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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.

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, Dedicated Education Units (DEUs) 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 and gain a year of additional hands-on, professional work experience before they graduate.

Dedicated Education Units

We leverage our strong partnerships with local health care organizations, including University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Mercy Health of Cincinnati and Cincinnati VA Medical Center, to offer our undergraduate students unique clinical experiences, called Dedicated Education Units (DEUs), where each student is paired one-on-one with a staff nurse throughout the semester. This more closely models how nurses practice in real-world settings.

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.