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2021-2022 College CatalogLast Updated "About The College" on October 4, 2021

About The College

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, affiliated with The Christ Hospital Health Network for over a century, is a regionally accredited, private institution of higher learning. Dedicated to delivering the highest quality healthcare education, TCCNHS graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference. We educate tomorrow’s healthcare leaders.

History - Vision - Mission


The Christ Hospital School of Nursing, predecessor to The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, was born in a tradition of caring. In 1888, a group of local citizens, led by soap maker James N. Gamble, invited Ms. Isabella Thoburn to come to Cincinnati. Their expectation was that she would start a program to train deaconesses and missionaries to carry on religious, educational, and philanthropic work to alleviate the appalling poverty that existed in the city. They could not have imagined the impact their invitation would have on our city, then and more than a century later.

Miss Thoburn arrived in late 1888 and found that the Gamble family had provided a house and funds to begin herwork. The endeavor was named The Elizabeth Gamble Deaconess Home Association in honor of Mrs. James Gamble, who had dedicated her life to serving the needy of the city. On that storied day when Ms. Thoburn found a sick woman crying on the street because she had cancer and could not get medical care, the plan of the deaconesses expanded beyond running a soup kitchen and ministering in tenement homes. They opened a ten-bed hospital, named Christ’s Hospital.

Between 1889 and 1901, the Association trained only deaconesses as nurses, but they soon recognized the need for enrolling other qualified young women. By 1901, young women were accepted for training as nurses whether or not they intended to become deaconesses. This paved the way for the formation of The Christ Hospital School of Nursing in 1902. Since its inception, The Christ Hospital School of Nursing has grown both in size and sophistication to meet the changing healthcare needs within the Greater Cincinnati region and the tri-state (Ohio-Indiana-Kentucky).

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, established in 2006, offers programs designed to prepare graduates to work in a broad array of healthcare settings. Discipline-specific studies, grounded in the arts and sciences provide students with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills and competencies to transition into their chosen profession. The College continues in the pursuit of excellence in education which has been at the core of the institution’s mission and history and is aptly stated in its unchanging motto - Summo Commisso Missi, On Highest Mission Sent.


The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences will be an innovative institution of higher learning providing a distinctive curriculum in nursing and health sciences.


The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, guided by its core values and enriched by a foundation in the Arts and Sciences, prepares individuals both for delivery of healthcare that promotes the well-being of a dynamic society and for life-long learning.

Values and Goals

Core Values

  • Caring: to have respect for every human being and concern for the preservation of human dignity; to accept the diversity of cultures and origins characterizing the global community.
  • Collaboration: to work cooperatively; to achieve common goals.
  • Integrity: to be honest, fair, trustworthy, and genuine; to conduct oneself ethically, legally, and professionally.
  • Excellence: to function at the highest level of performance; to demonstrate commitment to quality outcomes and continuous improvement through evidence-based practice.


To make its vision a reality and to accomplish its mission The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences promises to:

  • Provide a collaborative learning environment that addresses the individual needs of a diverse student population.
  • Integrate knowledge from the Arts and Sciences and discipline-specific studies to establish a foundation for life-long learning.
  • Employ faculty who demonstrate excellence in education through quality instruction, community service, and scholarly endeavors.
  • Provide an educational experience grounded in the institution’s core values that prepares graduates to participate responsibly in a dynamic, diverse society.
  • Provide curricular offerings relevant to current market demands and healthcare needs.
  • Ensure academic excellence through on-going assessment and evaluation.

Institutional Learning Outcomes

As a result of their educational experiences at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, students will:

  • Apply an expanded knowledge base within one’s chosen profession with the disposition to engage in life-long learning.
  • Demonstrate responsible engagement with social-political-cultural issues of local, regional, or global significance.
  • Demonstrate academic and professional competency in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrate academic and professional competency within the sciences.
  • Engage in intellectual inquiry and critical thinking by identifying assumptions, making inferences, marshaling evidence, and giving a coherent account of reasoning.

Student learning outcomes are also clearly stated for the academic programs that are offered at the college. Students should refer to the program handbook for their respective degree program.

College Conceptual Framework

The curriculum provides an integrated approach to holistic learning that prepares students to enter the health professions, the community, and the world as competent, well-rounded, critically thinking individuals. The following diagram depicts the College’s conceptual framework.

Currently, the College offers a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) completion program, Associate of Science in General Studies, Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting Certificate, and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. The academic departments work together to support the overall mission and goals of the College while creating a well-rounded academic experience for students, faculty, and staff.

Supported by a foundation in the arts and sciences and discipline-related studies the College’s conceptual framework is rooted in its mission, purpose, goals, and values.

