The Post-Master’s study option prepares practicing nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing for advanced specialty certification. Students in this program do not earn a degree from The Ohio State University. After you are admitted, you will work with a faculty advisor to create a curriculum plan to meet the certification requirements. You will complete any of the Ohio State coursework that was not included in your prior graduate program, as well as specialty coursework and precepted clinical placements for the specialty area. In order to waive courses completed at another institution, a copy of the syllabus from the term the course was taken will be required.
The faculty has established a policy regarding applicants who are not certified advanced practice nurses (e.g. CNLs, Nurse Educators, etc.) or who did not have pathophysiology, pharmacology, or advanced health assessment as part of their previous master’s program at another institution. Such applicants will need to apply to our traditional master’s option even if they hold the MS in Nursing degree. Some required coursework may be waived based on courses completed during a previous graduate program. Course waivers may be sought once a student is admitted to the program and require the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee.
Due to Graduate School guidelines, this policy does not apply to those who received their MS in Nursing degree from The Ohio State University. These former students can only apply to the Post-Master's (non-degree) program. If you have questions regarding your eligibility for the Post-Master's program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and include detailed information about your educational background and certifications.
Please note that as non-degree seeking students, those pursuing the Post-Master's option are ineligible to receive financial aid.
When to apply
The Post-Master’s option at Ohio State offers admission once per year. Students submit their application and supporting material in the autumn and receive admission status during the following winter. Classes begin in the autumn. Please note that some Post-Master's applicants for the ACNP-ADULT specializations may need to start in the Summer Term. This will be determined upon admission after a gap analysis is completed.
The application deadline to apply for autumn 2018 admission was January 15, 2018. The 2019 application will open in August of 2018 and be due by October 31, 2018. This is a change from previous years in order to provide more timely review and acceptance.
How to apply
To apply for the Post-Master's option, please submit the $60 application fee and the Graduate Non-Degree application (available on the Graduate and Professional Admissions website). Former College of Nursing graduate students are not required to submit the $60 application fee and the Graduate Non-Degree application.
In addition to the completed application, you will also need to submit the following materials as MS Word or PDF files via email to CONemail@example.com:
Transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended
Current resume/curriculum vitae
Purpose and goals statement
Two letters of recommendation
Online interview: Please visit our website to learn how to complete the interview
Applicants can check the completion status of their College of Nursing Post-Master’s application by contacting the College of Nursing. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will need to send a separate proof of degree to the university’s Graduate Admissions Office as part of the Graduate Non-Degree application.The Graduate School will send a letter notifying applicants of their admission status to the Graduate Non-Degree program only.
Admission to the Graduate Non-Degree program does not guarantee admission to the College of Nursing’s Post-Master’s program.
The post-master's program does have a competitive application and admissions process.
Purpose and Goals Statement
This statement should not exceed three single-spaced pages.
The purpose and goals statement is an opportunity to address each of the questions listed below, and also to demonstrate your writing skills. Consideration will be given to both the quality of your writing sample and the congruence between your stated goals and the master’s program.
The statement should include:
what specifically are your academic and career goals?
what are your motivations for seeking advanced education in your designated specialty area?
how did you come to your decision to seek graduate education in this specialty area?
what are your primary personal attributes, and what is the relationship of these attributes to your potential as a master’s-prepared nurse and/or advanced practice nurse?
Need help deciding which specialization is right for you? We're here to help. You can take our Graduate Specialty Quiz, which will allow you to find a specialization that matches your interests and skillset.
All admitted Post-Master's applicants must have a current, unencumbered RN license or will be in possession of a current, unencumbered RN license by August 1.
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.