Mission

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, guided by Christian principles, builds on the baccalaureate nursing foundation to prepare advanced nurses as family nurse practitioners (FNP), adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners (AGPCNP), and nurse educators (NE), to meet professional standards and competencies.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduation the graduate student will be able to:

  1. Integrate liberal arts and sciences into advanced nursing roles and education.
  2. Analyze organizational and systems leadership principles to improve quality and patient safety in advanced nursing roles.
  3. Integrate evidence-based approaches into advanced nursing practice and education.
  4. Integrate healthcare technologies in the delivery, enhancement, and coordination of quality patient care.
  5. Analyze healthcare policies, finances, and regulations that impact healthcare systems.
  6. Integrate patient-centered care using interprofessional teams to improve health outcomes of individuals and populations.
  7. Integrate evidence-based, culturally appropriate knowledge in clinical prevention and population health at the individual and aggregate level.
  8. Assume accountability for advanced nursing practice and lifelong learning.
  9. Apply best evidence to assure competence in advanced nursing practice or nursing education with diverse populations.

General Information

  1. The MSN Programs and Certificate After Graduate Education (CAGE) are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC. 20001, 202-887-6791.
  2. All students must maintain RN licensure in the state in which they do their clinical practica while enrolled in the Advanced Practice Nursing or Nurse Educator clinical courses. It is the students’ responsibility to make sure their program of study is eligible and meets all requirements within that states' Department of Licensing & Regulation.
  3. Students will be expected to work with all clients assigned to them. There is the possibility of exposure to clients with communicable diseases. Students will abide by universal precautions while working with clients.
  4. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average while in the program. Policies regarding progression and retention will be applied if the GPA falls below 3.0.
  5. Students are expected to act with appropriate professional behavior at all times.
  6. The MSN FNP and AGPCNP clinical sequences are designed to provide a minimum of 720 hours of clinical time to meet the requirements for taking the appropriate certification examination. Some students may require additional hours. All students will be required to identify appropriate preceptors. CUW faculty will make the final decision regarding preceptor approval.
  7. Once accepted to the program, students are required to begin the program at the start of the next semester. 
  8. Students must complete all degree requirements within a five-year period from the time of taking the first course in the program.

Entrance Requirements for the Graduate School of Nursing in Addition to Graduate School Requirements

  • BSN degree from an accredited nursing school
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA is evaluated as part of the admission process
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the USA
  • Actively working in practice. Preference is given to nurses with a minimum of two years of nursing experience.
  • Current CPR certification
  • Ability to perform Technical Standards for Registered Nurses
  • Successful completion of:  Statistics course – three credits with a minimum grade of B or higher. Must be completed before registering for MSN 840 Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

Application/Admission Process

Students may apply online through Concordia's direct online application at www.cuw.edu/apply. When applying directly, students will submit:

  • Application form available at www.cuw.edu/apply
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • All official college transcripts leading to the bachelor's degree
  • An essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Rationale for choosing a career as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or as a Nurse Educator
    • Career goals as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator
    • Personal compatibility with the CUW mission
    • Plans for academic success, including time management, stress management, and professional communication
    • Any previous academic issues
  • Professional resume and a Certified Background Check
  • Three letters of reference: two must be professional and/or academic and one must be from an individual who has worked with the applicant in a professional capacity and has a minimum of a Master's degree.
  • Applicants who have completed graduate level classes and wish to have them evaluated must submit these transcripts and the transfer credit form. GRE exams are not required.

The deadline for fall admission is May 1.

The deadline for spring admission is October 1.

In addition to the Graduate Admission Requirements, there may be a pre-admission telephone interview.

The admission committee will review applications and forward recommendations to the Dean of the School of Nursing. After the recommendation for admission is approved, a formal letter of acceptance or denial is sent to the student.

Degree Requirements

The 41 credit Nurse Practitioner option will prepare primary care FNPs or AGPCNPs. The 39 credit NE option prepares students to teach in schools of nursing and health care settings. The MSN program is offered online with residency requirements for Nurse Practitioner students.

