The Graduate Entry 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 (RNs). 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.
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A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice in the field of this academic program, or to advance or specialize in that field. The program meets licensure requirements in the State of Ohio and is approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. The Ohio State University is approved, or approval is not required, to offer this program in the student's state. However, if you are planning to seek a professional license or certification in a state other than Ohio, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing agency to seek information and guidance before beginning the program. State licensing board contact information can be found on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.