Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing program at the Bronson School of Nursing is designed specifically for RNs who want to expand their knowledge and expertise. Our graduates are leaders in promoting health care in individuals and communities.

We welcome nurses with bachelor's degrees to apply to the program, whether you have your BSN, or an associate degree in nursing with a bachelor's degree in another field.

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Why MSN at WMU?

  • Choose between two concentrations: addiction or nurse educator

  • You will have opportunities to practice in diverse clinical settings

  • You will complete 36 credit hours in just seven terms

  • Online courses led by faculty who are supportive and engaged in student learning

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing

Course descriptions

Course descriptions for all nursing courses are available in the WMU Graduate Catalog.

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Apply to MSN program

WMU uses an online graduate application system for all students (domestic and international). You will be asked to provide general application information for the University, and MSN-specific information for this program. Requirements are listed below.

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Admission requirements

Admission is competitive; therefore, the listed criteria for admission should be considered as minimum standards.

  • BSN or a bachelor's degree with a nursing major from an accredited nursing program. Nurses with a bachelor's degree in another discipline will be considered on an individual basis.   
  • Registered nurses with an ADN and a BS or BA in another discipline. Prerequisites to be completed after conditional acceptance into the MSN program:  
    • Undergraduate course in descriptive and beginning inferential statistics
    • NUR 3330 - Health Informatics 
    • NUR 3400 - Transition to Professional Nursing  
    • NUR 3430 - Nursing Research
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 in the last 60 credit hours of the undergraduate nursing studies.
  • Current unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in one of the 50 U.S. states or territories.
  • Submission of scores on TOEFL for students whose undergraduate degree was obtained internationally with minimum score of 80.
  • Evidence of personal and professional qualifications for graduate study, as reflected in:
    • Response to questions related to graduate study
    • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts
  • Other assessment procedures as indicated.

Required Courses

Prerequisite courses

* Required for any applicant who does not have a BSN degree.

  • Undergraduate course in descriptive and beginning inferential statistics (can be obtained at WMU or another academic institution)
  • NUR 3330 - Health Informatics
  • NUR 3400 - Transition to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 3430 - Nursing Research-RN
  • Prerequisite descriptions

    NUR 3330 - Health Informatics
    This course is designed to familiarize the undergraduate student with the present and potential impact of information and its systems on the allied health disciplines. Additionally, this course will explore informatics processes, tools, and systems in terms of providing solutions to health care stakeholders in education and practice. An emphasis is placed upon the student's role as a leader and advocate for change in this rapidly emerging field

    NUR 3400 - Transition to Professional Nursing
    This transition course introduces the associate degree or diploma nurse to Professional Practice. Theoretical foundations, concepts of evidence-based practice and critical thinking are introduced and applied.

    NUR 3430 - Nursing Research-RN
    This course is designed to provide a foundation for the use of research findings as a basis for nursing practice. The course focuses on nursing research as it relates to the theoretical foundations of the discipline of nursing and the development of a scientific basis for nursing practice. It prepares the learner to understand the language of science and the processes of scholarly inquiry. It also prepares the learner to read, interpret and evaluate selected nursing studies and appropriately determine the clinical (nursing) relevance of study findings and their implications for practice. The primary goals of the course are to explore the impact of research upon the profession of nursing, and to examine the research process as it relates to the practice of nursing.

Required courses

  • NUR 5010 - Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NUR 5020 - Advanced Physical Assessment
  • NUR 5030 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • NUR 5300 - Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice
  • NUR 6320 - Health Policy and Advocacy
  • NUR 6400 - Professional Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • NUR 6410 - Methods for Measuring Quality in Health and Educational Systems
  • NUR 6420 - Quality and Safety in Promoting Health

Concentrations

Addiction Concentration

  • NUR 6640 - Field Practicum

And three of the following:

  • ADA 6200 - Introduction of Substance Use and Addiction
  • ADA 6330 - Cultural Humility and Social Justice in the Addiction Field
  • ADA 6350 - Addiction Treatment Services
  • ADA 6400 - Co-Occurring Disorders and Addictions
  • ADA 6410 - Addiction in Family Systems and Primary Relationships

Nurse Educator Concentration

  • NUR 6600 - Curriculum and Teaching of Theory in Health Disciplines
  • NUR 6610 - Clinical Teaching and Evaluation in Health Disciplines
  • NUR 6630 - Role Development of the Nurse Educator
  • NUR 6640 - Field Practicum
     
Video of WMU MSN: Nurse Educator Program

Questions and info

Questions

For more information about the program or the application process, email MSN Coordinator Kelly Ackerson at kelly.ackerson@wmich.edu.

Program Outcomes

MSN Graduate Program Outcomes (adapted from AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, March 21, 2011)

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective.
  • Use the methods, tools, performance measures and standards related to quality, as well as apply quality principles within an organization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results.
  • Use patient-care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care.
  • Engage as a member and leader of interprofessional teams, communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care.
  • Applies patient-centered and culturally responsive evidence-based strategies in the delivery of clinical prevention and health promotion interventions and/or services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates/clinical populations.