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Academic Programs

From BSN to MSN to Post-MSN to PhD, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing offers a variety of nursing degree programs. With over 15 master’s specialties, our faculty provide a diverse range of expertise and experience. Learn more about the exciting options we offer and find the one that is right for you! If you still have questions, please contact an advisor at (513) 558-3600 or



Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will complete four years of full-time study, consisting of general education course, nursing courses, and nursing clinicals. The first-year nursing curriculum consists of general education courses like Anatomy & Physiology, Chemistry, English, and Psychology. Once admitted to the sophomore year, students will begin their nursing clinicals and course work, which takes three full-time years to complete. The nurse prepared at the baccalaureate level is a generalist who functions as a practitioner, scholar and leader.


Graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is offered by the College of Nursing through the University's Division of Research and Advanced Studies. The primary emphasis of the master's component of the College's graduate program is preparing nurses for advanced practice nursing and for leadership and management in a variety of health care environments.

The MSN majors are designed so that upon completion of their programs of study, students meet the education requirements to take certification examinations for practitioners in their chosen field.

The Accelerated Pathway, a component of the graduate program of the College of Nursing, is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

Certificate Options

Graduate certificate:

  • Online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Post-Master's nurse practitioner certificate programs:

  • Adult-Gero Acute Care NP
  • Adult-Gero Primary Care NP
  • Family NP (Onsite)
  • Family NP (Online)
  • Neonatal NP
  • Occupational Health
  • Pediatric NP - Acute Care
  • Pediatric NP - Primary Care
  • Psych Mental Health NP (Online)


The focus of the PhD is to prepare nurses at the highest level of academic scholarship. This preparation leads to research that advances the knowledge base for the science and art of nursing. Graduates are expected to discover, test, interpret, extend and transmit knowledge in the discipline of nursing.

The DNP offers an option for nurses who choose to maintain focus on providing leadership in nursing practice. Potential students for this program are committed to a career focused on the direct or indirect delivery of high quality nursing care and the improvement in outcomes of care. The primary areas of emphasis in this program are the advanced practice of nursing, utilizing best evidence in the delivery of nursing practice, and leadership in complex healthcare systems.