MSN majors require an average of 40 semester hours. Your individual program of study is designed to meet individual clinical interests, learning needs and career goals.
In addition, clinical and research experience forms an integral part of graduate study in nursing. Most MSN majors require a minimum of 600 clinical hours, but certain programs require more.
Most MSN students are required to take 10 core courses in Professional Development, Scientific Inquiry and Nursing Practice (for nurse practitioner majors). Learn more about our Transfer of Credit Policy. The general curriculum pattern is as follows.
Curriculum for Classes Starting After Fall 2015
Professional Development Core (6 courses)
|Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice
|Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Ethical Issues
|Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Finance
|Health Care Delivery, Legal and Ethical Issues in Advanced Practice: Policy and Legal
|Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems
Scientific Inquiry Core (3 courses)
|Inquiry I Theoretical Foundations
|Inquiry II The Research Process
|Inquiry III Evidence Based Nursing Practice
Nursing Practice Core (3 courses) *
|Pharmacology and Therapeutics
|Advanced Physical Assessment
* For Nurse Practitioner majors. Other majors differ in their major-specific core requirement.