Graduate Entry Introduction

The Graduate Entry (GE) option provides an exciting opportunity for students with a baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing to earn a Master of Science in nursing. After meeting prerequisites, students complete all necessary coursework leading to a master’s degree in approximately three years of full-time, year-round study. Students select a specialty at the time of application to the Graduate Entry option; the specialties are listed below. At the mid-point of the program, students take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses (RN). Eligibility for certification in the specialty area will occur upon graduation.

The primary goal of the Graduate Entry option is to prepare graduates for advanced practice nursing in a variety of clinical settings ranging from private practices, clinics, hospitals, and businesses to managed care organizations and governmental agencies. Students acquire knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing through coursework, clinical experience, and research. At the heart of the master’s program are active, collaborative relationships between faculty, The Ohio State University Medical Center’s teaching hospitals, and community-based preceptors. 



Through the Graduate Entry Program, students may specialize in any of the following nursing specialties:

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Clinical Nurse Leader
Family Nurse Practitioner
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Midwifery
Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner


Essential skills
Graduates enter the workforce with the skills and competencies to:
• assume an advanced practice role
• put theory and research into practice with individuals, families, and communities
• develop, implement, and assess nursing strategies to assure quality of care
• utilize leadership skills for positive change in policies at the local, regional, and
national level
• adapt professionally to the constantly changing health care environment
• contribute to the advancement of the profession