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Lorrie Thompson - From Columbus State to Ohio University

Lorrie Thompson always knew she wanted to be a nurse like her mother and grandmother. But like many other adult students, she needed a flexible class schedule.

She also knew she wanted to continue her education and would need a program that would not only grant an Associate of Nursing degree, but give her options for a bachelor's degree in the future.

Columbus State's program allowed her to take care of her young daughter while going to school. Lorrie landed a job on the nephrology floor at Ohio State University Hospital immediately after graduating from Columbus State. She loved her work, but needed a bachelor's degree in nursing to take her career further.

All of her credits from the Columbus State program transferred to Ohio University's online RN-to-BSN program. The strong partnership between the two schools, along with guidance from Ohio University advisor Jody Van Winkle, assured a seamless transition for Lorrie.

Lorrie graduated from Ohio University in 2011 with a bachelor's degree, and is now studying to become a nurse practitioner through Ohio University's Master of Science in Nursing program.

Lorrie was able to complete her bachelor's degree and start her master's while working for the American Renal Association, where she is now the director of nurses for their Columbus-area clinics. Lorrie works with other Columbus State nursing alumni, and knows that their degree ensures that they are ready and able to bring the best care to their patients.

"Graduating from Columbus State, I was better-prepared than nurses who went to other schools," she says. The college offers hands-on experience through clinicals and a state-of-the-art teaching lab.

Lorrie feels that the quality of her Columbus State education prepared her for graduate school, leadership in her field, and whatever comes next.