Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)

Graduate Admissions

Losch Hall
Phone: 937-772-9224

Apply online

The RN-MSN Program is designed to meet the needs of adult learners who already possess an RN license and a bachelor’s degree, and who desire to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. Courses in the program are a blending of RN-BSN core courses that are essential requisites to MSN graduate study.

Upon completion of RN-MSN bridge courses from the BSN core, students enter one of two areas of concentration offered for the Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration or Nursing Education. Learning opportunities within the RN-MSN program emphasize research, evidence-based practice, community health nursing, and leadership and management principles which are integral to the development of leaders in the nursing profession.

The MSN Program prepares nurses to assume advanced leadership roles and responsibilities in nursing service and education. Through critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and utilization of research, graduate students are prepared to coordinate healthcare programs within complex systems in an era of healthcare reform. Graduate students are also prepared for doctoral study in nursing and continued personal and professional development.


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

Career Connections

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.

Admission Requirements

Urbana’s MSN program is rigorous and selective. Applicants must be graduates of a state-approved, CCNE-accredited B.S. in Nursing program. The following materials are required to complete the application for admission for the MSN program:

  • A completed MSN application 
  • Official transcripts from the institution granting the B.S. in Nursing, as well as any institution granting graduate-level credit 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.
  • Verification of current, unrestricted Ohio registered nurse (RN) license
  • Evidence of all CPR certification and malpractice insurance 
  • Validation of Health Assessment 
  • Evidence of a satisfactory background check in compliance with the Ohio Revised Code (BCI)
  • 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
  • Résumé, including educational background and professional work experience
  • Two supporting letters of recommendation that will attest to the applicant’s ability as a manager/educator and probable success as a graduate student
  • DD214 military discharge form (for applicants with previous military service)

RNs who have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline may be able to apply to this program through Urbana’s MSN bridge program. Additional prerequisite courses will be required.

Transfer Policies

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?

  • Complete Urbana's online graduate application
  • 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.


The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs at Urbana University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Jodie Walker - Graduate Admissions
(937) 772-9224

Dr. Barb Miville - MSN Program Chair
(937) 772-9259

Plan of Study
Background Check
Health Assessment
MSN Analytical Essay Instructions

MSN Student Handbook