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Academic Programs in Nursing

A Program That’s Right for You!

No matter what your educational background or level of experience may be, the College of Nursing at Kent State has a program that's right for you!

If you are interested in becoming a nurse, you can earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree (including a 100% online bridge option for current RN's). Do you have a bachelor's degree in another field, but want to start a career in nursing? You can in little over a year with our accelerated BSN program.

Nurses, expand your career with one of our master's degree concentrations or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Or, earn a dual degree in nursing and business administration, the MSN/MBA, in significantly less time than earning separate degrees. If you're an aspiring nurse researcher, our rigorous Ph.D. offers faculty mentorship in a wide variety of research areas and will prepare you to advance nursing science and healthcare.

Undergraduate Programs

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Kent State's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year pre-licensure (RN) program that will prepare you to meet the challenges of today's healthcare needs as a professional nurse.

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Accelerated Second Degree BSN

Kent State's Accelerated BSN, created for students who already have a bachelor's degree, leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as few as 15 months.

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Kent State's LPN to BSN bridge program is a flexible sequence designed to meet the unique demands of working licensed practical nurses (LPNs).

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RN-to-BSN Online

Developed specifically for RNs with a diploma or associate degree, Kent State's RN-to-BSN program will allow you to earn a bachelor of science in nursing in a 100% online format from one of the nation's most distinguished nursing programs.

Graduate Programs

Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN Concentration

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master’s Degree in Nursing at Kent State prepares nurses for advanced roles, such as clinical nurse specialist (CNS), nurse practitioner (NP), nurse educator, and nursing & healthcare manager. Students in this program develop a foundation for further post-graduate and doctoral-level study in nursing.

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Post-Master's Certificates

Kent State's Post-Master's nursing certificates are designed to prepare graduate-prepared nurses for new advanced nursing specialties.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP is the terminal degree for nurses who want to advance their knowledge of nursing practice and gain exceptional leadership and technology skills. Kent State offers two pathways to the Doctor of Nursing Practice:

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. in Nursing, offered jointly between Kent State University and The University of Akron, prepares nurse scientists to develop methods to advance health, health care, and the nursing profession.