Many concentrations are 100% online, while others are partially online. All core MSN courses are online (Theory, Methods, Informatics, Healthcare Policy, Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology).
Students have up to six years in which to complete their programs. The vast majority of students complete the program in only 3 years.
100% online students are not required to come to campus. Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Adult-Gero Acute Care NP, Family NP, Pediatric Primary Care NP, and Psych Mental Health NP students do require attendance on campus. These students usually come to campus one day per week after they begin their practicum sequence (usually the second and third years of a 3-year program).
Yes, it is primarily the student’s responsibility to locate a preceptor. However, your concentration coordinator and faculty will work closely with you to help you secure a preceptor. The semester, prior to attending clinicals, you will be invited to a practicum orientation. This orientation will assist you in completing your CastleBranch and Typhon accounts and instructions on how to secure a preceptor.
Yes, students will submit important information about their potential preceptors and the concentration coordinator and/or faculty member will approve them.
Yes! In fact, most students attend part-time (4-6 credit hours) and also work. However, your concentration may require at least one full-time semester (8 credit or more hours).
No, the program is only offered at the Kent Campus.
No. Kent State does not permit “double majors” at the graduate level. However, students can apply to a post-master’s certificate program during their final year of their master’s program. Post-master’s certificate programs allow students to complete a second concentration without repeating duplicate coursework.
Most online courses are asynchronous, meaning that you are not required to log in at a certain time. Some courses are synchronous and may require weekly or monthly scheduled online course meetings.
In many states, yes.
In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, as well as State professional licensure/certification regulations, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer clinical practicum courses. Since these regulations undergo continuous updates (1) non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any College of Nursing online program are advised to consult with their State licensing/certification agency and official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program (2) any student that is planning to move or practice in a different state after having been admitted to either the RN BSN, MSN or DNP programs must immediately inform the Office of Student Services at 330-672-7911 to determine whether or not he/she can continue in the program.
Yes, you will be completing your practicum courses in the state in which you reside and in which you have a valid RN license.
No. However, for applications to those concentrations that have more eligible applicants than seats available, GPA, years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's resume will be considered in the selection process for applicants who meet all admission criteria.
Some concentrations are able to admit students who are new BSN nurses. However, for applications to those concentrations that have more eligible applicants than seats available, GPA, years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's resume will be considered in the selection process for applicants who meet all admission criteria.
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Only if you are applying to the MSN-MBA Dual Degree program, which requires the GMAT or GRE.
Students who meet all admissions criteria, including a 3.0 or greater GPA, receive preference in the admissions process and can be admitted unconditionally. Students with less than a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission once all unconditional admissions have been extended.
If you’re an RN, but don’t have a BSN, you may still be eligible if you have a bachelor’s degree in another field. Such applicants must complete a portfolio review. Once you have completed your application, contact Student Services at 330-672-7911 for more information.
Applicants who have earned a master’s degree in nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from an accredited nursing program can apply to any of our post-master’s certificate programs.
Please see our Tuition & Costs page for generalized rates. Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. Detailed information regarding tuition and fees can be found in the University Fee Register.
Graduate students are eligible for federal loans. We also offer a limited number of scholarships and assistantships. Many students are able to take advantage of tuition assistance programs through their employers.