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Nursing, MS/DNP

1. Do I have to have my BSN before I can get an MS degree?

Yes. However, a BSN is not required for entry to the Clinical Research Management, MS degree program.

2. Does ASU's Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation have a Post-Master's DNP Program?

Yes, we offer a post-Master's DNP program, with two entry points: post-Masters Entry With Advanced Practice Specialty, and post-Masters Entry Without Advanced Practice Specialty (or adding a new specialty).

3. May I use graduate courses I have taken prior to being admitted to the Graduate college?

It depends – in the case of post-baccalaureate entry to the MS or DNP programs, faculty will review the courses you have taken to determine if any may be used. 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.

4. 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.

5. Do you have online programs?

Coursework for the MS and DNP degree programs, as well as the graduate certificate 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).

6. What are the options in graduate study?

Eight clinical specialty areas are offered for post-baccalaureate entry to the DNP program. MS Nursing programs in Nursing Education and MS in Clinical Research Management, several graduate certificate programs, and post-Masters entry to the DNP program.

7. Do you have a midwifery program?

No, but you may check

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

8. Is there a clinical or practicum component to the graduate 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.

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

Full-time and part-time options are available in the MS, Nursing; MS, Clinical Research Management and DNP programs (for both post-baccalaureate and post-Masters entry points). See the individual programs for more information on the academic plans for each.

10. 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 for existing programs.

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