MSN General Admission

Submit your online application by the term deadlines listed for all MSN majors. Your application will be reviewed once all of your application materials are received, including those listed below. 

Admission Requirements for BSN Graduates

  • Three professional recommendations. We recommend RNs in supervisory positions at your current place of employment, professional colleagues who have earned advanced nursing degrees, and nursing instructors. The preference is for nurses who know your clinical work.
  • RN licensure in Ohio
  • Completion of an accredited first professional degree program in nursing.
  • Some majors and sub-specialties such as ACNP, AGACNP, PNPACNP, NNP and Flight  require specific work experience. Nurse-Midwifery requires an interview. Our Admissions Advisors can provide you with specific information.
  • A college or university statistics course equivalent to STAT 201 must be completed within 5 years of admission or prior to registering for NURS 425.
  • The GRE/MAT test scores Are Not Required To Apply, but the scores may be requested for an admission decision.
    • The exception to this includes applicants for the joint degree MSN/MA in Anthropology, and joint degree MSN/MA in Bioethics, who should take the GRE. Applicants for the joint degree MSN/MPH  may take either the GRE or MAT.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may be referred to the MSN Admissions Committee for special consideration and may be required to fulfill additional prerequisites.

See our Entry Options page to direct you to proper program based on your background.

Advanced Certifications

Advanced Certifications are required for some MSN majors. It is expected that these advanced certifications will be obtained outside of course and clinical hours and at the student’s expense. Examples of Advanced Certifications include:

  • ACLS for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • PALS for pediatric acute care nurse practitioner
  • NRP for neonatal nurse practitioner and midwifery
  • CCRN for anesthesia

This list is not exhaustive, and requirements can change. Contact the program director for your major for the most current list of required advanced certifications.