Student Functional Abilities

Updated 12-23-19

Student functional abilities are combinations of cognitive, behavioral/social, and physical abilities required to acquire the knowledge and skills needed for the roles associated with the College’s program(s). In addition to being essential to the successful completion of the requirements of a degree, these skills and functions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of patients, students, faculty, and other health care providers. Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admissions criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these technical standards.

Because curricula leading to healthcare related degrees at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences (TCCNHS) require students to engage in diverse and complex experiences, the College has identified specified student functional abilities critical to the success of students. Variations of these functions may be addressed in program or course specific information. If the capacity to perform these student functional abilities with or without reasonable accommodations results in the inability to meet student learning outcomes, the student may be at risk of not successfully completing the course and/or program.

Program Specific Student Functional Abilities*

*The information above is intended as guidance and not as hard rules. Accommodation requests by students, even those related to student functional abilities, will be analyzed and determined on a case-by-case basis, and such accommodations will be granted when the College determines it is reasonable to do so.

College Organizational Structure

Updated 8-24-2020

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is a non-profit corporation. The affiliate hospital, The Christ Hospital, is the Sole Member of TCCNHS. The oversight for all institutional, business, and academic practices emanates from TCCNHS’ Board of Directors. The President of the College reports directly to the Board and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the institution.

An organizational chart can be found here.

Board of Directors

  • Mrs. Yvonne G. Washington, Hon D Hum L, Chair
  • Dr. James S. Wendel, Vice Chair, Mt. Auburn Women’s Center, TCHHN Affiliate
  • Mr. Raymond Mock, Secretary
  • Dr. Thomas M. Broderick, TCHHN Affiliate
  • Mrs. Victoria B. Gluckman, Hon D Hum
  • Mrs. Susan D. Gilster, Ph.D., R.N., The Gilster Group, LLC
  • Mrs. Cathy M. Hamblen, B.S.N., R.N.
  • Mr. Roderick D. Hinton, M.S., Vice President of Advancement, The Children’s Home of Cincinnati
  • Mrs. Moira Weir, CEO, United Way of Greater Cincinnati
  • Gail E. Kist-Kline, Ph.D., President, TCCNHS (Ex-Officio)
  • Theodore M. Scherpenberg, Chief Financial Officer TCHHN (Ex-Officio)
  • Julie A. Holt, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, TCHHN (Ex-Officio)

College Administration

President: Gail E. Kist-Kline, Ph.D.

Telephone: (513) 585-1414


Dean of College Support Services: Meghan E. Hollowell, Ed.D.

Telephone: (513) 585-4841


Dean of Enrollment Management: Bradley A. Jackson, MA

Telephone: (513) 585-0116

Chief Academic Officer/Dean of Arts and Sciences: Robert Kallmeyer, Ph.D.

Telephone: (513) 585-3747

Dean of Nursing: Connie McFadden-Chase, MSN, CNE, RN, Ed.D.

Telephone: 513-585-0941

Officer of Advancement and Strategic Partnerships: Tiffany Porter-Shabazz, M.Ed.

Telephone: 513-585-4399


Civil Rights Compliance

Updated 10/8/20

Qualified applicants will be considered for admission to The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, citizenship, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, genetics, marital status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law (collectively, “protected statuses”).

Non-Discrimination Statement

Updated 7/27/2016, 10/19/2016; 12/13/2017

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, citizenship, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, genetics, marital status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law (collectively, “protected statuses”) in the administration of its educational, recruitment, and admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; or other College-administered programs. All institutional processes and policies are in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to discrimination.

Please click here to visit the Compliance Bridge Policy Portal and search Non-Discrimination Statement.

The following people have been designated to handle specific inquiries regarding specific non-discrimination policies:

For inquiries related to disabilities, contact:

Student Success Center Coordinator, Main College Building Office B18. (513) 585-4144.

For inquiries related to Title IX/Sexual Assault and all other discrimination contact:

Anita Frazier, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Office: Medical Office Building Office 101. (513) 585-0180

Inquiries regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 can also be made to the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR can be contacted by visiting or by calling 1-800-421-3481.

Disability Compliance

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, does not restrict admission of any individual solely by reason of his or her disability.

Right of Privacy

For information pertaining to students’ rights to privacy, please refer to the Compliance Bridge Policy Portal and search Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


Updated 8-24-20

The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited, approved, and authorized by several agencies and organizations. Below is a listing of these agencies and organizations. Please visit the College’s website for full verification.

Authorizations and Approvals

Authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education to award the Associate of Applied Science, Medical Assisting; Associate of Science, General Studies; Bachelor of Science, Nursing; and Bachelor of Science, Health Care Administration.

Approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to conduct nursing education programs leading to initial licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse.

Approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Training.

Institutional Accreditation

TCC is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC).

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Documents describing or related to the above-stated accreditations, approvals, and authorizations are available for review by contacting the Associate Dean, Institutional Effectiveness at 513-585-1451.

