Nursing Entry Level MSN

About this program

The ELMSN is a seven-semester program that provides the opportunity for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a non-nursing discipline to learn the theoretical and applied skills necessary for the professional practice of nursing. Upon completion of this program, students will be awarded a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensure as a registered nurse.

The application deadline is January 15, 2019 for Fall 2019 admission.

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.

Program accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. The ELMSN program is endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation (AHNCC). Graduates from this program are allowed to waive the post-graduate holistic nursing practice and continuing holistic nursing education requirements if they take the certification exam in holistic nursing within 2 years of graduation. Upon licensure as an RN, graduates are eligible for Public Health Nursing Registration in the state of Minnesota.

Student outcomes

  • 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.

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

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

  • Applicants must have a completed baccalaureate degree from an 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 Department 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.

Application instructions

Class size is limited up to 32 students so admission is competitive. The selection process is based on cumulative GPA, prerequisite grades, references, and evaluation of applicant essay. The Nursing Department Admission/Retention Committee will begin review of completed applications once the application deadline has passed.

Deadline

Application Deadline: January 15

The ELMSN program admits students every Fall.  Applicants meeting the application deadline should anticipate an early April admission decision to start in the Fall of the following calendar year (i.e. April 2018 to begin August 2018).

Application

Review the ELMSN Applicant Policies (see CNHS Applicant policies) before submitting your application materials. To be considered for full admission to the Entry Level Master of Science Nursing program, you must submit all items listed below, by the application deadline.

A complete application file consists of two parts (three for international students). Begin the application process by first applying online using the new online graduate application. Once you've applied online you can login to the Applicant Portal using your StarID and password at any time and upload your remaining documents, submit your references, and check on the status of your application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.

Part One

Online Graduate Programs Application 

  • You will use your Minnesota State StarID to complete the application. If you don't have a Minnesota State StarID you will create one at the beginning of the application. If you encounter difficulty with the online application please email graduate.studies@metrostate.edu
    • If you do not have or choose not to provide your Social Security number (SSN) please follow the No SSN instructions to activate your StarID.
  • Non-refundable application fee can be paid through online application
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State University.
  • Official transcripts
    • Must show a baccalaureate degree or equivalent earned from an accredited institution with grade-point average or narrative description describing courses completed.
    • Transcripts from ALL schools attended after high school and from any graduate or professional programs are required.
    • All transcripts from non-U.S. schools must be evaluated (course-by-course) by either ECE (preferred) or WES.
    • Electronic transcripts (preferred) sent to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.
    • Paper transcripts sent directly from the sending institution (preferred).


Part Two

  • Prerequisites: using the Applicant Portal (log in with your StarID), upload the Entry-Level MSN application prerequisites supplement showing completion of the admission prerequisites (eight total).
    • Download and complete the Entry-Level MSN prerequisites form
    • All prerequisites must be at least three semester credits, or at least four quarter credits and be taken at an accredited college or university.
    • The four (primary) prerequisites of chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology, and microbiology must be completed prior to the application deadline (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better).
      • Chemistry (with laboratory component)
      • Human anatomy (with laboratory component)
      • Human physiology (with laboratory component)
      • Microbiology (with laboratory component)
    • The four (secondary) prerequisites of lifespan growth and development, medical ethics, nutrition, and statistics may be pending at the application deadline. If an admission offer is made, the remaining prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better by the start of the program. To verify successful completion, official transcripts must be submitted to the Nursing Department prior to the start of the program.
      • Lifespan growth and development (course must cover the entire lifespan)
      • Medical Ethics
      • Nutrition
      • Statistics (upper division or graduate-level [course #300/3000 or higher] and must have been completed in the last four years)
  • Professional References: using your StarID, submit online references using the Applicant Portal.
  • Two distinct references from two people, select from two of the three categories:
    • Once the two distinct references have been received in the Graduate Studies Office the remaining reference item listed in the Applicant Portal will disappear.
      • faculty member
      • supervisor/employer
      • peer or colleague
  • Admission Essay: using your StarID, upload using the Applicant Portal.
    • A three-page word-processed essay using double-spacing and 12-point font (approximately 750 words) addressing the following:
      • An important part of the Metropolitan State University Nursing Department's mission is to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations.
      • Describe how your talents, experiences, and/or cultural background have:
        • prepared you to support our mission
        • prepared you for graduate education
      • Describe your anticipated professional goals after completing this program and attaining registered nurse licensure.
      • Applicants are expected to use their own words and ideas when responding to essay questions. To clarify or strengthen a point, applicants may choose to include the thoughts and ideas of others when responding. In these cases, applicants are required to provide proper 6th edition APA citation of the works in which the ideas originated. Applicant essays are subject to plagiarism review, including the use of plagiarism detecting software. The consequences for essay plagiarism will be decided by the Nursing Department's Admission/Retention Committee and could result in various consequences, including the full denial of an application.
      • Applicants are encouraged to review language regarding plagiarism found in the Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.
  • Computer Proficiency: using your StarID, upload using the Applicant Portal
    • Computer Proficiency Form (PDF)
    • Completed computer proficiency form with student signature acknowledges awareness of computer proficiency expectations established by the Nursing Department.

Questions about applying to the ELMSN program?

Questions about the online application fee, transcripts and the document upload function can be sent to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu (preferred) or you can call 612-659-7150.

