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Attention Applicants

A NursingCAS application is required to be considered for admission to NSU. Please follow the steps below.

Step 1:

Apply to NursingCAS

Step 2:

Apply to NSU

NSU’s Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing serves you, the working nurse, as you seek greater knowledge and expertise through a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree.

Executive Nurse Leadership:

The M.S.N. executive nurse leadership track is for a working registered nurse and that holds a bachelor's degree in any field. This track prepares nurses for career paths in health care leadership. All students in M.S.N. tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of health systems leadership courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a health systems leadership practicum* that provides a mentored leadership experience.

Nursing Education:

The M.S.N. education track prepares nurses for career paths in staff development, vocational-technical or community college education. This degree serves as a foundation for doctoral study for those interested in teaching in B.S.N. or higher programs. 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses are taken online with students in all M.S.N. tracks. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing education courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a nursing education practicum* that provides a mentored educational experience. These courses are taught online by nursing department faculty members with advanced preparation and extensive experience in higher education.

Nursing Informatics:

The MSN nursing informatics track prepares nurses for a career in nursing informatics which focuses on the data analysis as it relates to complex health care systems. Nursing informatics is a specialty that integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science to manage and communicate data, information, knowledge, and wisdom in nursing practice. Students in the MSN tracks take 15 semester hours of core foundational nursing courses online. An additional 21 semester hours of nursing informatics courses are required for this track including 3 semester hours of a nursing informatics practicum* that provides a mentored experience.

*Practicum may occur in a setting local to the student as long as the setting and preceptor meet the learning outcomes of the course.

We also offer clinical concentrations (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse).

 

Admission to the M.S.N. program requires the following:

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the candidate’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
    • For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the MSN program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.
  • Completion of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and the nursing degree must be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, (NLNAC) or by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.
  • Current active United States professional nursing (R.N.) licensure. Licensure must remain current in the jurisdiction of the practicum throughout the program.

The Ron and Kathy Assaf College of Nursing participates in the centralized applications service called NursingCAS. NursingCAS is used for document verification but does not take part in the student selection.

  • Request all official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be sent directly to NursingCAS.

NursingCAS
P.O. Box 9201 
Watertown, Massachusetts, 02471

Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization such as one of the services listed below.

World Education Services
www.wes.org

Josef Silny and Associates
www.silny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
www.ece.org

It is the applicant's responsibility to have this coursework evaluated. An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service.

  • Submit additional supplemental items (R.N. license) directly to NursingCAS.

  • Once the NursingCAS application is completed, an applicant needs to complete the supplemental 

    NSU Application online

  • Once all applications and documents have been received the application will be processed and reviewed.

The deadline to complete and submit the NursingCAS and supplemental NSU applications for Fall admission will be August 15 and for Winter admission the deadline is December 9. The Office of Admissions works on a rolling basis. Applications are accepted year-round. 

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
III NSG 5340 Nurse Leadership Roles in Complex Health Care Systems 3
IV NSG 5230 Nursing Decision Making in Complex Health Systems 3
IV NSG 5250 Fiscal Management in Complex Health Systems 3
V NSG 5240 Nursing Governance and Resource Management in Complex Health Systems 3
V NSG 5460 Quality Initiatives: Transforming Care  3
VI NSG 5471 Business and Economics of Health Care 3
VI *NSG 5490 Executice Nurse Leadership Practicum 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

*Requires 130 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
III NSG 5531 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
IV NSG 5510 Advanced Pharmacology 3
IV NSG 5502 Advanced Health Assessment 3
V NSG 5300 Nursing Curriculum Development 3
V NSG 5370 Introduction to Educational Concepts 3
VI NSG 5380 Educational Concepts 1: Principles of Evaluation 3
VI *NSG 5360 Nurse Educator Practicum 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

*Requires 130 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

Students entering the program without a B.S.N. (Bridge)

COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE COURSE CREDITS
*NSG 5000B Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice 6

*For those with a BS or BA in a field other than nursing, an overall GPA of 3.0 is required and satisfactory completion of NSG 5000B, Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice, prior to beginning the M.S.N. program. NSG 5000B course is only offered in the fall term.

Students entering the program with a B.S.N.

SEMESTER COURSE NUMBER COURSE TITLE CREDITS
I NSG 5000 Advanced Nurse Roles 3
I NSG 5101 Theory and Research 3
II NSG 5111 Evidence and Practice 3
II NSG 5130 Health Care Policy and Leadership 3
III NSG 5220 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
III MI 5100 Survey of Biomedical Informatics (w/ Emphasis in Nursing Informatics) 3
IV MI 6413 Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt for Health Care 3
IV MI 5121 Informations Systems Project Management and Leadership in Health Care 3
V MI 5130 Database Systems in Health Care 3
V MI 5204 Clinical Decision Support Systems 3
VI *NSG 5600 Nursing Informatics Practicum 3
VI NSG 5610 Advanced Practice in Nursing Informatics 3
TOTAL CREDITS 36

*Requires 130 Practicum Hours

To review course descriptions please view the HPD Catalog.

TUITION AND FEES

Annual Rates (3 Semesters Fall/Winter/Summer)
Per Credit Hour 2019-2020: $692.00
One Time NSU Application Fee: $50.00
One Time Seat Deposit: $200.00
HPD General Access Fee (Annually): $145.00
NSU Student Services Fee (Each Semester): $500.00
Registration Fee (Each Semester): $30.00
Extra Fees: See Below
  • One Time Application Fee - $50: This fee is non-refundable and is required with each application.
  • One Time Seat Deposit - $200: This fee is required to reserve the accepted applicant's place in the entering first-year class. This advance payment will be deducted from the tuition payment due on registration day, but is not refundable in the event of a withdrawal. It is payable within two weeks of an applicant's acceptance.
  • Health Professions Division General Access Fee - $145: may be required each year.
  • NSU Student Services Fee - $500 - Student Services Fee is required annually. The fee is pro-rated for part-time students.
  • Extra Fees - Students will incur additional cost such as; Books, FNSA dues, uniforms, lab coat and Graduation Costs.
  • Background Checks: The college pays for the first background check per student any additional background check will be funded by the student.
  • All tuition charges and fees are subject to change by the board of trustees without notice.

The first semester's tuition and fees, less than the $200 previously paid (seat deposit), are due upon registration. Tuition and fees for each subsequent semester are due upon registration. Students will not be admitted until their financial obligations have been met. The financial ability of applicants to complete their education at the college is important because of the limited number of positions available in each class. Applicants should have specific plans for financing 60 semester hours of professional education. This should include tuition, living expenses, books, equipment, and miscellaneous expenses. The Financial Aid Office is eager to assist you to explore all possible financial aid options.

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