College of Nursing

MSN Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs

The Master of Science in Nursing at The University of Toledo College of Nursing is designed to build on the student’s past learning, personal and professional goals, and the insights and experiences gained through practice. The MSN degree prepares Registered Nurses with a baccalaureate as Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators. The CNL Program is for the student with an earned Bachelors degree who desires to become a Registered Nurse. 

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MSN Programs

The Master of Science in Nursing major is generally a two-year, full-time program with part-time options. The MSN-CNL program is a two-year, full-time program. Students choose a nursing track that leads to the MSN degree:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Graduate-Entry Clinical Nurse Leader (formerly GEMINI)
    • Designed for the person who holds a bachelor degree, who is not a registered nurse (RN), but desires to become a RN. Upon successful completion of the CNL program, graduates are prepared to apply for a license as a RN and take the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and are eligible to sit for the CNL certification exam.
    • The CNL program is designed to be a full-time program with classes offered traditionally on campus, no online options available.
    • 66 semester credits
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    • Brochure
    • Forms and Resources
    • Student Learning Outcomes
Admission Requirements and Process

Applications must be electronically submitted by the posted deadlines.

  • Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university. Degree in nursing from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education accreditation (Graduate-Entry Clinical Nurse Leader Not Applicable).

  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work.

  • Submission of official transcripts from all academic institutions to NursingCAS.

  • Personal statement describing career goals, future plans for employment, and expectations for graduate study. Submit your personal statement via the "Personal Statement" section of the NursingCAS, title it "University of Toledo"

  • Current resume or CV, listing current state and/or territory RN license number (RN license number not applicable for Graduate-Entry Clinical Nurse Leader Not Applicable).
    • Upload a copy of your current resume or CV in the "Documents Upload" section of NursingCAS.
  • Active unrestricted unencumbered Ohio RN license.
    • For Nurse Educator only, active unrestricted unencumbered RN license in the state in which the applicant practices
  • Three recommendations completed by professional sources (Master in Nursing preferred)
    • To be submitted electronically on your behalf via the "References" section of NursingCAS.
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course recommended.

  • Computer competency that includes word processing skills and ability to communicate electronically.

  • The Graduate Record Exam (General Subject GRE) and TOEFL* are required for international applicants. *Minimum required tests scores:

    • All official GRE or TOEFL results must be sent directly from the respective GRE or TOEFL organization to The University of Toledo (institutional code 1845).
  • Interview, if requested.

  • Admission is competitive.

  • Students are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (i.e., BCII and FBI) and are responsible for fingerprinting expenses. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission to the nursing program and/or during program progression. In compliance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-7 convictions will result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation.

  • Applications are completed through Nursing CAS: and by submitting a supplemental application to: The University of Toledo

*Applicants must attach the file on designations page to The University of Toledo in order for the school to have access to the file.

Accreditation and Approval


The baccalaureate degree in nursing program at the University of Toledo Consortium, the master’s degree in nursing program, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at The University of Toledo College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


The University of Toledo College of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader Program has full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing. 

Last Updated: 12/11/18