MSN - Master of Science in Nursing
DNP - Doctor of Nursing Practice

Darla Vale, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, Dean of Health Sciences
Donna Glankler, DNP, RN, MSN-MAGELIN Program Director
Nancy Hinzman, DNP, RN, MSN/DNP Program Director

The Department of Nursing offers two graduate programs, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Within these programs specialized tracks are offered:

Master of Science in Nursing

  • RN to MSN: Master's Graduate-Level for Registered Nurses
  • MSN-MAGELIN: Master’s Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Health Systems Leadership

Each program has unique admission and program requirements.

RN to MSN - Master's Graduate-Level for Registered Nurses

The RN to MSN program is an undergraduate entry level pathway to an MSN degree for Registered Nurses who hold a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing and do not have a bachelor’s degree in any field.  The program is designed in a part-time format, requiring nine semesters.  RN to MSN bridge coursework (19 credits) are undergraduate courses taught in the first three semesters of the program.  Students are undergraduate students when taking the RN to MSN bridge coursework.  Completion of the RN to MSN Bridge courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and one year of clinical nursing experience are required to progress to the MSN coursework.  Students need to declare their specialty track by the second semester of the bridge coursework.   MSN specialty tracks include:  Administration, Clinical Nurse Leader and Education.

MSN-MAGELIN – Master’s Graduate Entry-Level into Nursing Program

The MSN-MAGELIN program is a graduate entry-level degree into the profession of nursing for individuals who already hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree. The program is designed to prepare the student at a higher level than a traditional BSN program, by offering courses that emphasize research, evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, and theoretical perspectives in nursing. Students complete the program in four consecutive semesters. Fifteen to seventeen credit hours are taken in each of the four semesters, which include classroom and clinical learning activities.

Upon completion of the MSN-MAGELIN program, students apply and take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.  Two of the MSN-MAGELIN courses fulfill requirements in the MSN education, administration, and clinical nurse leader tracks if students earn a grade of “B” or higher and enroll in the programs within five years of taking the courses.

The mission of the MSN-MAGELIN program is to prepare women and men as liberally educated professional nurses to use a primary health care model as the basis of evidence-based practice in a variety of community-focused settings. The Nursing program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036-1120, and (202) 887-6791. The program provides the learning environment for students' development of competencies in assessment, communication, critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, and therapeutic nursing interventions across the lifespan. These concepts and principles are integrated throughout the students' educational program and form the basis for a value-centered approach to caring for individuals, families, aggregates, populations-at-risk, and communities.

Master of Science in Nursing: Administration Track, Education Track, and Clinical Nurse Leader Track

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares graduates to enhance clinical nursing practice through specialized roles in three tracks: administration, education and clinical nurse leader. The program focuses on the development of advanced clinical competencies as well as expertise in the chosen area of practice. Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing program are prepared to provide evidence-based leadership to advance nursing practice and engage in interprofessional collaboration for the purpose of improving outcomes in today’s dynamic health care environment.

Students complete the program in six semesters. The program is offered in a blended format which includes a combination of online and face-to-face class meetings.  Four of the required MSN courses also fulfill requirements for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Health Systems Leadership

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Health Systems Leadership provides the terminal academic preparation for patient-focused advanced nursing practice.  The post-master's DNP is designed to prepare nurses for leadership positions where they can create transformative change to improve the health care outcomes of individuals, families, groups and populations.  The program focuses on development of advanced competencies for complex practice along with evidence-based practice utilization to meet the demands impacting quality patient care delivery, patient outcomes, and systems management. 

Students complete the program in six semesters. The program is offered in a blended format which includes a combination of online and face-to-face class meetings.