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.
The following courses are required prior to taking the NCLEX for RN licensure:
Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
Concepts in Community Health Nursing
Nursing Care of Children and Their Families
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults I
Nursing Care of Adults and Older Adults II
Nursing Care of Women and Their Families During Reproductive Transitions
Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Introduction to Health Assessment
Life Span Development of Individuals Within a Family Context
Cultural Competence in Health Care: US and Global Contexts
Quality and Safety Initiatives in Clinical Practice
MS Core and specialty core courses
Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing
Quality Improvement and Informatics
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Life Span
Health Policy and Advocacy
Evidence-Based Nursing Scholarship
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Pathophysiology (see specialty core courses)
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Advanced Health Assessment (see specialty core courses)
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Advanced Pharmacology (see specialty core courses)
In addition, each specialty has its own required coursework.
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 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.