Nursing, MN

Phone: 216.368.8629
Nathanial Schreiner PhD, MBA, RN, Program Director

Degree: Master of Nursing (MN)

Program Overview

The Master of Nursing (Graduate Entry) Program is a full time, graduate-level program designed for students with a baccalaureate degree (BA or BS) in a non-nursing field. The MN program offers a rigorous, accelerated inter-professional education with on-campus classes in our new Health Education Campus. This 20 month, four semester program prepares graduates to take the national licensure exam (NCLEX) to become a Registered Nurse. In addition, graduates earn approximately 15 credit hours toward an MSN degree following completion of the pre-licensure portion of the program, and awarding of the Master of Nursing (MN) degree. The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has a rich history of preparing national and international nurse leaders. 

After earning the MN degree, students may complete their MSN degree without reapplying, or explore options for doctoral study in the DNP or PhD program.  Refer to the MSN, DNP, and PhD websites for information about these programs. Certain MSN majors have separate RN experience requirements and/or admission process; a DNP is required for some advanced practice registered nursing specialties. 

The MN program has an innovative quality and safety component woven throughout the curriculum, emphasizing the importance of the patient experience.

MN Program Student Learning Outcomes

The MN (Master of Nursing) is an advanced generalist nursing degree awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the required curriculum.  The program outcomes for MN Students are as follows:

  • Leads inter professional, culturally-sensitive, and evidence-based initiatives within organizations and systems to continuously improve the safety and quality of healthcare.
  • Initiates use of theory and research to identify clinical problems or solutions, participates in scientific inquiry, and translates scholarship into practice.
  • Assumes the direct and indirect roles and functions of advanced nursing practice to promote health, prevent illness, and improve the health of patients and populations.
  • Promotes implementation of the full scope of nursing practice and assumes leadership positions in employer, professional, or community organizations at the local/state/national level.
  • Incorporates ethical principles in complex situations of advanced nursing practice and clinical inquiry.
  • Collaborates with other health care professionals to initiate intra- and/or inter-professional teams to enhance practice and patient/population health outcomes.
  • Integrates information, technology, and practice guidelines to promote effective communication among patients and colleagues within health care systems.
  • Advocates for the development of health and social policy to improve health and practice by community engagement and participating in employer and professional organizations.

Credits Toward the MSN Earned in the Master of Nursing Curriculum (2023-2024)

Students who successfully complete the Master of Nursing curriculum and are awarded the MN degree have earned the following credits applicable toward most MSN majors for the MSN degree (in effect at the time of enrollment in the MN program).

NURS 405Inquiry I - Theoretical Foundations2
NURS 425Inquiry II - Research Process3
NURS 502Inquiry III Evidence-Based Practice2
NUNP 410Health Promotion Across the Life Span2
NURS 431Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Advanced Nursing Practice2
NURS 444AEthical Issues in Advanced Nursing Practice (waiver based on grade in NUMN 413)1
NURS 451Leadership for Quality Healthcare within Organizations and Systems3

Approval of RN Licensure Applications

The School of Nursing has the right to determine a student's readiness to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and also reserves the right to restrict testing until the student demonstrates a readiness to pass the examination.

In order to have the "Program Completion" section of the application for RN licensure approved by the Program Director, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have been awarded the Master of Nursing (MN) degree.

  2. Demonstrate readiness to take the NCLEX-RN examination by achieving at least a minimum score on a faculty-selected, standardized NCLEX-RN predictor exam.