Master of Science inNursing

RN-B to MSN Curriculum

RN-B to MSN students follow the traditional MSN curriculum, but must meet additional prerequisite requirements, including NURS 430, Situations with Communities (5 semester hours). NURS430 is best taken at PLU in the spring term prior to starting the MSN program in the summer. For this reason, RN-B to MSN applicants are encouraged to apply to the program early (prior to the deadline of November 15) if they wish to be considered for admission to the MSN program prior to taking NURS430 (which would start in early February).


Our MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most students working a 0.5-0.8 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes have generally been held Thursday evenings and all day Fridays, plus additional hours for practicums. The exception to this has been summer and J-Term courses as days and times vary. The Thursday/Friday schedule is subject to change from one year to the next, and none of the classes are offered online. Clinical experiences are usually during the day or evening shift, depending on preceptorship requirements (which are heavier toward the end of the program). We encourage applicants with flexible work schedules to accommodate varying class times and practicums.

Prerequisite requirements

  • College-level Statistics (including inferential)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years
  • Anatomy and Physiology II with on-site lab, taken within the last 6 years
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Microbiology (with on-site lab, taken wihin the last 6 years)
  • Situations with Communities
    (NURS 430, a 5-semester-unit course offered at PLU every spring, days/times vary

Sample Curriculum

12-15 Months - 33 semester credits (minimum)

Summer Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Fall Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3)
  • NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
  • NURS 526 Leadership and Management (3)

January Term--1st Year

  • NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
  • NURS 540 Illness and Disease Management (2)

Spring Semester--1st Year

  • NURS 527 Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
  • NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
  • NURS 531 Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum 1 (3)

Summer Semester--2nd Year

  • NURS 532 Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum 2 (6)
  • NURS 596 Scholarly Inquiry (2)

Additional courses may be taken for other COM role specializations. Please note that students who do not complete a role specialization graduate from the COM concentration as advanced generalists. For more information on MSN COM nursing roles, click here.

For the MSN curriculum, click here

Course Descriptions

  • NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Facilitates the development and transition into the advanced practice role through the analysis of legal, ethical, professional, social and practice perspectives. Roles of consultant, researcher, administrator, and expert clinician are explored. (3)

  • NURS 524: Advanced Health Promotion: Identification of health risks and protective strategies for diverse populations. (2)

  • NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations: Preparation for critique, evaluation, and use of a range of relevant theories that provide guiding perspectives for the provision of client-centered, clinically measurable advanced nursing practice. (3)

  • NURS 526: Nursing Leadership and Management: Introduction to policy, organization, and financing of health care. Preparation for provision of quality cost-effective care, participation in the design and implementation of care, and assumption of the leadership role in managing resources. (3)
  • NURS 527: Evaluation and Outcomes Research: Preparation for the critique and use of new knowledge to provide, change, and evaluate advanced nursing practice focused on client-centered, clinically demonstrable care. (3)
  • NURS 530: Resource Management: Management of resources in the planning, coordination, and/or delivery of health care with an outcome perspective at the system level. Financial and human resources and systems management will be examined from a quality perspective. (3)
  • NURS 531: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum I: Direct and/or indirect care given in a defined specialty setting with focus on evaluation and outcomes. Prerequisite: NURS 523. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1-3)
  • NURS 532: Care and Outcomes Manager Practicum II: Direct care or indirect clinical management, supervision, or education to achieve client goals by implementing approaches, interventions, outcomes, and evaluation method. Pre- or Co-requisite: NURS 538. Variable credit with School of Nursing approval. (1-6)
  • NURS 540: Illness and Disease Management: Builds on the foundations of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and health assessment and focuses on the attainment of positive clinical outcomes for a cohort or population. (2)
  • NURS 580: Advanced Pathophysiology: Focuses on normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease. Primary components of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and management. (3)
  • NURS 596: Scholarly Inquiry in Nursing Practice: Development and submission of professional paper or project related to one’s area of specialization based on an evaluation and outcomes model. Cross-listed with NURS 599. (2)

Note: The School of Nursing reserves the right to add, amend, delete, or deviate from the above specifications and to apply such changes to registered and accepted students.