Library Services


The James N. Gamble Library will connect people to the most relevant knowledge-based information.


The James N. Gamble Library will provide members of The Christ Hospital Health Network community with timely, authoritative and accurate library and information services to advance excellence in education, research, and patient care.

  • Circulating book and journal collection
  • Article reprints via e-mail, fax, interdepartmental mail, or pick-up at Library
  • ILL services for books and journal articles not in the Library’s collection
  • Bibliographic literature search services
  • Table of contents surveys
  • Reference assistance
  • Training on subscription search databases and electronic resources
  • Assistance with creating online journal clubs

Location and Contact Information

The Christ Hospital, 1 North
Phone: (513) 585-2737, Fax: (513) 585-4353

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: Closed


Regina Hartman, Library Manager

Jennifer Pettigrew, E-Resources Librarian

Lisa Raney, E-Resources Librarian


Books for The Christ College can be easily purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

Location and Contact Information

2139 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati Ohio 45219 (The Christ Hospital Gift Shop) Phone: 513-585-0868

For convenience and in compliance with regulatory standards, a book list is supplied for all courses with book titles and ISBN numbers prior to class registration each semester. TCC strongly recommends students shop through Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Students who shop through another vendor should be advised The Christ College cannot make any guarantees to assist in resolving issues with book orders.

If there are not enough available books at the bookstore or there is something incorrectly listed, students should contact their faculty or a Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Associate or Manager who can assist in resolving issues with book orders. Unresolved issues should be directed to the appropriate Associate Dean.

Financial Aid Book Voucher Policy

The College, together with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, has developed the following guidelines and procedures for students who wish to use their anticipated financial aid refund to purchase required and recommended books and supplies.

Eligible students may only receive a book voucher at the Financial Aid Office.

To be eligible for a College Book Voucher, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have a valid FAFSA on file with the College.
  2. Have completed verification process with the financial aid office if applicable.
  3. Have signed a master promissory note (MPN) for Direct Student Loans if applicable.
  4. Have a completed financial aid file.
  5. Be in good standing of Academic and Financial Aid SAP policies.
  6. Have registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours.
  7. Have financial aid in excess of tuition charges for the semester.
  8. Have no outstanding balances owed to the College for the current or previous semesters.

Book Voucher Guidelines

  1. Only one book voucher per student.
  2. Book vouchers are only available for fall, spring and summer semesters.
  3. Book vouchers expire at close of business on the final day of the 100% refund period.
  4. No book vouchers will be given after the final day of the 100% refund period.
  5. Can receive up to $1000 in a book voucher depending on individual eligibility. A minimum of $100 must be available in a pending refund to process a book voucher.
  6. Students are not permitted to purchase books or supplies for other students.
  7. Only required or recommended books and supplies for the currently enrolled semester will be permitted.
  8. Book vouchers must be used at the Joseph-Beth at Christ Hospital store only to purchase required or recommended books and supplies.
  9. At time of purchase, student must show Joseph-Beth Booksellers your College ID badge or photo ID.
  10. Only the Director of Business Services or approved college designee is authorized to sign the TCCNHS Book Voucher Form.

Book Voucher Process

  1. Book Voucher Forms are available at the Financial Aid Office beginning one week prior to the start of the semester or at designated dates as determined by TCCNHS in conjunction with Joseph-Beth.
  2. Book voucher requests will not be processed by email or phone. Requests must be made in person at the Financial Aid Office.
  3. A book and supplies fee will be charged to the student account for the amount invoiced by Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
  4. The completed book voucher should be considered as cash and if a student misplaces the voucher or loses the voucher, another voucher will not be issued.
  5. For your first purchase at Joseph-Beth at the Christ Hospital store, you will be required to give them your Financial Aid voucher. They will set up an account in your name and, in return, provide you with a Special Payment Card with the allotted financial aid loaded on the card. Each time you purchase, you will need to pay with this card. This is considered cash and if a student misplaces the Payment Card, another voucher will not be issued.
  6. The Joseph-Beth Payment Card can only be used at Joseph-Beth at Christ Hospital and the student must present their College ID or photo ID at the time of purchase.
  7. Joseph-Beth Booksellers will reconcile with TCCNHS approximately 30 days after the start of the semesters. Approved book vouchers will expire the day after the 100% tuition refund schedule of the College.

Food Services

There are several dining venues available to students that are open throughout the day and evening.

  • **Bistro 1889-**Monday through Friday (Located in the Hospital; Closed on Holidays)
  • **Starbucks-**Monday through Sunday (Located in the Hospital)
  • **Vending Machines-**Vending machines with snacks and beverages in the Hospital and in the College’s Student Lounge accessible 24-hours a day.

A refrigerator, microwave, and coffee machine are located in the College’s Student Lounge.