Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Advance Your Career With the Master of Science in Nursing Degree

A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is an advanced degree for nurses looking to take their career to the next level. Students holding a BSN move directly into the Nursing Administration Track of the MSN degree program. 

Adult learners who possess an RN license and a non-nursing bachelor’s degree can enter the RN-MSN program. After completing BSN bridge courses, these students choose which MSN track fits their interests.

An MSN for Advanced Nursing Practice

Designed for working RNs, who are balancing work and home life, the MSN program at Urbana offers courses online or onsite at hospitals in the Dayton/Springfield area. Experienced educators, who are passionate about nursing, provide personalized attention to students.

Accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education (CCNE), the MSN features a Nursing Administration track and can be completed in as little as 2 years.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Barbara Miville

A seasoned RN, Dr. Barbara Miville has been investing in the future of healthcare for more than 25 years. She has a passion for preparing students to take their nursing careers to the next level. Her compassion for patients remains evident through her quilt making program for hospitalized children and military personnel.

Careers

Earn a Master’s Degree in Nursing to Better Serve Patients

The MSN prepares you to assume advanced leadership roles and responsibilities. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to sacrifice your true calling – serving the needs of patients. You’ll hone your craft to become a better nurse – and a better leader. With the MSN-Nursing Administration Track program you’ll be empowered with skills in leadership, policy, planning and other issues relevant to healthcare settings.

 

Master of Science in Nursing Requirements

To enter the program applicants must meet the following requirements:

Applicants with a bachelor of science in nursing:

  • Graduate of a baccalaureate degree program in nursing at an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 point scale.

Applicants without a bachelor of science in nursing:

  • Graduate of 1) a non-nursing baccalaureate degree program at an institution accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale, and 2) an associate degree or diploma in nursing program at an institution that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, or the equivalent if a graduate from a program outside of the U. S., with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (or higher) on a 4.0 scale in the nursing program.

All applicants must:

  • Submit a completed graduate application.
  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting university or college, demonstrating a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submit verification of a current, unencumbered RN license in the U.S. or in a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Applicants holding the equivalent of RN licensure of certification outside of the U.S. must submit a Credential Evaluation Services (CES) Academic Report from the Council on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). All students must maintain licensure throughout the program of study.
  • Have been employed as a registered nurse (RN) for one year full-time or two years part-time prior to application to the program.
  • Provide all licensure, certification, malpractice insurance and health requirements requested.
  • Provide evidence of a satisfactory background check in compliance with applicable sections of the Ohio Revised Code Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
  • Complete the MSN essay, 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 two (2) supporting letters of recommendation that will attest to the applicant’s ability as a manager/educator and probable success as a graduate student.

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