Nursing: Letter
from the Dean

Letter from the Dean of Nursing

Welcome to the College of Nursing.

We have a 25-year history of meeting the nursing education needs of the northwest Ohio community. Based upon Lourdes University’s commitment to individuals with prior learning, the College of Nursing currently offers a graduate and undergraduate program with a variety of options.

The undergraduate program includes a traditional BSN program, Nurses Aide to BSN plan of study, LPN to BSN plan of study, and an RN to BSN plan of study. The Master of Science in Nursing program has two concentrations – Leadership, Nursing Education and Nurse Anesthesia.

We recently launched a new special admission – the RN to MSN plan of study. This option allows RNs who have a nursing diploma or associate degree to pursue an MSN with a leadership concentration while bypassing the traditional BSN. This streamlined approach to graduate school is a more time efficient and economical path for nurses who have a dream of achieving their graduate degree in nursing.

Nursing education at Lourdes is cutting edge. Besides the small classes and individualized attention, the College of Nursing houses a very sophisticated learning lab where students have the opportunity to be involved in simulations that will prepare them to care for individuals in health care settings. Our learning lab is supplied with computerized equipment and manikins that provide real to life practice settings for students studying the art and science of nursing.

Our program is recognized for its excellence. BSN students have clinical experiences in all the major hospitals in Northwest Ohio and a variety of community-based health care agencies. Our 1:6 faculty to student clinical ratio promotes a safe and rich clinical experience. In the past five years, the College of Nursing has received nearly 2 million dollars in federal and state grants to support graduate and undergraduate nursing education initiatives.

Our high quality nursing faculty offer you clinical expertise in a variety of specialty areas:

  • Pediatrics and obstetrics
  • Psychiatric mental health
  • Adult and critical care
  • Public health and community health
  • Organizational leadership
  • Nurse anesthesia

In addition, they are credentialed as advanced nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse educators. In fact, 48 percent of our permanent nursing faculty are doctoral-prepared or studying in a doctoral program.

Graduates from the College of Nursing have entered the profession and achieved success in many positions including nurse midwives, nurse (CRNA) anesthetists, and nursing administrators. In addition, they are leading the way in health informatics for their institutions.

At Lourdes, you will experience the Lourdes difference.

On behalf of the College of Nursing, we invite you to discover the quality of our nursing education and the personalized attention you will receive from our advisors, faculty and staff who support you on your journey to achieving your professional goals.


Judy Didion, Ph.D., R.N.
Dean, College of Nursing