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Program Details

The Entry-level Master’s (ELM) program combines learning in basic nursing sufficient to prepare students to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination and to study for an advanced practice role in a clinical nursing specialty. For the first four semesters, students take theory and clinical courses, followed by an internship, to prepare them to take the licensure exam.

Students select a nursing specialty they wish to pursue. Upon successful completion of all graduate coursework, the Master of Science in Nursing is awarded.

Students may also fulfill the specialty requirement through one of the School of Nursing’s unique combined programs.

Master of Science in Nursing students may elect to also earn a Nursing Administration Specialty or Nursing Education Specialty in addition to the primary specialties offered. These two secondary specialties are not offered in conjunction with the MSN alone; students must earn a primary specialty as part of the MSN program and then may continue on to complete the coursework for the Nursing Administration or Nursing Education secondary specialty as a post-master’s student.


Consistent with the mission and purpose of the university, the School of Nursing is a Christian community of disciples, scholars, and practitioners. Its purpose is to advance the work of God in the world through nursing education, research, professional practice, community, and church service.

Health is defined and understood by the faculty as totality or completeness, whether for an individual, family, or community. That totality or completeness, within this conceptual definition, cannot be seen apart from the constitutive element of spirituality. Our conceptual approach to health highlights our distinctive role as a Christian university and provides the discipline of nursing with a distinctive domain for research and advanced nursing practice.

Program Benefits

Program Outcome Objectives

A graduate of the ELM Program:

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.