BSN pathway to the MSN

Schedule: Our MSN program is designed for the working nurse, with most students working 0.5-0.6 FTE while enrolled in this traditional, on-campus program. Classes have generally been held on one evening and one full day, plus additional hours for practicums. The exception to this has been summer and J-Term courses, as days and times vary. Class dates are 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 flexible work schedules to accommodate varying class times and practicums.

Program length: 12 – 15 months (not including pre-requisite coursework)

Program start: Fall (early September)

Sample Curriculum

Fall Semester – 1st Year
NURS 523: Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (2)
NURS 525: Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 534: Informatics & Nursing Healthcare (2)
NURS 544: Advanced Nursing Management of Illness & Disease (4)

January Term – 1st Year
NURS 541: Advanced Health Assessment & Health Promotion (3)

Spring Semester – 1st Year
NURS 526: Leadership and Management (3)
NURS 527: Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 531: Clinical Outcomes Management I (3)
NURS 542: Advanced Pathophysiology & Pharmacology for Nursing Practice (3)

Summer Semester–2nd Year
NURS 530: Resource Management (3)
NURS 596: Scholarly Inquiry (2)

Optional *
(for students desiring to take certification exams – optional courses are not required for the MSN degree)

  • NURS 532 Clinical Outcomes Management II (6) (required for CNL)


MSN Nurse Educator Specialty Courses (additional 18 credits) (courses required to sit for CNE exam)

  • NURS 538: Program Development (3)
  • NURS 550: Curriculum, Instruction, and Evaluation (3)
  • NURS 595: Internship (2 to 12)