Master of Science in Nursing

| Admission Requirements | Curriculum Objectives/Program Outcomes | Suggested Plan of Study | Tuition & Costs | Application |

The MUW Department of Graduate Nursing was established in 1975, and has maintained full nursing accreditation status since its initial accreditation, to offer programs of study leading to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The graduate master's nursing program is for individuals with a baccalaureate in nursing and two years bedside registered nursing experience. There is currently one track to choose from: Family Nurse Practitioner (39 semester hours, 12 months).



The Philosophy for the Master of Science in Nursing Program builds upon the philosophy of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program which can be found in the MUW Undergraduate Bulletin. In addition, the Master of Science in Nursing Program extends and refines the knowledge and skills of baccalaureate education incorporating the experiential background of the professional nurse. Attainment of advanced knowledge and competencies occurs through the process of role mastery, moving from novice to expert. The educational process is guided by three foci: primary care, advanced nursing practice, and evidence based practice. Primary care emphasizes health promotion and health maintenance for individuals, families, and communities in addition to managing and monitoring acute and chronic illnesses. This diversity of care is culturally sensitive and individualized. Advanced nursing practice is autonomous and focuses on knowledge and competencies for the specialized role of the nurse practitioner. In this role the advanced practice nurse may function independently or collaboratively and is accountable as a direct provider of care. Inherent in advanced nursing practice is leadership for the purposes of improving nursing and healthcare and influencing health policy. Advanced practice leadership involves self-evaluation for continuing scholarship, professional growth, and excellence in practice. Therefore, the advanced practice nurse is prepared to pursue doctoral education. Evidence based practice provides opportunity for integration of nursing research, primary care, and healthcare leadership, with the science of nursing. Advanced nursing practice in primary care includes application of evidence based practice to increase understanding of primary care nursing phenomena and develop improved modalities of care, and to provide the basis for health policy change.

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Curriculum Objectives/Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing Program is designed to prepare Advanced Practice Nurses who will:

  1. Synthesize advanced knowledge of the humanities with biophysical and behavioral sciences as they influence the healthcare system and role development,
  2. Integrate theoretical and research knowledge from evidence based practice into primary healthcare,
  3. Conduct scientific investigation of issues relevant to primary healthcare and the advanced nurse practice role,
  4. Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for provision of quality healthcare,
  5. Employ an interdisciplinary team approach for the improvement of healthcare delivery,
  6. Self-evaluate continuing scholarship, professional growth, and role mastery,
  7. Demonstrate advanced competencies for the specialized role of the nurse practitioner.

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General Admission Requirements:

  • A completed Graduate Application form.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work from each institution attended, including MUW transcripts. Transcripts must verify that the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution and that the applicant has a minimum 3.0 overall GPA on a four-point scale for undergraduate studies.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • Three letters of professional recommendation stating the applicant's qualifications for graduate work from persons (excluding family members and MUW employees) who have personal knowledge of the applicant's academic/work performance.
  • An immunization form showing proof of two doses of measles vaccines and one of rubella. See the Graduate Bulletin for more details.
  • A $25 application fee, payable to MUW Graduate Studies.


Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Minimum score of 3.0 in analytical writing on GRE
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an academic institution with national and regional accreditation
  • Credit in undergraduate statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Unencumbered MS RN license or have unencumbered authority to practice as a RN via the Multi-state Licensure Compact
  • Practice experience of at least two years as a registered nurse
  • Evidence of professional leadership and foundational research skills
  • Advanced Pathophysiology is a prerequisite course offered on the MUW campus during Spring semester only. You must pass this course with a minimum grade of "B"
  • Pass a nationwide background check and drug screen (9 panel)
  • A personal interview with graduate nursing faculty
  • Check the Graduate Bulletin for the current list of requirements for admission.

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Plan of Study

Family Nurse Practitioner Track




NU 502 - Advanced Theoretical Issues in Nursing and Ethics


NU 503 - Advanced Health Assessment *#


NU 503L - Advanced Health Assessment Clinical *#


NU 508 - Advanced Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Strategies


NU 521 - Science of Diagnostic Reasoning *#





NU 501 - Advanced Pharmacology *


NU 505 - Primary Care Management I *#


NU 505L - Primary Care Management I Clinical *#


NU 550 - Advanced Primary Care Procedures *


NU 597 - Clinical Research Project





NU 506 - Primary Care Management II *#


NU 506L - Primary Care Management II Clinical *#


NU 512 - Advanced Practice Role Development *


NU 516 - Population Health in Advanced Nursing Practice *


NU 570 - Advanced Healthcare Policy and Politics


NU 597-Clinical Research Project


*Denotes Post Graduate APRN Certificate Program (MSN-RN) requirements.


#Denotes Post Graduate APRN Certificate Program (MSN-NP) requirements.


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Tuition & Costs:

See Graduate Tuition & Costs

Additional Expenses for Nursing Students

(Values listed below are approximate and will vary from year to year)

Malpractice Insurance --------------------------------------------- $20.00 - up
Medical Books (for entire program of study)---------------------$2,500.00
Diagnostic and Lab Software --------------------------------------$150.00 - up
Meditrax Clinical Tracking -------------------------------------------$75.00
Procedure Course Equipment -------------------------------------$150.00
Equipment (for clinic practice)------------------------------------$1,000.00*
*You must buy your equipments from WelchAllyn. You will be able to choose from two packages.

Certification Application and Review Course-----------------------$650.00


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Application Documents

Graduate Nursing Application

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