College of Nursing

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Prospective Graduate Students - M.S.N., D.N.P. Programs and graduate certificates

UToledo’s College of Nursing prepares nurses for the highest level of clinical practice. Our graduates are ready to face the challenges of an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

We offer a range of degree options for nurses who want to advance their careers or those who have a degree in a non-nursing field and want to pursue a nursing degree.

  • Wide range of specialties:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Executive 
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Faculty who are leaders in clinical practice, teaching and research
  • Technologically advanced learning environment
  • Flexible online and part-time options
  • Graduate funding options

Learn more about Why UToledo Nursing is one of the best graduate nursing programs in Ohio. 

NEWly Established Nurse Executive Track

Our Nurse Executive track can provide you with the essential skills to take on an organizational leadership position. Nurse Executives serve a crucial role to help carry out the mission of their healthcare organization and serve as a role model and coordinator of their healthcare team members. Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive certification exam.

Nursing Graduate Degrees

Graduate-Entry Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) — an accelerated nursing program for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing. Full and part time option available.

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) - a nursing program for registered nurses who have a B.S.N. and want to continue their education in advanced practice.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)

  • Online Post-Baccalaureate to D.N.P.designed to take the B.S.N.-prepared nurses to the highest level of clinical practice, UToledo was the first public institution in Ohio to offer the B.S.N. - D.N.P. program
  • Online Post-Master's to D.N.P.designed to elevate advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders to the highest level of clinical practice

Post-Graduate Certificates — for registered nurses who have an M.S.N. or D.N.P. and want to add a specialty

Supportive Educators

Learn from the best. Most of our faculty practice as well as teach. We can help connect students to preceptors in a variety of clinical settings. Thanks to our partnerships with regional hospital systems and community organizations, you will have clinical and job opportunities at many of Ohio’s best facilities.

Nursing Faculty

Cutting-edge Campus

Study on a technologically advanced health science campus and practice your skills with the latest educational technology.

Learning Resource Center

Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center

Are you ready to apply?

Review our application checklist and admission information.

How to Apply Financial Assistance


Meet Linda Corbitt

'22, Master of Science in Nursing

“I love what I do now. Whether it’s volunteering at a clinic or signing in for a precepting assignment. I just want to give back.”

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Meet Lindsey Bixler

'22, Graduate-Entry M.S.N.

“After getting my bachelor’s at MSU and working in film, I realized I couldn’t deny my love for helping people any longer. I came to UToledo to finally get back on the trajectory I had originally intended. Life may not be linear, but what is meant for you will come back to you!”


Meet Robin Cox

'21, Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner

“Since joining the program I found that I love the discipline of Advanced Practice Nursing and am excited to join the workforce providing care at the level of a Nurse Practitioner.”




Heidi Shank

Contact :
Heidi Shank, D.N.P., M.S.N.,RN
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Diversity for the College of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Advisor



Last Updated: 4/24/24