About the College

Carrie Keib

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Ashland University is committed to advancing interdisciplinary health education and teaching the essential skills to serve a rapidly changing all-encompassing environment. We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees for a well-rounded health science, medical and nursing education to prepare students for a variety of career objectives, accenting each individual along the way.

Our students had a 91.34% pass rate on the 2022 NCLEX, compared to the state of Ohio average of 75.83%.

- Carrie Keib, Ph.D., R.N.
  Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Welcome from Dean Carrie Keib

Our Mission

The mission of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences is to educate individuals to become healthcare professionals who are committed to health-related practice, leadership and service.


Our Vision

Our vision is to be the premier College of Nursing and Health Sciences in the Midwestern United States, educating graduates to serve a global and diverse society.

Ashland University nursing students in lab coats

Clinical Locations

As a nursing, physician assistant, or health science student at Ashland University, you’ll participate with clinical sites in diverse settings to apply the knowledge learned in your coursework and simulation experiences.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has affiliation agreements with more than 65 clinical agencies, including acute care facilities, community agencies and long-term care agencies. Clinical rotations take place within the state of Ohio. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical sites.

Nursing student prepares syringe tray

Visits & Events

The College of Nursing & Health Sciences invites you to our College of Nursing & Health Sciences Open House for an in-depth look at Ashland University's programs. You will have the chance to interact with professors and current AU nursing students. You will tour facilities and observe our high-fidelity simulation labs.


Ashland University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, is a member of the North Central Association and is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to grant bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ashland University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The baccalaureate nursing program at Ashland University is fully approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN), 17 South High Street, Suite 660, Columbus, OH 43125, 614-466-3947.

The Dietetics Program at Ashland University has Candidacy Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ASCEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, 312-899-0040.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Ashland University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Ashland University. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-ashland-university/.

Choosing CoNHS

Dwight Schar College of Nursing foyer

"I came to Ashland from Oregon because of three things: reputation, cutting-edge technology and affordability. I called multiple hospitals in the surrounding vicinity and the managers who hired Ashland grads told me those nurses were well-trained, professional and intelligent. AU’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences has excellent facilities and I feel very well-trained coming out of the program. It can be extremely expensive to achieve a nursing education, and Ashland has a very reasonable price point—it allowed me to move 2,000 miles from home and afford living expenses while completing the 15-month program.”

– Alex Deppert, 2018 Accelerated BSN graduate


Nursing & Medical Sciences Facility
Mansfield Campus

1020 South Trimble Road
P.O. Box 3756
Mansfield, OH 44906

Health Sciences & Medical Sciences Facility
Ashland Campus

Rybolt Sports Sciences Center
1000 King Road
Ashland, OH 44805


Contact Information

Reese-Kline, Juanita
Juanita Reese Kline, Ph.D., R.N.
Chair, Nursing Department
Director, Traditional Nursing Program
Director, Accelerated and Advanced Entry Programs
Associate Professor of Nursing
110 College of Nursing – Mansfield
Randall F. Gearhart, Ph.D.
Chair, Health Sciences Department
Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Applied Exercise Science Program Coordinator
Professor of Health Sciences
245 Rybolt Sport Sciences Center
Melissa Irwin
Melissa Irwin, D.M.Sc.
Director, Physician Assistant Program
Chair, Department of Medical Sciences
Clinical Assistant Professor
134 College of Nursing – Mansfield