Master of Science in Nursing – Center for Adult and Professional Studies

Registered Nurses accounted for more than 2.7 million jobs in 2010, making them the largest healthcare occupation by far. [i]RNs need support from managers and educators with advanced training.

Nursing for RNs who are ready to pursue advanced nursing roles. Choose from two concentrations: Nursing Education or Nursing Administration.

Course Topics for the MSN

The MSN at Urbana is a 46-credit program consisting of 24 core credits and 22 concentration credits. The core curriculum of Urbana’s MSN program prepares students to become evidence-based practitioners who can act as forces for positive change. Courses include:

  • Ethical Issues in Nursing and Health Care
  • Organizational Foundations for Leading Change
  • Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing
  • Population-Focused Healthcare
  • Proposal Development and Writing for Publication

Courses in the Nursing Administration concentration prepare students to lead nursing organizations. Topics cover finance, management, marketing, and organizational behavior relevant to health care settings.

Courses in the Nursing Education concentration prepare students to understand how others learn, and how to design effective learning experience for new nurses. Topics include curriculum development, technologically-mediated teaching, and more.

Who Can Apply?

Urbana’s Master of Science in Nursing program is rigorous and selective. We require applicants to:

  • Submit a completed MSN application and $25 application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. Candidates need to have graduated from a state-approved, nationally accredited bachelor’s degree program in nursing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Provide verification of current, unrestricted Ohio registered nurse (RN) license.
  • Provide all licensure, certification, malpractice insurance and health requirements requested.
  • Provide evidence of a satisfactory background check in compliance with the Ohio Reviewed Code (BCI).
  • Complete the MSN Essay (2-3 double-spaced typed pages), which serves as a writing sample and communicates how the goals for graduate study relate to future career goals.
  • Submit a resume, including educational background and professional work experience.
  • Present three supporting letters of recommendation that will attest to the applicant’s ability as a manager/educator and probable success as a graduate student.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview with MSN Program Chair.

RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may be able to apply to this program through our MSN bridge program. Additional prerequisite courses will be required. See course catalog for details.

Learn More

For full details about the MSN at Urbana University, click here to go directly to the course catalog. You can also contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your personal goals.

[i] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited May 14, 2013).