RN to MSN Programs in Ohio

Find Online Master of Nursing Programs in Ohio

There are 40 Master of Science in Nursing Programs in Ohio in our online directory, with 36 programs being CCNE accredited, and 2 programs being ACEN accredited. 90% of the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are CCNE accredited.

Ohio requires that licensed registered nurses complete an undergraduate nursing program that is officially approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing (note that listed programs are granted "full", "provisional", or "conditional" approval on a changing basis, so it is recommended that students confirm status with the State Board prior to applying).

Following initial licensure, Ohio nurses seeking an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license may choose to attend a nursing program nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). ACEN has accredited one Master's level nursing program in Ohio, and CCNE has accredited twenty-three.

Typical Curriculum for a Master's in Nursing

A full-time student can typically complete a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 2 years, though most schools offer a part-time option. Nursing programs generally require students to complete a core curriculum before delving into the nursing specialty of their choice. This core curriculum tends to cover topics relating to research methods, foundational theories of nursing roles (including ethical and legal considerations), nursing informatics, healthcare policy, pharmacology, epidemiology, and pathophysiology.

- George Mason University: MSN-FNP
- Campbellsville University: Online MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Simmons University: Doctor of Nursing Practice

Following these initial semesters of coursework, students will learn advanced material relevant to the track of their choice. The latter part of a Master's in Nursing will likely integrate practical clinical experience with classroom study, allowing students to both learn from and apply their skills to real-life situations. APRNs in Ohio must have at least 45 hours of pharmacology credits in order to be approved for state licensure.

Online MSN Programs in Ohio

The following state-approved schools offer fully or partially online Master of Science in Nursing programs in Ohio. Other hybrid or blended programs are available in this state, but the following are those that emphasize the online component.

Capital University

Capital University offers online MSN degrees in the following three concentrations: Administration, Education, and Legal Studies. These programs can be completed on a full-time or a part-time schedule, and an asynchronous learning format provides working nurses with the flexibility to complete the course on their own schedule. In addition to the online coursework, 360 hours of field experience are required.

Cedarville University

Graduate nursing students at Cedarville University can pursue MSN degrees in the following specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner, Global Public Health Nursing, Nurse Educator, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement. Note that classes are taught with an attention to faith-based Christian values.

Cleveland State University

Four tracks are available to online Master's nursing students at Cleveland State University: Clinical Nurse Leader, Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, and Specialized Population. For those students in a non-thesis track, 400 clinical hours are mandated; thesis-track students, on the other hand, will complete 300 hours within the program.

Kent State

Full-time students can expect to complete the MSN program at Kent state in two years, while part-time students take about double that time. Students may pursue an optional thesis component. Kent State offers online concentrations in the areas of Adult Gerontology, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership, and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner. An MSN/MBA dual degree is also available. Most concentrations require a minimum of 500-700 clinical hours.

The Ohio State University College of Nursing

Four Master of Science in Nursing degrees are offered online at this school. Students wishing to pursue the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner have a choice between an online-only or campus format; MSN degrees as a Clinical Nurse Leader or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, on the other hand, are offered solely online. 2-4 semesters of clinical coursework are likely required for most concentrations. The university will provide Ohio-based students with locations to complete their clinical hours.

Ohio University

Ohio University offers online programs for MSN students in the following specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner (includes three on-campus intensives), Nurse Educator (includes two on-campus intensives), and Adult-Gerontologic Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (four on-campus intensives) and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (two on-campus intensives) that will help you build on your previous advanced practice nursing knowledge.

University of Cincinnati

The online MSN concentrations offered at the University of Cincinnati are Adult-Gerontology Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nurse Midwifery, and Women's Health. Certain caveats exist for Cincinnati Metro-Area residents regarding on-campus attendance, so it is recommended that students confirm location requirements with the school prior to enrollment.

Wright State University

Wright State University offers many specialties within their MSN program, but only a few are conducted primarily online: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Concentration, Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems Concentration, Family Nurse Practitioner (requires 5 instances of campus attendance), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration.

Nursing Licensure in Ohio

After attending an ADN or BSN program recognized by the Ohio Board of Nursing, applicants must earn a passing score on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and then apply with the Ohio State Board of Nursing for licensure to practice in Ohio.

The following are among the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) license types are among those recognized by the Ohio State Board: Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. After completing their Master’s study, prospective Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Ohio nurses must obtain certification for their specialty from a state-approved national certifying body, such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center, the National Board of Certification and Re-certification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) , National Certification Corporation (NCC), Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. Ohio does stipulate a continuing education requirement for APRN renewal, which includes 24 CE hours in addition to the 24 hours required for RN license renewal within each period.

Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners in Ohio

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2018 the annual mean salary for nurse practitioners in Ohio was $101,970 (lower than the national estimate, which is $110,030). Ohio registered nurses earned an annual mean salary of $66,820 (the national average was estimated to be $75,510) and nurse anesthetists in Ohio earned $174,380 (on par with the estimated national average of $174,790). Nursing instructors in this state earned an annual mean salary of $71,950, slightly lower than the national average of $81,350.

