Graduate Entry Curriculum

The Graduate Entry curriculum has four pillars: the pre-licensure curriculum, the graduate core curriculum, the specialty core courses, and clinical experience. The pre-licensure curriculum prepares graduate students for basic nursing practice. The core curriculum is designed to ensure that you attain mastery of a base of knowledge that is critical to all graduate-prepared nurses. The specialty core courses allow you to achieve mastery in a specialty area, preparing you for certification in that specialty. In addition, the advanced clinical experience gives you the opportunity to practice at an advanced level. The Graduate Entry option provides preceptors in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout central Ohio. Students work with advanced practice nurses and physician preceptors in ambulatory primary care and inpatient settings. Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification in specialty practice.

Pre-licensure courses

The following courses are required prior to taking the NCLEX for RN licensure:

 6100

 Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice

 6240(S)

 Concepts in Community Health Nursing 

 6260

 Nursing Care of Children and Their Families

 6270

 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I

 6271

 Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II

 6280

 Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions

 6340

 Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

 6410

 Introduction to Health Assessment

 6420

 Life Span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context

 6430

 Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts

 6480

 Quality and Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice

MS Core and specialty core courses

 7403

 Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing

 7483

 Quality Improvement and Informatics

 7491

 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Life Span

 7500

 Health Policy and Advocacy

 7780

 Evidence-Based Nursing Scholarship

 7 * * *

 Pathophysiology (see specialty core courses)

 7 * * *

 Advanced Health Assessment (see specialty core courses)

 7 * * *

 Advanced Pharmacology (see specialty core courses)

In addition, each specialty has its own required coursework.

Online study

The program is a mix of online and on-campus classes. Most of the pre-licensure courses are offered in a classroom-based format, while most of the nursing core curriculum is offered as an online study option.

Clinical experience

Clinical experience provides the precepted hours necessary for certification. Preceptors are available in a wide variety of geographic locations and clinical sites throughout central Ohio and outside the state. Students are required to complete two to four semesters of clinical coursework depending upon the specialty requirements.