Questions about Part Two application requirements, or the ELMSN program in general, can be sent to Sandi.Gerick@metrostate.edu (preferred) or you can call 651-793-1379.


Contact Information
Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003 
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address: graduate.studies@metrostate.edu

Nursing Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)
College of Nursing and Health Sciences Metropolitan State-Saint Paul Campus
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
651-793-1375

Program requirements

Pre-practicum requirements

Prior to beginning the practicum experience, information must be submitted to the Department of Nursing which may include, but is not limited to the items listed on the pre-practicum requirements page.  Requirements must be valid for the duration of the practicum experiences.

The Nursing program endeavors to provide students with appropriate clinical training placements, but cannot guarantee placements in all circumstances. Students with personal circumstances that may limit their eligibility to participate in clinical experiences are encouraged to contact the Nursing program chair as soon as possible. The Nursing program does not guarantee alternative facility placements in cases where students are not allowed at planned clinical sites. Students with these circumstances may be unable to continue in the Nursing Program.

Student licensure

Graduates of the Entry Level MSN program are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN). 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.

Licensure Exam Pass Rates

Source:  Minnesota State Board of Trustees Accountability Dashboard

  • 2016 - 23 taking exam, pass rate of 74%
  • 2015 - 1 taking exam, pass rate of 100%
  • 2014 - 26 taking exam, pass rate of 88%
  • 2013 - 29 taking exam, pass rate of 97%

Course requirements

Requirements (62 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. 2 credits theory with all students attending theory together, 1 credit lab with 3 sections of lab (01, 02, 03) equally split with 10-11 students per lab section. Students sign up for the section desired based on the timing of lab.

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.

Full course description for Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing

NURS 306 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology I

1 credits

This course introduces the student to relationship between pharmacologic knowledge and nursing practice through exposure to concepts of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics. Students will explore drug prototypes from major drug categories, including their actions, therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and interactions with other drugs, used with diverse individuals across the lifespan. Competence Statement: Knows concepts of pharmacology well enough to identify risks and benefits associated with pharmacological interventions.

Full course description for Essential Concepts of Pharmacology I

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.

Full course description for Holistic Nursing Care of the Adult I

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.

Full course description for Health Assessment

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.

Full course description for Intensive Practicum I

NURS 404 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology II

1 credits

This course builds on the content presented in NURS 306. Students will explore principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in relation to specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics. Students will explore drug prototypes from major drug categories, including their actions, therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and interactions with other drugs, for adults and older adults. Competence Statement Knows essential concepts of pharmacology well enough to identify risks and benefits associated with specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics for adults and older adults.

Full course description for Essential Concepts of Pharmacology II

NURS 405 Essential Concepts of Pharmacology III

1 credits

This course builds on the content presented in NURS 306 and NURS 404. Students will explore principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics in relation to specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics. Students will explore drug prototypes from major drug categories, including their actions, therapeutic and adverse effects, contraindications and interactions with other drugs, for select specialty populations with complex health needs. Competence Statement Knows concepts of pharmacology well enough to identify risks and benefits associated with specified categories of pharmacotherapeutics for select specialty populations with complex health needs.

Full course description for Essential Concepts of Pharmacology III

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.

Full course description for Holistic Nursing Care of Women, Children, and Families

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.

Full course description for Applied Pathophysiology

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.

Full course description for Geriatric Nursing

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.

Full course description for Mental Health Nursing

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.

Full course description for Holistic Nursing Care of the Adult II

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.

Full course description for Intensive Practicum II

NURS 601 Nursing Science

3 credits

This course focuses on the elements of nursing science and their interrelationships. Theories, philosophies and models that inform evidence-based nursing practice and their application to research and practice are systematically examined. Selected nursing theories are analyzed and critiqued, including their relevance to diverse client populations. The nursing metaparadigm is examined, with students reflecting on their own professional beliefs and values. Competence Statement: Knows concepts well enough to analyze and evaluate the underlying structures and elements of select nursing philosophies, models and theories, and comprehend the appropriate application of such to nursing practice.

Full course description for Nursing Science

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.

Full course description for Research Methodology

NURS 623 Advanced Integration of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment

3 credits

This course focuses on synthesis of principles and content in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment in the analysis of health issues in nursing practice. Students demonstrate clinical reasoning that builds upon previous coursework in pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment.

Full course description for Advanced Integration of Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment

NURS 646 Informatics for Nursing Practice

2 credits

This course explores health informatics and how it is used in nursing practice for the advancement of safe and quality care. Students will examine theories used to plan, implement and evaluate health information systems. Data management and use of standardized classification systems and reference terminologies are analyzed to enhance outcomes of care. Ethical and legal concerns related to health information systems are explored. Competence Statement: Upon completion of this course, the student will know concepts well enough to evaluate health information systems to enhance outcomes of care.

Full course description for Informatics for Nursing Practice

NURS 656P Intensive Practicum III

2-3 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.

Full course description for Intensive Practicum III

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. The 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. Students will demonstrate leadership skills by developing a clinically-based project. Competence Statement: Knows concepts well enough to demonstrate evidence-based assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of safe nursing care.

Full course description for Capstone Practicum

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.

Full course description for Comprehensive Care Seminar