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The College of Nursing and Health offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science degree with a major in nursing. A dual degree program leading to a Master of Science degree in Administration of Nursing and Health Care Systems and a Masters in Business Administration can also be completed. If desired, students may fulfill the requirements for two concentrations in the Nursing master’s program. To apply, students must have completed their BSN and their RN. However, an RN who possesses a bachelor’s degree in a traditional discipline other than nursing may apply as a “bridge” student taking additional coursework which will lead to a master’s degree.

All programs prepare nurses for advanced leadership roles in practice and administration, as well as for doctoral study in nursing. The curriculum offers students the opportunity to select a clinical specialization (acute care, adult health, community health, or pediatric) and role (clinical specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse administrator, or school nurse). Nurses already possessing a master’s degree with a major in nursing may earn a second M.S. degree in nursing. The programs accommodate both full-time and part-time students, with most classes offered in the late afternoon and evening. The sequence of course offerings is flexible. Full-time students may complete the program within two calendar years, depending on the major. Part-time students must complete all requirements within five years. Students successfully completing all concentration requirements are eligible to sit for a variety of national certification exams.


The College of Nursing and Health has several admission requirements in addition to the minimum requirements of the Graduate School. All prospective students must have:

• A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a school of nursing that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education accreditation. Alternately, the prospective student may be a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in a traditional discipline other than nursing, which will require selected support and professional nursing bridge courses in addition to regular graduate curriculum requirements.

• An overall grade point average in undergraduate work of 3.0, or 2.7 with 3.0 or better in the upper division nursing course work in the major.

• Submission of a goals statement with application to the program.

• Within five years, complete a statistics course prior to enrollment in NUR 707.

• Documented expertise in physical/health assessment or recent completion of course.

• Computer literacy.

• Evidence of an unencumbered registered nurse license in Ohio.

• Evidence of liability insurance, health insurance, CPR certification, and other necessary health information as required by specific program or clinical agencies, prior to clinical courses.

All students are required to adhere to the policies and procedures set forth in the Wright State University Graduate Catalog and the College of Nursing and Health Graduate Student Handbook, available online after admission.

While the college has a rolling admission policy to provide flexibility for students wishing to start in any quarter, please note that some concentrations have specific deadlines. Please contact the college for details.

Degree Requirements

The program is divided into core and advanced practice options. The core includes courses in theoretical foundations, research, concepts of advanced practice and research sequence. To complete the research sequence, the student has a choice of thesis, scholarly project, supervised research project or evidence based practice course.

Current available concentrations include administration of nursing and health care systems, adult health clinical nurse specialist (flight nurse specialty option), pediatric clinical nurse specialist, community health clinical nurse specialist, school nurse, acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and both primary and acute care pediatric nurse practitioner. A certificate is available in nursing education and a post-masters certificate is available for acute care pediatric nurse practitioner.

Candidates for the master’s degree must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Completion of a minimum of 50 credit hours.

2. Completion of the program within five years.

3. Maintenance of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no more than nine hours of C grades applicable to the degree

4. Successful completion of a research sequence.

School Nurse Licensure
In addition to the Master of Science nursing major with a concentration in School Nursing, the College of Nursing and Health collaborates with the College of Education and Human Services to provide a postbaccalaureate program of study leading to Professional Pupil Services School Nurse Licensure though the Ohio Department of Education. Interested individuals must first complete a baccalaureate degree with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology and/or anthropology. Each candidate must also have course work in community health and a current license to practice as a registered nurse issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing.


The College of Nursing and Health is located in University Hall—a state-of-the-art educational facility. Clinical instructional facilities are abundant and varied. Since June 1984, the school has had a collaborative agreement with the Division of Nursing at Miami Valley Hospital to form a Center for Excellence in Nursing. This agreement affords opportunities for research, clinical practice and education for students and faculty. In addition, the school has contracts with over 200 agencies in the area including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, county health departments, nursing homes, school systems, senior citizen centers and day care centers—all of which can be used for clinical experience and/or research.

For research the Paul Laurence Dunbar Library is available. The Dunbar Library provides media production services and facilities. The university’s Statistical Consulting Center provides support for data analysis.


Barbara Fowler, community health, adolescent health, nursing education, health policy, cultural diversity, vulnerable populations
Patricia Martin (dean), maternal/child, community health, organizational behavior, research environments, evaluation
Kristine Scordo - adult cardiology, acute care, MVPS, health promotion, cardiac rehabilitation, informatics

Associate Professors
Janice Belcher, nursing administration, nursing informatics, psychiatric nursing
Candace Cherrington, cardiac nursing, critical/intensive care, nursing research, research methods
Donna Miles Curry, children and families, developmental screening, pain in children, pediatric critical care, separation anxiety, infancy
Bobbe Gray, cognitive models, design/methods, high-risk pregnancy, hope, maternal childbearing, mother/baby care, nursing research, teen pregnancy, parenting, stress and coping
Kathy Keister, adult health, long-term care
Gail Moddeman, gerontology, adult health, pain management
Patricia Vermeersch, clinical studies, dementia, gerontology, instrument development

Assistant Professors
Detrice Barry, blood disorders, gerontology, health literacy, transcultural nursing
Tracy Brewer, maternal, child, evidence based practice, nursing education
Tawna Cooksey-James, cultural issues in health care, informatics & technology, maternal/childbearing, underserved populations
Anita Dempsey, ADHD, education, executive functioning, learning disabilities, health behaviors, obesity, psychiatrics, scholarship, teaching and learning
Rosemary Eustace, community empowerment, community health, cultural issues in health care, disease prevention, education, health promotion, HIV/AIDS, family health, minority health issues, public health, research/design methods, service learning, underserved and uninsured populations, vulnerable populations, theory construction
Perla Ilagan, cultural issues in health care, minority health issues, global health, nursing research, primary health care, international education/study abroad, violence, women’s health
Mary Beth Kaylor, community and public health, evaluation research, health care policy, research/design methods, teaching strategies, underserved and vulnerable populations, women’s health
Judy Ribak - palliative care, quality of life, stress and coping, psychotherapy, psychiatric,
gerontology/older adults, ethics/legal, cultural issues in healthcare, advanced practice, advance directives/end of life
Anne Russell, critical/intensive care, qualitative research, trauma
Sherrill Smith, education, public health, simulation
Ann Stalter, community health, death & dying, disease prevention, family health, gerontology, health education, vulnerable populations

Clinical Assistant Professors
Cindra Holland, adult health, advanced practice, cardiac nursing, continuing education, education, high risk pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, medical/surgical, spirituality
Lynne Kelley, pediatric health policy, injury prevention, advanced practice nursing issues, trans-cultural nursing

Clinical Instructors
Cheryl Aubin, emergency medicine, critical/intensive care, continuing education and education
Jeanine Bochenek, community health, disease prevention, health education, school nursing
Ann Bowling, informatics and technology, pediatrics
Crystal Hammond, advanced practice, community health, continuing education, cultural issues in health care, diabetes (type I and in pregnancy), disease prevention, education, ethics/legal, family planning, global health, health education, health promotion, maternal/childbearing, mother/baby care, NCLEX
Laura Herbert, advanced practice, pediatrics, family
Paula Kimpton, family practice
Lisa Long, evidence-based practice
Kim Pickett, advanced practice, uninsured populations, minority health, men's health, and diabetes

Course of Study

Program of Study

Summary of Requirements 50*
Core Courses 21
Thesis, scholarly project, supervised research experience or evidence based practice proposal 3
Advanced Practice Options 29-44
Electives 0-5
*Some concentrations require additional credit hours.

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