Master of Science inNursing

Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing

The Entry-Level MSN (ELMSN) is a cohort program designed to prepare candidates with a previous non-nursing bachelor's or higher degree to gain RN licensure and the MSN degree. The sequence of study recognizes the academic success of the non-nursing graduate by providing a focused immersion into nursing followed by graduate study. Students do not receive a BSN degree, but following successful completion of the first 15 months of study, they are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam for registered nurse licensure and to continue in the MSN program in the Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) concentration with an Advanced Generalist focus for 12 more months (27 months in total). A limited cohort is admitted each year and admission is competitive.

Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) Concentration, Advanced Generalist Focus

Applicants accepted into to the Entry-Level MSN program are enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program, Care and Outcomes Manager (COM) concentration, Advanced Generalist focus. Enrollment in any other MSN concentration (for example, Family Nurse Practitioner) or any other focus area (for example, Clinical Nurse Leader) is neither implied nor guaranteed at the time of admission.  When space allows, Entry-Level MSN students may to apply to be considered for selection into other clinical concentrations or focus areas. Students who do not apply for, or are not selected for, participation in an alternative focus area or concentration remain in the COM-Advanced Generalist MSN program. Students admitted to other concentrations or focus areas incur additional tuition and may lengthen their program of study.

For more information on MSN Care and Outcomes Manager roles, click here.

Program Length and Term of Entry

The ELMSN program is 27 months from start to finish, not including the pre-requisite coursework. The pre-licensure portion is 15 months at the undergraduate level, and the post-licensure portion is 12 months at the graduate level.  All coursework starts in mid-June.  Pre-licensure terms include:  summer, fall, January term, spring, and summer.  Post-licensure terms include:  fall, January term, spring, fall, and spring.   The priority application deadline is November 15. 

Program Schedule

Entry-Level MSN students must maintain full-time status throughout their entire program of study. Students are expected to complete the entire 27-month program with their cohort. None of the classes are offered online. Part-time participation is not available.  Please note: students withdrawing from the ELMSN program after obtaining RN licensure but before obtaining the graduate degree may not be able to sustain licensure in the state of Washington and other states.

  • Pre-licensure portion:  Students participate in a 15-month intensive pre-licensure program at the undergraduate level leading to RN eligibility, during which time they are unable to maintain employment.   The ELMSN program is clinically and academically intensive to assure the student of adequate exposure to the professional nursing role and responsibilities, as well as to develop the student as a master's-prepared advanced generalist by completion of the program.  Classes are typically three to five days per week, daytime hours, with some evenings and weekends required for clinical rotations. 
  • Post-licensure portion:  After obtaining RN licensure, students are encouraged to work part-time as nurses while enrolled full-time in graduate-level courses for an additional 12 months. Classes in the post-licensure portion are typically Thursday evenings, and all day Fridays, with some evening and weekends required for clinicals or preceptorships.


  • Please click here to see the ELMSN curriculum and course descriptions.


  • Please click here to see ELMSN tuition and expected fees.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

  • Please click here to see scholarship and financial aid opportunities for ELMSN applicants.


Check out the Entry-Level MSN Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have questions or would like information to be sent to you by email or mail, you may contact:

Office of Admission

Phone:  (253) 535-8570

School of Nursing

Phone:  (253) 535-7672

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