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Assuring Success with a Commitment to Enhance Nurse Diversity

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 in clinical and nursing specialty areas            

ASCEND participants are offered fifteen paid hours per month for professional development and must meet the following requirements:

  • Successfully pass coursework and attend school each semester
  • Attend two shadow sessions per month
  • Meet monthly with an assigned mentor.

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.
  • Final selection will occur after the completion of interviews and the candidate passes
  • all onboarding requirements including drug/nicotine screening, reference check, and background screening (BCI/FBI fingerprints confirm no disqualifying convictions under ORC 2151.86)

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