Master of Science in Nursing
The aging of America's population is driving significant growth in the health care industry. At the same time, rapid innovation in health care technology and the growing complexity of delivery systems requires increasingly skilled nurses who can adapt to and shape the future of health care. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will grow more than 23 percent over the next decade. To meet this demand, and ensure the continued quality of nursing care, Benedictine University�s School of Health Sciences offers its Online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) to prepare registered nurses to become administrators, leaders and educators. The M.S.N. program emphasizes interrelated academic preparation in areas of leadership, education, administration, and global health care. Nurses will study these content areas in the context of emerging demographic trends such as the expected increase in the elderly population and/or trends in caring for vulnerable populations including the homeless, those with chemical addictions, HIV/AIDS, the poor and those with catastrophic illnesses.
The Master of Science in Nursing curriculum is truly innovative. Unique relative to other online nursing degree graduate programs, the Benedictine M.S.N. curriculum combines an eight course core with the flexibility of four additional elective courses that can be combined to develop a custom area of focus. Integrated into the eight core courses are the critical skills necessary to lead, educate and administer in health care. But students also have the opportunity through the elective courses to reach across different academic disciplines to create a truly custom and inter-disciplinary Master of Science in Nursing degree.
Prior to the completion of the core nursing courses, students will work with a student advisor and the M.S.N. Program Coordinator to select specific courses from Benedictine�s Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior, and/or Master of Public Health programs to fulfill the elective requirements. The flexibility offered by the elective courses allows nurses in the M.S.N. program to �dive deep,� taking multiple elective courses in a specific discipline, or gain broad-based exposure to a number of different areas, taking one course from each discipline. This offers the student an opportunity for a truly personalized academic and career growth plan that also meets the skill demands of current and future professional settings.
||3.2 but can be waived if GMAT Score is high
|Credit Transfer Restrictions
||Candidates’ previous coursework in related areas will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine transfer credit and course substitutions. Requests for transfer credit or course substitution should be discussed with a faculty advisor.
In order to qualify for transfer credit, the course must be an appropriate graduate-level course, must have been taken within the last five years and must have resulted in a grade of "B" or higher. Students must submit transcripts for departmental approval prior to the end of the first term after acceptance.