Graduate Programs


As our population ages, the need grows for adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioners. UToledo’s programs prepare advanced practice nurses to provide comprehensive, acute care to the adult-gerontological and frail elderly population.

Our nationally ranked M.S.N. program educate outstanding advanced practitioners who often find jobs before they graduate. 

We offer several routes for nurses who want to become NPs and sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or American Association of Critical Care Nursing (AACN) certification.

All courses in our NP programs are online; labs and clinical experiences are in person.

If you already have a graduate degree in nursing and want to become a nurse practitioner, consider our part-time, online graduate certificate.  

Master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) 

  • Designed for registered nurses who want to advance to a higher level of clinical practice
  • Builds on the knowledge and skills you’ve gained as a B.S.N. Registered Nurse
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

UToledo’s College of Nursing offers the widest variety of advanced-practice programs in northwest Ohio. We pride ourselves on evolving to meet the needs of our students and the increasing complexities and challenges of the healthcare industry.

Our partnership with ProMedica — a large, not-for-profit healthcare system — helps us fulfill that mission as we seek to: 

  • Provide the highest level of evidence-based practice in northwest Ohio 
  • Advance nursing education through innovative educational programs and diverse clinical experiences for students 
  • Promote interprofessional research collaborations 
  • Provide high-quality professional development programs 

Contact our College of Nursing graduate advisor about the best pathway for you.

Top Reasons to Study adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner at UToledo

  1. National reputation.
    • UToledo’s master’s program in Nursing ranks 11th among the country’s best Nursing schools by Top Master’s in Healthcare Administration.  
    • Our M.S.N. program is also ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools edition. 
  2. Flexible degree options.
    We offer full-time and part-time degree programs. All courses in our NP programs are online, except for required lab and clinical experiences.
  3. Practicing faculty.
    The majority of our NP faculty members practice. Their real-world experience and perspective about current clinical practices enrich the student learning experience. 
  4. State-of-the-art facilities.

    Gain hands-on experience on one of the most technologically advanced medical campuses in the U.S. UToledo’s Health Science Campus is home to the College of Nursing, College of Medicine and Life Sciences, College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and The University of Toledo Medical Center.  

    As a graduate student, you have access to the latest educational and healthcare technology, including: 

  5. Service learning.
    • Travel abroad and experience diverse cultures while providing service to communities in need of healthcare. Nursing faculty members lead graduate students on mission trips to international destinations such as Nicaragua and Haiti. 
    • Volunteer locally with interprofessional teams in community clinics that treat underserved populations. 
  6. Financial support.
    The College of Nursing offers graduate assistant positions
  7. Scholarship.

    UToledo is a large, public research institution with the resources to help you succeed. 

    • Office of Research and Scholarship — helps graduate students find funding for research, locate conferences and publishing opportunities and more. 
    • Nursing librarian — helps find references, literature sources and more. 
    • Dissemination of scholarly work — Faculty and the associate dean of research and scholarship assist students in finding opportunities to publish research and present findings. The college offers financial assistance to disseminate research.


Our award-winning faculty includes: 

  • Journal editors 
  • Grant recipients 

Graduate nursing students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on myriad research interests, including:  

  • Pediatric lead poisoning 
  • Cancer 
  • Holistic nursing 
  • Opioid use disorder 
  • Mental health 

D.N.P. students are required to conduct evidence-based practice projects about contemporary healthcare needs. M.S.N. students complete capstone projects. Past D.N.P. projects include: 

  • Social Support Among Family Caregivers Who Attend Hospice Virtual Group Counseling Sessions
  • Improving Influenza Vaccination Rate in Intercollegiate Athletes
  • Orthopedic-Trauma Opioid Prescribing Guideline Adherence Initiative
  • Foot Care Confidence of Individuals with Diabetes in a Medically Underserved Area


What jobs can I get with an adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner degree?

Adult gerontology acute care NPs practice in settings such as:

  • Intensive care, trauma or acute care units
  • Specialty clinics
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Emergency Rooms

Nearly 75% of our M.S.N. graduates are employed within 12 months of graduation.  

Nurse practitioner graduates from UToledo have earned leadership and practice positions at some of the best healthcare and professional organizations in the country, including: 

  • Johns Hopkins Medicine (hospitals and medical centers), Baltimore, Md. 
  • Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Detroit 
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. 
  • Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses 
  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio 
  • United States Armed Forces 
  • Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan hospitals), Ann Arbor, Mich. 






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Last Updated: 4/24/24