Program Overview

Metropolitan State University offers two distinct programs leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN):

  • Entry Level MSN (ELMSN) - prepares individuals, who hold baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing, for entry into the nursing profession.

The catalog information below relates to the ELMSN program. See BSN to MSN for information applicable to that program.

Program Overview

The ELMSN provides learning opportunities designed to give individuals with a baccalaureate in another academic discipline the theoretical and applied skills necessary for the professional practice of nursing. This program is a seven-semester program designed for those who hold a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field.

Upon completion students will be awarded a Master of Science degree in nursing and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse. This program requires a full-time commitment for seven consecutive semesters including two summers.

Program Outcomes

The ELMSN program is designed to:

  • Provide nursing education that is accessible ;
  • Prepare nurses to respond holistically to the increasingly complex health care needs of individuals, families, populations and systems;
  • Contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and the discipline of nursing;
  • Foster expanded practice and research opportunities through collaboration with educational and service partners.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from the arts, sciences and nursing as a basis for professional nursing practice.
  • Utilize leadership skills, teaching and collaborative strategies to enhance quality nursing care and improve health outcomes.
  • Practice competent holistic, evidence-based nursing care with a focus on diverse and underserved individuals, families, communities and populations.
  • Integrate knowledge of political, economic, social and ethical issues in decision-making processes that influence the quality of healthcare systems and professional nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of professional nursing and to the professional growth of self and peers.
  • Utilize information systems technology to improve nursing care to patients across the lifespan.

More information about this program

Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the requirements listed for admission to the ELMSN program at Metropolitan State University.

  • Applicants must have a completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants whose degrees are from a non-US college or university shall have their degrees evaluated by a credentials evaluation service to determine equivalency to a US baccalaureate degree.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all previous post-secondary study and degrees, including any courses completed that did not lead directly to a completed degree.
  • Applicants must have completed the four science prerequisites of chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology prior to the application deadline.
Prerequisite Courses
  • Chemistry with laboratory component
  • Human Anatomy with laboratory component
  • Human Physiology with laboratory component
  • Microbiology with laboratory component
  • Nutrition
  • Life span psychology
  • Medical Ethics
  • Statistics course, which must be:
    • Upper division undergraduate (300-level or above) or graduate-level;
    • Completed no more than 4 years prior to the date of program application.

Applicants must achieve a grade of "C" or above in prerequisite courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0. One prerequisite course may have a P/NP grade.

The four science prerequisites of chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology must be completed prior to the application deadline. The four prerequisites of lifespan psychology, medical ethics, statistics, and nutrition may be pending at the time of application deadline. If an admission offer is made, the remaining prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C of better by the start of the program. As indicated by an official transcript submitted to the School of Nursing prior to the start of the program. All courses must be at least three (3) semester credits. Courses taken under the quarter system must be at least four (4) quarter credits.

Pre-Practicum Requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the School of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to the items listed here. Requirements must be valid for the duration of practicum experiences.

Application Requirements
  • Metropolitan State University Graduate Programs Application
  • Non-refundable application fee (waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Application essay
  • Two references
  • Prerequisite course form
  • Computer proficiency form

See Applying to the Program for application packets and details on the requirements and deadlines.

Additional Information

Accreditation

The master's degree in nursing at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

The ELMSN program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation. Graduates waive the post-graduate practice and continuing education hours necessary to be eligible to take the holistic nursing certification exam. Upon licensure graduates are eligible for Public Health Nursing Registration in the state of Minnesota.

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
312-263-0456

The ELMSN program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nursing Credentialing Corporation. Graduates waive the post-graduate practice and continuing education hours necessary to be eligible to take the holistic nursing certification exam. Upon licensure graduates are eligible for Public Health Nursing Registration in the state of Minnesota.

Graduates of the Entry Level MSN program are eligible for registration as a Public Health Nurse in the state of Minnesota after becoming licensed as a registered nurse in the state.

Financial Aid

A limited number of scholarships for ELMSN students are available through employers or organizations such as the American Cancer Society or the Veteran's Administration. For information and application forms, call the Financial Aid Office at 651-793-1414 or contact them via the university website.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 62 total credits)

After being accepted into the program, students will successfully complete 62 credits of nursing coursework, 29 of which are at the undergraduate level and 33 at the graduate level.

  • NURS 304 Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing
    5 credits

    This course introduces students to the concepts and skills that serve as a foundation for professional nursing practice. A holistic framework for practice, grounded in Modeling and Role-Modeling theory, is utilized to examine factors affecting the health of diverse and vulnerable populations. Clinical decision making skills are practiced in simulated settings.