Family and Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Required Core Courses
BIO 850Genetics, Immunology & Microbi3
MSN 830Healthcare Policy & Issues in Advanced Nursing3
MSN 834Theoretical Foundations for Adv Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaberation3
MSN 836Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span3
MSN 840Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
MSN 860Foundations of Healthcare Informatics3
MSN 845Role Transition for APN2
BIO 842Pharmacotherapeutics3
MSN 538Advanced Health Assessment3
MSN 892Global Perspectives in Health Care3
or MBA 827 Project Management
or MBA 985 Spec Topics-Health Care
or MMC 840 Pub Speak:Reprt/Presen
or MPA 840 Public Program Evaluation
Specialization
Select one of the following specializations12
Specialization Courses (FNP)
Adv Prim Care Clin I-FNP
Adv Prim Care Clin II-FNP
Adv Prim Care Clin III-FNP
Specialization Courses (AGPCNP)
Adv Prim Care Clin I-AGPCNP
Adv Prim Care Clin II-AGPCNP
Adv Prim Care Clin III-AGPCNP
Total Hours41

Nurse Educator

Required Core Courses
BIO 850Genetics, Immunology & Microbi3
MSN 830Healthcare Policy & Issues in Advanced Nursing3
MSN 834Theoretical Foundations for Adv Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaberation3
MSN 836Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Life Span3
MSN 840Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
MSN 860Foundations of Healthcare Informatics3
BIO 842Pharmacotherapeutics3
MSN 839Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators2
MSN 892Global Perspectives in Health Care3
or MBA 827 Project Management
or MBA 985 Spec Topics-Health Care
or MMC 840 Pub Speak:Reprt/Presen
or MPA 840 Public Program Evaluation
Specialization Courses (NE)
MSN 877Eval and Testing in Nursing Ed3
MSN 871NE I: Role Transition for Nurse Educator3
MSN 872NE II Instructional Design In Nursing Education II: Classroom Teaching3
MSN 875Nurse Educator Capstone1
MSN 874Instructional Design in Nursing Education: NE III Clinical Teaching3
Total Hours39

Certificate After Graduation Education

Credit Degree Program

Students with a prior Master of Science in Nursing degree may add a new area of certification by completing a Certificate After Graduate Education (CAGE) in Nursing. Credit requirements for completion will vary based on prior academic work.

RN to BSN to MSN Online

The online RN-BSN-MSN program allows a seamless academic progression for RNs who currently hold an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to achieve a higher level of education through an innovative educational curriculum with the option to exit at the BSN level or continue to the MSN Program. This program combines BSN and MSN studies, and has three areas of specialization:

  1. Nurse Educator (NE)
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  3. Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

The core liberal arts courses are taken from the following:

  • Theology 6 credits
  • Humanities 6 credits
  • Cross Cultural 3 credits
  • Social Science 6 credits
  • Communication 3 credits
  • and an additional 6 credits from the following science classes:
    • Anatomy and Physiology I with lab
    • Anatomy and Physiology II with lab,
    • Microbiology
    • and Lifespan Development.

Students may transfer in any of these courses, with the exception of Theology, if approved by the director.

To fulfill Concordia’s degree requirements, a minimum of 36 credits must be taken at Concordia to earn a BSN. These credits may include both nursing and liberal arts coursework.

RN-MSN Program Admission Requirements

  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • RN with ADN from an accredited program
  • Licensed as an RN in the state in which student is working
  • Current CPR certification
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher from all previous course work. Transcripts will be reviewed and up to 85 credits from previous coursework will be accepted toward this degree (i.e. Anatomy and Physiology 8 credits, Microbiology 4 credits, Chemistry 3 credits, and Human Development 3 credits, nursing courses.)
  • An essay that addresses the following topics:
    • Rationale for choosing a career as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or as a Nurse Educator
    • Career goals as a primary care Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator
    • Personal compatibility with the CUW mission
    • Plans for academic success, including time management, stress management, and professional communication
    • Any previous academic issues
  • Three letters of reference: two must be from professional and/or academic sources, and one must be from an individual who has worked with the applicant in a professional capacity and has a minimum of a Master's degree.
  • Professional resume and a Certified Background Check

RN-BSN Online Cohort

NURS 336Nursing Research for RNs3
NURS 8303
NURS 8343
NURS 342Population Health4
MSN 840Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice3
NURS 301Dimensions of Profess Nursing3
NURS 442Leadership: the Future of Nurs3
BIO 850Genetics, Immunology & Microbi3
MSN 820Basic Statistics for Health Care Professionals3
Total Hours28

Exit with BSN or request a formal review with the Program Director to progress to MSN program.

Transfer of Credit

The Graduate Nursing Program will accept up to 6 transfer credits, of previous graduate level coursework, into the MSN program based on the following criteria:

  1. Coursework must have been completed within five years prior to admission to the program (or be approved by the MSN faculty committee).
  2. Courses transferred must be comparable in scope and subject matter to courses offered in the MSN Program. The student will need to provide a course description and the course syllabus for any course requested for transfer. A transfer credit form must be completed and submitted to the Graduate Nursing Office for approval upon admission.
  3. All courses transferred in must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. All transfer credits must be certified by the Registrar and approved for the degree by one of the Co-Directors of the Graduate Nursing program.
  5. Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics will not be accepted as transfer credits.
  6. Transfer credits will not be applied to the cumulative grade point average the student earns while in Concordia's MSN program.