptors to provide a one-to-one, paid mentorship opportunity in a clinical environment. Students further develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to work independently as a registered nurse.

Students apply to the program in January of their third year and begin in June. The program lasts through graduation and does not extend the traditional four-year degree timeline.

Dedicated Education Units

Through partnerships with local health care organizations, we offer our students unique clinical experiences, called Dedicated Education Units, whereby students are paired with a staff nurse who volunteers throughout the semester. This more closely models how nurses practice in real-world settings. Our DEU partners include University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mercy Health of Cincinnati and Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

International Program

The college offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to study abroad in various locations. Designed to develop responsible citizens of the world, participants earn course credits while enhancing their cultural competency and challenging their understanding of global health issues and disparities.

In recent years, students have traveled to destinations in Ecuador, India, the United Kingdom and Tanzania. Partial scholarships for participants are available through UC International.