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  • NURS 306 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology I
    1 credits

    This course introduces the student to essential concepts of nursing management of drug therapy across the lifespan. Students will apply core drug knowledge, safety principles, and understanding of core patient variables within simulated and actual cases Competence Statement: Knows the introductory core drug knowledge well enough to safely apply the nursing process to simulated and actual scenarios.

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  • NURS 309 Holistic Nursing Care of the Adult I
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the foundational principles of holistic nursing care of adults throughout the health/illness continuum Students will utilize principles of evidence-based practice, theory, and holism during the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of case-based nursing care. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, and management of alterations of health and wellness in diverse persons and populations.

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  • NURS 325 Health Assessment
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the student's ability to perform a comprehensive health history and physical examination. This skill enhances the student's ability to model the client's world, which is central to effective intervention. The development of a holistic database reflecting an understanding of developmental, sociocultural, environmental, sexual and family influences is emphasized. Further emphasis is on the development of cultural competence, communication skills and health promotion. History and physical examination skills focus on the identification of normal patterns and functions across the lifespan.

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  • NURS 400P Intensive Practicum I
    2 credits

    A clinical course which focuses on the application and integration of healthcare and nursing concepts, assessment skills and interventions necessary to provide basic safe and effective holistic nursing care to adults with acute, chronic, and traumatic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the examination of dynamic interrelationships between professional practice and the health and wellbeing of diverse persons and populations. Clinical experiences will occur on adult medical-surgical units with a focus on clinical decision-making and fundamental nursing skills.

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  • NURS 404 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology II
    1 credits

    This course builds on the core content presented in NURS 306. Students will apply core drug knowledge, safety principles and core patient variables to major classes of medications prescribed for adults and older adults within simulated and actual clinical cases. Competence Statement: Knows the core drug knowledge for the major classes of medications well enough to safely apply the nursing process to simulated scenarios.

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  • NURS 405 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology III
    1 credits

    This course builds on the content presented in NURS 306 and NURS 404. Students will apply core drug knowledge, safety principles and core patient variables to major drug classes prescribed for specialty populations with complex health needs (child-bearing women, infants, children and adult clients with psychiatric conditions). Competence Statement: Knows the core drug knowledge for classes of medications well enough to safely apply the nursing process to simulated and actual patient scenarios in specialty populations with complex health needs.

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  • NURS 409 Holistic Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the holistic nursing care of women during childbearing, children, and families. Students will utilize principles of evidence based practice, theory, and holism in simulation and didactic experiences. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, and management of alterations of health and wellness in women during childbearing, children, and families.

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  • NURS 410 Applied Pathophysiology
    3 credits

    This course introduces the nursing student to human pathophysiology and disruptions in homeostasis resulting in, or as a result of, alterations in tissue or organ function due to genetic, genomic, cellular, biochemical, structural or environmental causes. Topics focus on select conditions or diseases linked to physiological systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune/inflammatory, hematological, and skeletal/integumentary) that occur throughout the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on integrating pathophysiology, clinical presentation, therapeutic modalities and nursing interventions for effective clinical nursing practice.

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  • NURS 414 Geriatric Nursing
    2 credits

    This course focuses on issues related to the provision of holistic nursing care to the aging population. Emphasis is placed on health promotion, chronicity and cultural aspects of aging. Additional focus is on end-of-life care and ethical dilemmas related to the aged population. Current theories of aging are examined.

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  • NURS 460 Mental Health Nursing
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the holistic care of clients experiencing mental health challenges. Psychiatric disorders, populations at risk, and the continuum of care delivery are addressed. Emphasis will be placed on the application of assessment skills and nursing interventions relating to psychiatric clinical conditions through didactic and simulation experiences. The effects of ethical, legal, cultural, and political factors on care of the mentally ill are examined. The Healing through Caring theoretical model is used as the basis for planning, implementing, and evaluating nursing care.

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  • NURS 462 Holistic Nursing Care of the Adult II
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the advanced principles of holistic nursing care of adults throughout the health/illness continuum. Students will utilize principles of evidence based practice, theory, and holism during the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of case based nursing care. Emphasis will be placed on health promotion, illness prevention, and management of alterations of health and wellness in diverse persons and complex populations.

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  • NURS 600P Intensive Practicum II
    4 credits

    This course provides nursing students with experience in varied acute and community-based settings. Opportunities are provided for students to apply theoretical principles to the care of diverse populations consistent with the specialty theory courses. Proficiency with care management interventions and technologies will be achieved during this practicum. Student experiences will include the application of evidence-based practice, clinical decision making, delegation and supervision, and financial aspects of care. Interdisciplinary collaboration is emphasized.

