Welcome to the Nursing Department at Metropolitan State University  

As part of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the Nursing Department is committed to academic and scholarly excellence, community partnerships, and to providing a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs that lead to the building of lifelong careers and professionalism within the nursing field.  The Nursing Department's versatile programs and degree offerings cut across all levels of learning - bachelor's, master's and doctoral.  We offer flexible options customized for those who are currently registered nurses (RN) and for those who are not yet registered nurses.  Classroom, cohort, and on-line modalities, as well as principles of adult education, are utilized across our curriculum.  Although the scope of the Nursing Departmentl's offerings has significantly expanded since its initial accreditation of a bachelor's program from the National League for Nursing (NLN) in 1986, our commitment to preparing graduates to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations remains a core principle that is strongly embedded in our educational foundation.  Our accomplished resident and community faculty and administration continue to lead curricular and program innovations.  As such, the Nursing Department's current offerings reflect and consider the evolving needs of our communities and also those of the professionals working within rapidly changing health care systems. Please follow the links below to learn more about the Nursing Department's exceptional programs.

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Undergraduate options:

One of the Nursing Department's most recent curricular innovations is the MANE Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN program. Developed in 2013, in collaboration with the Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE), MANE is now recognized as a national model in nursing education. This collaboration between community colleges and Metropolitan State University seeks to increase student access to and attainment of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and is intended for those who are not currently registered nurses. The program can be completed at Metropolitan State's St. Paul campus or at a partner community college.

If you are seeking a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, The Registered Nurse-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program is especially suited for Registered Nurses with an Associate degree or diploma. Studies can be completed at Metropolitan State's St. Paul campus or on selected community college campuses, with a new cohort beginning each fall, spring and summer semester. The curriculum focuses on holistic nursing care is designed for working nurses by utilizing  a part-time cohort model of in-person and on-line courses.  The RN-BSN is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association. Graduates are eligible for registration as Public Health Nurses in the State of Minnesota.

Graduate options:

The Nursing Department's graduate-level offerings allow students to gain additional training and specialization. The Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing program (ELMSN) is designed for students with a previous baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and it builds on a liberal arts and/or science-oriented baccalaureate degree. This seven-semester sequence of courses will prepare you for the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. The Nursing Department's totally on-line Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Certification study option prepares post-baccalaureate RN's for the certification exam in this specialty area.  For those seeking leadership roles within clinical settings and/or scholarship, our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program prepares RNs with a baccalaureate or entry level graduate degree in nursing for additional leadership and the opportunity to expand their practice to include the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) role of the Family Nurse Practitioner.  The DNP program curriculum consists of didactic and clinical course work which culminates in the completion of an evidence-based clinical capstone project.