Master of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses
This is the entry point to the MSN for registered nurses with a BSN and for registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in another field who enter under the educational mobility option. Registered nurses without a bachelor's degree who have successfully completed bridge courses continue their education at this point.
Graduates of the MSN program are prepared to assume professional leadership roles that encompass educational, consultative and managerial functions and to design and establish delivery services in response to health care policy changes. Due to the program's endorsement by the American Holistic Nurses Certification Corporation (AHNCC), graduates are eligible to sit for the holistic nurse certification examination.
Opportunities for Study
View the MSN Electives/Concentrations PDF document (see list at right) for more information about concentrations. There is additional information on web pages for the CNL Informatics concentrations
- Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)*
- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)*
- Health Care Law
- School Nurse
- Customized MSN
- Dual degrees*
*Additional restrictions and requirements apply. See web page for program of interest for details
The MSN curriculum requires a minimum of 36 semester credit hours, 10 of which are in elective courses. Students can either customize their plan of study to meet their personal goals by selecting a minimum of ten semester hours from the available areas of concentrated study or choose to select all electives from one area of concentrated study. Students work closely with their advisor for course selection. Courses are scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings one day per week. Students, with their advisor, choose their courses in either a part-time or full-time sequence depending upon their needs and work schedule.
Rolling admission is offered for each fall, spring and summer semester.
MSN for Registered Nurses Additional Information
- MSN Fact Sheet
- MSN Electives/Concentrations (see separate Fact Sheet for FNP)
- FNP (MSN or Post-Master's)
- MSN Curriculum
- Course Sequence
- MSN Electives/Concentrations web page
- Post-Master's Certificate Options: FNP or CNL
- Dual Degree Options
- Admission and Application Requirements