Direct Entry Master's in Nursing
The Direct Entry Master's in Nursing Program (2nd degree) is for non-registered nurses with a BA/BS or higher degree in a field other than nursing. The program is a five-semester, 71-credit, full-time course of study, beginning in January of each year and includes two summers. Students are admitted to the MS program, Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track with the stipulation that the student must pass the NCLEX-RN prior to completion of the program. Stipulation is removed once the RN license is received.
The Clinical Nurse Leader is a role in the field of nursing designed to provide master's-prepared, point-of-care nurse leaders with the ability to manage and solve complex patient problems within a systems framework. As part of the Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum, students study master's level research in health promotion and illness management. Students complete a 300-hour clinical immersion experience and conclude their degree in the Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone course.
Students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN after completing a total of 62 credits of accelerated study (including summer). Students sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader national certification examination in their final semester and graduate as an advanced generalist with a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing, and upon passing certification examination, as a Clinical Nurse Leader.
The requirements for the Direct Entry Master's in Nursing Program for the master of science degree include a total of 71 credits. Students admitted under Accelerated Masters complete 63 graduate level credits and 8 undergraduate level credits in courses equivalent to NURS 806 and NURS 807, as part of their BS/BA degree.
|Spring 1 required courses:||
Nurs 806: Clinical Inquiry (Nurs 794.01, Special Topics: Clinical Inquiry, for accelerated master's students)
|Summer 1 required courses:||
Nurs 811: Clinical Reasoning through Simulation
|Fall 1 required courses:||
Nurs 827: Collaborative Care III - Managing Acute and Complex Care of Individuals
|Spring 2 required courses:||
Nurs 925: Health Care Systems & Leadership
Eligible for NCLEX-RN
Nurs 901: Health Policy
The capstone course, NURS 958, requires the CNL student to focus on substsantive nursing practice issues and to work as individuals or groups to develop solutions. The student is required to complete a scholarly project, under the direction of a faculty member in collaboration with the agency preceptor, which synthesizes advanced practice knowledge and skills to address substantive nursing practice issues. Formal presentation is required.