Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry

Full Program
20 Months - 64 Semester Credits (Full-Time Option)
28 Months – 64 Semester Credits (Part-Time Option)

Master of Science in Nursing: Direct Entry

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Program Description
20 Months – 64 Semester Credits (Full-Time Option)
28 Months – 64 Semester Credits (Part-Time Option)

The goal of the Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing program is to prepare the graduate as an entry-level nurse generalist to practice with advance knowledge and skills necessary to design, lead, and integrate care to clients and populations in diverse healthcare settings.  The program will prepare graduates to provide and direct care within an interprofessional model to clients and populations with complex physical and psychosocial conditions.  Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to take the nursing licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). This program prepares the successful and licensed graduate for an entry level position as a registered nurse at the master’s degree level.

Student Learning Outcomes
At completion of the program, the graduate will possess the knowledge and skill to:

  1. Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of client care across diverse settings
  2. Incorporate high quality and safe client care with emphasis on ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships and a systems-perspective through organizational and system leadership
  3. Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolves practice problems, works as a change agent, and disseminates results
  4. Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and uses communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care
  5. Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and to employ strategies to influence health and health care
  6. Demonstrate leadership as a member of an interprofessional team by communicating, collaborating, and consulting with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care
  7. Integrate organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and diverse populations
  8. Influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems
  9. Apply quality principles within an organization through the use of various tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality

Admission Requirements
In addition to the general admission requirements and procedures, applicants wishing consideration for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Direct Entry program must:

  1. Meet all general university admission requirements
  2. Complete a program Application
  3. Have an earned Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university
  4. Present Proof of Graduation (POG): College transcript of coursework from a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts Degree from an institution accredited by agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education
  5. Be eligible to meet all externship requirements
  6. Successfully pass the Nursing Core Qualifying Exam (NCQE)

Prerequisite Requirements
Applicants must have the following prerequisite courses completed with a 2.5 GPA “C” or higher prior to acceptance into the Master of Science in Nursing Direct Entry program.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (4 semester credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II and Lab (4 semester credits)
  • Microbiology and Lab (4 semester credits)
  • English Composition I (3 semester credits)
  • English Composition II (3 semester credits)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credits)
  • Report Writing and Research (3 semester credits)

Applicants accepted into the Master of Science in Nursing Direct Entry program may be required to complete additional background checks and drug screenings during or at the completion of the program.

Credential Issued
Master of Science in Nursing

Delivery Mode
This program is offered face-to-face (onsite) at the Main Campus.

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