Press Release

OhioHealth and Franklin University Broaden Education Partnership to Expand Tuition Benefits


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
(614) 947-6581

Columbus, OH (June 17, 2022)

Franklin University, one of the leading educators of working adults, is pleased to announce the expansion of its existing educational partnership with OhioHealth to establish the U-LEARN program. 

Demonstrating its commitment to attracting and developing a well-trained workforce, the U-LEARN program allows OhioHealth associates to take advantage of the hospital system’s reimbursement program to take unlimited undergraduate courses at Franklin University for $5250 per calendar year. OhioHealth associates will receive free textbooks and waived registration fees, creating no-cost access to a bachelor’s degree. Part-time OhioHealth associates are also eligible for this new benefit by supplementing their $3000 benefit toward a bachelor’s degree.

Through the U-LEARN program, employees can benefit from the flexibility of 100 percent online programs in nearly 40 areas of study, including nursing (RN-BSN), healthcare management, and health education and promotion.

“As a leading employer in the state of Ohio, we want OhioHealth to be the place people want to work,” says Qiana Williams, OhioHealth vice president, total rewards and human resources operations. “We are committed to removing educational barriers for our associates.  These new and enhanced options benefit current associates and tell prospective associates, OhioHealth is the place to start your career and continue life-long learning and development.” 

As a leader in adult education, Franklin University understands that balancing the need to stay current along with going back to school takes planning, commitment, and sacrifices. Through Franklin’s online programs, employees of OhioHealth can take classes on their schedule to continue their education as they make themselves a skilled and relevant asset to OhioHealth. 

"To provide excellence in healthcare and its administration, we must prepare professionals to improve the quality of life through leadership and service,” said Dr. David Decker, President of Franklin University. “Through this expansion of our partnership with OhioHealth, we can enhance the development of its employees, with the added benefit of preparing their workforces to lead the state of healthcare forward into a new level of quality service."

About OhioHealth 
Based in Columbus, Ohio, OhioHealth is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit, charitable, healthcare outreach of the United Methodist Church.  

Serving its communities since 1891, it is a family of 35,000 associates, physicians and volunteers, and a network of 12 hospitals, 200+ ambulatory sites, hospice, home-health, medical equipment and other health services spanning a 47-county area.  It has been recognized by FORTUNE as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 2007. 
OhioHealth hospitals include OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital, OhioHealth Marion General Hospital, OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital, OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, OhioHealth Shelby Hospital, OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Berger Hospital. For more information, please visit the OhioHealth website at  

About Franklin University

Accredited, nonprofit, and dedicated to educating adults since 1902, Franklin provides onsite course options at our Main Campus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and is an innovator in providing personalized online education. The University offers applied in-demand undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs that enable adult learners to achieve their educational and professional goals. Through agreements with partner institutions, the University also offers international academic programs, including its top-ranked MBA.

Franklin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds specialized accreditations for specific academic programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management Education. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Franklin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE).

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