About Us


Our History of the Hospital and School of Nursing

Trinity Health System School of Nursing was originally founded in 1912 as The Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing. Previously known as the Training School for Women Nurses, the School graduated its first class of three nurses in 1915. The School was renamed the Trinity Health System School of Nursing in 1996 with the affiliation between Ohio Valley Hospital and St. John Medical Center. Throughout the School’s history, over 2000 nurses have been awarded the distinctive pin of the Ohio Valley Hospital/Trinity Health System School of Nursing. The School has consistently maintained a distinguished record of achievement in education and in meeting the healthcare needs of the community.

Trinity Health System is owned and operated by Sylvania Franciscan Health and Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). In February 2019 Trinity Health System became a part of CommonSpirit Health, created through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. The Board of Trustees of Trinity Health System is the governing body of the Trinity Medical Centers East and West, subsidiary organizations and affiliated operations. The School of Nursing is a department of Trinity Medical Center East.

Trinity Aerial Building


Our Accreditations

The Trinity Health System School of Nursing is a 2 year diploma nursing education program and is accredited/approved by:

Ohio Board of Nursing – Full-five year Approval – Effective September 18, 2019

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) – (Initial program accreditation June,1965), September, 2011 – continuing eight-year accreditation – Next Visit Fall 2019.

Certified by the Ohio Department of Higher Education

Our governing  organization, Trinity Health System, is accredited by The Joint Commission effective date November 17, 2017.

For information regarding the School’s current approval or accreditation status or any correspondence may be addressed to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
P: (404) 975-5000
F: (404) 975-5020
E: info@acenursing.org

Ohio Board of Nursing

17 South High Street, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215-7410
P: (614) 466-3947
F: (614) 466-0388


Our Affiliations

An affiliate of the Helene Fuld Health Trust

The School is affiliated with two modern progressive medical centers; Trinity Medical Center East and Trinity Medical Center West, that provide student clinical learning experiences in both out-patient and in-patient acute medical/ surgical care, specialty units, extended-care, rehabilitative care, and health clinic settings. Trinity Medical Center East/West are accredited by The Joint Commission and hold institutional membership in the Ohio Hospital Association and the Voluntary Hospital Association of America. Community affiliations are utilized to augment the students’ clinical experiences.

Trinity Health System School of Nursing has a consortium agreement with Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) to provide instruction for all non-nursing courses within the curriculum. EGCC is an accredited co-educational institution. The college was chartered for operation in 1966 as a public college by the Ohio Board of Regents. It is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Students receive full credit for college courses through this consortium agreement. Classes are taught by EGCC faculty and are held at the EGCC Jefferson County campus.


Our Mission Statement

The purpose of the Trinity Health System School of Nursing is to prepare a beginning professional nurse. The program assists individuals to achieve curriculum outcomes and demonstrate professional competencies necessary to practice in a variety of health care settings and incorporates the core values of Trinity Health System.


Our Vision

To assist students to achieve educational outcomes which prepare them to meet the holistic health care needs of individuals, families, and communities throughout the life span.


Core Values and Quality Principles


Profound respect and awe for all of creation, the foundation that shapes spirituality, our relationships with others and our journey to God.


Moral wholeness, soundness, fidelity, trust, truthfulness in all we do.


Solidarity with one another, capacity to enter into another’s joy and sorrow.


Preeminent performance, becoming the benchmark, putting forth our personal and professional best.


Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the Trinity Health System School of Nursing is reflective of faculty beliefs and is in accord with the mission of the Trinity Health System. The School of Nursing fulfills its responsibility to society by preparing a professional nurse who practices safely and ethically within the hospital or other health care settings.

Nursing, as an applied art and science, is based on a specialized body of knowledge including the natural and behavioral sciences. As a dynamic, multi-dimensional health profession, nursing utilizes judgment and skill in providing service to individuals, families and society. The practice of nursing is guided by current legal, ethical and professional standards.

The goal of nursing is to assist individuals and families in achieving their optimum level of health. Nursing utilizes the principles of natural and behavioral sciences as a foundation for practice. Effective communication and application of the nursing process are utilized to provide comprehensive nursing care. To enhance delivery of care, nursing adapts health teaching to meet the needs of individuals and families, collaborates with members of the health team, fosters support systems, promotes community resources, and maintains current legal and ethical standards in all aspects of nursing care.

The individual is a unique, complex being comprised of biological, psychological, spiritual, and social entities, whose relationship with the environment is continuous and interactive. The individual’s environment is comprised of internal and external components. The internal environment includes the interacting biological, spiritual, and psychological entities. The external environment consists of society as it interacts with the individual’s social entities. Society is comprised of individuals, families and communities sharing common goals. Society possesses structure, values and beliefs which influence individual behavior. Society adapts as knowledge, resources and technology change.

Health is a dynamic state of optimal wellness, influenced by the individual’s environment. Health exists in the presence and absence of illness. Each individual has the potential to achieve an optimal level of health and the right to make decisions about health care.

Education is a life-long, dynamic, participative process through which the learner’s potential is actualized. Education provides a means by which individuals expand knowledge and accomplish goals. The educational process prepares the learner to assume increasing responsibility and self-direction for continued personal and professional growth.

Learning is the process of acquiring knowledge and skills, is evidenced by changes in behavior, and progresses from simple to complex. Learning occurs best in an open, stimulating environment where the learner and the educator are mutually responsible for the learning process.

The School fulfills its responsibility to the student by providing an educational environment that facilitates the learning process. The faculty guides the learning process and provides an environment that encourages critical thinking and systematic inquiry. The student assumes responsibility for active participation in the learning process.

The faculty is responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating the student’s learning experiences according to the mission/vision/core values and quality principles/objectives of the program. The administration, faculty and staff endeavor to provide competent role models and student services to meet the needs of the student.


Unifying Concepts of Learning

  1. Communication
  2. Health team
  3. Community resources
  4. Nursing process
  5. Scientific base for nursing practice
  6. Patient/client and family
  7. Health teaching
  8. Legal and ethical standards of nursing practice


Curriculum Outcomes

The student will:

  • Combine all modes of communication in relationships with patients, clients, families and others.
  • Plan with the health team to meet the comprehensive needs of patients, clients and families.
  • Formulate appropriate community referrals for patients, clients, and families.
  • Develop the nursing process to meet the comprehensive needs of patients, clients, and families.
  • Design application of natural and behavioral science principles as the foundation of nursing practice.
  • Assemble support systems of patients, clients, and families.
  • Design health teaching to promote quality health care.
  • Infer current legal and ethical standards in all aspects of nursing practice.

The information contained in this site is considered to be descriptive in nature.

It does not constitute an irrevocable contract between the student and the school. The school reserves the right to change without notice statements contained in this site concerning rules, policies, tuition and fees, curricula, courses or other administrative or educational policies.

You may contact the school at (740) 266-1230 for the most up-to-date information or email the school at jduska@trinityhealth.com

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