Entry-Level Pathway to the MSN - For those with Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degrees

Pathway: 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, however, upon the  successful completion of the first 15 months of study they are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam for registered nurse licensure. Next, they 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. 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 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.

Future possibilities: Students in their final year of the program are able to apply for the Post Master’s DNP program. If admitted, the DNP degree can be completed in another 2 years.