UC Blue Ash College

Nursing Orientation Checklist

Before you begin your first day of orientation, review the information on this page to make sure you have a clear understanding of all requirements and pre-purchases that you'll need to make. All information will be reviewed in detail during the required Orientation Session on campus.

Nursing Department Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Ellis DNP, MSN, RN, CNE

Associate Professor
Walters Hall 283

Sharon Gratsch, MSN, RN

Educational Specialist
Walters Hall 289

Jackie Belew

Nursing Program Coordinator
Walters Hall 289

Orientation Sessions

Orientation sessions will be held in Walters Hall 100 at your specified date and time, as per your RSVP. All students are expected to attend one of the sessions. The orientation sessions will review the information provided here in greater detail, as well as provide you time to order your uniforms, meet advisors, tour the department, and ask questions.

Critical Requirements

Immunitrax Requirements

Entry into the UC Blue Ash Nursing program requires compliance with Immunitrax guidelines on a background check and immunizations. Download the document below for step-by-step instructions on how to log on to Immunitrax, view the deadlines and get your background check and fingerprinting.

  • You will be using Immunitrax to submit the information found below:
    • Annual Physical
    • 2 Step Mantoux TB Test
    • MMR Vaccination Series or Immunity
    • Varicella Zoster Vaccine or Immunity
    • Hepatitis B Series or Immunity
  • Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider (CPR and AED) Certification
    • All students are required to obtain Health Care Provider Certification prior to the beginning of the Nursing Program. Students must maintain current BLS Certification during the length of their nursing program. American Heart Association or American Red Cross certification is acceptable. An online hybrid course is allowable as long as it has a hands-on practice component. Certification card with dates noted will be the required documentation.
  • HIPAA Training Module Directions
    • Completion of Compliance Training or Competency Testing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training Module
      • Federal regulations mandate protection of patients’ health care information. All students must complete an online module of introductory training to aide in the understanding of the federal regulations. The training module can be found at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Continuous Professional Development website. To log in, use your UC central login user name and password.
      • Select Compliance Training or Competency Testing, select Catalog, select HIPAA Compliance Training, select HIPAA Privacy Introduction, select Register for the Course, log in and complete the course. If you experience problems completing the modules, please click on the contact us button on the website so the site administrator can be made aware of any issues.
      • Print one copy of the certificate when you complete the course. Load the copy of your certificate to the ImmuniTrax site.
  • Essentials Form (form available through Immunitrax)
  • Consent/Release (form available through Immunitrax)
  • 2018/19 Student Handbook available ...
    • Signature page for student handbook available through Immunitrax

Required Purchases

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to visit the campus bookstore to order books and uniforms. Please bring payment with you.

  • Textbook: Pearsons Concepts in Nursing: Volumes I, II, and III, including Code for Pearson MyNursing Lab.
    • Option 1: Package ISBN-13: 9780134879116 includes Nursing Concepts 3e Volumes 1-3 print textbooks + MyNursingLab access.
    • Option 2: MyNursingLab access code only ISBN-13: 9780134869742.
    • Note: MyNursingLab automatically includes the Nursing Concepts 3e Volumes 1-3 etexts so this option does provide access to the books but they are digital only copies.
  • Required Uniform
    • Purchase from UCBA bookstore only
      • Black uniform top
      • Black uniform pant
      • Black knit shirt
      • Nursing bag
      • Lab jacket (optional)
    • Purchase from anywhere
      • Khaki pants
      • White or black nursing shoes or white or black leather gym shoes
      • Stethoscope (MDF or Littman brand)
      • Blood pressure cuff
      • Laptop Requirement


  • Need help with scheduling classes? Find your advisor below:

Professor Karen Smith, MSN, RN

Flory Center 160.04
Advising Letters: A-E

Professor Dana Morgan MSN, RN, CMSRN

Walters Hall 185
Advising Letters: F-M

Professor Melissa Setser MSN, RN, CPNP

Flory Center 165.01
Advising Letters: N-Z

  • If you have any further questions or need more clarifying information, please make a list and bring them with you to your scheduled orientation session.


Contact Information

Nursing Department
Phone: 513-745-5665
Email: nursing@ucblueash.edu