Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is for baccalaureate prepared nurses. In keeping with the standards for graduate education for advanced practice nursing delineated by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in the Essentials of Master’s Education for Advanced Practice Nurses, the purpose of the graduate degree in nursing program is to prepare students to assume leadership roles in their particular specialization. Master’s level nursing education is the appropriate level of education for nursing professionals who are seeking roles that require advanced practice skills in order to function as providers and organizers of the health care delivery process.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the MSN program at National University, candidates must complete the following nursing prerequisites and nursing requirements:

Meet the University requirements for graduate study, listed in the General Catalog under admission requirements

Hold a BSN degree from a State Board of Nursing approved and accredited school of nursing (State Board of Nursing, and CCNE and/or NLNAC)

Provide proof of current, active, and unencumbered RN license in the State of residence

Have completed the following prerequisite courses:
   MTH 210 or undergraduate college level course in statistics
   NSG 422 or an equivalent undergraduate course in nursing research methodology and application
   NSG 412, 411, 410, or equivalent undergraduate coursework in Community Health Nursing

Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA of 2.5- 2.99 will be considered by the MSN admissions committee on a case by case basis.

Have completed the University Application for Graduate Admissions

Provide one official transcript from each college or university attended to the Nursing Department

Have completed the MSN online application

Have three letters of professional reference

Provide evidence of current, active professional liability and malpractice insurance coverage throughout the program

Provide evidence of specified immunizations, a report of a recent physical examination, and current BLS-AED certification

Additional prerequisite requirements:

Students should be proficient in operating a personal computer, including: demonstrated competency in standard computer operating systems and electronic filing systems, basic keyboarding skills, organizing and sorting electronic documents; demonstrated knowledge of standard computer applications to include Microsoft Word and Excel; familiarity with using internet browsers and standard email systems such as MS Outlook.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Implement appropriate theories, models, frameworks, and concepts from nursing and non-nursing disciplines when designing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, to evaluate fiscally appropriate healthcare delivery systems that integrate research and clinical expertise to provide evidence-based, patient-centered care.
  • Evaluate economic, policy, environmental, and social forces that impact nursing practice, health care delivery and quality of health care.
  • Participate in the analysis, implementation and evaluation of strategies for improving nursing practice through the implementation of health information systems and technologies.
  • Demonstrate a professional commitment to creating an environment of lifelong learning for patients, families, communities, and other healthcare practitioners.


The Master of Science in Nursing requires a minimum of 58.5 quarter units of graduate credit, with 45 of those units completed at National University. A total of 13.5 units of graduate credit may be granted for graduate work completed at another institution as it applies to this program and provided the units were not used to earn another advanced degree. Refer to the General Catalog section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding admission and evaluation.
NOTE: FNP and PMHNP Area of Specializations Carry Additional Program Fees...............................................$11,325
Prerequisite Courses (2 courses; 9 quarter units)
Core Requirements (6 courses; 27 quarter units) Students should take all Core Courses before taking Specialization courses.
Core Requisite(s):