Jan 25, 2020
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a program of advanced study leading to a Master of Science in Nursing degree, building upon and expanding the knowledge, values and skills of the baccalaureate-prepared nurse. In addition to taking courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles, the student gains experience with research, health care policy, nursing theory, clinical problem solving/critical thinking, and creativity. Students choose a specialty of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator. Students choose an NP in adult/gero or family. The MSN has three distinct bodies of knowledge: graduate core, advanced practice core, and specialty courses related to the selected clinical specialty. All graduate courses are offered online. A post-masters certificate option is available upon approval.
MSN Application and Admission
MSN Admission Criteria
- GPA of 2.75 or better in all previous course work and GPA of 3.3 or better for the BSN Degree
- Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an institution with program accreditation (ACEN or CCNE)
- Prerequisite undergraduate courses include: Statistics, Nursing Research & Health Assessment
- Current resume or vita
- Current unrestricted Registered Nurse license in the state where clinical practice will take place
- Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if native language is not English
- Computer technology skills
- Completion of all required application materials by posted deadlines
Graduate Academic Policies
All admitted students are provided a standardized degree plan of study. Students are assigned an advisor to assist in any academic issues. All changes to academic degree plan of study must be approved by the academic advisor.
MSN Degree Requirements
- 38-47 graduate level credits
- 3.0 or better GPA must be maintained
- Completion of degree requirements within six years
All courses in the graduate program are offered online. For further information contact the Department at (719) 255-4424.
Core Course Requirements (Required of all MSN Students)
Advanced Practice Nursing Core
MSN—Nurse Practitioner Option Specialty Courses
Nurse Practitioner Students select from the following options:
Adult/Gero Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN—Nurse Educator Option
Total Credits: 38
Note: Courses related to the selected clinical specialty provide the student an opportunity to use empirical, ethical, esthetic, personal, and socio-political knowledge in the clinical setting specific to the student’s chosen advanced practice role.
Course Requirements for Prescriptive Authority
Specific courses may differ for the selected specialty but must include Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Assessment, and Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics. State requirements differ in various state jurisdictions; currency of course work and practice hours as an APN may be required.
Post Master’s Degree Certificates in Nursing
Students with master’s degrees in nursing may apply for these certificate programs: adult/geri, family, or education. Please request information from the College.