Program of study
In this accelerated program, students become eligible to take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) examination and begin careers as registered nurses (RN). As a rigorous, graduate-level program from St. Catherine University, students also prepare to advance rapidly, assume leadership positions, and acquire professional expertise in the practice of nursing.
In the Master of Arts in Nursing: Entry-Level, a "cohort" of students proceeds together through the program of study. Students begin each Spring Semester (begins early February) and complete the program just over two years later.
Students experience a broad and deep preparation for the nursing profession. The program blends classroom experiences on St. Kate's St. Paul campus and some online components, with lab and clinical experiences integrated throughout the program. The curriculum is designed to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. Students develop graduate-level competencies in clinical leadership, evidence-based practice, team work and communication, healthcare economics and politics, and healthcare informatics.
Course schedules are tentatively planned for Mondays, Thursday evenings, and every other Saturday. Courses may require additional weekday commitments. Students are expected to reduce outside commitments to accommodate the demands of this intensive program of study.
Undergraduate prerequisite courses must also be taken prior to admission and enrollment in these graduate courses:
Spring Semester I
NURS 5995: Introduction to Nursing Science and Practice (5 credits)
NURS 5965: Foundations in Evidence-Based Nursing (5 credits)
NURS 5992: Care of the Adult in Acute Care (2 credits)
NURS 6063: Research in the Discipline of Nursing (3 credits)
Fall Session I
NURS 5998 Application of Evidenced-based Nursing (8 credits)
January Term I
NURS 6260: Advanced Pharmacology (2 credits)
INDI 6991 Topics: Complementary Therapies
Spring Session II
NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS 5995: Family Centered Care (5 credits)
Summer Session II
NURS 7991: Introduction to Epidemiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (1 credit)
NURS 6992: Health Care in the Community (2 credits)
NURS 6140: Advanced Health. Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits)
Fall Semester II
NURS 6994: Complex and Chronic Care (4 credits)
NURS 7992 Topics: Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics (2 credits)
NURS 6993: Leadership and Management of Care (3 credits)
January Term II
NURS 6994: Global Health and Populations (4 credits)
Spring Session III
NURS 6995 Leadership Enactment—preceptorship (5 credits)
Completion by mid-March