This list of frequently asked questions was compiled from our students. Chances are if you have a question, we’ve got an answer. Learn more about the University of Cincinnati and our Master’s Degree in Nursing.

For information on our online programs, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Why become an Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner?
If you are looking for a career that affords independence and offers you leadership roles, consider a career as an Adult-Gero Adult Nurse Practitioner. As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped to seek roles in hospitals, private practices, government organizations, community health organizations, hospices, and other health care systems.
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Why become a Family Nurse Practitioner?
Take the next step in your career and become a true leader in your profession by training to be a Family Nurse Practitioner. You will be qualified to provide health care services to all age groups in a versatile and rewarding job. Plus you will have a choice of many venues in which to work: government, community health organizations, hospices, and other health care systems.
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Why become a Nurse-Midwife?
Nurse-midwifery gives you the independence you need to expand your career options. As a Certified Nurse-Midwife, you will work with women throughout the various stages of life in a variety of clinical and hospital settings.
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Why become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner?
Women’s Health Nursing is a rapidly growing field of advanced practice nursing, and it offers a variety of career advancement options. As a nurse practitioner specializing in women’s health spanning a female’s life cycle, you will have an opportunity to expand your knowledge and practice of women’s health care.
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Why choose the University of Cincinnati’s College of Nursing?
For one, we have been doing it longer than most colleges in America. The UC College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate in nursing in the country in 1916 and is nationally respected for its high-quality nursing programs. The College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).*
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Are these specialties also offered online as a Post Masters Certificate (PMC)?
No. Only the full MSN degree for these specialties is offered online. The UC College of Nursing offers several on campus PMC programs. Click here to view the on campus offerings.
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What if I don’t meet the admissions requirements?
Don’t give up – there are a variety of admissions options available to prospective students. Contact an Enrollment Advisor at 1-866-225-6764 to discuss admissions opportunities.
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I have read the Web site. What if I have more questions?
For more detailed information about the program, you can always contact a University of Cincinnati Enrollment Advisor toll-free at 1-866-225-6764. Our experienced Enrollment Advisors will answer your questions about the program and help you prepare for a new and exciting educational opportunity.
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What is the current job market for advanced practice nurses?
The job market is very strong for nurses. And the environments are varied – nurses can work in a myriad of practice settings, including research laboratories, hospitals, clinics, public health facilities, and industry.
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Why is accreditation important?
Accreditation is important for obtaining certification and licensure in all nursing specialties. And certification is required for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, Nurse Administrators, and Clinical Nurse Specialists to obtain licensure to practice.
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What kind of accreditation should I look for?
In the United States, the most widely recognized form of accreditation for degree-granting programs comes from the regional accreditation commissions and professional accrediting bodies.

Take note of UC’s accreditations:

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What should I look for in a distance learning program?
We recommend you search for a program that has extensive experience delivering distance learning, has low student attrition, a dedicated full-time faculty, high student satisfaction, and minimal travel. Unlike correspondence courses, UC distance learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. They have the benefit of traditional education with faculty-led, structured curriculum and the convenience and interactivity of online technologies.
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I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?
Yes. You can complete your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home or workplace. There are no campus meetings or residency requirements to attend. And you have access to your courses 24 hours a day.
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I am not computer savvy; can I do this?
Yes. Many new students are computer novices so we offer technical support and a full-time Program Manager to guide you throughout the program. As a new student, you will also have an orientation to online courses prior to starting classes.
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Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?
Yes. University of Cincinnati awards the same degrees regardless of the delivery method: the traditional campus-based program or the distance learning program for working professionals.
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What are the computer requirements for participation in the Master of Science in Nursing Programs?
To participate in the MSN program your system must meet the following computer requirements. We encourage you to call your Enrollment Advisor at 1-866-225-6764 should you have any questions.
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How many hours per week will I need to study?
Of course, this depends on the individual. On an average, 15-20 hours per week should ensure completion of each course on time. Depending on your specialty, you may need to allow for sufficient time to complete your clinical work.
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What if I can’t keep up with the course load?
Your UC faculty is composed of professional educators in nursing specialties who understand your challenges and are committed to your success. One of the benefits of studying in a small learning community is the special support you will receive from your peers and faculty. Students typically find this is a big help in staying on track.
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Where can I learn about UC’s on campus Nursing programs?
Please click here to be taken the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Web site.
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*Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 887-6791 www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation
∞Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA) www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or (800) 621-7440

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  • michelle said:

    Do all of your MSN options have to me completed full-time? I am looking for a program that is part-time.

    • Michelle, thank you for your interest. We only offer a full-time course of study option.

  • Fanny Cloud said:


    Is Gre or MAT required for admissions to any of the online programs? thanks

    • Hello Fanny, we do not require a grad exam for admission into our MSN programs.

  • manny said:

    Do you offer financial aid to online students ?

    • Hi Manny, please click here to view the types of financial aid available, eligibility requirements, the process to apply, repayment information, and additional resources. Please contact an advisor for more details at 866-225-6764.

  • Vicky said:

    What is the passing grade for the MSN program?

    • Hi Vicky, thank you for your interest in our online MSN program. All students must maintain a 3.0 while in the program. For more information regarding academic performance, click here.

  • Rodney said:

    The deadline to submit applications for Summer semester is February 11. Does this include the Nurse Practitioner program? Or is the NP program only available starting in Spring and Fall?

    • Hi Rodney, please click here to review the current academic calendar. If you have any questions, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866-225-6764.

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