Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice), MS

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Build your career, gain BSN-level clinical experience and master advanced nursing leadership skills at the same time.  The Master of Science Entry into Nursing Practice is a new opportunity to become an entry-level registered nurse while earning your Master of Science in Nursing.  More comprehensive than a postbaccalaureate nursing degree, this 64 credit, two-year program is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree or above in a discipline other than nursing. Students are prepared at the graduate level to have advanced nursing knowledge of evidence-based practice, leadership, systems theory, to meet workforce demands.  This graduate program is ideal for anyone looking to change their career to nursing while building on their own education.


Graduates are prepared with three main objectives:

  • Deliver comprehensive nursing care in partnership with individuals, families, groups and communities, and populations
  • Develop theoretical and practice-based nursing education across diverse care settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to analyze, use and generate evidence for application to practice.


The Master of Science program in entry into nursing practice is a pathway to a master's education designed to meet the requirements for the MS in Nursing degree. This degree program provides a pathway to master's education for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in another discipline.

The plan of study builds on the students' prior baccalaureate education. This program option is delivered using a variety of face-to-face, hybrid and online delivery mechanisms. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

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Nursing (Entry to Nursing Practice), MS

Plan of study

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Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for fall 2021 was October 1. Applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a space-available basis.


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Degree requirements

Required Core (18 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (4)
DNP 608 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3)
NUR 501 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Health Care (3)
NUR 502 Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Health Promotion I (2)

Concentration (36 credit hours)
NUR 509 Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum (2)
NUR 514 Nursing Theory: Nursing Fundamentals (5)
NUR 515 Nursing Concepts for Psychiatric Mental Health (2)
NUR 516 Nursing Practice: Psychiatric Mental Health (2)
NUR 517 Nursing Practice: Pediatrics (2)
NUR 518 Nursing Practice: Adults (4)
NUR 519 Role-Focused Practicum: Care Coordination for the Nurse Leader (3)
NUR 520 Patient Safety and Health Care Quality Principles, Assessment and Methods (3)
NUR 521 Health Care Evidence, Informatics and Analysis (3)
NUR 523 Interprofessional Collaboration for Designing Systems to
Improve Patient Safety and Health Care Quality (3)
NUR 524 Nursing Practice: Childbearing Family (2)
NUR 533 Nursing Concepts: Childbearing Family (2)
NUR 542 Readiness to Practice (3)

Other Requirements (7 credit hours)
NUR 417 Nursing Concepts: Pediatric Clients (2)
NUR 418 Nursing Concepts: Complex Care (3)
NUR 478 Nursing Practice: Complex Care (2)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
NUR 593 Applied Project (3)

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who hold a BSN degree are not eligible and should apply to one of the other graduate nursing programs in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three letters of recommendation
  4. letter of intent or written statement
  5. professional resume
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Applicants may be admitted to the program with deficiencies. If a student is assigned any deficiency coursework by the academic unit upon admission, those courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (scale is 4.00 = "A") or higher before completing the graduate program's required coursework. Deficiency courses may include:

BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
CDE 232 Human Development
CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry
HCR 240 Human Pathophysiology
MIC 205 Microbiology and MIC 206 Microbiology Laboratory
NTR 241 Human Nutrition
statistics (100-level or higher 3-credit hour course)

Health and safety requirements include passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen.

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