Mount Carmel College of Nursing, a private Catholic college, has developed several commitments to promote its identity as a Catholic institution of higher education. These commitments include:
- Be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
- Serve others, particularly the poor, underprivileged, and vulnerable members of society.
- Witness the Catholic faith and Judeo Christian values through Catholic administrators, faculty, and staff, and through those of other faith traditions.
- Integrate Catholic values into the curriculum; assure faculty and student awareness of the convictions of Catholic health care.
- Create a campus culture and environment that is expressive and supportive of a Catholic way of life.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing, a collaborative learning community, serving in the spirit of the Catholic tradition, offers excellent science-based education in nursing and allied health in a caring, respectful, and socially responsible environment.
- Social Responsibility
- Offer educational opportunities for holistic development of outstanding health care professionals
- Respect diverse spiritual and cultural values
- Serve the community
- The graduates demonstrate competence for practice.
- The faculty demonstrates excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, and practice.
- The teaching-learning process occurs in an environment supportive of diversity.
- The faculty, students, and staff provide quality health care programs and services to communities.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing promotes a diverse and inclusive environment which respects all students as individuals and empowers them to reach their potential to become professional nurses.
At Mount Carmel College of Nursing, students are able to take advantage of small classes, one-on-one instruction, the opportunity to form lifelong bonds with classmates, and personal contact with faculty, staff, and administration. A variety of co-curricular experiences exist to enrich the college experience.
Mount Carmel’s small size also means that instructors focus on teaching. Although faculty are involved in research and other scholarly work, publishing, and clinical practice, their first commitment is to enhance students’ professional preparation with comprehensive theoretical knowledge and rich and diverse clinical learning experiences.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing is a subsidiary corporation of Mount Carmel Health System, whose parent is Catholic Health East-Trinity Health.The College shares a campus with Mount Carmel West, a hospital within the Mount Carmel Health System (MCHS). This affiliation with MCHS offers Mount Carmel College of Nursing students a wide variety of clinical experiences that include four acute care hospitals, community outreach programs, hospice, home health, and ambulatory care centers.
Nursing education has been offered at Mount Carmel since the diploma program was established in 1903. The diploma nursing program graduated more than 4,500 nurses and established a tradition of excellence in nursing education.
In 1985, forward thinking administrators and faculty began the move from a hospital diploma nursing program to a college offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Mount Carmel College of Nursing was formally established in 1988. The first class of students was enrolled in Fall Semester 1990.
A special track for registered nurses who wish to earn a BSN was added to the nursing program in 1996. An on-line Registered Nurse Refresher Program was developed in 2003. In Fall 2009, a satellite location for the BSN Program was launched on the campus of Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio. The RN-BSN program transitioned exclusively to an online format in May 2011.
A graduate program offering the Master of Science (MS) was initiated in Fall 2003. Currently the college offers specialty tracks in Adult-Gerontology, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology/Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology track will have met the requirements to sit for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) credentialing examination. In addition, the graduate will have met the curricular requirements for the National League for Nursing’s Academic Nurse Educator certification examination. The degree is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The first of four Graduate Certificate Programs was initiated in Summer 2006.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing is located west of downtown Columbus on the same campus as Mount Carmel West hospital, just north of I-70 and west of SR315, on the corner of West Town Street and South Davis Avenue. With well over a million residents in its metropolitan area, Columbus is a diverse city. Collegiate and professional sports, innovative shopping and restaurants, Broadway series productions, national concert tours, plus world-class symphony, art museum, opera and ballet companies call Columbus home. The College also operates a satellite location at Fairfield Medical Center in Lancaster, Ohio, where it offers the traditional BSN program.
Accreditation and Affiliations
Mount Carmel College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools1 which serves as a resource to verify accreditation of the College.
The College is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents2 to grant both the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree (including the Fairfield Medical Center satellite location) and the Master of Science (MS) degree.
The College is authorized by the Ohio Board of Nursing3 to operate/deliver the pre-licensure nursing program.
The baccalaureate nursing program (including the Fairfield Medical Center satellite location) and master’s program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).4
The College has a collaborative relationship with The Ohio State University (OSU) and Columbus State Community College (CSCC).
