There is a nursing shortage in North Dakota that is expected to grow, particularly in underserved areas. If you have a bachelor's degree in another field but are interested in becoming a nurse, there are direct entry programs to help you earn a master's degree in nursing, thereby helping to remedy the situation. You can find accelerated and direct entry Master’s in Nursing programs in North Dakota by looking at those schools listed on our site.
While there are universities in North Dakota that offer graduate nursing degrees, the direct entry program are often online programs and based in other states. Several of the universities with online direct entry programs offer a hybrid program that blends the undergraduate and graduate coursework. This type of program can take sixteen months of nursing-specific classes, which is 64 credit hours that prepares you to take the nursing license examination (NXLEX-RN). You will have accomplished your BSN in 16 months. There are 40 credit hours of advanced courses to earn a MS Administration/Leadership degree, which can be taken full-time or part-time.
The admission requirements for most direct entry MSN programs in North Dakota include:
- Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references, one must be from an academic source
- Goal statement regarding interest in nursing and your future plans
- Test of English (TOEFL) if English is not your first language
- Completion of prerequisites with a minimum GPA of 2.0
- Science prerequisites include microbiology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry within the past ten years
- Statistics (inferential stats and hypothesis testing), Social/Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Psychology and Nutrition are the other prerequisites
The hybrid courses are available 24 hours a day, and they are specifically designed to be integrated with your clinical practice. The program requires clinical experience in primary care, pediatrics, surgery, geriatrics, oncology and cardiovascular care.
The nursing course semester requires:
- Health and Illness Nursing Perspective
- Nursing Interventions, Assessment & Community Care
- Skills Lab, Nursing Intervention Assessment and Community Care
- Pathophysiology for Advance Practice
- Nursing with Women and Families
- Clinical, Nursing with Women and Families
- Health Care Research
- Advanced Pharmacology
- Nursing care of Adults and a clinical course, I & II
- Nursing & Promotion of Mental Health with a clinical course
- Intermediate Intervention & Assessment
- Skills Lab, Intermediate, Intervention & Assessment
- Nursing Care of the Child and clinical course
- Managing and Leading in Healthcare
- Comprehensive Nursing Practicum
- Public Health and Community Nursing and clinical course
- Health Informatics
After earning your BSN credits, then you take your nursing license exam (NXLEX-RN) and progress into the graduate portion of your accelerated MSN program. There are several different areas you can focus on within the Master’s portion of this type of program. The graduate curriculum for just one specialty, Nursing Administration/Leadership and Policy, includes the following courses:
- Healthcare System & Professional Role
- Healthcare Informatics I & II
- Program Development & Evaluation
- Human Resources & Operations
- Healthcare Finance & Marketing
- Epidemiology & Population Health
- Case Management
- Translating Evidence into Practice
- Nursing Administration Practicum I & II
- Evidence Based Research Applications
- Health Policy & Law
This graduate program requires 43 semester hours and can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in two years. The practicum requires approximately 360 hours, which can occur in a one-on-one environment with a master's prepared preceptor.
When you have completed your graduate degree you may sit for the credential exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. There is a Nurse Executive and a Nurse Executive, Advanced exam available. These exams are looked at by employers as a reliable assessment of your clinical knowledge and skills. If you are a member of the American Nurses Association, the cost is $270, and the credential is valid for five years.
In North Dakota the median income for a Chief Executive is $90,940 as of 2013, and this position is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022.
If you want additional funding assistance, complete the FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program based on income for tuition support. The government also has low interest loans and loan repayment programs through the Health Resources and Services Administration. There are several programs for the disenfranchised, and there are also merit based scholarships listed on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing website.
If you are interested in entering the field of healthcare, this may by the perfect time to earn your graduate degree online or even on campus in North Dakota. You can complete your courses online at your convenience, and you may find a new position in nursing leadership that offers a great deal of fulfillment. Contact the Direct Entry MSN schools on our page to learn more about your options.