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The ASCEND track of the Career Launch program covers the cost of the junior and senior year of school for nursing students earning a bachelor’s degree. Students must have completed their sophomore year in good standing to participate in the program.

ASCEND accepts applications year-round, admitting students entering their junior or senior year of school. Students must attend an accredited and approved college and be willing to commit to a post-graduation work commitment with Akron Children’s.

Students will receive:

  • Mentoring and support from nurses and leaders at Akron Children’s
  • Access to professional development courses
  • Shadowing opportunities            

When available, ASCEND participants may pursue employment as nurse technicians to gain hands on clinical experience. They will be compensated for their hours worked.

Participants wishing to focus on school full-time will be hired into student positions. These roles offer up to fifteen hours of paid professional development time each month.

All participants receive the following:

  • 100% of tuition prep-paid, including uniforms, fees, and books
  • Transportation and childcare assistance as needed
  • Job placement assistance post-graduation

  • Member of underrepresented group in nursing (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+, military/veteran)
  • Completion of sophomore year before joining the program
  • Good standing in an accredited and approved BSN program
  • Successful completion of Akron Children’s onboarding process  

Applications are accepted on our job seekers website

  • The student will apply for the Career Launch program and complete the application process.
  • Additional program information will be sent to the candidate via email along with a request to schedule a thirty-minute intake call.
  • After a successful intake, the student will begin the onboarding process and be hired into a Career Launch student position or another open role at Akron Children’s.
  • Final selection will occur after the completion of interviews and the candidate passes a background check (BCI/FBI fingerprints confirm no disqualifying convictions under ORC 2151.86).

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