MSN Program

Master of Science in Nursing 

Define your nursing career by earning your M.S. in Nursing degree (MSN) and personalize it to your ambitions with a concentration in Nursing Administration or Nursing Education.

Urbana’s MSN provides you access to the latest information in the ever-changing healthcare industry, and allows you to build on your nursing practice and prepare for leadership roles. As healthcare becomes more complex, your MSN will help you to better assess everyday challenges and equip you to positively impact the quality of nursing at your institution and in your community. Moreover, the Nursing Education concentration puts you in a position to answer the growing demand for nurse educators. With your MSN, you’ll be able to teach right away or pursue a doctorate degree.

As an MSN student at Urbana, you’ll get personalized attention from experienced educators who are passionate about nursing. While advanced study would have once seemed unattainable for many registered nurses given their demanding work schedules, the flexibility of Urbana’s program provides a convenient way for registered nurses to earn a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)-accredited MSN by taking classes online, attending classes one night a week onsite at partner hospitals, or a combination of both.

What will you learn?

All students in the MSN program at Urbana complete a core curriculum (26 credit hours) and one concentration area (16 credit hours). 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:

  • Legal & Ethical Issues in Nursing & Healthcare
  • Organizational Foundations for Leading Change
  • Pathophysiology
  • Physical Assessment
  • Pharmacology
  • Population-Focused Healthcare
  • Advanced Nursing Research Methods and Proposal
  • Research Utilization Project/Thesis
  • Courses in the Nursing Administration concentration prepare students to lead nursing organizations. Topics cover policy and decision-making, strategic planning, human resources and financial issues relevant to healthcare 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, teaching and learning strategies, and learning evaluation and assessment.

NOTICE:  In order to comply with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) 2013 Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs, the MSN Program curriculum has been revised.  Three new courses were added to the core curriculum and existing courses have been modified, resulting in a reduction in the total number of credits required for program completion from 47 to 44.  The new curriculum will be implemented in January 2015 for all incoming MSN students.


The MSN curriculum is designed to provide foundational knowledge to prepare graduates for certification in their chosen area of concentration. As a result, 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 were 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
  • 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 Policy

One to nine (1-9) credits of equivalent graduate level coursework may be transferred from an accredited college or university.

Program Outcomes

  1. Synthesize theories and knowledge from nursing and related disciplines to develop a theoretical basis to guide practice in an advanced nursing role.
  2. Analyze the effects of historical, cultural, economic, ethical, legal, and political influences on health care delivery.
  3. Appraise, use, and participate in the extension of nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry.
  4. Integrate creative and critical thinking in the application of holistic, comprehensive nursing care for individual, families, and communities in diverse settings.
  5. Initiate responsive leadership, collaboration and management to influence the advancement of nursing practice and the profession of nursing and to influence health policy.
  6. Provide leadership in clinical practice, service, education, and research utilization in a variety of nursing and health care services
  7. Teach in a variety of capacities including undergraduate nursing programs.
  8. Exemplify ethical and legal responsibility, accountability and role competency when engaged in advanced nursing roles
  9. Contribute to the continuing professional development of self, others, and the discipline of nursing