The Traditional Master of Science curriculum has three pillars: the core curriculum, the specialty core courses, and clinical experience. 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 at least one specialty, preparing you for certification in that specialty. The clinical experience gives you the opportunity to practice at an advanced level.
MS Core curriculum
Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice
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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Advanced Health Assessment (see specialty core courses)
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Pathophysiology (see specialty core courses)
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Advanced Pharmacology (see specialty core courses)
In addition, each specialty has its own required coursework.
The majority of the nursing core curriculum is offered as an online study option during various semesters; certain classes are offered as on-campus versions only, however. 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. It is expected students will understand the commitment to graduate study requires a commitment to classes regardless of the format offered. The only exceptions to this are the Family NP, Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and Neonatal NP online cohorts. Students enrolled in online courses may be required to attend some “live” classes each quarter on the Columbus campus at the instructor’s discretion. State laws require post-secondary educational institutions to be legally authorized to provide online educational instruction in their states. This means that Ohio State online courses and programs must be legally authorized in a state prior to offering courses or programs to students residing there. Please check the status of your state of residence to determine if Ohio State has achieved authorization to offer online courses and programs in your state.
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.