Masters of Science Nursing

The MSN program provides for one option, the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS).

Graduates will be prepared to practice in the CNS role upon successful completion of the national certification examination appropriate to the population-focused area. Graduates will also be prepared to meet graduate-level CNS competencies and CNS spheres of impact.

Prerequisites for Admission

•    Bachelor’s degree in General Nursing
•    NCLEX Certification

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Leanne Buschmeier, RN, MSN, APRN

  • Interim MSN Program Director and Program Faculty


The curriculum focuses on direct and indirect care roles, advanced practice nursing competencies, role-specific professional standards and competencies, and certification requirements. Our class size ensures that students are fully supported by our faculty providing a personalized approach to the learner.

Nursing Masters in Science

  • Master's Program

Program Overview

•    Three-year program
•    In-person classes 
•    Certification of Advanced Nurse Specialist
•    Six semesters: Spring and Fall 
•    Total Clinical Hours: 540 
•    Total Lab Hours: 45 
•    Total Project Hours: 90

Please note the location for this program is in Blue Ash, Ohio

Learning Outcomes

  • Synthesize knowledge and evidence from nursing and related disciplines to inform clinical judgment and innovation in advanced practice nursing. 
  • Provide evidence-based, ethical, and equitable patient-centered care for diverse young to older adults at the individual and system levels. 
  • Communicate, consult and collaborate with other professionals to solve complex healthcare problems and improve outcomes for adult populations. 
  • Translate research and current evidence to transform care for young to older adults, advanced nursing practice, and organizations.
  • Integrate principles of quality and safety to mitigate risks for patients, nurses, and organizations. 
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and advanced clinical expertise in designing cost-effective, evidence-based, and quality solutions and policies across the care continuum. 
  • Incorporate information and technology to manage and improve healthcare delivery in accordance with best practices and policies.
  • Exhibit responsibility and accountability for one’s personal health and professional values and identity as an advanced practice nurse. 
  • Demonstrate role competencies as a clinical nurse specialist in the care of adult patients, families, and populations and advancement of nursing practice.
Degree or Certificate
  • Masters in Science
Campus Location
  • Off Campus
College or School
  • College of Professional and Technical Studies
Modality tells you whether this program is in-person, online, or hybrid.
  • All courses required in-person
Total Credit Hours