Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing
You’ve decided to switch paths and pursue a career that gives you the ability to impact people’s lives, to be respected for your knowledge and empathy, and to have opportunities to learn and collaborate interprofessionally.
Five semesters is all it takes for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing to earn a Master of Science in Nursing and become a licensed registered nurse (RN). Graduates also are prepared to continue their education and become a nurse practitioner.
As part of the region’s only Academic Health Center—a dynamic center of education and research comprised of UC’s colleges of nursing, allied health, medicine and pharmacy—we offer students unique opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom so that our students graduate with the skills and experience necessary to become an integral member of an interdisciplinary health care team and provide safe, quality patient care.
Our Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program offers:
- Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within the Academic Health Center (medical campus)
- A variety of clinical experiences at sites within close proximity (many within walking distance), including a level I trauma center, high-risk obstetric unit and one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals
- Simulated patient care experiences that prepare students to function independently
- Technology-enhanced classroom learning
- Small class sizes
- Built-in NCLEX nurse licensure exam preparation
The Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN admits students for spring start.
Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN students begin the clinical portion of the program in their fifth week, making it critical for admitted students to have completed prerequisite courses before entering the program.
To enter the program, students must achieve a grade of B-minus or above in the courses listed. In addition, courses must have been completed within the past 10 years. Pharmacology must have been completed within the past year.
- Check the Prerequisite Course Equivalents page for a full list of acceptable courses at UC and other colleges.
|Anatomy & Physiology
|Anatomy & Physiology I and II (semesters) or I, II and III (quarters)
|Human Growth and Development or Child Development|
Microbiology (Elementary Bacteriology)*
Pharmacology with Nursing Component***
|Nutrition for Health and Nutrition Disease****|
|Statistics (Psychology-based statistics not accepted)|
* If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Anatomy & Physiology I.
** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Anatomy & Physiology I and II.
*** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, students must first complete Pathophysiology.
**** If taken at the University of Cincinnati, this requirement is satisfied with one course.