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Otterbein Graduate Nursing Program

Otterbein University’s graduate nursing programs are designed with the changing roles of nursing and the healthcare delivery systems in mind. Whether you are considering becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), a Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), or adding additional expertise to your work our clinically expert nursing faculty will assure that you have the knowledge and skills to function at the highest level of nursing practice possible!  Otterbein students outpace state and national rates for passing national certification exams every year.

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You believe in caring about your patients.
We believe in caring about you.

Graduate nursing faculty are committed to providing:

  • Personal attention.
  • Individualized advising.
  • Blended in person and virtual learning.
  • A plan for your success.

Pictured: John D. Chovan, PhD, DNP, RN, CNP, CNS, PMHNP/CNS-BC, ACHPN
Professor, Chair, and Chief Nurse Administrator, Department of Nursing

Department of Nursing Mission

The Department of Nursing is committed to quality nursing education that uses a holistic caring framework to promote quality and safe healthcare. Our mission encourages personal and professional development of faculty, staff and students. An appreciation for diverse perspectives and humane values is central to the mission. Building on a liberal arts education and a strong science foundation, the goal of the Department of Nursing is to prepare lifelong learners who are committed to the profession, the community, and to meeting changing health care needs of society.

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From Nurse Practitioner to Healthcare Administrator, Nurse Pursues MBA at Otterbein

News - January 4, 2022
By Catie Duzzny ’21, MBA’23 Nursing and business may not seem like a natural pair, but in reality, the two go hand-in-hand. That’s why Sarah West, an acute care nurse practitioner, wanted to take on a new challenge and made the decision to get her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Otterbein University. Sarah West West is from a family of nurses, so becoming a nurse was always encouraged. After earning her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University…

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John Chovan Spotlight

Otterbein Nursing Chair Recognizes Men’s Health Awareness as Crucial

News - November 22, 2021
November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Most people know the occasion due to the annual Movember and No-Shave November fundraisers.   John Chovan “Campaigns such as these serve as a reminder to men, and those who care about them, that their health is important,” said Professor John Chovan. “They can increase screenings and early identification, leading to interventions to prevent health conditions from worsening. The bottom line: fundraising campaigns can improve men's quality of life.”  Chovan is the chair of the Department of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator. In…

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Art of Nursing on Display with Final Otterbein Class Project

News - December 2, 2020
This fall, Nursing Instructor Christine Zamaripa was challenged with adapting labs and lectures for the Fundamentals of Nursing class, which was presented fully online. She was worried about losing the connectivity with students that in-person instruction creates, so she devised a way for students to do something a little different for their final project that incorporated both the science and the “art” of nursing.   Rather than the traditional paper, the final project was to create an artifact — a visual representation of what being a professional nurse means to…

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Graduate nursing degrees hold approval from The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

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