Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Curriculum

Applicants to the Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Program are admitted to both the Master of Nursing and Master of Science of Nursing programs, upon recommendation from the admissions committee.

Students who meet all curricular requirements are awarded the Master of Nursing (MN) degree upon successful completion.  Successful completion requires the student to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA during the 4 semesters, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) as a passing standard.  See the Master of Nursing Program Policy on Progression.

Upon successful completion of the MN curriculum, graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse and sit for The NCLEX Examination.

Students must hold the RN license in order to take MSN clinical courses. *Certain MSN majors require experience as an RN and/or a separate interview or application process. See the MSN program director or Website for more information. An RN license is required to take MSN clinical courses.

Upon completion of the MN or MSN degrees, students may apply for the DNP, PhD or DNP/PhD programs.

Graduate Entry Program Master of Nursing (Pre-Licensure) Curriculum

Curriculum 2021-2023  72 total credit hours
Credit/clock hour equivalents:
  • Theory (didactic) 1 cr = 1 clock hr
  • Lab 1 cr = 2 clock hr
  • Clinical 1 cr = 4 clock hr.
  • MSN = courses with credit toward MSN Program
Year One

Semester 

Course Number, Name, and Credits 

Theory 15 wks  

Clock Hrs.

Lab  15 wks

Clock Hrs.

Clinical 14 wks

Clock Hrs.

Total  

Clock Hours

1  Fall

NUMN 401 Introduction to the Discipline & Practice of Nursing 

6.5 total (3.5 didactic, 2.0 clinical, 1.0 lab)

52.5 

30 

112 

 194.5

 

NUMN 402 Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse 3.0 total (3.0 didactic)

45 

0

0

  45

 

NUMN 403 Introduction to Nursing Informatics 

1.0 total (1.0 didactic)

15 

0

0

  15

 

NUMN 410 Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse 

2.5 total (1.5 didactic, 1.0 lab)

22.5

 30 

0

  52.5

 

NUMN 411 Nursing Care of Populations in Communities 

3.0 total (2.0 didactic, 1.0 clinical)

30

0

56 

  86

 

NUMN 412A Collaborative Practice 1A

2.0 total (2.0 didactic)

30

0

0

30

Total 

18 credits

195

60

168

423

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Spring

NUMN 407 Acute Care Nursing of Adults 

8.5 total (4.0 didactic, 4.0 clinical, 0.5 lab)

60 

15 

224 

299

 

NUMN 406 Nursing Care of Older Adults in Health & Illness 

2.5 total (2.0 didactic)

 30 

0

0

  30

 

NUMN 413 Issues & Ethics in Healthcare 

2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 1.0 credit)

30

0

0

 30

 

NURS 405 Inquiry I: Theoretical Foundations 

2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 2.0 credits)

30

0

0

  30

 

NUNP 410 Health Promotion Across the Lifespan 

2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 2.0 credits)

30

0

0

 30

 

NUMN 412A Collaborative Practice 1B

1.5 total (1.5 didactic)

22.5

0

0

22.5

Total

18 credits 

202.5

15

224

441.5

 

Year Two

Semester 

Course Number, Name, and Credits 

Theory 15 wks  

Clock Hrs.

Lab  15 wks

Clock Hrs.

Clinical 14 wks

Clock Hrs.

Total  

Clock Hours

3 Fall

NUMN 414 Concepts in Nursing Management 

2.5 total (2.5 didactic)

37.5

0

0

 37.5

 

NUMN 415 Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness 

4.25 total (2.0 didactic, 2.0 clinical, 0.25 lab)

30

7.5

112

149.5

 

NUMN 416  Children and Adolescents in Health and Illness 

4.25 total (2.0 didactic, 2.0 clinical, 0.25 lab)

30

7.5

112

149.5

 

NUMN 417 Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing 

4.0 total (2.25 didactic, 1.5 clinical. 0.25 lab)

33.75

7.5

84

125.25

 

NURS 425 Inquiry II: Research Process

3.0 total (3.0 didactic) (MSN 3.0 credits)

45

0

0

  45

Total 

18 credits

176.25

22.5

308

506.75

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Spring

NUMN 409 Advanced Generalist: Health Policy, Advocacy & Economics   1.5 total (1.5 didactic)

22.5

0

0

22.5

 

NUMN 418 Introduction to Critical Care Nursing 

6.0 total (3.0 didactic, 2.5 clinical,  0.5 lab)  

45

15

140

200

 

NUMN 419 Advanced Generalist Nurse Leadership

2.5 total (didactic 0.5, clinical 2.0) 

7.5

0

112

119.5

 

NUMN 420 Clinical Immersion

1.0 total (1.0 clinical)

0  

0

 

 56

  56

 

NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 

2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 2.0 credits)

30

0

0

  30

 

NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems    2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 3.0 credits) 

30

0

0

  45

 

NURS 502 Inquiry III Evidence Based Nursing Practice 

2.0 total (2.0 didactic) (MSN 2.0 credits)

30 

0

0

  30

Total 

18 credits

180

15

308

503

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

72

753.75

112.5

1008

1874.25

Curriculum 2020-2022  72 total credit hours
First Year Units
  Fall Spring
Introduction to the Discipline and Practice of Nursing (NUMN 401) 6.5  
Pharmacology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 402) 3  
Introduction to Nursing Informatics (NUMN 403) 1  
Health Assessment for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 410) 2.5  
Issues and Ethics in Health Care (NUMN 413) 2  
Nursing Care of Populations in Communities (NUMN 411) 3  
Pathophysiology for the Advanced Generalist Nurse (NUMN 405)   3
Nursing Care of Older Adults in Health and Illness (NUMN 406)   2.5
Acute Care Nursing of the Adult (NUMN 407)   8.5
Health Promotion Across the Life Span (NUNP 410)   2
Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations (NURS 405)   2
Year Total: 18 18
 
Second Year Units
  Fall Spring
Concepts in Nursing Management (NUMN 414) 2.5  
Parents and Neonates in Health and Illness (NUMN 415) 4.25  
Children and Families in Health and Illness (NUMN 416) 4.25  
Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (NUMN 417) 4  
Inquiry II - Research Process (NURS 425) 3  
Advanced Generalist: Health Policy, Advocacy, and Economics (NUMN 409)   1.5
Intro to Critical Care Nursing (NUMN 418)   6
Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice (NURS 431)   2
Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems (NURS 451)   3
Inquiry III Evidence-Based Practice (NURS 502)   2
Advanced Generalist Nurse Leadership (NUMN 419)   2.5
Clinical Immersion (NUMN 420)   1
Year Total: 18 18
 
Total Units in Sequence:   72

Credits toward the MSN Earned in the Master of Nursing Curriculum (2020-2022)

Students who successfully complete the Master of Nursing curriculum and are awarded the MN degree have earned the following credits applicable toward most MSN majors for the MSN degree (in effect at the time of enrollment in the MN program).

Course # Title Credit Hours
NURS 405 Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations 2
NURS 425 Inquiry II - Research Process 3
NURS 502 Inquiry III - Evidence-Based Practice 2
NUNP 410 Health Promotion Across the Life Span 2
NURS 431 Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice 2
NURS 444A Ethical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (waiver based on grade in NUMN 413) 1
NURS 451 Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems 3