Post-Master's Specializations

Available specializations include:

* available as an on-campus or distance learning program
** available as a distance learning program only

Not sure which specialty is the right track for you? Take our graduate nursing specialty quiz to help guide you in the decision-making process.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is proud to offer particular graduate-level specialty programs in a distance learning format. Here, coursework is completed entirely online and clinical experiences are completed in the student’s area. Online coursework may be synchronous, requiring students to participate in the course at schedules times during the week, or asynchronous. Depending on the specialty, distance learning students may be required to visit the Ohio State campus up to three times throughout the entirety of the program. Some specialties do not require the student to visit campus at all. Typically, these visits are only a few days in length and students will be provided the dates far in advance to aid in preparing travel arrangements. Orientation and graduation are also held on-campus and all student are highly encouraged to participate, though not required.

At this time, The Ohio State University College of Nursing is authorized to enroll distance learning students in many U.S. states. However, due to varying state laws and regulations, there are also many states in which we are not currently permitted to offer distance learning programs. Residents of these states are not able to participate in the programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the University’s Online Programs State Authorization webpage or email us at to find out whether their program of interest is available in their home state. Please check back often, as the College and University are aggressively pursuing authorization in all 50 states. Residents outside of the U.S. are not able to participate in distance learning programs. Admission into a program is granted at the time of initial acceptance into the program and is dependent on program availability in the state where the student is physically located at the time of admission. If a student moves to a state other than the state where the student was physically present when admitted into the program, continuation within the program will depend on the availability of the program within the new state where the student is physically present. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the institution of a change in physical presence.

The following specialties of the Post-Master’s Study option are available as distance learning or on-campus programs:

The following specialties of the Post-Master’s Study option are available only as distance learning programs:


Other Specialties

While the majority of the nursing core curriculum is offered with an online study options during various semesters; certain classes are offered as on-campus versions only. The College will offer as many online sections as possible in addition to the on-campus sections, though not all core classes may be offered online every term. Cohorts of the above distance learning programs are the exceptions. It is expected students will understand that the commitment to graduate study requires a commitment to classes regardless of the format offered. While the College of Nursing cannot guarantee a minimum of on-campus attendance in non-distance learning specialties, with careful planning and course scheduling students can reduce their on-campus commitments each semester thereby making longer commutes to school more viable.