Mount Carmel students enroll in selected general education courses taught at either OSU or CSCC. Mount Carmel students have access to the library and testing and tutorial services offered by both of these institutions. In addition, Mount Carmel has articulation agreements with the University of Findlay, Ohio Dominican University, Wilmington College, and Lake Erie College. Mount Carmel also has an articulation agreement with Columbus State Community College for the RN-BSN Program. In Fall 2009, MCCN began offering the BSN program at Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) in Lancaster, Ohio. MCCN has a collaborative arrangement with Ohio University-Lancaster to provide the first-year curriculum and selected general education courses for students enrolled at FMC.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing holds membership in the following organizations:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers
American Association of Higher Education
Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Association of Health Science Educational Consortium
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
National League for Nursing
Ohio Association for College Admission Counselors
Ohio Association of College Registrars and Admissions Counselors
Ohio Council of Deans and Directors of Nursing
1Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North La Salle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, www.ncacihe.org.
2Ohio Board of Regents, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-6000, www.ohiohighered.org.
3Ohio Board of Nursing, 17 South High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, OH 43215, 614-466-3947, www.nursing.ohio.gov.
4Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC, 20036, 202-887-6791, www.aacn.nche.edu.
Note: Students may receive a copy for review of the institution’s accreditations and authorizations by contacting the College of Nursing Administrator, Marian Hall, Rm 169 (614-234-5213).
Mount Carmel College of Nursing provides educational programs in a Judeo-Christian environment which enhance the unique intellectual, moral, spiritual, and psychosocial development of the person. The faculty accepts responsibility to prepare professional nurses for theory and evidence based practice at the basic and advanced levels that reflects the values and standards of the profession.
Caring is integral to nursing, valuing the dignity and worth of persons, service to others, social justice, altruism, autonomy, and integrity. Nursing is the practice of caring behaviors founded upon the integration of general education and professional studies. Nursing involves the management of health care of individuals, families, communities, and populations. The nurse is a health care professional who enacts multifaceted roles to promote optimal health during all life experiences. Nurses work collaboratively with clients and multidisciplinary teams to design, provide, coordinate, and implement health care. They respond to the diverse and changing needs of society in the local community as well as the broader global community. Nurses are both knowledgeable and active in political, economic, and regulatory processes that influence health care practices.
Health involves the harmonious integration of all dimensions of the client; it is culturally defined, valued, and practiced. Health is a dynamic, lifelong, multidimensional process whether the client is an individual, family, community, or population. Changes in health status occur in response to the stressors and strengths of the internal and external environment. The nurse provides holistic, culturally competent caring interventions directed at assisting the client to promote health.
Baccalaureate nursing education provides the foundation for safety and quality in professional nursing practice. Through a collaborative and interactive process, the self-directed learner develops the skills of critical thinking, effective communication, holistic assessment, caregiving, and leadership for professional practice. Clinical practice, which is the essence of nursing, is augmented through nursing theory and evidence based practice. Baccalaureate nursing education encourages lifelong inquiry for professional development.
Graduate nursing education provides the foundation for specialized roles in education, administration, and clinical practice. Research, theory for advanced practice, and strategies for validating and utilizing research findings are integral to graduate study.
General Education in the Nursing Program
General education is the foundation of professional education and provides the learner with the opportunity to develop the skills of critical thinking, independent decision making, and leadership, along with value formation and openness to cultural diversity. General education integrates and bridges the disciplines. It weaves a cohesive pattern of meaning into the total life experience.
The practice of professional nursing is based on a synthesis of knowledge from the humanities, sciences, nursing theory, and research.
Philosophy of Teaching
The faculty at Mount Carmel College of Nursing believe that teaching-learning is a dynamic, interactive sharing of knowledge that stimulates lifelong learning for both learner and educator.
We believe that both learners and faculty are responsible for a collaborative teaching-learning process. Students are responsible for engaging in learning opportunities while faculty are responsible for providing innovative nursing education based on theory and evidence. As faculty we pledge to maintain our expertise and to promote nursing knowledge.
We strive to create an intellectually challenging learning environment where faculty role model professional education and nursing standards. We believe in developing caring relationships with students that promote personal, academic, and professional growth.
We believe in developing the learner to his/her greatest potential through growth of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are hallmarks of the professional nurse.