Nursing (M.S.N.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Additionally, students must satisfy the following criteria mandated by the College:

  1. The applicant must have completed an Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited baccalaureate program in nursing with a grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0.
  2. Possession of a current Michigan Registered Nurse Licensure. All applicants educated outside the U.S. must be certified by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). Contact CGFNS, 3600 Market St., Philadelphia PA 19104-2651 to request a certification application, or call: 215-222-8454. Verification of a student’s CGFNS certification must be forwarded to the State of Michigan Board of Nursing by the CGFNS in order to take the RN licensure examination.
  3. A personal statement of goals for graduate study.
  4. An interview with a faculty member may be requested.

There may be additional requirements in each of the specialty clinical major areas. Please refer to the major program and consult with a clinical specialty coordinator for specific requirements.

Application: All new applicants must submit an application for graduate admission. Applications, including all supporting documentation, must be received in the appropriate offices by the posted deadline dates. Deadline dates for submission of application materials vary by semester (please refer to the College of Nursing website for more information).

Readmission

The master’s student who withdraws from the program in good standing should contact their academic advisor and the Office of Student Affairs one semester prior to the semester for which re-enrollment is desired. Following a review by the Director of Advanced Practice and Graduate Certificate Programs, the M.S.N. Committee and the Office for Academic and Clinical Affairs, the student will be informed of the steps required for readmission.

Revalidation of Credit: The MSN committee reserves the right of revalidation of over-age (10 years) credits. Credits earned at other institutions may require revalidation at the time of WSU admission. In revalidation cases, the advisor and the student must set a terminal date for completion of all degree requirements, including such additional requirements as may be prescribed to revalidate the over-age credits. 

Program Overview

Candidates for the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) must complete thirty-seven to fifty-three credits of study. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Credits must be normally distributed as follows:

Clinical or Practicum Nursing Sequence: Cr. 18-24
Supporting Courses: Cr. 7-11
Master’s Core and Research Courses: Cr. 13

All M.S.N. programs require the election of a particular major. Majors currently available to satisfy these requirements are detailed below. Supporting courses or cognates, which are clinically specific, are predetermined by selection of the clinical (or non-clinical) nursing sequence and will be found as part of the major areas of study. Students should inquire about possible additional offerings. All programs are subject to periodic revision.

All M.S.N. students must elect a series of courses that will prepare him/her to be competent in the utilization of research findings in practice. To develop these skills, the student completes courses in evidence-based nursing and/or biostatistics and epidemiology.

Plan of Work: With the approval of the advisor, the student and advisor develop and file a Plan of Work prior to completion of twelve graduate credits at Wayne State University. A student must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average in order to have a Plan of Work accepted by the Graduate Officer. Each Plan must include the course requirements for the clinical (and non-clinical) nursing sequence and intended degree. It is the responsibility of the student to meet with his/her advisor to file any changes in the Plan of Work.

Time Limitations: Students have six years to complete requirements. The six-year limit begins from the end of the semester during which the student has taken course work applicable toward meeting the requirements of the degree; this may occur before the student is regularly admitted to the major.

M.S.N. Major: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Acute Care

(Minimum of forty-two credits required)

An admissions moratorium is currently in effect for this program.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (AGNP-AC) prepares the nurse for advanced practice in the care of physically ill adults. Emphasis is on adults with existing and/or potential physiological alterations and their concomitant developmental and psychosocial needs. Clinical practicum sites are individualized based on the student's identified goals and area of clinical interest. The curriculum develops the advanced practice nurse's roles of practitioner, educator, and clinical scholar through education in rigorous and consistent diagnostic reasoning and theory-based practice. The analysis, critique, and utilization of nursing and biopsychosocial theory and constructs are also reviewed. Graduates are eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification examination.

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7130 APN: Management of Oncology, Mental Health, and Lifestyle Change 6
NUR 7140 APN: Management of Cardiopulmonary and Renal Problems 6
NUR 7370 APN: Management of Neurological, Endocrine, and Musculoskeletal Problems 6
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
Total Credits 42

M.S.N. Major: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

An admissions moratorium is currently in effect for this program.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Primary Care (AGNP-PC) prepares the nurse for advanced practice in a primary care setting. The focus of the clinical sequence is on the adult and adolescent client and his/her response to actual or potential health care needs. Primary care includes the assumption of accessible, accountable, comprehensive, coordinated first-contact care, as well as longitudinal management. Opportunity is provided to study the theoretical foundation of nursing practice with the development of practice models of primary care. Advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning are taught as the basis for nursing management. The study and practice of gerontological nursing are integrated in the clinical sequence. Emphasis is placed on the development of clinical judgment in health promotion as well as in the nursing management of acute and chronic health problems. Clinical practicum is implemented in a variety of settings, including an autonomous primary care nursing center. Graduates are eligible to sit for the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7155 Primary Prevention Strategies 8
NUR 7165 Clinical Decision Making in Adult-Gerontology 8
NUR 7175 Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Management and Evaluation 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
Total Credits 48

M.S.N. Major: Advanced Public Health Nursing

(Minimum of thirty-seven credits required)

The Master of Science in Nursing degree in Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN) prepares nurses for advanced care of populations and communities. The APHN promotes the health and well-being of populations and communities. Improving the health of populations and communities is addressed through community assessment, program planning and implementation, leadership strategies, health policy development, and program evaluation. Community partnerships and collaborations are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The goal of this program is to prepare nurses who meet the APHN core competencies in education, practice, leadership, and research. The program sees the APHN as the voice for public health nursing. Graduates are eligible to seek American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Advanced Public Health Nursing board certification through portfolio assessment. Certification through portfolio is a new assessment methodology; No exam is required.