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  • NURS 601 Nursing Science
    3 credits

    This course identifies philosophies of science and the processes involved in conceptual and critical thinking. Concepts, theories and models that inform advanced nursing practice are systematically examined and evaluated. Selected nursing theories are analyzed and critiqued using theory formation criteria. Students discuss application of nursing science and conceptual models to their selected clinical areas of focus. Students are expected to critically articulate the use of theory-based practice in advanced nursing roles.

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  • NURS 603 Foundations of Integrative Care
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the exploration of scientific approaches to healing using biochemical and energetic models. Students examine variables that contribute to treatment decisions, client self-care knowledge, evidence regarding efficacy of treatment modalities, and mutual treatment goals. Strategies are explored for utilizing an Integrative Care model in advanced nursing practice.

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  • NURS 604 Research Methodology
    3 credits

    This course examines the application of research methods to practice issues in nursing and the health sciences. Quantitative and qualitative research approaches, methodologies, and techniques of data analysis are addressed. Research critique skills are reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the application of analytic methods to critically appraise scientific literature. Competence Statement: Knows the research process including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies well enough to critically analyze and synthesize a body of scientific literature.

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  • NURS 617 Advanced Health Assessment
    1 credits

    This course focuses on using clinical reasoning. Students will incorporate principles of advanced health assessment to case-based learning across the lifespan. This course builds on NURS 325: Essential Concepts of Health Assessment. Competence Statement: Knows the skills and techniques of advanced health assessment well enough to recognize and predict the presence of signs and symptoms related to alterations in normal body functions.

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  • NURS 618 Advanced Pathophysiology
    1 credits

    Using clinical reasoning students will incorporate principles of advanced pathophysiology to case-based learning across the lifespan. This course builds on concepts from 410 Essential Concepts of Applied Pathophysiology. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of advanced pathophysiology well enough to recognize and predict presence of signs and symptoms related to alterations in normal body functions and to intervene to restore homeostasis.

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  • NURS 619 Advanced Pharmacology
    1 credits

    Using clinical reasoning students will incorporate principles of advanced pharmacology to case-based learning across the lifespan. This course builds on concepts from NURS306 Principles of Pharmacology I, NURS404 Principles of Pharmacology II, and NURS405 Principles of Pharmacology III. Competence Statement: Knows the principles of advanced pharmacology well enough to anticipate therapeutic benefits and potential adverse events of pharmacologic interventions.

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  • NURS 646 Informatics for Advanced Nursing Practice
    2 credits

    This course focuses on the development and use of informatics for nursing practice and administration. Discussions will explore the use of patient information systems in the management of nursing and health care services, challenges and opportunities related to nursing informatics, strategies for facilitating effective and appropriate application of information and computer science in nursing.

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  • NURS 648 Leadership, Quality, and Finance in Nursing
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the theoretical foundation needed for a generalist master's degree graduate to be a leader/advocate/change agent in a variety of health care settings. Topics include leadership, health care quality/safety, health care finance, professional development, policy, and human resource management.

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  • NURS 656 Nursing in the Community
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the origins and trends in community and public health nursing, conceptual models for practice, and contemporary public health problems and issues. Case studies of clients/aggregates in multicultural settings in the community are the basis for discussion of systems theory, public health nursing, and population-based practice. Students work collaboratively in small groups to assess and diagnose the health needs of an actual community, develop a community project, and meet with local leaders or "change agents" to address systems level change.

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  • NURS 656P Intensive Practicum III
    0 credits

    This course focuses on the complex and collaborative nursing care of diverse populations. Student clinical experiences will occur in varied community based settings and include the application of public health evidence-based practice and principles and clinical decision making as they relate to the actual health needs of communities.

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  • NURS 690P Capstone Practicum
    5 credits

    The Capstone Practicum is designed to provide students with an intensive practice immersion in preparation for the professional nurse role. Students will be precepted by an experienced clinician with on-going guidance from a faculty member. Focus will be on the coordination of holistic nursing care for diverse clients to achieve optimal clinical outcomes. In a clinical practice setting students will synthesize complex theoretical knowledge, demonstrate competent practice, and evaluate client outcomes.

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  • NURS 696 Comprehensive Care Seminar
    2 credits

    This seminar course provides a foundation to the role transition from student to professional nurse. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing theories, principles, concepts and skills from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for implementing holistic nursing care directed toward healing in the human health experience. Students demonstrate integration of theoretical knowledge and clinical decision making in simulated complex clinical experiences and presentations. Competence Statement: Knows the art and science of the nursing discipline well enough to make the clinical judgments that ensure the provision of safe, holistic care required of an entry-level professional nurse.

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