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Nursing at Kent State Stark



 Nursing at Kent State University at Stark

Kent State University offers one of the finest nursing programs in the United States. Expert faculty and administrators work with students to enhance professional education and success. All of Kent State’s nursing programs provide a continuing base for development both as an individual and as a nursing professional. 43% of northeast Ohio nurses earned their degree at Kent State University.

Students can complete all requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the RN to BSN Program at Kent State Stark.


Program Highlights

  • Our students receive clinical experience through a variety of local health care and community agencies, as well as extended care facilities, including Aultman Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Affinity Medical Center, Altercare and Heartland.
  • Kent State Stark’s Nursing Lab is a state-of-the-art facility in which students learn and practice nursing skills and procedures. Students encounter real-life situations by using the lab’s high-fidelity, computerized human patients in the forms of newborn, child and adult simulators. Simulation experiences are incorporated into most all of the nursing courses. An Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing simulation course has been developed to give students additional opportunities to enhance clinical skills.
  • The program’s faculty members – each an expert in a different nursing specialty – give students invaluable one-on-one attention and instruction, facilitating the transition from the classroom to the patient-care setting.
  • To provide the students with a competitive edge in the job market, Kent State Stark’s nursing program utilizes electronic portfolios to promote their graduates to future employers. The web-based profile, which includes each students’ traditional résumé, philosophy of nursing, course of study, skills checklist and professional photo, allows employers to visit a student’s website and see all that the student has accomplished during their academic career.
  • The Stark Campus accepts 50 new sophomores into the nursing program each academic year; 10 of which are chosen to complete the three-year summer option, facilitating an early degree completion.
  • As a regional campus of Kent State University, the Stark Campus’ nursing program is part of Ohio’s largest academic program for nursing – the sixth largest program in the nation – educating the majority of Northeast Ohio’s registered nurses.

Career Opportunities

As the largest healthcare occupation, registered nurses held about 2.6 million jobs in 2008. Hospitals employed the majority of RNs, with 60 percent of such jobs. About 8 percent of jobs were in offices of physicians, 5 percent in home healthcare services, 5 percent in nursing care facilities, and 3 percent in employment services. The remainder worked mostly in government agencies, social assistance agencies, and educational services.


Additional Resources:

Nursing Program Contact:
Deb Shelestak, Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor, Nursing

Nursing Advising Contact:
Venecia Alexander
Academic Advisor