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Also known as Graduate Entry, which means you already have a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and you do not have a nursing degree
  • Degree earned: MN
  • Format: Full-time graduate degree program
  • Program length: 4 semesters of study (2 academic years)
  • Result: A generalist MN degree and eligibility to apply for licensure as a registered nurse

Note: Students earn about 14 credits applicable to most MSN majors. Students intending to earn the DNP degree, must also earn an MSN.


Also known as Advanced Nursing Practice Stage, which means you already have your BSN or MN
  • Degree earned: MSN
  • Format: Full-time, part-time and distance-friendly (on-line and intensive) formats available to accommodate the range of students, including working professionals
  • Program length: 1.5 to 3.5 years, depending on the major
  • Result: A MSN degree, which is a specialist master’s degree allowing work as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, midwife, or clinical nurse specialist.

Note: Students in the MSN program can take courses that apply to the DNP degree. However, this should be noted at the beginning of the MSN program so that the proper program of study can be followed.


Students must have already earned or be pursuing the MSN degree
  • Degree earned: DNP
  • Format: Full-time or part-time distance friendly (intensive and on-line) format.
  • Program length: Length of study takes approximately 3 years, depending on full-time or part-time status
  • Result: A DNP degree – the terminal degree that prepares nurses to serve as leaders in nursing practice

Note: Students have the option of applying to the Nursing PhD program upon completion of the MN, should they desire a career in academia and research. A joint DNP/PhD program is also available.

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