Off-Campus Learning & Study Abroad Opportunities in Nursing

Clinical Placements

Your clinical placements will begin with your very first nursing course (sophomore year) and will continue throughout your nursing education, allowing for hands-on integration of nursing theory and skills practice.  Otterbein’s location in Westerville, Ohio, just 15 minutes from the state’s capital, Columbus, gives you access to two major health care systems – OhioHealth and Mount Carmel, as well as countless diverse healthcare facilities and agencies in regional Ohio.

Medical Mission Trips Abroad

In collaboration with SYE/INST, interested nursing students may select this offering (with Nursing Curriculum Committee approval):

INST 3910: Mitakuye Oyasin: Travel Course to Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation
This is a travel course that visits the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This is the home of the Sicangu Oyate, also known as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Students will learn the rich history and culture of Rosebud and other Lakota Sioux peoples through readings and cultural experiences led by Lakota teachers, artists, musicians and dancers, and political and religious leaders. We will participate in service learning activities, with a focus on those that relate to the unique public health challenges of Indian reservations. A partnership with Sinte Gleska, Rosebud’s tribal university, provides students with opportunities to get to know Lakota people and learn about contemporary native issues and perspectives. Overall, this course provides a unique and moving cross-cultural experience.

INST 4045 – Community Change: The Civic Apprenticeship
This course explores collective action, community building, and social networks through a service residency that enables students to work with diverse populations at their sites. Social movement theories that address the use of varied tactics, explore activism, and question the framing of mass movement ideologies will be examined. The course offers a different temporal and geographic landscape for student learning, offering students the possibility to situate themselves within both an emerging scholarly discourse on community change while simultaneously providing a landscape where they can help improve the lives of our neighbors. Students will have daily opportunities to participate in the community, reflect with their peers about that experience, conceptualize the experience within an analytical framework, and test out new strategies at their site during the following visit. Note: This course will be taught in a hybrid modality.