St. Catherine’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Entry-Level option is designed for women and men who have earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field and want to make a transition into the nursing profession. Our students are committed to innovation, ethical leadership and social justice.
Master's-prepared nurses are gaining a reputation for high levels of clinical excellence, critical thinking, communication and leadership potential. They are valued for their diverse life and educational experiences and the rigor of their graduate-level education. Our nursing: entry-level graduates advance rapidly, assume leadership positions, and acquire professional expertise in the practice of nursing.
With our MSN: Entry-Level option, graduates become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
Leading healthcare employers consider St. Catherine-prepared nurses to be leaders who apply clinical excellence, critical thinking, superior teamwork and communication skills, caring and compassion to improve the lives of the patients they serve.
Nursing will continue to be among the professions in greatest demand in Minnesota and nationally. Long-term career prospects and earnings potential are well above average. Review the AACN data on hiring trends for MSN: Entry-Level graduates.
St. Catherine’s 57-credit MSN: Entry-Level option can be completed in 26 months of year-round enrollment. Classes combine campus meetings in an evening/weekend format with online learning, as well as lab and clinical components; some may require weekday meetings. While the schedule offers some flexibility, students should reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive program of study.
The MSN: Entry-Level curriculum prepares nurses to lead change and advance health care. You’ll develop graduate-level competencies in clinical leadership, evidence-based practice, teamwork and communication, healthcare economics and politics, and healthcare informatics.
Our students are placed in a variety of practice settings across the health care continuum. Leadership courses prepare you for the transition to practice, and you’ll work closely with a practicing nurse. During the final year of study, you gain experience with global health issues by immersion in another country or local community agencies that serves individuals from diverse and global backgrounds.
At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.
The tuition rate for the 57-credit MSN: Entry-Level option during the 2016–17 academic year is $782 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, clinical components, books, etc.
Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans.
The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
Important Essential Abilities
For successful admission and continuance in St. Catherine University’s prelicensure nursing programs, a specific set of essential cognitive, sensory, communication, psychomotor, and behavioral/ emotional/spiritual health abilities are required to be performed with or without reasonable accommodations. Read the full requirements.
The MSN degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.
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