The Traditional Master's option provides an opportunity for students with a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) or an RN with a bachelor's degree to earn a Master of Science, Nursing (MS). The primary goal 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. Through coursework, clinical experience and evidence-based practice, you'll acquire the knowledge, values and skills necessary for advanced practice nursing. Upon graduation, you are eligible to sit for certification in a variety of specialities. 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.
*These specialty areas are available in an on campus and online format.
**These specialty areas are available in an online format only.
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The Ohio State University College of Nursing is proud to offer classes in a distance learning format for our Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner specialties. At this time, The Ohio State University College of Nursing is authorized to enroll online 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 online programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the University’s Online Programs State Authorization webpage or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out whether your program of interest is available in your home state. Please check back often, as the College and University are aggressively pursuing authorization in all 50 states.
Program availability varies by state. 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.
A professional licensure or certification may be required to practice in the chosen speciality track. 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.