Nursing

Accelerated Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing

The Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN program allows individuals with a bachelor'€™s degree in a field other than nursing to earn a master'€™s in only five semesters and become a licensed registered nurse and leader at the bedside.

Nurses are positioned to play an important role in solving some of today'€™s most complex health care issues. Our Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN prepares you not only to provide safe, quality patient care, but also to drive improvements to care through collaboration, evidence-based practice methods and effectiveness measures. This program also prepares you to continue your education and become an advanced-practice nurse.

As a student, you will benefit from our rich, 125-plus-year tradition of educating nurse leaders, along with:

  • Curriculum focused on leadership at the point of care
  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within the region's only Academic Health Center
  • Simulated patient care experiences that prepare you to function independently at the bedside
  • Technology-enhanced classroom learning
  • Small class sizes
  • Built-in NCLEX nurse licensure exam preparation

Application Deadline

The Accelerated Direct-Entry MSN admits students for summer start.

  • Apply by Feb. 15, 2018.

Prerequisite Courses

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.

Prerequisite Courses
Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy & Physiology I and II (semesters) or I, II and III (quarters)
Human Development
Human Growth and Development or Child Development
Sciences

Microbiology (Elementary Bacteriology)*

Pathophysiology**

Pharmacology with Nursing Component***

Genetics*

Nutrition
Nutrition for Health and Nutrition Disease****
Statistics
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.