Registered nurses in Ohio looking to further their career and increase their earning potential are increasingly earning their Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. RNs who have completed their Associate's Degree or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing can choose from full-time or part-time MSN programs as well as in-person or online classes and a variety of specialization options, making an MSN degree within reach for ambitious nurses across Ohio.

RN to MSN Admissions Requirements in Ohio

Nurses considering applying to an RN to MSN program in Ohio will likely face the following admissions requirements:

  • Must hold an unencumbered RN license
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work
  • Submission of resume which documents clinical experience, and/or professional letters of recommendation
  • Application forms that may include a personal statement or essay
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses; for instance Otterbein University in Westerville requires completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better

RN to MSN Courses

There are several pathways to an MSN degree in Ohio. RNs have the choice between programs for ADN-educated RNs, which allows them to earn a BSN simultaneously, programs for ADN-educated RNs that bypass the BSN degree and deliver only the MSN degree, and programs for nurses who already hold a BSN or non-nursing Bachelor's degree and now want to complete the MSN portion. MSN students often have the option of moving into a specialized track that leads to a particular advanced nursing career once they have completed their general education courses. These specialties may include Clinical Nurse Leader, Nursing Education, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Nurse/Midwife and others.

As part of their MSN program, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, for example, offers the following nursing courses:

  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  • The Research Process
  • Healthcare Delivery, Legal & Ethical Issues

Online RN to MSN Programs in Ohio

RNs in Ohio who are looking for the flexibility of online courses have multiple options that allow them to take courses at their own pace while working full- or part-time. Convenient and often affordable options, online programs also usually include a clinical requirement that can be completed on campus or in the student's local area. Some schools, Walsh University in North Canton for instance, offer a hybrid MSN program with some coursework completed online in addition to on campus study.

Featured Online School

Ohio University in Athens offers a CCNE-accredited, fully online RN to MSN program. Designed for the working RN who has completed their BSN, Ohio University offers two specialization tracks: Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. Classes are primarily online and the programs clinical requirements can be completed at an approved facility in the student's local area. In addition, the Family Nurse Practitioner track requires three on-campus intensives during the course of the program, and the Nurse Educator track requires two on-campus intensives during the course of the program.

Admissions and Program Length

The length of an RN to MSN program varies depending on both the school and the student. Full-time or part-time study, online or in-person courses, and specialization chosen can all impact how quickly the coursework can be completed. For example, the MSN program at The Ohio State University is offered in a two-year full-time option or a three-year part-time option.

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

The cost of an RN to MSN program in Ohio varies from school to school. For instance, the current cost of the MSN program at Ohio University is $597 - $664 per credit hour for in-state residents, and the current tuition cost at The Ohio State University is around $722 per credit hour for in-state residents. Keep in mind these tuition costs do not include additional course fees, or expenses like books and course materials. Tuition costs are subject to change at any time, so make sure to check on the latest costs with your school of choice before making your final program decision.

RN to MSN Career Pathways in Ohio

An MSN degree opens the door to a variety of career advancement opportunities for nurses in Ohio. From management positions and educator roles to direct patient care positions, the MSN-educated nurse has a number of career paths to choose from. The following are just a few nursing careers that require an MSN:

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse/Midwife

RN to MSN Salary Comparison

In addition to career advancement opportunities, completing an MSN degree delivers increased earning potential for Ohio-based nurses. The mean annual wage for MSN-educated nurse practitioners in Ohio is around $99,680. That is a significant increase over the mean annual wage for a registered nurse in Ohio: around $63,960. There are dozens of other career pathways for MSN-educated registered nurses, all with salaries that are significantly higher than an ADN- or BSN-required nursing position.

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RN to MSN Listings

Looking for a career that has a starting salary of about $90,000 per year is what a nursing career, with an MSN degree to do for you. MSN nurses specialize in gerontological nursing, pediatric nurse practitioner, community health center nurse, etc., after graduating from the RN to MSN degree programs offered throughout the state. There are about 10 different colleges that offer full-time, part-time and online studies to complete the program in way that is most conducive to your life. Getting your degree could mean more than just advancement, it could mean job security and financial security.

ProgramWebsite
Capital University
Campus
School of Nursing
1 Capital and Main
Columbus, OH 43209-2394
(614) 236-6703
Case Western Reserve University
Campus
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2545
Lourdes University
Campus
College of Nursing
6832 Convent Boulevard
Sylvania, OH 43560
(419) 517-8905
Mount Saint Joseph University
Campus
Department of Nursing
5701 Delhi Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45233-1670
Ohio State University
Online Campus
College of Nursing
1585 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-8900
Otterbein University
Campus
Department of Nursing
One South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 823-1628
University of Akron
Campus
School of Nursing
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-5930
Urbana University
Online Campus
College of Nursing and Allied Health
579 College Way
Urbana, OH 43078
(937) 772-9259
Ursuline College
Campus
The Breen School of Nursing
2550 Lander Road
Pepper Pike, OH 44124-4398
(440) 684-6032
Walsh University
Online Campus
School of Nursing
2020 East Maple Street, NW
North Canton, OH 44720-3396
(330) 490-7250
Xavier University
Online
School of Nursing
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207
(513) 745-3815