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2023-2024 Course Catalog

Nursing (R.N. to M.S.N.)

The R.N. to M.S.N. program is designed for students who possess a record of academic excellence and wish to accelerate their progress toward earning a master’s degree. While pursuing the MSN, students will earn a B.S.N. degree when degree requirements have been met. Admission to the R.N. to M.S.N. program considers the additional requirements of the M.S.N. program.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing program, students must meet all general admission requirements of Nebraska Wesleyan University, as well as the following specific admissions requirements of the RN-MSN program:

  • Graduation from a state-approved nursing program with a diploma or an associate degree in nursing
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completed nursing prerequisites with a grade of B or above (one science must include laboratory):
    • English (3 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology (6-8 credits)
    • Microbiology (3-4 credits)
    • General Chemistry (3-4 credits)
    • Introductory Psychology (3 credits)
    • General Sociology (3 credits)
  • One year of experience working as a registered nurse within the last three years
  • An unencumbered active Nebraska or compact state nursing license with expiration date
  • Successful completion of a background check, drug screen, immunization tracker, and essential functions form.


Required B.S.N. Courses 24 hours
Master of Science in Nursing (R.N. to M.S.N.)
NURS 2330 Health Assessment 3 hours
NURS 3040 Global Health 3 hours
NURS 3340 Health Care Ethics 3 hours
NURS-3460 NURS-3460
NURS 4400 Management and Leadership in Health Care 4 hours
NURS 4460 Community Health Nursing 5 hours

Elective. Select three hours from the following:

3 hours
Required Supporting Courses 6 hours
BIO 4700 Pathophysiology 3 hours
Department Approved Lifespan Development Course 3 hours
Core B.S.N./M.S.N. Courses 9 hours
The following graduate courses are used for both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. degrees:  
NURS 5020 Health Care Statistics (as a substitute for MATH 1300) 3 hours
NURS 5150 Concepts and Theories in Nursing (as a substitute for NURS 3310) 3 hours
NURS 5200 Critical Issues in Health Care (as a substitute for NURS 3050) 3 hours
Core M.S.N. Courses 9 hours
NURS 5050 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Health Care 3 hours
NURS 5100 Transcultural Health Care 3 hours
NURS 5120 Advanced Nursing Practice 3 hours
Nursing Speciality Courses - Select one Track 18 hours
The Nurse as Educator:  
NURS 5520 Curriculum Development in Nursing 3 hours
NURS 5530 Nursing Education Roles and Methods 3 hours
NURS 5560 Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation 3 hours
NURS 5570 Program Planning in Nursing 3 hours
NURS 5580 Online Education:Implement & Evaluation 3 hours
NURS 5590 Professional Nurse Educator Practicum 3 hours
The Nurse as Leader, Manager, and Entrepreneur:  
NURS 5400 Nursing Leadership and Management I 3 hours
NURS 5410 Economic Policy in Health Care System 3 hours
NURS 5420 Finance and Accounting in Health Care System 3 hours
NURS 5460 Nursing Leadership and Management II 3 hours
NURS 5470 Practicum in Nursing Administration 3 hours
NURS 5490 Nurse as Entrepreneur 3 hours
Master's Capstone 3 hours
NURS 5880 IRB Submission 1 hour
NURS 5990 Major Project in Nursing 2 hours