Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)
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. See full MSN program details in the Academic Catalog.
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
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:
- Hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree from a state-approved, nationally accredited program.
- Provide verification of current, unrestricted, and unencumbered Ohio registered nurse (RN) license.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a four-point scale and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale in the basic RN program.
- Provide evidence of malpractice insurance, CPR certification, and health requirements as stated in application materials.
- Employment as an RN for 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time prior to application to the RN-MSN Program.
- 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).
The Admission and Progression Committee of the College of Nursing and Allied Health will review the above items. Eligible students are conditionally accepted to the MSN program pending successful completion of the 'bridge' program. Upon completion of the 'bridge' program, students are formally admitted to the MSN program. Qualified candidates will receive notification of their acceptance by the Dean of the College of Nursing & Allied Health.
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.