Ohio University

MSN Program FAQ's

Can I work full-time while getting my MSN at Ohio University?

Yes! Whether you work days, nights, or weekends, our programs are structured to fit your busy lifestyle. Students need to practice time management in order to be successful, however, many of online course experiences are asynchronous and can be done on your own time. Students should expect 20-24 hours of schoolwork per week during the first year, and about 18-20 hours of schoolwork per week through their clinical courses plus 2-3 days at their clinical site. 

Is the MSN program completely online?

Our online MSN programs include synchronous and asynchronous sessions with opportunities for brief visits to campus for in-person instruction and assessment. These visits are called On-Campus Intensives (OCI's) and typically occur at the beginning, middle, and end of your program. The OCI's are great opportunities for students to network with each other, meet their faculty, learn from hands-on experiences, and see our beautiful town and campus. The OCI's are often a favorite part of students' academic career within the MSN programs!

Where should I plan to complete my Clinical/Practicum hours?
  • AG-ACNP Clinicals are usually completed in acute-care settings such as hospitals, fast-track clinics or urgent-care centers with an approved preceptor and an assigned clinical supervisor.
  • FNP Clinicals are usually completed in primary-care offices or in hospital/community-based primary-care clinics with an approved preceptor and an assigned clinical supervisor. 
  • PMHNP Clinicals are usually completed in private or community mental health agencies, correctional facilities, school-based health centers, or substance-abuse treatment facilities with an approved preceptor and an assigned clinical supervisor.
  • Nurse Educator Practicums are usually completed in academic schools of nursing or a professional development unit within a healthcare organization. 
  • Nurse Leader Practicums are usually completed within organizational units of health-care organizations.
Do I need to find my own clinical/practicum site or will it be assigned?

Students are permitted to identify their own preceptors with faculty approval. Alternatively, the Graduate Clinical Coordinator is available to help facilitate student clinical placements. It is important to note that some larger hospital systems may have a centralized process for assigning students preceptors that students are required to use and often those requests must be made well in advance, fees may apply.

Can I still be accepted if my BSN is from a school that is not regionally accredited?

Applicants holding bachelor’s degrees from a U.S. institution that is not regionally accredited must submit official scores from either a GRE or GMAT with their application along with proof of active BSN licensure.

Is the GRE or GMAT required for acceptance?

No. As long as your BSN was earned from a regionally accredited institution, you do not need to submit GRE or GMAT scores. However, if your BSN is not from a regionally accredited institution, you will need to submit GRE or GMAT scores. For students with a GPA less than 3.2, a GRE score may improve your application prospects.

Do I need to submit all of my transcripts, even if I’m an Ohio University student currently?

Yes, all transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate College for this application, even if they have been submitted to Undergraduate Admissions previously. Please request an official transcript be sent directly to Graduate College at 1 Ohio University Graduate College 220 R-Tech Bldg Athens, OH 45701

If your institution allows electronic submission of transcripts, the email address is graduate@ohio.edu.

If you have previously attended Ohio University as an undergraduate, the Graduate College will request official transcripts from the Undergraduate College once your application is complete. The process will take 3-5 days.

Can I transfer graduate credit to meet course requirements of the MSN programs?

It may be possible to transfer graduate credit; please contact the MSN academic advisor to begin the process.

Criteria for credit transfer:

  • Original or copy of official transcript with transfer credit must be attached.
  • Credits must have been earned no more than five years from when the transfer request is made.
  • Credits must be letter grade B or higher.
  • Transfer credits must have been designated as graduate credit at the institution where taken, but must not have been used to confer a degree.
  • Correspondence course credit is not accepted.

For Master’s degree programs greater than 30 credit hours, no more than 25 percent of the total graded coursework requirements may be transferred to the degree program (or approximately 9 credits).

  • In order to determine whether a class will transfer to meet course requirements for the MSN Program, a syllabus for that class is required and must be submitted no later than 10 business days before the beginning of the semester.