Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

You've decided to switch paths and pursue a career that gives you the ability to impact people’s lives, be respected for your knowledge and empathy, and 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 (MSN) 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 they 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 onsite Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program offers:

Application Deadline

The onsite Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN admits students for spring and summer semester start.

Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN Deadlines by Semester Start
Spring Summer Fall

Sept. 1 (Submission deadline)

Oct. 1 (Verification deadline)

Feb. 15 (Submission deadline)

Mar. 15 (Verification deadline)


Prerequisite Courses

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.

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.

To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must have completed at least three prerequisite courses by the time they apply. All six prerequisites must be completed prior to starting the program.

For individuals who plan to apply to begin the Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program in Spring 2022, human growth and development, statistics and genetics are no longer required for admission.

Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy & Physiology

Anatomy & Physiology I

Anatomy & Physiology II*


Microbiology (Elementary Bacteriology)*


Pharmacology with Nursing Component*

Nutrition for Health and Nutrition Disease*

*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.

Required Vaccinations

All health professions students at UC, including Accelerated MSN students, must submit documentation of flu, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), varicella (chickenpox), MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), hepatitis B and COVID-19 vaccinations, along with a titer blood test.

Fulfillment of these requirements allow you to participate in clinical experiences, which take place in hospitals and community settings each semester. These facilities mandate immunizations for both students and health professionals.

Accelerated MSN students receive more information about this requirement and how to submit documentation during orientation. If you have questions or concerns, contact Program Director Eileen Werdman at

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