Columbus MSN Degree

Money has named Columbus as one of the “Best Big Cities” and calls the metropolitan area, “The Best in the Midwest.” More than 800,000 people reside in Columbus and Columbus is home to a number of healthcare facilities that have made U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-2017 Honor Roll. A nationally-recognized healthcare system means there are plenty of opportunities for advance practice nurses in Columbus such as Columbus nurse educators and Columbus family nurse practitioners. Are you a registered nurse interested in entering an advanced nursing specialty? You’ll need a Master of Science in Nursing and to attend an RN to MSN program in Columbus, Ohio.

Walsh University’s online MSN program offers Columbus nurses two tracks, a nurse educator pathway and a family nurse practitioner pathway. Both advanced nursing specialties have enormous earning potential in the Columbus region. A nurse practitioner in Columbus may earn as much as $100,000 per year and a nurse educator in Columbus may earn as much as $75,000 per year. There are a high number of nursing job opportunities for Columbus nurses as well as Columbus has the highest number of nursing jobs per resident.

About the Columbus RN-MSN Program

The online MSN program offers two concentrations, Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. The Family Nurse Practitioner MSN is 63 credits and the Nurse Educator MSN is 40 credits. The MSN program can be completed in 6 to 7 semesters full-time or 10 semesters part-time depending on the track you choose. Courses are offered in eight-week and 16-week increments. There are three intakes per year so you can choose when you are ready to start your education.

  • Length: 6-7 semesters or 10 semesters part-time depending on track
  • Tuition: $685 per credit hour
  • Specializations: Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner

After completing your MSN, Columbus offers a wide variety of opportunities for nurses with an advanced degree. Several Columbus hospitals have been named as, “Best Hospitals in Ohio for Nurses in 2017,” such as Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Grant Medical Center, River Methodist Hospital and Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Becker’s Hospital Review named OhioHealth and CoverMyMeds, both in Columbus, on their, “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare.” Other types of care facilities in Ohio such as 130 senior care center that made the list as top senior care centers on U.S. News & World Report’s, “Nursing Home Finder.”   

Learn more about the Columbus RN-MSN program

Columbus MSN Program Admissions

  • Submission of a completed Walsh University application.
  • A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  • Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent. Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  • Completion of an Undergraduate or Graduate Statistics course.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Master’s program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the FNP or Nurse Educator role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  • A resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  • A 1,000-word essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and will be reviewed for writing style and content. It should address the following areas:        
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career.
    • Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals.
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
    • The essay should be typed in APA format and will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.

About Columbus

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio and the seat of Franklin County. Columbus’ neighboring towns include Dublin to the northwest, Westerville to the northeast, and Grove City to the Southwest. Most destinations in Ohio are a  two to three hour drive from Columbus. Columbus is also an economic and technology hub. The city is home to Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research and development foundation. More than 50 college and university campuses are found throughout the Columbus region. In addition, Columbus has been nationally recognized for its quality of living. In 2008, Marketwatch named Columbus one of the top 10 places to own and operate business in the U.S. In 2012, Forbes named Columbus the best city for working moms. Recently, Columbus has been named one of U.S. News & World Report’s best places to live.

Neighboring Columbus suburbs include:

  • Upper Arlington
  • Powell
  • Ottawa Hills