College of Nursing

M.S.N. Graduate Entry Program

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The M.S.N. Graduate Entry program at The University of Toledo is ideal for the goal-directed person who seeks a career as a professional registered nurse in the dynamic field of healthcare. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (in any discipline). Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and may upon graduation decide to pursue a graduate certificate to enter an advanced practice role as a nurse practitioner, or they may opt to pursue a doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

The M.S.N. Graduate Entry program includes:
  • 66 semester credit hours
  • 540 clinical clock hours
  • 150 lab clock hours

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Admission Requirements

  • Applications are completed through NursingCAS and by submitting a nursing supplemental application to The University of Toledo at

  • Prerequisites:
    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 semester hours) Must earn a “B” or higher
    • Psychology (3 semester hours)
    • Social Science elective (3 semester hours)
  • Students are admitted to the M.S.N. Graduate Entry track in the fall and proceed in a cohort for five consecutive semesters. This track is only offered full-time. 
  • Learn more about how to apply and deadlines.

Typical Plan of Study

Semester I
NURS 5000 – Population Focused Care (45 clinical hours) (4)
NURS 5001 – Health Assessment and Technical Competencies I (90 lab hours) (5)
NURS 5002 – Physiology and Pathophysiology I (3)
NURS 5003 – Professional Socialization (3)
Total Credit Hours (15)

Semester II
NURS 5004 – Nursing Care of Adults in Health and Illness (90 clinical hours) (5)
NURS 5005 – Health Assessment and Technical Competencies II (60 lab hours) (3)
NURS 5006 – Physiology and Pathophysiology II (3)
NURS 5007 – Pharmacology for the Graduate Entry Nurse (3)
Total Credit Hours (14)

Semester III
NURS 5008 – Healthcare for Women and Children (90 clinical hours) (5)
NURS 5009 – Mental Health and Therapeutic Communications (45 clinical hours) (3)
INDI 6000 – Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3)
Total Credit Hours (11)

Semester IV
NURS 5910 – Advanced Research for Evidence Based Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 6001 – Nursing Care of Adults with Complex Health (90 clinical hours) (5)
NURS 6002 – Quality and Informatics in Healthcare (3)
NURS 5530 – Public Policy and Healthcare (3)
Total Credit Hours (14)

Semester V
NURS 6003 – Experiencing Nursing Systems Practicum (180 clinical hours) (7)
NURS 6004 – Professional Nurse Competency (2)
NURS 5220, or NURS 6990, or NURS 5980 – Capstone Option: Field Experience or Thesis or Comprehensive Exam (3)
Total Credit Hours (12)



The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Toledo is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Upon successful completion of the M.S.N. Graduate Entry track curriculum, graduates are prepared to apply for a license as a RN and take the National Council Licensing Exam – Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).

The University of Toledo College of Nursing M.S.N. Graduate Entry track has full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Last Updated: 9/28/20