Entry-Level Pathway to the MSN


Program length: 27 months (not including pre-requisite coursework)

Program start: Summer (early June)

Pre-licensure portion: Attend classes full-time, Monday through Friday. PLU classes may be scheduled any time between 8:00am and 8:00pm.  Students must be available for clinicals anytime between 6:00am and 11:00pm.  Students in the pre-licensure portion are strongly encouraged not to work. None of the classes are online.

The post-licensure portion: 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 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.

Sample Curriculum

Pre-Licensure (RN-Preparation), 15 months, 55 semester credits
Summer Semester–1st Year
NURS 220 Nursing Competencies I (4)
NURS 260 Professional Foundations I (4)
NURS 270 Health Assessment and Promotion (4)
NURS 580 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

Fall Semester–1st Year
NURS 320 Nursing Competencies II (2)
NURS 330 Pharmacology and Therapeutic Modalities (4)
NURS 340 Situations with Individuals: Adult Health I (4)
NURS 350 Situations with Individuals: Mental Health (4)

January Term–1st Year
NURS 380 Situations with Families: Childrearing (Peds) (4)

Spring Semester–1st Year
NURS 370 Situations with Families: Childbearing (OB) (4)
NURS 430 Situations with Communities (5)
NURS 440 Situations with Individuals: Adult Health II (4)
NURS 441 Situations Seminar (1)

Summer Semester–2nd Year
NURS 480 Professional Foundations II (2)
NURS 499 Nursing Synthesis (6)

After completing the pre-licensure curriculum and upon successfully obtaining RN licensure in Washington state, students continue the Entry-Level MSN curriculum in the COM Advanced Generalist focus (see below).

Post-Licensure (MSN Core), 12 months, 30 (minimum) semester credits

Fall Semester–2nd Year
NURS 523 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (3)
NURS 525 Theoretical Foundations (3)
NURS 526 Leadership and Management (3)

January Term–2nd Year
NURS 524 Advanced Health Promotion (2)
NURS 540 Illness and Disease Management (2)

Spring Term–2nd Year
NURS 527 Evaluations and Outcomes Research (3)
NURS 530 Resource Management (3)
NURS 531 Care and Outcomes Manager 1 (3)

Summer Term–2nd Year
NURS 532 Care and Outcomes Manager 2 (6)
NURS 596 Scholarly Inquiry (2)