Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares nurses to assume advanced leadership roles and responsibilities in nursing service and education. The curriculum is based upon nursing and related theories and the application of research findings to administrative and educational nursing issues. Graduate students are also prepared for doctoral study in nursing and continued personal and professional development. See full program details in the Academic Catalog.
The MSN program is designed for part-time or full-time study and offers two tracks: Nursing Administration and Nursing Education. Part-time students typically take two (2) classes each semester. They complete their degree requirements in three (3) years. Full-time students complete degree requirements in two years.
The College of Nursing employs graduate faculty who mirror the characteristics it seeks to instill in its graduate students: scholarship, motivation, concern, and an orientation to service. The graduate faculty represent a broad background of educational and clinical expertise. They dedicate themselves to teaching and enjoy working with graduate students individually and in small class situations.
The MSN Program curriculum is designed to facilitate the eligibility of graduates to take the certification exam in their chosen area of concentration. Criteria for eligibility from professional credentialing organizations were used to design graduate nursing courses to assure that appropriate didactic and practicum experiences are provided.
Criteria from the following professional organizations have been reviewed to assure applicable curriculum development:
- American Association of Colleges of Nursing
- American Organization of Nurse Executives
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- National League for Nursing
The demand for prepared nursing leaders who are independent and collaborative in facilitating and promoting healthcare change has grown in response to the aging nursing workforce and growing nursing shortage across the U.S. The demand for advanced role nurses who are able to provide leadership in healthcare facilities, nursing schools, and specific nursing arenas (education, administration, community health, occupational health, etc.) has grown in response to community-based care and increased public awareness of health promotion efforts.
Both acute care and community settings need highly skilled nurses to monitor the quality of client care and effectively manage complex health systems. Leadership in creating high quality, economical options for health care within the current era of health care reform and cost containment are primary goals of advanced role nurses.
To enter the program students must meet the following requirements:
- Graduate from a state-approved, nationally accredited baccalaureate degree program in nursing.
- Provide verification of a current, unrestricted Ohio license as a registered nurse (RN).
- Provide evidence of malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and health requirements as stated in application materials
- Have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale.
- Provide evidence of a satisfactory background check in compliance with applicable sections of the Ohio Revised Code (BCI).
- Provide validation of Health Assessment.
- Submit a resume or curriculum vitae.
- Submit three (3) letters of reference.
- Complete and submit the Urbana University MSN Essay (Written Goals).
- Complete MSN Admission Interview (Personal Interview).
Prospective students who do not meet all of the above criteria may be admitted "conditionally". These graduate students must earn a GPA of 3.20 in the first nine (9) hours of graduate nursing core courses at Urbana University for the student to be fully admitted to the MSN program. See the full MSN curriculum.
One to nine (1-9) credits of graduate level coursework may be transferred from an accredited college or university.
How Do I Apply for Admission?
- Request an application for admission from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Send the completed application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Request an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended and have it sent to the Office of Graduate Studies. Transcripts are considered official only when they are sent directly from the school and have a school seal or signature of a school official.
- If you have been in military service, submit a copy of your DD214 military discharge form.