Minnesota offers a master's degree in nursing for those with a bachelor's degree in another program, often referred to as an accelerated nursing program. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing says that an ideal student for this program is motivated, older, and has higher academic expectations than traditional entry-level nursing students. If this sounds like you, you may be ready to take the next step to becoming a leader in nursing! You can request information from the schools on our site to find the best program for your career goals.
The majority of the universities offering these programs require 20-30 credit hours of classes required in the Bachelors of Science in Nursing component, and then, the graduate level course ranges from 30 to 50 credit hours depending on the specific university you are attending. This full-time program has primarily daytime classes.
The Metropolitan State University has an Entry Level MSN (ELMSN) accredited program that is designed for people who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing, but want to enter the nursing graduate program. This program requires seven semesters, but upon graduation the student is eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for nursing licensure.
The admission criteria to this Entry Level Master's program includes:
- Official transcripts from all previous college level work in undergraduate and graduate programs
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
- All transcripts must be submitted and those from a non-US schools must be evaluated (course by course) by either the ESE or WES
- The four primary prerequisites must be completed, which include chemistry, human anatomy, human physiology and microbiology.
- The secondary prerequisites of lifespan growth and development, medical ethics, nutrition and statistics may be pending at the application deadline, but must be completed with a grade of C or better by the start of the program.
- Two distinct professional references from a faculty member, supervisor/employer or peer or colleague.
- A three page admission essay addressing the importance of the Metropolitan State University School of Nursing submission to enhance the health of underserved and diverse populations and you must describe how your talents, experiences and or cultural background have prepared you to support the University mission and graduate education. Describe your anticipated professional goals after completing this program and attaining your RN license.
- You must be proficient with the computer
- International students have additional guidelines for admission which include taking the TOEFL test with a score of 250 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based) within 24 months of intended matriculation.
Upon acceptance into the program you will successfully complete 62 credits of nursing coursework, 29 are at the undergraduate level and 33 at the graduate level.
The curriculum includes:
- Fundamental Concepts of Professional Nursing
- Essential Concepts of Pharmacology
- Holistic Nursing Care of the Adult I - II
- Health Assessment
- Intensive Practicum I - II - III
- Essential Concepts of Pharmacology II - III
- Holistic Nursing Care of Women, Children and Families
- Adult Pathophysiology
- Geriatric Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
- Nursing Science
- Foundations of Integrative Care
- Research Methodology
- Advanced Health Assessment
- Advanced Pathophysiology
- Advance Pharmacology
- Nursing Informatics
- Leadership, Quality and Finance in Nursing
- Nursing in the Community
- Capstone Practicum
- Comprehensive Care Seminar
After you become a licensed RN you are also eligible for Public Health Nurse registration from the Minnesota Board of Nursing. Graduation from this program makes you are eligible to complete an application with a $30 fee for this registration.
Minnesota registered nurses earn a mean annual income of $68,910 as of May 2013 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earning your graduate degree and your public health certification may increase your income depending upon your employment record and the type of industry in which you are employed.
If you need help with financial expenses for education, go to the Financial Aid Office and complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on your income. This University also has a limited number of scholarships for this particular program that are available through various organizations and employers.
The Health Resources and Services Administration have low interest loans, scholarships and loan repayment programs available for you to continue your education. Nurse Corps has a loan repayment program that allows you to work for two years in a Critical Shortage Facility to receive 60 percent of your total qualifying nursing education loan balance.
Earning your graduate degree in nursing is an exciting career change, which you will probably find satisfying, and with the nursing shortage you will certainly have job security.