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AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Program


Direct Entry MSN for ADN Nurses

Frequently Asked Questions

Down ArrowQ: Does this program award a BSN?

     A: No. The intent of this program is the Master’s Degree, and you will apply and enter as a Graduate student. This program is designed to take advantage of your non-nursing Bachelor’s degree without additional Arts and Sciences requirements.

Down ArrowQ: What are the requirements for admission into this program?
     A: Admission requirements include: a non-nursing Bachelor’s degree and an Associate Degree in Nursing, both with a final cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, using a 4.000 system; recommendations; current resume; a written statement of professional goals; graduate school application; transcripts; and completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). However, if your undergraduate GPA was 3.2 or higher, the GRE will be waived.

Down ArrowQ: Are there also prerequisite courses for admission to this program?
     A: Yes. You will need to present evidence that you have taken and passed with at least a C the following courses and credits: a minimum of 5 semester credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology covering all body systems; 5-6 credits of science from Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology or Biology; 3 credits of behavioral science (psychology or sociology); and 3 credits of statistics, which must include an inferential component. It is preferred that your anatomy, physiology, and science courses would have been completed within the last five years. Statistics must have been completed within five years of your start date in this program.

Down ArrowQ: What are the “bridging courses” you referred to?
NURS 5600 Community and Population Health Nursing 3cr
NURS 5931 Special Topics (Community Health Practicum) 3cr
NURS 6010 Research & Evidence as a Foundation for Nursing 3cr
HEAL 6825 Quality & Patient Safety in Health Care 3cr

Down ArrowQ: Do I have to be done with the 12 bridging credits before I start my master’s
     A: There are several core Master’s courses that you may intermingle with the bridge courses if you wish; these are courses that all MSN students take regardless of their master’s option. However, you must have successfully completed your bridge courses before you may start your option-specific courses.

Down ArrowQ: How long will it take to complete my MSN?
     A: This is very individualized, based on whether you wish to attend full or part time. In addition, different MSN options have different numbers of credits to complete. The best approach is to have an appointment with an advisor in the option you are choosing, who will assist in creating an individualized program plan for you. The University requires that you complete your MSN within 6 years.

Down ArrowQ: What are the specialty options available to me in the MSN program?
     A: The College of Nursing offers MSN options in adult-older adult acute care, adult-older adult primary care, adult-older adult clinical nurse specialist, pediatrics acute care, pediatrics primary care, nurse midwifery, clinical nurse leader, and systems leadership and healthcare quality.

Down ArrowQ: What is the best way to find out if this program will work for me?
     A: The first step in exploring your options is to contact to schedule an appointment to discuss this program. 



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