Academic Programs in Nursing

Answer Your Calling. Be a Nurse.

Nursing is an exciting profession with many career pathways and possibilities. Kent State University–located in northeast Ohio between Akron, Cleveland, and Youngstown–offers a wide range of accredited nursing programs at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels.

The challenging curriculum, latest technology in simulation, and experienced faculty prepare students to reach their full potential as expert clinicians, nurse scientists, and healthcare leaders. Explore our nursing programs below.

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

Created specifically for RN's with a diploma or associate degree, Kent State's Nursing for Registered Nurses (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 largest and most respected nursing programs.

Graduate Programs

MSN-MBA Dual Degree program at Kent State University

MSN/MBA Dual Degree Online

Offered in partnership with the top-ranked Kent State University College of Business Administration, the MSN/MBA dual degree program combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.

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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:

BSN to DNPMSN to DNP (100% Online)

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.)

Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.

The Ph.D. in Nursing prepares nurse scientists to develop methods to advance health, health care, and the nursing profession. Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy program are expected to lead and promote innovative scholarly endeavors within and across disciplines and to assume leadership roles in the profession.