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

International student requirements:

TOFEL: Minimum score of 90

NCLEX PASS or NCLEX Test date in-hand

1-2 years experience as RN (completed within the past year) 

Goal statement: list at least three goals for acceptance into the program


Domestic student requirements:


1-2 years experience as RN (completed within the past year) 

Goal statement: list at least three goals for acceptance into the program


Let Rio Support Your MSN Journey

Contact us for more information and how to apply at

Leanne Buschmeier, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC

  • 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