All Accredited Schools with MSN Degrees in Ohio

Online Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Capital University
Columbus
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program at Capital University prepares students for roles as nursing educators, administrators, family and community, and adult clinical roles, and credentialed school nurses. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Post-Masters Nurse Educator - Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Capital University offers nurses a Post-Masters Nurse Educator program for teaching and leadership positions. The program is four semesters in length in part-time study.
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland
CCNE
  • Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • The  Family Nurse Practitioner program at Case Western Reserve University prepares nurses to provide primary health care to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - School of Nursing
  • The Master of Science in Nursing program at Case Western Reserve University prepares students for roles as nursing educators, administrators, family and community, and adult clinical roles, and credentialed school nurses. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN in Education with Population Focus
  • The MSN in Education with Population Focus program at Case Western Reserve University prepares students for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Cedarville University
Cedarville
CCNE
  • M.S.N. - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 
  • Cedarville's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares nurses to work in illness care, diagnosis, and management of chronic and acute conditions. The program is completed 100% online.
  • M.S.N. - Nurse Educator - Division of Health Professions
  • The Christian Nurse Educator (NE) program at Cedarville University prepares students for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is completed online and students can earn the Nurse Educator Certificate to the MSN-FNP or MSN-GPHN degree.
Cleveland State University
Cleveland
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • The School of Nursing at CSU Ohio offers a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Clinical Nurse Leader for those interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville
ACEN
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education Department
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville’s MSN program offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program offers a concentration in Family Nurse Practitioner.
Kent State University at Kent
Kent
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN program at Kent State University assists nurses to develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Areas of specialization include Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and more.
Lourdes University
Sylvania
CCNE
  • MSN Nurse Educator
  • The Nurse Educator program Lourdes University prepares students to work in acute of primary care of adult patients. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Malone University
Canton
CCNE
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner - Department of Health Sciences, Mansfield University Nursing Program at the Robert Packer Hospital
  • Malone University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Columbus
CCNE
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at MCCN offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN - Nursing Administration
  • Mount Carmel offers a Nursing Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science Program: Nursing Education Online
  • The Nursing Education program at Mount Carmel prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE and is completed online.
Mount Saint Joseph University
Cincinnati
CCNE
  • Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Nursing program at MSJ assists nurses to develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE and offers specializations in administration, education, and clinical nurse leader.
Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus
CCNE
  • TM Master of Science in nursing - School of Nursing
  • Ohio State University offers a Traditional Masters in Nursing program, which prepares registered nurses to function and excel in various advanced nursing roles. The program is accredited and concentration areas are available in Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Science, and many more.
Ohio University-Main Campus
Athens
CCNE
  • MSN Nurse Educator
  • The Nursing Educator program at Ohio University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner - School of Nursing
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Ohio University offers students the skills they need to function in health care delivery, management and education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Otterbein University
Westerville
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Otterbein University prepares nurses to work in illness care and management through the patient life cycle. The program accredited and completed mostly online.
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Administration
  • Otterbein University offers a Master in Healthcare Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Nurse Anesthesia MSN - School of Graduate Nursing
  • Otterbein University offers a Masters degree in Nurse Anesthesia for students pursuing roles as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. Students will learn basic science, perianesthetic management, patient safety, critical thinking, and communication.
University of Akron Main Campus
Akron
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - School of Nursing
  • The MSN Program at The University of Akron prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Adult/Gerontological Nursing Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthesia, Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and many more.
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Cincinnati
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner - College of Nursing
  • University of Cincinnati’s Family Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited and completed on-site.
  • MSN - Nurse Midwifery - Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • The MSN in Nurse-Midwifery program at University of Cincinnati offers nurses the skills they need to provide primary care of healthy women across their lifespan, along with the care of normal newborns. The program is accredited by the ACME and completed online.
University of Toledo
Toledo
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • The University of Toledo’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Toledo College of Nursing prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and more.
Urbana University
Urbana
CCNE
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • The MSN program at the Urbana University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Ursuline College
Pepper Pike
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Ursuline College’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
  • MSN Nursing Education - Department of Nursing
  • The Nursing Education program at the Ursuline College prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Walsh University
North Canton
CCNE
  • Masters in Nursing - Nurse Educator - School of Nursing
  • The Nurse Educator program at the Walsh University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education. The program is accredited by the CCNE.
Wright State University-Main Campus
Dayton
CCNE
  • Master of Science (MS) in Nursing
  • The MS in Nursing program at Wright State University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. The program offers concentrations in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and many more.
  • MS in Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems - College of Nursing and Health
  • Wright State University offers an Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles.
  • MS in Nursing Education - College of Nursing and Health
  • The Nursing Education program at Wright State University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education.
Xavier University
Cincinnati
CCNE
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Xavier University’s Family Nurse Practitioner program prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is can only be completed on campus.
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
  • The MSN program at Xavier University prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to meet the challenges of the health care system. Concentrations are offered in Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Family Nurse Practitioner, and more.
  • MSN Nursing Administration
  • Xavier University offers an Nursing Administration program for nurses interested in becoming leaders in organizational and administrative roles.
  • MSN Nursing Education
  • The Nursing Education program at Xavier University prepares nurses for teaching positions in schools of nursing, staff development, and patient education.
Youngstown State University
Youngstown
ACEN
  • MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner program at Youngstown State University prepares nurses to provide primary health care, treatment and care plans to families and individuals of all ages. The program is accredited by the ACEN.