Capital Campaign Committee Tours New Nursing College in Ohio

(WMFD) Perhaps the biggest economic development project for north-central Ohio in several years is taking shape.  And, the people making it happen got a sneak preview Wednesday evening. They took a tour of Ashland University’s new Dwight Schar College of Nursing at South Trimble Road and Marion Avenue in Mansfield.

The committee raising money for the $16-million project walked through the construction site, being shown the nine classrooms and offices areas.

They also went upstairs where future nurses will get hands-on training on treating patients.  The second floor will feature a simulation area where students will work on high-tech mannequins as if in a hospital setting.

The nursing college will have 750 students, double the student body at the current school near Med-Central Mansfield Hospital.

It will offer degrees for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, and nurse practitioners and help reduce Ohio’s nursing shortage.

The nursing college will also have an economic benefit for this area.  Ashland University President Dr. Frederick Finks says the current nursing college contributes $12-million a year to the local economy while the new school will have an $18-million annual economic impact.

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing opens for classes in August.

Ashland University has acquired the neighboring apartment building to house 100 nursing students.