Nursing: Entry-Level - MSN

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing entry-level (MSNEL) concentration prepares individuals with bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than nursing to begin a career as a professional registered nurse, and pursue certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader®. The MSNEL concentration builds upon the student’s previous educational preparation at the baccalaureate level, and provides both foundational and advanced courses in nursing practice, with an emphasis on improving the healthcare outcomes for a specific group of patients through horizontal leadership at the point of care. Fifteen credits of graduate nursing core courses are included in the program and may be applied to further study toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. Prior to admission, applicants must complete five prerequisite courses. Only one course may be repeated one time, this includes withdrawals. See the Admission section of this catalog for details.

Upon completion of the Entry-Level concentration, graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®), apply for certification as a public health nurse in Minnesota, and sit for the national examination to become certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

The Entry-level curriculum includes classroom, lab, simulation, and clinical components, and utilizes traditional classroom, hybrid and online formats. Courses are offered on one weekday and weekends. This is a full-time graduate program, and students are expected to reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive course of study. The 51-credit curriculum is completed in 23 months, including one summer.

Nursing: Entry-Level Curriculum

NURS 5000Introduction to Nursing Science and Practice8
NURS 5001Foundations in Evidence-Guided Nursing Practice6
NURS 5002Application of Evidence-Guided Nursing Practice6
NURS 6004Ethics and Health Care2
NURS 6007Promoting and Protecting the Health of Vulnerable Populations2
NURS 6011Global Health and Populations3
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics2
NURS 6015Family Centered and Population Focused Care6
NURS 60633
NURS 6140Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan2
NURS 6160Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
NURS 6223Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan3
NURS 7000Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: High Acuity Care7
NURS 7100Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: Assimilation into Prof Nursing Practice4
Total Credits57
Spring Term
NURS 5000Introduction to Nursing Science and Practice8
NURS 6140Advanced Health Assessment across the Lifespan2
Summer Term
NURS 5001Foundations in Evidence-Guided Nursing Practice6
Fall Term
NURS 5002Application of Evidence-Guided Nursing Practice6
NURS 6012Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics2
Spring Term
NURS 6004Ethics and Health Care 12
NURS 6015Family Centered and Population Focused Care6
NURS 6160Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology across the Lifespan3
Summer Term
NURS 6007Promoting and Protecting the Health of Vulnerable Populations2
NURS 6063
Fall Term
NURS 6223Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan3
NURS 7000Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: High Acuity Care7
Spring Term
NURS 6011Global Health and Populations 13
NURS 7100Nursing Leadership in Complex Health Care Systems: Assimilation into Prof Nursing Practice4
Total Credits54
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Taken during J-Term