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Nursing, MS/DNP

1. Do I have to have my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) before I can pursue a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing with the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation?

For any postlicensure graduate degrees in nursing – including the MS Nursing, MS Nursing (Nursing Education) and DNP programs –, a BSN from a regionally accredited institution and an active unencumbered RN licensure is required for admission. Applicants who completed a master’s entry nursing program – commonly referred to as MEPN or MECN programs – may also apply. 

A BSN is not required to apply for the prelicensure MS Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice) program. The master’s entry into nursing program is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who wish to become a Registered Nurse.

2. Are entrance exams, such as the GRE, required for admission?

Our graduate programs do not require entrance exams.

3. How do I apply to a graduate program at ASU?

All students must apply using ASU’s application for graduate admission. Students applying to a masters, doctoral or graduate certificate program will apply as a degree/certificate-seeking student.

The admission requirements can be viewed by searching academic programs here

4. Does ASU's Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation have a post-master's DNP Program?

ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers a post-master's DNP program, with two pathways: with advanced practice specialty and without advanced practice specialty (or adding a new specialty).

5. May I use graduate courses I have taken prior to being admitted to the Graduate College?

It depends – in the case of postbaccalaureate entry to the MS Nursing or DNP programs, faculty will review the courses you have taken to determine if any may be used. Refer to ASU’s Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook for more details on pre-admission credits. 

For those entering the post-masters DNP program, up to 40 credit hours of your masters degree coursework will be applied toward the required 84 credit hours to obtain your doctoral degree.

6. How long are the MS and DNP programs?

This varies based on each program and on full-time or part-time attendance. Please see the webpages for each degree program for more information.

7. Do you have online programs?

Yes, the MS Nursing and MS Nursing (Nursing Education) programs are offered fully online.

Coursework for the DNP programs are conducted in a hybrid-online format. Several different modalities are used to enhance the student’s learning, including multimedia presentations, asynchronous discussion boards and live chats. Travel to campus is required 2 – 3 times per semester (depending on the courses being taught).

8. Can I work while pursuing a graduate degree?

The amount a student can work varies based on many factors, including part-time or full-time enrollment and what responsibilities each student has beyond work and school.

Many of our graduate programs are flexible and allow students to continue working either part-time or full-time. For some programs, however, students are advised to work minimal hours to ensure they can successfully complete both coursework and clinical requirements.

If an applicant plans to work while pursuing graduate studies and has concerns about balancing work and school, applicants are encouraged to discuss this with a faculty member during their admission interview (if applicable).

9. What NP programs are available?

We offer many clinical specialty areas for postbaccalaureate entry to the DNP program. Several graduate certificate programs and post-masters entry to the DNP program are also available. For more information, click here.

10. Do you have a midwifery program?

No, but you may check this web site to find one:

Note: certified nurse midwives are eligible to apply for entry to our post-masters DNP program.

11. Is there a clinical or practicum component included in the graduate nursing programs?

Yes, there are clinical requirements for the all of the DNP and MS Nursing programs; the number of required hours varies depending on the program.

12. Can I go part-time in my graduate program?

Full-time and part-time options are available. See the individual programs for more information on the academic plans for each or contact us for more information.

13. How do I become a Nurse Anesthetist?

ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation does not have a nurse anesthetist program. You may check the for existing programs.

Note: certified nurse anesthetists are eligible to apply for entry to our post-masters DNP program.

14. Where can I find information on tuition, financial aid and scholarships?

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15. I have additional questions. Who can I contact?

Contact the Edson College recruitment team at 602-496-0937 or