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Master of Science Nursing-Direct Entry

  • Duration
    2-year program 
  • Mode of Delivery
    Classroom, clinical, and online learning experiences
  • Licensure
    Graduates apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Practice Setting
    Hospitals, clinics, community-based care, and behavioral health


The MSN-DEP option is a 2-year program of study designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline. Students learn about best practices in nursing, research utilization, leadership and management, community assessment and planning, information management, and historical and political influences on health care.

The MSN-DEP option allows graduates to apply for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for practice as a Registered Nurse. A combination of in-class instruction, clinical practicum, and online instruction is utilized in the MSN-DEP option.

Graduates demonstrate the knowledge, proficiency, and cultural competence of an educated person including the ability to synthesize general and professional education and experience. The Master's program further reinforces accountability for lifelong learning and professional career development. Graduates practice in diverse nursing roles providing knowledgeable and competent nursing care across a variety of health care settings.

Graduate Student Handbook

Admission & Program Requirements
  • A baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing discipline
  • Minimum College GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of all required prerequisite general education courses with a "C" (2.0) or above
    • Anatomy and Physiology I
    • Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Microbiology
    • Nutrition
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Statistics
    • Research

Program Goals

Intellectual Curiosity
  • Apply knowledge of the concepts and theories from nursing, education, and related disciplines to guide nursing practice. (AACN Master's Essentials 1- Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities)
  • Apply knowledge of information systems and effective communication skills to promote optimal patient outcomes. (AACN Master's Essentials 5 - Informatics and Healthcare Technologies; 7 - Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes; 9 Master's Level Nursing Practice)
Professional Practice
  • Provide leadership in clinical practice, education, research utilization, and service. (AACN Master's Essentials 2 - Organizational and Systems Leadership; 9 - Master's -Level Nursing Practice)
  • Use the process of scientific inquiry to foster best practices, validate and translate evidence into practice, and promote life-long learning. (AACN Master's Essentials 4 - Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice)
  • Evaluate quality and safety initiatives to assure optimum individual and population health outcomes (AACN Master's Essentials 3 - Quality improvement & safety; 9 - Master's - Level Nursing Practice)
Caring for Self and Others
  • Demonstrate caring that recognizes the uniqueness and cultural diversity among individuals, families, communities, and the population. (AACN Master's Essentials 8 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health)
  • Practice evidence-based nursing within the framework of professional standards, values and codes, with ethical and legal considerations. (AACN Master's Essentials 6 - Health Policy and Advocacy; 9 - Master's Level Nursing Practice)