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
NUR 7222 Leadership in Health Policy, Ethics and Change 3
Practicum Course Sequence  
NUR 7025 Community Based Participatory Research 3
NUR 7040 Comprehensive Community Assessment 5
NUR 7055 Health Promotion and Prevention with Diverse Populations 5
NUR 7065 Program Planning, Quality Improvement and Evaluation Residency 5
Supporting Courses  
FPH 7015 Biostatistics I 3
FPH 7240 Epidemiology 3
Total Credits 37

M.S.N. Major: Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of high risk neonates. The curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of neonates as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in high-risk neonatal care. Attention is given  to health  promotion, prevention of disease and disability, disease process, clinical management, and family-centered care. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of neonates as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments. Two years of Level III NICU experience is required prior to start of clinical courses. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take a certification examination through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7200 Advanced Neonatal Pharmacology 3
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
Total Credits 48

M.S.N. Major: Nurse-Midwifery

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

An admission moratorium is in effect for this program.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Nurse-Midwifery (NM) prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of women and newborns. The CNM specialty curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of women and newborns as  vulnerable populations and specialty knowledge in women's health, newborn care and nurse-midwifery. Attention is given to health promotion, prevention of disease, and disability. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare advanced practice nurse midwives who will promote the health and development of women and newborns as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments. Upon program completion, nurse-midwifery students take the American  Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) examination. The WSU College of Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
Total Credits 48

M.S.N. Major: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner– Acute Care specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of acutely and critically ill children and adolescents. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of children and adolescents as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments. Graduates of the PNP-AC program are prepared to provide expert clinical care to meet the specialized physiological and psychological needs of children and adolescents with complex acute, critical, and chronic health conditions and/or urgent, emergent, and life-threatening conditions. The curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of children as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in pediatrics. Attention is given to health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, disease process, treatment, clinical management, and family-centered care provided in a variety of acute and critical care settings including hospitals, intensive care units, emergency departments, and clinics. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take a certification examination through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology 3
Total Credits 48

M.S.N. Major: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner– Primary Care specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of children and adolescents. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of children and adolescents as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments. Graduates of the PNP-PC program are prepared to provide pediatric primary healthcare including health maintenance, anticipatory guidance, well-child examinations, developmental screening, and diagnosing and managing common and complex health/illness conditions. The curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of children as a vulnerable population, as well as specialty knowledge in pediatrics. Attention is given to health promotion, prevention of disease and disability, treatment, clinical management, and family-centered care in a variety of settings including primary care clinics, specialty clinics, and community environments. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take a certification examination through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7207 Advanced Pediatric Pharmacology 3
Total Credits 48

M.S.N. Major: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

(Minimum of fifty-three credits required)

All students in the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) major gain knowledge in biological, neurological, pharmacological, and physiological domains that prepare them to conduct comprehensive assessments and utilize a range of psycho-biological interventions. The PMHNP clinical nursing course sequence focuses on: Psychiatric assessment, triage, and crisis intervention; Biopsychological models of mental health and illness; theory and practice with individual interest (e.g., addictions, eating and sleep disorders, gender issues, HIV/AIDS, major psychiatric illnesses, violence) and with clinical populations of interest. Upon program completion, graduates are eligible to take the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification exam.

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7840 Advanced Practice Nursing with Individuals/Communities 6
NUR 7855 Advanced Practice Nursing with Groups 6
NUR 7860 Advanced Practice Nursing with Families 6
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
NUR 7605 Psychopharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 5
NUR 7865 Foundations of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) 3
SW 6540 Effects of Drugs and Alcohol on Physical and Social Functioning 3
Total Credits 53

M.S.N. Major: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

(Minimum of forty-eight credits required)

​An admission moratorium is currently in effect for this major.

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) prepares nurses for advanced practice in the care of women. The WHNP curriculum combines both broad foundational knowledge essential for the care of women as a vulnerable population and specialty knowledge in women's health. Attention is given to health promotion, prevention of disease, and disability. The goal of this innovative program is to prepare advanced practice nurses who will promote the health and development of women as individuals and as population groups encountering changing healthcare systems within urban and global environments. Upon program completion, WHNP students are eligible to take a certification examination through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Course List
Master's Core Courses  
NUR 6510 Health Economics, Policy, and Professional Issues for APNs 3
NUR 7015 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing I 4
NUR 7018 Research for Evidence-Based Nursing II 3
NUR 7105 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing 3
Clinical Course Sequence  
NUR 7225 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management I 8
NUR 7226 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management II 8
NUR 7227 Pathophysiology, Clinical Care and Management III 8
Supporting Courses  
NUR 7030 Advanced Nursing Assessment 4
NUR 7444 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan for APRNs 4
NUR 7555 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice 3
Total Credits 48